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FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: APRIL

As the days warm up, Montrealers start to mingle more, brushing shoulders outdoors and during all kinds of no-cost activities around town. Whether you’re into music, dancing or saving the environment, you’re sure to find some social (and intellectual) action at one of many free and fabulous events this April.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (MARCH 24-27)

The final weekend of March’s madness! Temperatures may have fluctuated wildly this month, but spring is definitely in the air now, even if our fingers still can’t quite feel it… Bring a pair of gloves out just in case, but arty happenings indoors and out will keep the blood flowing, whether ballet’s your bag, film’s your forum, rock n’ roll’s your rock or events of strange and sublime proportions are your, er, thing…

THE MCCORD MUSEUM CELEBRATES 90 YEARS

Can you say ‘’history on an iPod’’? The McCord Museum on Sherbrooke Street, one of Canada’s oldest museums, is celebrating 90 years with a very forward-looking exhibit…

CONTEMPORARY ART IN MONTREAL

Montreal is full of galleries where you can find fabulous contemporary art, from well-known Canadian and International names, as well as exciting new emerging artists…

SPRING IN THE GAY VILLAGE: MARCH

People flock to Montreal’s Gay Village to see what’s going on in the clubs, bars and out in the community. These same people should flock to this post to see what’s coming up in March (and a bit of April)…

AMAZING LIGHTING INSTALLATION IN MONTREAL

French artist Xavier de Richemont has created an incredible lighting installation called Feu L’Indien (Indian Fire) that is being projected onto the steeple of UQAM’s Judith-Jasmin Pavillion until March 19. We caught up with him to find out how he went about telling the story of Montreal…

WHAT’S ON AT THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILMS ON ART

Montreal has several different film festivals, showcasing everything from overseas art-house drama to blood-and-guts horror – everyone’s got their preference, and mine is the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA). With documentaries from the traditional to the experimental, the festival explores the vast realm of the arts: painting, photography, architecture, dance, theatre, music, writing, comics, you name it…

MEET A MONTREALER: CORNO

Joanne Corneau, the artist known as Corno, was born in Quebec and studied art at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Then she took off for New York, where she has lived and worked for 20 years…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (MARCH 3-6)

With the beginning of March comes the hope of spring – the season does take its time getting here, but when it does, Montrealers are ready. Preparations for spring fever start now, from international dance shows that inspire us to strip off heavy winter wear to synth-pop tunes that seem to make the flowers grow to a festival of puppetry that will no doubt put the spring right back into everyone’s step…

FREE THINGS IN MONTREAL: MARCH

Let the festivals and their related free events begin! Not that they ever stopped – not even winter can halt the arts in Montreal. But now that it’s March and the days seem to suddenly be brighter and longer (and slightly warmer), our enthusiasm for socializing also sees a considerable jump. We’re on our way to spring, and what better way to celebrate that fact, even if it does snow again, which it will, than by showing our smiling faces in public spaces…