Montreal’s LGBT events in March are about as diverse as they come: dancing at an all-night rave, seeing leather daddies, taking in some world-class art and women on four-wheeled skates, all topped off with some maple sugary sweets!
Bal en Blanc 18 (April 5–8): I know this is in April, but if you’re a raver than you’ll want to get your tickets to Bal en Blanc 18 as soon as possible. This edition brings Steve Angello, Danny Tenglia, Armin Van Buren, Marc Shulz and more to the Palais des congress de Montréal. Last year’s Bal en Blanc drew 15,000 partiers all decked out in white.
Edgy Women Festival (March 16–31): Edgy Women is an international festival that celebrates and explores women through artistic expression. Highlights include a multimedia bicycle musical called Spin, and The Scandelles performing Les Demimondes. The festival kicks off March 15 at Mile-End hotspot Royal Phoenix. There will be a feminist zombie anthology, presentations and a dance party! Check out the full events calendar.
Weekend Fusion (March 9–11): Weekend Fusion is a competition for the 2012 titles of Mr. Leather and Mr. Rubber hosted at L’Aigle Noir. The competition take place on Saturday March 10 at 10 PM, but the weekend is filled with dinners, workshops, and after parties.
ARTSIDA (March 23–April 7): ARTSIDA is an annual art exhibition and auction to raise money for the fight against HIV and Aids. It benefits the ACCM, a volunteer-based community organization that offers support services to those living with HIV/AIDS. Auction night is April 7 and takes place at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal. The exhibit will feature art from many local and international artists, all of which are passionate in finding a cure for HIV and Aids. Check out the full gallery going up for auction here.
Swan Lake (March 8–11): If you’re a ballet fan (or just really liked Black Swan), the National Ballet of Ukraine’s presentation of Swan Lake is a must see. Apparently this version of Swan Lake will have a much happier “dream-like” ending, as opposed to the dramatic ending of the Novosibirsk Ballet. The Novosibirsk Ballet was originally slated to perform at Place des Arts but was changed to the NBU due to scheduling conflicts. Tickets are available through Place des Arts.
Montreal Roller Derby (March 17): Montreal Roller Derby is the top league in Canada! Come out and watch this growing international sport. The league started out in 2006 with 1 team, and has since grown to over 95 skaters and six teams. The bout on March 17 takes place at Taz (8931 Papineau) and will be a round robin showdown between the Contrabanditas, Filles de Roi, and La Racaille! Tickets are available here.
Sugar Shacks (March-April): It’s finally that time of year again, when the snow starts to soften up and liquid sugary goodness starts leaking from the great Maples of Quebec. You don’t even have to leave the city to enjoy the Quebecois sugar shack shindig. There are plenty of urban options, including the Botanical Garden’s “Sugaring-Off Time” where you can have a taffy tasting and lesson on how it all happens. Open 11 AM-4PM, Wednesday to Sunday until March 11, and then weekends from March 17 to April 1.