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Things to do in Montréal: May 22 to 28

It’s hopping in town this week – between C2MTL, Museums Day, MUTEK and Festival TransAmériques, our schedules are already full! But with the weather the way it is, it’s essential to take a chill pill and hang out in the sun a bit too. Culture corner It’s Museums Day! This Sunday, May 24, all museums and most cultural institutions in the city of Montréal offer free entry, plus shuttle buses along five different trajectories to take you from one to the other. It’s the best way to explore areas off the beaten track. Two shows launch at TOHU this week: Les Étinceleurs, which runs from May 26 to June 7, a high-octane show featuring the best and brightest of the National Circus School, and L’Art de la Fugue, starting on May 27 and running until June 7, which is an homage to Bach, à la circus. Not to be missed! May 23 is your last chance to catch Death and the Maiden by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, a choreography by Stephan Thoss inspired by the Franz Schubert score of the same name and presented at Théâtre Maisonneuve. (Don’t miss the free pre-show talk hosted by Shelley Pomerance an hour before… / Read More →

Montréal has all the right moves when it comes to showcasing dance

From classical to contemporary to the outer realms of creative exploration, when it comes to dance Montreal has a longstanding and well-earned reputation as a city on the move. Top-tier homegrown exports like Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, La La La Human Steps and the Compagnie Marie Chouinard – as well as an always dizzying array of visiting dance companies – have gone a long way towards cementing Montréal’s standing as a key destination for both diehard dance aficionados and casual fans alike. Moreover, when the mercury dives, the city’s dance scene comes alive. The many soft-seat theatres of varying scales in Montréal’s Place des Arts (PDA), the crown jewel in downtown Montréal’s Quartier des Spectacles, provide an elegant setting for dance of all descriptions year-round. Highly regarded contemporary ballet company Ballet BC, from Vancouver, will take over PDA’s Théâtre Maisonneuve for three nights with a triple bill, January 22 to 24. The three distinctive choreographies – the award-winning Walking Mad, the zany Petite Cérémonie and the eccentric and tribal A.U.R.A. – showcase the considerable abilities of the company’s 18 dancers. The largest of PDA’s theatres, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, will play host to Cuba’s Lizt Alfonso Danza Cuba company, who are pretty much guaranteed to light a fire under… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: October 25-31

As both winter and Halloween approach, Montreal continues to entertain with live theatre and music, intriguing art, designer shopping, and horror movies, along with many chances this week to make the most of the fall weather, whether it’s sunny for daytime ambling or eerily overcast for costumed cavorting…

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…