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Things to Do in Montreal: July 19-25

Summer entertainment keeps the heat at bay this week in Montreal with jokes, music, fresh air and movies: see Just For Laughs comedy festival shows from some of the most brilliant comedians working today; Shakespearean performance in the parks; underground films in air-conditioned theatres; and live music from Beyoncé to beats brought all the way from Africa…

Montrealer Jay Baruchel plays himself at Just For Laughs

Montreal actor Jay Baruchel has found all kinds of success in Hollywood, scoring major roles in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, the upcoming This Is the End, and the recently-wrapped Robocop reboot, but he resolutely calls Montreal home – and Montreal loves his right back, giving him his own Just For Laughs gala show this summer…

DO YOUR THING IN MTL: A NEW MONTREAL LGBT VIDEO SERIES

Montreal likes to celebrate the LGBT community in big ways. This is why Tourisme Montreal is excited to announce Do Your Thing in MTL!, a video series of performances and interviews with top LGBT entertainers from around North America that we’ve invited to Montreal showcase their talent by using the streets and attractions of Montreal as their stage. We have amazing performances rolling out over the summer months by singer-songwriter Jonny “Gay Pimp” McGovern, lesbian comedian DeAnne Smith, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, trans drag performer Carmen Carrera, and the Queen of Montreal’s Gay Village Mado Lamotte…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: DECEMBER 7-13

Montreal is in full festive mode this week, with Christmas lights twinkling throughout the city, not to mention fireworks shows, a candle-lit parade, and illuminated outdoor artwork. There’s also plenty of good food, family friendly entertainment, great arty shopping, holiday music and let-loose rock n’ roll.

ZOOFEST 2011

Zoofest! I’m so glad it’s back again in all its weird and wonderful glory. The fest, begun as an off-shoot of Just For Laughs three years ago has come a long way in a short time (don’t even get me started on what their inaugural website looked like – my eyes still sting) and continues to bring the funny and the strange in a well-curated program of up-and-coming comedians and genre-defying performers. This year, they’ve doubled their programming: from July 9–31, we’ll have our choice of 83 original shows from over 200 artists. And all this can be yours for the low price of $39!…

JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL 2011: BEST BETS

An Angus Reid poll from last year stated that Just for Laughs (or JFL as we call it), our world-famous comedy festival, is the festival Montrealers love most. And locals always know…

COMEDY IN MONTREAL

People in Montreal love to laugh and in a city like this, it always helps to come armed with a sense of humour. What better way to deal with the frigid temperatures and the endless wintry nights than by going to a comedy club and laughing late into the night…