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MONTREAL AUGUST CONCERT ROUNDUP

Given how incredibly hard Osheaga rocked, I’d understand if you thought that music in Montreal might take a break during August. But you’d be wrong, because Montreal doesn’t stop when it comes to music. Here, then, are some shows that you shouldn’t miss…

ORCHESTRA IN THE PARKS

If you’re anything like me, when the summer months hit you’ll do anything you can to be outside. Never am I as aware of this problem as when I’m forced to leave a beautiful summer night to go inside to see a show. Bit of a summer night buzzkill. But for 3 nights next week, you can catch the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, FOR FREE, in the park of your choosing…

AFRICAN MUSIC AND DANCE AT FESTIVAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE

Renowned for its colourful atmosphere and quality of programming, Montreal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique presents music and culture from 500 artists originating from more than 30 different countries across Africa, South America and the Caribbean. With more than 50 indoor and outdoor concerts, the festival is the largest North American gathering of major world music artists and a true celebration of Montreal’s multiculturalism. The 24th edition of the Festival also coincides with the 50th anniversary of independance of many African nations, making it a year of festivities to remember. Here are some of the Festival’s highlights :

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JULY 9 to 11)

It has been scorching hot in Montreal, so we thought we’d share a nice photo of some snow to help cool you down. There won’t actually be any snow in Montreal this weekend, but there will be clowns! It’s the first ever Circus Festival in the city. This is your opportunity to find the perfect troupe to run away with. Start working on your acrobatic routine now. But if the circus doesn’t float your boat, well that’s okay. We’ve got nine other fun suggestions to do this weekend in Montreal! —————————————————————————————————————— [circus festival] COMPLÉTMENT CIRQUE – Lead by the world famous Cirque du Soleil and continued with numerous other circus companies and schools, Montreal has positioned itself as the North American destination for circus arts. This festival provides the perfect opportunity to see why we’ve earned that reputation. [film festival] FANTASIA – Through an emphasis of imaginative film programming from all corners of the world, Fantasia has become the festival choice of the underground movie buff.  Whether you are into Korean horror flicks, Bollywood love stories or anything in between, you’re going to find the best of celluloid creations.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JULY 2 TO 4)

If a forecast of sunshine and highs of 30 ºC /86 ºF isn’t enough to convince you, we’ve got ten other superb reasons for you to get your arse to Montreal this weekend. —————————————————————————————————————— [art festival] FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL MONTRÉAL EN ARTS – As one of the greatest open-air art galleries in North America, FIMA is a one-kilometer stretch of visual art ranging from sculpture to live painting to short film screenings. If you are in town this weekend, a ‘walk through’ is a ‘must do.’ [festival] JAZZ FESTIVAL – The largest Jazz festival in the world, this Montréal institution is typically attended by two million people annually. This year you’ll be serenaded by Dave Brubeck, Cyndi Lauper, George Clinton and so much more. It’s your last weekend to jazz it up! Find a tempo that works for you.

MONTREAL FESTIVALS MATCHED TO YOUR PERSONALITY TYPE

With it’s unique position as the gateway between North America and Europe, Montréal is très unique in its dimensions of art, language, culture, politics and gastronomy. The city resonates a passion and sophistication that is unparalleled anywhere on the continent. This becomes evident in the diversified programming of festivals that the city continues to offer year after year. Travelers choose Montréal for a myriad of reasons such as affordability, diverse cultural options and patented joie de vivre. And because there are so many flavors of experience to choose from, we’ve conveniently matched 11 personality types with a Montréal festival that might just tickle your fancy.

LA ST-JEAN: WHAT TO DO ON QUEBEC’S NATIONAL HOLIDAY

La St-Jean Baptiste or Fête Nationale is Quebec’s National Holiday. Every year, on June 24, Montrealers and Quebecers from all over the province come together to celebrate French Canadian culture. The tradition landed in Canada with the first French colonists and the first celebrations occured on the banks of the Saint Lawrance River in 1636, revered with a bonfire and five cannon shots. Today, Montrealers from all origins and backgrounds get together on June 23 and 24 to celebrate “La St-Jean”, as we simply call it. Here are some of the festivities happening in Montreal this year!

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL [JUNE 11 to 13]

If you want to tackle everything that is happening in Montréal this weekend, then we hope you brought your palm pilot*. You’re going to need some sort of technical magic to keep you on schedule. Our suggestion: DON’T PANIC. Instead, choose 3 or 4 things and keep it fun. Here are nine recommendations on what is hot and happening in Montréal this weekend! —————————————————————————————————————— [car racing] GRAND PRIX – Thousands of F1 fans and thrill-seekers will take over the streets of Montréal this weekend. Crescent Street will be shut down, as will Boulevard Saint Laurent. Basically EVERYWHERE will be a party. And we support partying. [concert] MEMORIES OF THE 50’S – Michel Comeau interprets great the great ones: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Yves Montand, Charles Trenet, Michael Bublé and many more in a show recalling the crooners of then and now. Feel like a randy teenager again!

MONTREAL GAY LIST: JUNE

Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events. Here are some suggestions for the month of June.

MONTRÉAL’S RIALTO MAKING A COMEBACK WITH THE LUYAS

Some things sell themselves: The Luyas, a Montreal band whose acquaintance you should make, are playing a benefit show at the Rialto, one of the city’s most woefully underused venues. And it’s for a good cause. And the cover is only $5… Located near the corner of Parc and Bernard, the Rialto Theatre is a movie theatre constructed in 1924. Montreal architect Joseph-Raoul Gariépy and designer Emmanuel Briffa were inspired Paris’ Palais Garnier and, as you can imagine, the result is pretty breathtaking. There’s a reason it’s designated a National Historic Site of Canada. The Rialto has struggled somewhat since it’s early heyday, but over the years it’s been home to some pretty legendary concerts: Public Enemy, The Pixies, Modest Mouse and Wolf Parade, to name a few. Now under new ownership and management, the Rialto is hoping to make a much welcome comeback…