What to this weekend, June 21-23
Martha Wainwright, member of the McGarrigle music dynasty, fulfilled a longtime dream by opening up her own music venue a few weeks ago: the intimate Ursa, located in a basement space in Mile End. Ursa Micro is a long weekend music festival, designed as preview of sorts for bigger shows to come. There is a wealth of Montreal talent on the bill, including Martha herself, Brad Barr (of The Barr Brothers) and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade, spread across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Daily tickets range from $20 to $25. 5589 Park Avenue.
Cabot Square will host its annual concert in honour of National Aboriginal Day. The music starts at 3pm, and musician Corey Diabo of Kahnawake and throat singer Nina Segalowitz are performing, among others. There will also be a soapstone carving workshop and vendors on site.
Les Francofolies wraps up this weekend with indoor and outdoor shows at Quartier des spectacles. The dreamy Pierre Lapointe performs his new work with the Orchestre métropolitain at Maison symphonique on Friday. Ramon Chicharron and Mononc' Serge are on the bill for Friday's free outdoor programming.
I rank Ace Ventura and The Mask as some of Jim Carrey's finest work. Now you can experience the Canadian comic in a totally new light: through his political cartoons. Carrey has been posting visual art for awhile now online, and his trenchant critiques of Donald Trump and other political fodder have been garnering attention online. An exhibition in Montreal opening this week presents his latest oeuvre, This Light Never Goes Out. At the Phi Centre until September 1.
At the Segal Centre, the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre Company presents A Century Songbook until June 30. Usually, there are no shows Friday night at the Segal, but since it is the longest day of the year and the sun sets later, there will be an early bird performance followed by a Shabbat dinner. And on Saturday, bandleader Nick Burgess leads the last Big Broadway Sing-a-long of the season.
One of my fave childhood movies was Fantasia, Disney's animated homage to classic composers like Stravinsky, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Mickey's dance with broomsticks and hippos in tutus have since sashayed into cinematic history. Montreal's L'Orchestre FILMharmonique accompanies excerpts from both the 1940 and 2000 versions of Fantasia as they play on the big screen at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. Saturday and Sunday.
Father's Day was last weekend, I know, but the Diving Bell is hosting a Dad Rock Cover Night to pay tribute to all the dads who insist 'now this is real music!'. Artists like Poshlost and Fruit Snack cover the likes of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and more... Saturday, 9:30pm. Dads get in for free!
Get in formation for the Beyoncé Dance Party. Cuts from her Destiny's Child days, all the hits from her solo career, and yes, some Solange thrown in for good measure. Saturday at Bar le Ritz PDB, 11pm.
Longtime listener Donna Core sent me a note for a wonderful event in honour of International Yoga Day! Donna is training to be a yoga teacher, and her fellow trainees have invited top teachers in Montreal to learn meditation and yoga. Yoga for All is at Club Chasse et Peche in Lachine (3051 St Joseph) on Friday, 7pm. Free.
It's the first day of summer, so why not head to the beach, put on your bikini, and then peel it off? The Wiggle Room hosts Beach Party Burlesque Friday at 9pm. The lineup includes Ohlala Joujou, Rose de Flore and Rosie Bourgeoisie