Sarah’s Weekend List: Lunar New Year, House Expo + Boat Show! Margie marks 50 and Lorraine marks 40

Dragon dancers will usher in the Year of the Dragon in Chinatown and the Old Port this weekend. PHOTO: Old Port - Montreal Chinese Lion Dance Club
Sarah Deshaies produces the Andrew Carter Morning Show. Every Friday at 8:20am, she tells you about the big, quirky and off-the-beaten-path events happening in Montreal. Here is this week's list, with links for more information so you can get out and enjoy the city! Submit your event to

Fresh off her multiple Juno nods this week, Quebec powerhouse Charlotte Cardin brings her 99 Nights tour to Place Bell for a four-night residency that kicked off Thursday. See the Jim Carrey singer Friday through Sunday, 7:30pm. 

Learn about Hobbit-like Habitat Pods and backyard greenhouses at the Montreal Home Expo. Everything home construction, reno and deco at the Olympic Stadium until Sunday. 

Or maybe you’d prefer a pontoon over a new living room? Visit over 500 boats and check out all the nautical trends at the 24th Montreal International Boat Show. In port until Sunday, at the Palais des congres. 

The Year of the Dragon arrives Saturday! Mark the Lunar New Year in Chinatown, where a weekend-long festival will include the return of the Asian Night Market. Sun-Yat-Sen Park will host a Lion Dance Show at noon Saturday, followed by various music and dance performances, and martial arts demonstrations. Full programming on Facebook hereThe Montreal Chinese Lion Dance Club will also perform Friday night and Saturday afternoon at the skating rink at The Old Port. 

Final weekend for Repentigny’s Festival Feu et Glace, which has family-friendly outdoor activities, like the snow maze, tubing and climbing wall, paired with live music, fitness classes, illuminated drumming and fireworks! Parc de l’Île-Lebel in Repentigny, Saturday and Sunday. 

It’s the fourth and final weekend of Igloofest, the Old Port’s wintry dance music extravaganza. The temperatures are even warmer than this weekend! Kaskade and Nana Zen headline Friday, and Miss Monique headlines Saturday, with Mootanda and BenxOli starting and ending the evening at the Videotron stage. 

Dawson College’s The Dome has the honour of presenting the Canadian premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning play Leopoldstadt. Graduating students will perform this family saga, set in the titular Jewish neighbourhood in Vienna, spanning from the late 19th century to the post-Holocaust era. Until February 17. 

The city’s second biggest ballet marks 40 years of performing and teaching! The Ballet Ouest de Montreal will celebrate with 40, a new triptych of choreographies, including a riff on Swan Lake conceived by artistic director Claude Caron. The company performs the show Sunday, 7pm at Salle Pierre-Mercure before touring it off-island later this month. 

Black History Month continues: West Island Black Community Association celebrates trailblazing Black women with Herstory, an event manned by Vanessa Manroop, at the Gerry Robertson Community Centre in Pierrefonds, Saturday a 6pm. Michelle Sweeney leads a Motown and Disco Inferno soirée at Le Balcon, Sunday at 8:30pm. Check out lauded playwright Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s new work, Diggers. This Black Theatre Workshop play follows three gravediggers and the community they serve, at Segal Centre Studio until February 17.

Wrestling outfit Battlewar is a Sunday night fixture at Foufs, but they’re holding a rare Friday show! On th card: "Mononc" St-Jacques, Fred La Merveille, Matt Falco, Michel Plante, Travis Toxic and Champion Benjamin Tull in various matchups. Friday, 9pm at Foufounes Electriques.

Canadian grande dame of dance Margie Gillis performs Literature of the Body. The choreographer and dancer is marking 50 years in the business, with a double bill that both looks behind and ahead. Her earlier work Bloom is a look at James Joyce and Ulysses, revamped from a solo piece to a 16-strong show. It will be followed by a new piece that examines climate change, Théâtre Maisonneuve, Friday and Saturday, 8pm. 

Friday’s music picks: Polish death metal band Vader at Le Studio TD, 7pm. Dutch DJ Mau P at New City Gas, 10pm. Actor-singer Vladimir Kornéev performs his homage to Edith Piaf, with new arrangements for her hits (La vie en rose) and deep cuts, songs she never recorded. Kornéev first performed this show in Berlin, but this will be its French-language debut. Friday, 7pm at Cinquième Salle, with more shows on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The Voice Canada finalist David Marino croons his way through love songs, backed up by musical director John Gilbert and a band of gifted jazz musicians. Salle Claude-Léveillée, Friday and Saturday, 8pm. 

