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Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

 

Things to do in Montréal: July 29 to August 4

Non-stop live music, world-class comedy and entertainment for all ages make Montréal the place to be this weekend and into the week. Whether you’re here for Osheaga, Just For Laughs, Mondial des Jeux, Fantasia, fireworks or Montréal’s great food, you’re in for a fun time. Laughs for all International comedy festival Just For Laughs brings the funniest comedians in the world to Montréal this week – see gala showcases hosted by Nathan Lane, Jeff Goldblum, Carrie Fisher, P.K. Subban, David Cross, Howie Mandel and Sebastian Maniscalco and stand-alone shows by Sarah Silverman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Aziz Ansari, Judd Apatow, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress and more comedy stars until August 1. A new edition of The Nasty Show makes for a seriously dirty good time, hosted by Mike Ward. JFL’s free street festival features Cirque Carpe Diem on July 29, Boogie Wonder Band on July 30, the kid-focused V8energy labyrinth, puppeteer Jacques Boutin, dancer-clown Fifi Bric-à-Brac, musical Jukebox, plus an array of food trucks. JFL’s “underground” program OFF-JFL welcomes Janeane Garofalo, Tom Green and more. Add to all that Zoofest, dedicated to wild indie humour and theatre. Osheaga overload Thousands of festival-goers flood Parc Jean-Drapeau from July 29 to 31 for Montréal’s biggest indie-rock, pop, hip hop and… / Read More →

Anime, manga and games come alive at Otakuthon

Anime fans – many brightly and elaborately dressed as their favourite characters – come out to play at Otakuthon at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, August 5 to 7. The second-biggest convention of its kind in Canada, Otakuthon celebrates the storytelling and artistry of classic and brand-new Japanese anime, manga and games. Similar to July’s Montréal Comiccon, Otakuthon’s 11th edition features an exhibition space full of colourful merchandise and artwork, a roster of talent ready to meet fans, and a series of panels and workshops by artists and other experts. Yet Otakuthon’s abundance of upbeat energy really comes from the fans: thousands arrive in costumes far more detailed than you’ll see at any Halloween party. Known as cosplay (costume + playing), it’s an essential part of the weekend – a way to try on anime life, make new friends, participate in activities and show off all the work that goes into making a costume. See the best costumes all in one place on stage at the evening Masquerade event on August 6 and during the World Cosplay Summit competition on August 7 Along with all the incredible costumes, based on everything from mainstream Sailor Moon to much lesser-known anime,… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: July 22 to 28

Montréal turns the fun dial all the way up this week for comedy fest Just For Laughs, games fest Mondial des Jeux, two nights of fireworks, numerous outdoor activities and sports in the sun, new films and live music – we’ve even got Pokémon GO covered! Mike Ward, scène @videotron 🎉 // 16 juillet Une photo publiée par Juste pour rire (@juste_pour_rire) le 17 Juil. 2016 à 14h02 PDT Comedy gold Laugh out loud for days during comedy festival Just For Laughs, bringing headliners Nathan Lane, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Goldblum, Aziz Ansari, Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Russell Peters, Hannibal Buress and more comedy stars to Montréal until August 1. JFL’s free street festival outside Place des Arts entertains day and night – don’t miss the Twins Parade on July 23 and the Vintage Car exhibition on July 24, kid-focused V8energy labyrinth, puppeteer Jacques Boutin and dancer-clown Fifi Bric-à-Brac, nightly musical Jukebox and an array of food trucks. See new editions of The Ethnic Show hosted by Rachid Badouri and The Nasty Show, a seriously dirty good time hosted by Mike Ward. JFL’s “underground” program OFF-JFL features Janeane Garofalo, Tom Green, Scott Thompson, The Lucas Bros and more. Add to all that Zoofest, dedicated to wild indie humour and a… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: July 15 to 21

