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FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: MAY

One of the reasons Montreal is so much fun in the summer is that May and June are basically a frenzied celebration of the fact that we made it through winter. And so, May is full of free activities to get everyone out in the city’s public spaces – a free museum day, dance classes and even a festival dedicated to the great outdoors…

GAY MONTREAL: MAY

The month of May rhymes with Gay. Unfortunately, this prohibits me from creating a clever portmanteau such as last month’s hit “Gaypril”. Whatever April, May is sunny and beautiful so we don’t need to port any sort of manteau. Anyways, here are ways you can maximize your five gay senses in Montreal this May…

ELEKTRA: MONTREAL’S DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL

Montreal’s four-day international digital arts festival, Elektra, starts in just a few days (May 4-8). Turns out you don’t have to wait to see what the future looks like, all you need to do is go to the festival…

UNPREDICTABLE ART AT THE MONTREAL BIENNALE

La Biennale de Montréal 2011 en montage – Teaser from Biennale de Montréal 2011 on Vimeo. One of the great things about travelling is how even the best-laid plans can fall apart. Because, once you get past the frustration or disappointment, there’s adventure and discovery in the unexpected, a sense of moving forward and into something new. This year’s month-long Montreal Biennale gets that – it’s brought together 24 artists from 10 countries, all exploring the broad and fascinating theme of “chance.”…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (APRIL 28-MAY 1)

There’s really no stopping the world from coming to Montreal – if only we weren’t so darned welcoming, eh? This weekend is no exception, with an international literary fest, a world-wide celebration of dance, a world-music festival and an art exhibition that spans the globe. And world-touring Godspeed You Black Emperor stops in with sonic love for their hometown…

THE WORLD COMES TO MONTREAL FOR FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES

Now in its fifth year, the Festival Transamériques, May 26 to June 11, showcases a creatively curated, cutting-edge array of theatre, dance and performance art in 31 shows from Canada, the U.S., Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, England, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (APRIL 7-10)

The whole of Montreal seems to be shaking off winter with great vigour this weekend – the streets are sure to be full of people who’ve already traded their winter boots for flip-flops. Compagnie Marie Chouinard celebrates 20 years of dance in the sun and in the snow, Buddy Guy and Jackson Browne show off their very different guitar stylings and the Monster Spectacular gives a whole new meaning to going for a weekend drive…

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…