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Things to Do in Montreal: September 27-October 3

There’s no shortage of entertainment and creativity this week in Montreal, starting with the hot bands and equally hot people of music festival Pop Montreal, and moving into innovative international circus and dance shows, film screenings, and three days of free, family-friendly arts and culture activities at  Journées de la Culture…

Creative Entertainment at Journees de la Culture

Music, theatre, dance art, circus performances and much more come together during Journées de la Culture, September 27-29 at hundreds of museums, galleries, cafes and outdoor locations in almost every neighbourhood in Montreal. After 17 years the free, province-wide arts and culture event has become a tradition, uniting artists of all kinds with appreciative audiences…

Lepage to Jodorowsky: Festival du Nouveau Cinema 2013

One of the best, most diverse film festivals in the city, the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is much like Montreal itself: cutting-edge and creative, exciting yet relaxed, intelligent and sexy. The 42nd edition of the festival, running October 9-20, not only brings almost 300 new films from around the world to multiple screens around the city, but hosts discussions, parties, a professional conference, and free outdoor screenings…

Things to Do in Montreal: September 20-26

The fall season in all its glory starts now in Montreal with music festival Pop Montreal and a whole new season of theatre, dance, film, opera, art, and more. This week, go from live rock shows to a 19th-century opera, from film screenings to outdoor dance performances in downtown Montreal…

Pop Montreal Beyond the Music: Art, Film & More

Along with welcoming hundreds of musical acts this year, from the soulful pop of The-Dream to the avant-garde sound of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, the 12th edition of international music festival Pop Montreal, September 25-29, hosts informal talks with musicians, showcases thought-provoking film and visual art, offers activities specifically for kids, and expands its fashion show and made-in-Montreal craft fair…

VIDEO: Gardens of Light at Montreal Botanical Garden

From September 6 to November 3, the Montreal Botanical Gardens host their annual Gardens of Light show. The uniquely Montreal exhibition adds another level of adventure within the garden, whether you’re on a date, among friends or with the whole family. An abundance of light and colour fills the Chinese Garden, where lanterns of all shapes and sizes sit along the paths, nestle among the plants and float among the lily pads in the garden’s large pond. The bright and colourful display in the Chinese Garden contrasts beautifully with the subtle illumination of the Japanese Garden, an exhibition begun only last year as an addition to the 20-year-old Gardens of Light. Quebec design firm Jutras Bathalon Bureau d’étude lumière creates a peaceful pathway though the garden, winding over bridges and past waterfalls and ponds, drawing attention to the unique plants and their surroundings. Stop for a moment along the way to watch an elegantly minimalist sound-and-light show among a stand of tall, thin trees, or sit on a bench to take in the garden’s serenity.

Things to Do in Montreal: September 13-19

Entertainment continues to enhance Montreal’s outdoor spaces this week as the weather holds, with bike races and light shows, multimedia art and dance. And all manner of popular culture comes to town with Comiccon, the iF3 ski-film festival, and lots of live music…

Gardens of Light Illuminates the Night

As evening falls in the Montreal Botanical Garden from September 6 to November 3, the annual Gardens of Light show reveals all the delight, romance and mystery of a night walk through a pastoral space. The uniquely Montreal exhibition adds another level of adventure within the garden, whether you’re on a date, among friends or with the whole family… An abundance of light and colour fills the Chinese Garden, where lanterns of all shapes and sizes sit along the paths, nestle among the plants and float among the lily pads in the garden’s large pond. This year, the Magic of Lanterns focuses on the biodiversity of the lush tropical rainforest of Xishuangbanna, highlighting plants and trees of the region by surrounding them with lanterns that depict historical figures, represent regional artifacts, and take the shape of pandas, frogs, butterflies, catfish, and other animals. Learn more about Xishuangbanna on nightly tours beginning at 6:30 p.m., and throughout the evening hear music that emulates the rainforest. The bright and colourful display in the Chinese Garden contrasts beautifully with the subtle illumination of the Japanese Garden, an exhibition begun only last year as an addition to the 20-year-old Gardens of Light. Quebec design firm… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal September 6-12

Even though summer has started to fade, Montreal celebrates the still-warm days with outdoor events, from food festivals to rock concerts, interactive art exhibitions to illuminated garden tours. Meanwhile, indoor entertainment continues to warm up chillier nights.

Climb Aboard Art at Les Escales Improbables

  Experience live music, visual art, dance and theatre in new, interactive (and free) ways at Les Escales Improbables, September 3-14, an international festival of eclectic performances – from a human jukebox to a human-sized paper boat – that reveal Montreal’s contemporary, cutting-edge style at several of the city’s unique historical sites.