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Laugh for Less at Zoofest and Off-JFL

July in Montreal could be renamed Comedy Month, such is the abundance of stand-up, humour-driven theatre and comical circus in the city. Between the Just For Laughs and Zoofest festivals alone, hundreds of shows add more laughter to the city soundscape. But while it’s a sure bet to splurge on Just For Laughs tickets to see your favourite famous comedians, both festivals also make it possible to see comedy every night and still not break the bank… Along with its many galas and big-name solo shows, Just For Laughs showcases an array of lesser-known – yet still recognizable – funny people at Off-JFL, a series of shows where two tickets run for $30. Many of the comedians at Off-JFL have come up through the ranks via television shows and online fame, and all have spent years honing their laugh-making skills. Among them: Marie Bamford, Tig Notaro, Judah Friedlander, Trevor Noah, Chris D’Elia, Scott Adsit, John Lutz, Andy Kindler, Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane, Brian Posehn, Todd Barry, Todd Glass, Rory Scovel, Debra Digiovanni, Sam Simmons, Zabruso, The Midnight Beast, Deanne Smith, Robert Kelly, Ronna & Beverly, Godfrey, and Gavin Crawford. While much of the quirkier side of English-language stand-up has moved over… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: June 28–July 4

Music fills the streets of Montreal this week as the Montreal International Jazz Festival starts up, with hundreds of musicians and thousands of fans at outdoor shows under the stars and indoor concerts with jazz (and rock) greats. As well, internationally renowned circus, theatre, art and even more music keeps the town hopping as July begins…

A summer of performances in Montreal’s parks

Montreal’s leafy, green spaces teem with entertainment all summer, whether you’re just people watching – impromptu music jams and tightrope walking does happen – or in the park to see a scheduled music, dance, theatre or circle show…

Things to Do in Montreal: June 21-27

Summer is officially here in Montreal and with it comes all kinds of outdoor entertainment in the streets and in the parks: visit the Botanical Garden’s massive plant sculptures, see world-class fireworks displays, hear music – from baroque to rock – on open-air stages, and more…

Things to Do in Montreal: June 14-20

As the first official day of summer approaches, Montreal’s outdoor spaces call loud and clear, from the tree-lined paths of the Botanical Gardens to all sorts of entertainment on the outdoor stages of Les Francofolies music festival, the Folk Fest on the Lachine Canal, the Fringe Festival Park and more…

Things to Do in Montreal: June 7–13

Worlds of different, intriguing entertainment are ready to be stepped into this week in Montreal: the high-speed ways of the Canadian Grand Prix; pairings of fashion and music; incredible circus acts; avant-garde and independent theatre and dance; and nights packed with live music…

Free Things to Do in Montreal in June

Beautiful weather combined with Montreal’s many festivals means June is a month packed with free events, especially when it comes to live jazz, folk, classical and rock music, along with theatrical performances and outdoor activities in all corners of the city…

Fireworks wizardry at the L’International des Feux Loto-Québec

Clear summer skies and free outdoor festival entertainment every night already seem like a perfect Montreal vacation combination, but add to that seemingly spontaneous fireworks shows, viewable from Old Montreal to the Plateau, and there might seem to be some magic afoot.

Mosaïculture at the Montreal Botanical Garden

Walking through the Montreal Botanical Garden on a sunny summer day is often a glorious experience, but walking through this summer will be out of this world. This June, Mosaïcultures Internationales Montréal horticultural sculpture competition takes root in Montreal, and with it some of the biggest and best displays of art made entirely of plant life…