The Church of St Andrew and St Paul holds Light in the Darkness, a musical evening and fundraiser for the Douglas Foundation for Mental Health Research and Care, including work works by Marie-Claire Saindon, Benjamin Britten and new choral work. Friday, 7:30pm. 

Saturday’s music picks: South African music star Lorraine Klaasen celebrates her 40-year career with a special Black History Month show, 8pm at Le Fairmount. Maggots lead a Slipknot tribute night with Death Note Silence and cover band FanterA, at Beanfield Theatre, 8pm. House DJ Berlioz at Le Studio TD, 9pm. 

Nuits d’Afrique continues its series of weekend concerts, Les Cabarets Acoustique, at Club Balattou, including Colombian septet Bumaranga, Saturday at 7pm.

Sunday’s music picks: Welsh rockers Holding Absence at Le Studio TD, 7pm. Three real-life musical couples will perform iconic love songs in Gala des amoureux, with symphonic backing by La Sinfonia de Lanaudière and Maestro Stéphane Laforest, Sunday 2pm at Cinquième Salle. 

As far as legendary queens go, Christina of Sweden is an all-time icon. She succeeded her father at a young age, taking control of a war-troubled country while staving off marriage proposals, converting to Catholicism and dressing unconventionally. The Minerva of the North lived life on her own terms, and that’s why artists like Michel Marc Bouchard never tire of her. The Quebec playwright has adapted his play about Christina (or Christine) and her encounter with René Descartes in a libretto titled La Reine-Garcon. Paired with collaborator and composer Julien Bilodeau, their new work will be performed by the Opéra de Montreal at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier until Sunday. A musicologist will deliver a free lecture an hour before each performance at the Piano Nobile. 

The delightfully absurd Canadian Nile Seguin headlines at The Comedy Nest, with support from the likes of Alasdair Tremblay-Birchal, Kyra Carleton, Wlater Lyng and more! Friday and Saturday, 8 and 10:30pm.  

Several shows on tap at Montreal Improv in St Henri, including Wassup?, where improvisers create scenes inspired by the audience’s love stories, Friday at 8pm. Followed at 9:30pm by LOVE on the ISLAND of Montreal, a riff on the wildly popular dating reality series. 

At burlesque headquarters The Wiggle Room: Friday’s 9pm show is 90s Slow Jam Burlesque, with Roxy Torpedo, Butterscotch Blondie, Yaya Havana and Eva Von Lips. Followed up Saturday, 9pm with an evening of Seduction, with dancers Miami Minx, Sucre a la Creme, Miss Booty Jones and Rosie Bourgeoisie. Owner Frenchy has hosting duties. On Sunday, 8pm: The Lucy Show, a standup comedy night focused femme and queer comics and dancers. 

My friend Miss Meow performs one final time in her Valentine’s burlesque show, Heartbreakers. Bonbon Bombay, Madrose and Minx Arcana are part of the busy lineup. At Café Cleopatra, Saturday at 9pm. 


The Arsenal hosts Immersive Disney Animation, which spotlights House of Mouse characters and music, including movies like Frozen, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. At Arsenal Contemporary Gallery until May 4. 

Visit the ongoing 14th edition of Luminothérapie, a display of outdoor light installations in and around Place des Festivals, including the larger-than-life flower installation Astera. Bring your skates (or rent a pair) for a turn around the refrigerated rink at Place Tranquille. The rink has an interactive projection nightly at 6:30pm: Au Bord du Lac Tranquille captures the flora and fauna of the St Lawrence, playfully moving along with your feet. (But do check weather conditions - 15 to 20 cm of snow is expected to fall by Saturday night.) 

Dreaming of Asia is a stunning exploration of Chinese and Japanese culture, making its North American premiere at OASIS Immersions. French digital art studio Danny Rose has crafted four different experiences, including a look at shadow puppet theatre. On now at Palais des congres. 

Still time to visit the city’s newest museum: Centre des Mémoires Montréalaises promises to capture the metropois’ history and citizens. Check out the vintage neon signs at the entrance, and look for the colourful balls that once decorated Ste-Catherine in the Gay Village. There are two exhibition up now: a lookback at the 90 years of Le Chaînon, the women’s shelter and resource centre, and Détours, which focuses on hidden corners of the city. Located at 1201 St Laurent. 

Artist Sonia Bazar explores the people and history of a Jewish cemetery using photography, textiles and sculpture. Back River is at the Museum of Jewish Montreal, until March 3. 

The McCord Stewart Museum’s excellent and informative Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience. The show profiles the 11 nations living within the borders of Quebec, with testimonies and carefully curated objects. Two of the McCord’s current shows include Becoming Montreal is about the depictions of the city in the 1800s, and Wampum: Beads of diplomacy, which displays over 40 wampum belts from different collections, underscoring their symbolism and history.