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Spike Lee attends 2016 Montreal International Black Film Festival

Black filmmakers from around the world converge on Montréal each autumn to attend the popular trailblazing Montreal International Black Film Festival, the biggest black film festival in Canada, which presents its 12th edition from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2. Over the years the festival has drawn such stars as Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover, and this year Oscar-winning director and producer Spike Lee returns to the festival to present his much-anticipated Canadian premiere of his documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall. Lee’s documentary is a tribute to the King of Pop, and the premiere screening will be followed by a public Q&A session with the Hollywood filmmaker. “Spike is a really big supporter of our festival,” says MIBFF founder and president Fabienne Colas. “The fact that Spike is coming back says the festival is doing the right thing. Over the years we have cultivated relations with filmmakers from Hollywood, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa, such as Souleymane Cissé who is the Martin Scorsese of Africa, and they return because they believe we are one of the best black film festivals in the world.” The documentary Maya Angelou and Still I Rise will kick off this year’s… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 23 to 29

As the fall season begins in Montréal, the warm weather holds as art and entertainment abounds: walk through lantern-lit gardens and markets, see the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, watch world-class dance, rock out at POP Montréal, and even run a marathon. Warm days, bright nights Nature meets the soft glow of lantern light at the Botanical Garden’s Gardens of Light exhibition – start your walk at sunset for the full effect. Excellent food, drink and entertainment (especially on Friday nights) await at open-air markets Jardins Gamelin and Village au Pied-du-Courant downtown, Marché des Éclusiers in the Old Port and Les Jardineries at Olympic Park. Croisières AML cruises offer laid-back brunch and gourmet dinners on the Saint-Lawrence River. See the city in a different way during the Montréal Rock’n’Roll Oasis Marathon on Sept. 25 as over 20,000 runners wind their way from Île Notre Dame through Old Montréal and into the Plateau, finishing at Parc La Fontaine. And the Canadiens start the NHL pre-season with games at the Bell Centre, Sept. 26, 27 and 29. For more, see our guide to Free things to do this fall in Montréal. POP sounds and city beats Music and arts festival POP Montréal celebrates 15 years of fun with shows, talks, art exhibitions, Puces POP craft fair, films, kids events… / Read More →

Star-studded Montréal International Black Film Festival honours Afro-American history

The 11th annual Montréal International Black Film Festival will honour Afro-American history and hosts a star-studded line-up, including Martin Luther King III, Pras Michel of the Fugees and Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis, who will attend the festival which runs September 29 to October 4. “This is a unique opportunity for black audiences and others to see our stories on the big screen,” says MIBFF founder and general manager Fabienne Colas. Canada’s biggest black film festival, the MIBFF will screen 20 movies and host several panels and events, as well as pay tribute to political leader Martin Luther King III (son of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King) who will receive the MIBFF’s 2015 Humanitarian Award on opening night. “Nelson Mandela once said everything is impossible until someone comes along and does it,” says Colas. “I always wanted to be that somebody. This festival started 11 years ago screening three movies over three nights. This year’s jam-packed edition is a dream come true.” In addition to honouring King, the festival will give the 2015 Social Impact Award to Paul Haggis and Haitian filmmaker David Belle for their contributions to Haitian education and social justice following the devastating earthquake of 2010. Also, Grammy Award-winner Pras Michel will attend the festival’s… / Read More →

Thing to do in Montreal: September 19-25

The race is on: it’s time to get in the last drops of Pop Montreal before it ends! Meanwhile, there’s lots of other unmissable stuff – this is fall in Montreal, after all. So grab a sweatband, some water, and get your entertainment on…

Things to Do in Montreal: September 27-October 3

There’s no shortage of entertainment and creativity this week in Montreal, starting with the hot bands and equally hot people of music festival Pop Montreal, and moving into innovative international circus and dance shows, film screenings, and three days of free, family-friendly arts and culture activities at  Journées de la Culture…

Things to Do in Montreal: September 20-26

The fall season in all its glory starts now in Montreal with music festival Pop Montreal and a whole new season of theatre, dance, film, opera, art, and more. This week, go from live rock shows to a 19th-century opera, from film screenings to outdoor dance performances in downtown Montreal…

Things to Do in Montreal: September 13-19

Entertainment continues to enhance Montreal’s outdoor spaces this week as the weather holds, with bike races and light shows, multimedia art and dance. And all manner of popular culture comes to town with Comiccon, the iF3 ski-film festival, and lots of live music…