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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…

Things to do in Montreal this October

As ghouls and golems rev up for the end of the month, entertainment is around every corner, in the form of art openings, dance shows, Oktoberfest and more. Get out there and enjoy it all…

Things to Do in Montreal: October 18-24

Montreal finds itself at the height of autumnal glory this week, not only in its colourful falling leaves, breezy days and Halloween preparations, but with the onset of hockey season, complemented by an NBA basketball game and all kinds of film screenings, live music, and world-class dance and theatre productions…