October is basically worldwide film-festival post-season, as all the heavy hitters – Sundance, Cannes, Toronto – have come and gone. But this is also my favourite time of year for movies, as Montreal’s best general-interest festival, the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, is in town.
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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…
Need a little hit of Monet? A shot of Gauguin? A dose of Degas? No problem, this fall the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has got them all.
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.
Walk into the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal anytime after October 3 and you’re guaranteed a double take or two. That’s because one of Montreal’s most recognized painters, Pierre Dorion, is in da house.
There’s art not only on the walls, but around the walls, on the furniture, in the air… where am I? Why, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ newly redesigned education wing!
This fall, Montreal’s visual and performing arts scene is as hot as the summer of 2012 was: see thought-provoking visual art, world-class dance and circus, and emotionally rousing theatre of all genres. And if you’re here September 28-30, take in as much of Montreal’s arts and culture scene as you can handle during the city-wide Journées de la Culture, a weekend of special exhibitions, activities and performances at museums, galleries, theatres and even in the streets…
It’s Labour Day long weekend and public life is in the spotlight this first week of September: live music, from indie-rock to hip hop, at Olympic Park and around town; film from around the world and from the bike world; fashion shows; outdoor art and performances; a food-and-shopping-filled street party – and it’s Burger Week too!
Like most professionals, highly skilled and experienced dancers can make their art appear so easy – it’s astounding to see something so beautiful yet so rigorous, and, truth be told, satisfying to see dancers sweat to challenging choreography. That’s my experience anyway, because challenging – in the most positive sense – is more often than not the operative word in Montreal dance…