Sunny days and almost too much fun to handle make Montréal the place to be in mid-July: comedy, circus and music festivals fill the city with out-of-this-world performances, alongside an international film festival, a games festival, a world-class fireworks competition and more entertainment for all ages. Festival laughs Star-studded comedy festival Just For Laughs starts up this week with a free outdoor street festival outside Place des Arts – don’t miss the Mado’s Got Talent drag queen show on July 19 and nightly musical Jukebox – plus new editions of The Ethnic Show hosted by Rachid Badouri at Club Soda, and The Nasty Show  at Métropolis, a seriously dirty good time hosted by Mike Ward, who also performs a free outdoor show outside Place des Arts on July 16 at 9 pm. JFL’s “underground” program OFF-JFL begins with one-woman show 24 Hours with Mary Lynn Rajskub and new stand-up from Tom Green, with more shows running throughout the fest. Meanwhile, for kids there’s the V8energy labyrinth on de Maisonneuve Boulevard, daytime shows by puppeteer Jacques Boutin, dancer-clown Fifi Bric-à-Brac and more. Add to all that Zoofest, dedicated to wild indie humour and a fab drag show or two, and Oh My Fest!, celebrating a breadth of local YouTuber talent…. / Read More →

Get ready to play at Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec 2016

Games go beyond the screen at Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec, a free family-friendly event that installs hundreds of board games, video games and larger-than-life physical games outdoors in downtown Montréal – making it the biggest outdoor gaming area in Canada! Hot on the heels of Montréal Comiccon, the third edition of Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec takes over a few blocks of de Maisonneuve Boulevard in the Quartier des spectacles July 16 to 30, with game developers, producers and retailers offering not only their wide world of games to all but their expertise as well – every weekday from 6 to 11 pm and weekends 3 to 11 pm. Try your hand at award-winning new games developed in Québec and Canada and battle it out in games you may know all too well, like chess and Scrabble. The event’s giant games are definitely the Mondial des jeux’s most eye-catching and novel – nowhere else will you find a foosball table this big. As well, nowhere else boasts this many free-to-play classic, free-to-play arcade games all in one place. There’s even an ongoing juggling workshop for those who want to solve first-hand that particular mystery of physics and coordination. Known for decades as the go-to store for… / Read More →

More new music to groove to at MEG Montréal

Dive right into Montréal’s hip hop, electro and indie-rock music scenes this July at Festival MEG Montréal. The 18th edition of the Montréal Electronique Groove summer music festival keeps the beat alive July 21 to 31, at venues all along Saint-Laurent Boulevard. MEG’s first weekend proves why Thursdays are the new Fridays, starting off the fest on July 21 with a feel-good techno party featuring French band Salut c’est cool, Jérôme Soudan’s Mimetic and local producer Mr. Deraspe at the SAT while over at La Sala Rossa it’s French vocal and multi-instrumental duo Mansfield.TYA, Montréal synth-folk-pop duo Co/ntry and  ethereal vocal-synth artist Stranger Familiar. Of course, Friday still lives up to the Friday-night hype with creative electronic dance music at the SAT from French artist Superpoze, the house-R’n’B of Club Cheval and Montréal’s Frame, while Wake Island, Syngja and Syzzors twist indie-rock into wild new forms at Divan Orange. Spend Saturday afternoon with notable DJ Omni and the fun live visuals of VJ Homing in a free “Mini MEG” 3 pm show for kids and adults alike at Divan Orange. Stay up late on Saturday night with hours of dance music from Robert Robert, La Fine Équipe and surprise guest DJs at airy dance venue… / Read More →

