Montreal’s love of Halloween is in full effect this week, so don’t be surprised to see costumed Montrealers wandering the streets and bellying up to the bars all around town – though they might leave the blood and gore at home while taking in film fest screenings, Restaurant Week gourmet food, performances from circus to sound art, and lots of live music…
Posts by Robyn Fadden
The year’s best documentaries screen at The Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (November 7-18), this year celebrating its 15th year not only with much-anticipated new films but with special programming on the history of documentary film internationally and its importance in portraying the realities of Quebec culture.
Art and entertainment merge this week in Montreal with two international film festivals, a festival of experimental performance and music, a gorgeous ballet, thought-provoking theatre and art that brings Montreal closer to Brooklyn. Plus there’s NBA basketball, Olympic-level hockey, pre-Halloween festivities, and lots of live music.
Fall is appropriately film festival season in Montreal and elsewhere in Canada, but, true to form, Montreal adds its own twist to the usual film fest fare: the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival, October 19-21, welcomes kids and adults alike to revel in the meticulous art of stop-motion animation.
The city-wide high-energy party that is summer in Montreal is over, but autumn comes with its own entertainment, namely in arts and culture: this week see films from around the world, ballet with Japanese flair, theatre that’s both dark and light and art that illuminates – and as always, live music is everywhere, every day.
The Thanksgiving long weekend in Montreal features many things to be thankful for, and food is naturally among them. But on top of all the good meals Montreal provides, this week brings a film festival, world-class dance, theatre and art, a massive dance party, and lots of live jazz, rock and more…
Even with summer officially gone, Montreal is still an arts and culture hotbed – especially this week, with three days of free arty happenings via Journées de la Culture, new art exhibitions starting up along with dance, musical theatre and circus shows, a burlesque festival and truly almost too much live music to handle.
The city’s big museums are always a draw, with plenty of family-friendly activities and guided tours (some free, some at discounted prices). See the vast collections at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, including En Masse’s black-and-white mural-like art, as well as free screenings of films from the International Festival of Films on Art. The Musée d’art contemporain takes part in Saturday’s Marathon of Arts via a workshop called Souffle d’inspiration, and on Sunday tours and workshops related to the exhibition A Matter of Abstraction. Step into Montreal history at Pointe-à-Callière, and weave through the Urban Forest at the McCord Museum, where you might even get to know your satirical self at their Become an Editorial Cartoonist Workshop, September 29-30.
This week in Montreal is tailor-made for music fans and show-hoppers, with hundreds of bands in town for the Pop Montreal music fest, while at the same time, the new arts and culture season gets going with world-class dance, theatre, film, art, circus and more, some of it even outdoors during these last days official days of summer.
The meaning of “pop” music these days is pretty broad, and this year’s Pop Montreal festival, while leaning towards the indie camp, does a good job of proving it. Pop Montreal 2012, September 19-23, meets many a personal pop predilection, but those of us who like synthesizer-drenched dance-core as much as we like conscious hip hop have some tough choices to make. Thankfully, because Pop Montreal shows are usually punctual, the fest pocket guide is fairly accurate, and the all-new Pop app updates on the fly, show hopping is easy! Really! Maybe! Out of the hundreds of shows going on, here are 10 to catch…