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Things to do in Montréal: October 16 to 22

Whatever the fall weather, Montréal stays beautiful and busy this week with refreshing outdoor activities and indoor entertainment from international film to ballet, hockey to motocross, circus tricks to fashion steals, classical concerts to indie rock ragers. Sports action Whether you’re a major hockey fan or just love getting caught up in the energy of the game, there’s nothing like seeing the Canadiens on home ice in a packed stadium: the Habs take on the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre on October 17 and the St. Louis Blues on October 20. Montréal’s Olympian-packed Canadian Women’s Hockey League team gets a new name for a new season: Les Canadiennes fight the Brampton Thunder on Saturday, October 17 at 5:30 pm at Centre Étienne Desmarteau (3430 rue de Bellechasse) – bring your skates to hit the ice with the players after the game! And Nitro Circus Live takes extreme sports to the next level with a three-ring circus of freestyle motocross, BMX, high-flying stunts on wheeled contraptions thrown from the Nitro Slingshot and more, at the Bell Centre on October 16. Screen time Perfect for a rainy day or any day, the 44th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma brings new films… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Louis Negin

Canadian theatre legend Louis Negin was the first actor to ever appear nude on a legitimate British stage, in John Herbert’s Fortune and Men’s Eyes in London’s West End back in 1967. “In London at that time if you went to see a play with nudity in it, you had to join a theatre club which couldn’t be closed down by the police,” Negin recalls. “When Lord Chamberlain dissolved that law, Herbert’s Fortune and Men’s Eyes – with its explicit scenes of gay rape in prison – was a huge success in the West End.” But it was an incident on opening night made sensational headlines worldwide: “There I am in the nude onstage and my mom stands up in the audience and says, ‘Louis, put your pants back on!’ I thought I would faint on the spot. The story ran in newspapers around the world. My mom did interviews and there were paparazzi camped outside the house!” London-born Negin – who first moved to Montreal during its Sin-City heyday – has also performed on Broadway; met or worked with almost every glamourous star of the 20th century, from Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe to Joan Collins and Isabella Rossellini;… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 9 to 15

The sun still shines and the leaves turn bright orange and red in Montréal this week as the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, a Great Pumpkin Ball, hockey season, live music and much more keeps us warm indoors and out. New worlds in new films The 44th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma screens hundreds of fabulous Québécois, Canadian and international films October 7 to 18 – join the jovial crowds of film lovers to see much-awaited new work by Guy Maddin, Atom Egoyan, Jaco Van Dormael, Paolo Sorrentino, Wim Wenders, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Jia Zhangke, Laurie Anderson, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and more, including Les P’tits Loups, a whole program of films and activities just for kids, interactive sound and food experience Food Sessions, and several late-night parties and performances – consult our FNC film picks and see the official Festival du Nouveau Cinéma site for more details. See the Common Space? project’s innovative multimedia art and film outdoors in the Quartier des Spectacles every night October 1 to 18. And see mind-blowing 360° image and sound immersive experience Versus by French/Japanese duo Nonotak, at the SAT dome to October 30. Fun for all ages Enjoy the natural beauty of autumn… / Read More →

New films to see at Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

Almost 400 new films from around the world light up Montréal screens this October 7 to 18 at cutting-edge Festival du Nouveau Cinéma. Now in its 44th edition, the film festival is a must for fans of international cinema that challenges the mainstream – on top of that, FNC features films just for kids, live music, and several stellar parties. Festival du Nouveau Cinéma rolls out the red carpet on opening night for Jaco Van Dormael’s comedy The Brand New Testament, which sees God living in an apartment in Brussels and his young daughter rebelling with six apostles against his fire-and-brimstone ways. The festival closes with Canadian director Guy Maddin’s mysterious and dreamily atmospheric The Forbidden Room, a film experiment made in part at Montréal’s Phi Centre and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Several long-awaited films have fans buying their tickets early. Taiwanese director Hsiao-Hsien Hou won best director at Cannes this year for The Assassin, an artistic martial arts film set in 9th century China. Chinese director Jia Zhangke follows up his brilliant cultural and emotional examination A Touch of Sin with Mountains May Depart, spanning the life of an affluent young man as he grows up in… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 2 to 8

Montréal welcomes fall with invitingly crisp weather and a packed cultural season: this week sample the gourmet goods of the city’s food trucks, watch the world’s newest films at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, wonder at the National Ballet of Canada, see multimedia art outdoors, hear dozens of live bands, and more. Urban culture Eat well and often at Montréal’s First Fridays, a.k.a. Les Premiers Vendredis – the last food truck rally of the season! The family-friendly food and entertainment event happens October 2 at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Stadium, from 4 pm to 11 pm. Nearby at the Insectarium at Space for Life see the high-tech Bearers of Light exhibition and take an evening walk through the Botanical Garden’s Gardens of Light event, illuminating the Chinese and Japanese gardens with dozens of lanterns and light art. Downtown, make music as you swing on the colourful 21 Swings interactive art (and exercise) installation at Place des Festivals on de Maisonneuve Avenue, to October 28. Also in the Quartier des Spectacles, at the SAT dive into Québécois French culture and literature at Le Buvard event on October 7 and try the gourmet FoodLab’s Autumn Tasting Menu on… / Read More →

Montréal Shows Off its incredible fall cultural calendar

We’re standing on the doorstep to September, and while we have lived and loved our gorgeous Montréal summer, we can’t wait for fall because the city’s got a cultural calendar that’s bursting with discovery. Looking for something to do? Let’s peruse just a sample of what Montréal’s got in store this autumn. Dance   The pleasure and passion of dance is everywhere this fall, from the lovely pirouettes and astonishing jetées of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal to the raw expressiveness of contemporary dance troupes like La La La Human Steps. Experience the seduction of salsa at the Salsathèque, the passion of flamenco, the amped-up energy of breakdance battles, or the fun of freestyling yourself! History The cooler weather tends to trigger a little nostalgia and introspection, and a great way to let it run its course is wandering through some of our halls of history. Whether you’re walking through the city’s past with the help of Montréal en histoires cutting-edge app, delving into stories of our communities at the McCord Museum or taking in an exhibition on the fascinating Aztec civilization at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, a trip back in time is great for reconnecting. Music Montréal’s music scene… / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal: October 17-23

This week holds tons of free and less-free entertainment, but both are guaranteed to make you feel phenomenal in their special way. Keep some energy to party – there’s some hopping musical acts in town…

Thing to do in Montreal: October 10-16

With Thanksgiving weekend ringing in the week, the theme is fall’s bounty, both outdoors and in. From film screenings to grandiose ballet productions to the beautiful changing colours on the trees, there’s a whole lot to take in…

October: Off the Beaten Path

As a cultural playground for adults, it doesn’t get much more fun than Montreal. But the action extends well beyond the vast sandbox of popular, tried and true Montreal activities into the realm of perhaps lesser known, but certainly no less entertaining local events and adventures. Let’s take a trip off the beaten path in October…

Wild Worlds at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema 2014

Cool and cutting-edge, Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma showcases hundreds of the latest and most exciting creations in international, Canadian and Quebecois film, from famed directors and big-name stars to experimental auteurs and emerging artists…