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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.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MARCH 31-APRIL 3)

April starts off with a day known for practical jokes and outright lies – sort of like “spring” in Montreal. But here at The Buzz, we’d never stoop to fool you, because balmy temperatures or not this weekend, the heat is on: blond-bombshell rock legends Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks – in one show, believe it!; Bollywood goes live on stage; smoked meat sings from the heart; women be shoppin’; and, as always, this town rocks out on a music-packed weekend…

BAL EN BLANC 2011

The lights swirl over your head, the base beat is thumping through your veins, everybody around you is dancing all in white with no end in sight. No, this isn’t a Nyquil dream…it’s Montreal’s famed Bal en Blanc…

LESBIAN MONTREAL: APRIL

Spring is in the air, and the city’s April warming trend indicates zero percent chance of boredom with a high of dancing in a t-shirt weather! So dust off those backpacks and get excited about the parties, local dances and fun for gay girls to come…

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…

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…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (MARCH 10-13)

Spring is a time of new things, so why not make this weekend a little experimental? The Festival Voix d’Amériques offers up a bevy of strange and fascinating shows (some for free!), while on the other end of the performance spectrum, but perhaps just as strange in its own way, is this weekend’s Montreal Burlesque Festival. All that, plus poetry, dance, art and live music to mellow and/or rock out to…

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…