The best sports bars in Montréal

Montréal’s best sports bars only want to make sports fans happy – and they’ve got the multiple screens and cheering fans to prove it. If you’re heavy into hockey, can’t get enough college basketball or love a long baseball game, you won’t miss any of the sports action while you’re here. Downtown and Old Montréal: From pro sports to the Olympic Games, there’s somewhere to watch in every corner of the city, though Montréal’s biggest sports bars are located downtown. In the heart of the Village on Sainte-Catherine Street, find the ever-popular La Station des Sports, while nearby MVP Bar Sportif packs fans in on two floors. With two locations – near the Bell Centre and by the Old Port – bar and restaurant La Cage makes watching hockey, soccer, tennis, UFC matches, you name it, a favourite. Also near the Bell Centre, you’ll find beer specialists Bier Markt, hosting sports fans who also love a good craft beer, and m:brgr screening games and serving gourmet burgers and poutine. Further west on Sainte-Catherine, huge and popular Sharx features multiple sports on over 50 screens, pool tables, bowling lanes and a golf simulator. If you’re more into dark wood, brass accents and old-timers who can tell you a story or two about… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: July 8 to 14

As always, July in Montréal means innumerable things to do: amazing shows at the Jazz Fest, Cirque Festival and in parks throughout the city; a Saturday night of fireworks; a family-friendly weekend of global culture activities and music; films new and old; and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. Jazz Fest fun The Montréal International Jazz Festival takes over the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown Montréal with hundreds of outdoor and indoor shows, numerous food and drink options, a kids’ activity zone and more to July 9 – let our Survival Guide to the Jazz Fest and our list of must-see concerts lead the way through the fest’s packed program. This weekend’s music includes the Swedish indie-pop of Peter Bjorn and John, The Wainwright Sisters, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a Women of Soul tribute concert, brilliant NYC pianist Aaron Parks and his trio, and dozens of amazing free shows. On top of all that, take a jazz-focused tour on foot or by boat during the festival, including a walking tour on the city’s history of jazz from the 1920s to present day, July 9-10 starting at noon. See even more of the city sights… / Read More →

MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL Survival Guide 2016

MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL features circus shows in all shapes and sizes – some for families, some for late-night thrill seekers – but no matter what, expect to be amazed and delighted by international and local performers doing what they do best in a city known to push the limits of circus. Event The 7th edition of MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL, July 7–17, 2016 Official Social Media @mtlccirque #mccirque Location Various locations, including TOHU, one of the world’s largest circus arts centres, and Place Émilie-Gamelin and St-Denis Street in the Quartier des Spectacles downtown, plus neighbourhood shows city-wide. How to Get There For downtown outdoor venues, take the metro to Berri-UQAM, or Place d’Armes for Old Montréal. For TOHU, located at 2345 Jarry East (above Highway 40 east of Papineau Avenue), take the metro’s blue line to Iberville station and bus 94 north or the metro’s orange line to Jarry station and bus 193 east. If driving, pay parking is available on site. What to Bring A sense of humour to go with your sense of adventure. What not to Bring A fear of clowns. What to Wear Sunglasses, sunscreen and silly hats for daytime outdoor shows. Casual chic for indoor shows… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: July 1 to 7

Music and more at Jazz Fest The Montréal International Jazz Festival takes over the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown Montréal with hundreds of outdoor and indoor shows, numerous food and drink options, a kids’ activity zone and more to July 9 – let our Survival Guide to the Jazz Fest and our list of must-see concerts lead the way through the fest’s packed program. This week’s music spans from legends Taj Mahal, Brian Wilson, Kool & The Gang and Oliver Jones to Rufus Wainwright’s operatic show, the incomparable Lauryn Hill, folk hero Ian Kelly,  Jireh Gospel Choir, blues guitarist David Gogo, Jamie Cullum, Orlando Julius & The Afrosoundz, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and so many more. On top of all that, take a jazz-focused tour on foot or by boat during the festival, including a walking tour on the city’s history of jazz from the 1920s to present day, July 1-3 and 9-10 starting at noon. See even more of the city sights on a guided tour, public art tours and guided bike tours. For the full Montréal festivals scoop, see our 2016 summer festival guide and list of summer music festivals. Bright and beautiful Celebrate Canada Day on July 1… / Read More →