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See affordable shows on Montréal stages

The curtain goes up and the theatre, dance, circus or comedy show unfolds, its live tension palpable, often unique and unforgettable. In Montréal, that memorable experience doesn’t have to break the bank – all year round, the city’s stages are filled with live shows at affordable prices (some of them are even free!) The city’s biggest and arguably most opulent show venue, Place des Arts, houses six large theatres and several more show spaces right downtown. With shows every night, there’s usually something for every budget. Find inexpensive balcony seats for under $25, as well as student and seniors pricing and matinée deals at the Opéra de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal  (OSM) conducted by Kent Nagano, the Orchestre Métropolitain, Les Grands Ballets, Canadian premieres of Broadway productions, and internationally touring dance company shows presented by Danse Danse. Especially watch for shows at Cinquième Salle, which often hosts cutting-edge productions by celebrated choreographers and directors. While theatre in Montréal is often quite affordable as it is, watch for inexpensive shows at the Segal Centre and Centaur Theatre studio and second stages, as well as theatre at the city’s many Maisons de la culture, host to productions by both established and… / Read More →

Music, Food and Dancing in the Streets at OUMF Festival

September may mean back to school but it doesn’t mean summer festival season is over yet in Montréal: The OUMF festival of live music (this year starring Grandmaster Flash!), breakdancing, art and performance throws a free, three-day street party for students and everyone else who knows that sunshine and warm nights don’t end in August. With two stages and more music and activities than ever, the 5th edition of the OUMF Festival takes over St-Denis Street in the Latin Quarter from September 10 to 12, turning the street into a pedestrian-only zone between Sherbrooke and Sainte-Catherine in the Quartier des Spectacles. Along with live music, expect to see acrobatic circus antics presented by MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, performers on roller blades in show Roulettes et Violoncelles (Roller Skates and Cellos) and the pavement transformed into a canvas for street artists of all ages. On stage, more than 20 bands play programmed by the M FOR MONTREAL festival (held annually in November) make every night one to remember. Hear hip hop legend and one of the original scratch DJs Grandmaster Flash, party-starting local hip hop experimenters Dead Obies, jazz influenced hip hop remixers BadBadNotGood (who play tunes from their latest album collab… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: August 29-September 4

The Labour Day long weekend may mark the end of summer, but Montreal’s enthusiasm for open-air entertainment keeps going strong: eat, drink, shop, see films and hear live music outdoors and in this week and throughout the month…

Things to Do in Montreal September 6-12

Even though summer has started to fade, Montreal celebrates the still-warm days with outdoor events, from food festivals to rock concerts, interactive art exhibitions to illuminated garden tours. Meanwhile, indoor entertainment continues to warm up chillier nights.

Things to Do in Montreal August 30-September 5

August may be almost over, but Montreal’s summer of festivals continues outdoors and in this week: see live bands, theatrical performances and visual art outside in the Quartier des Spectacles, the Old Port and the Latin Quarter; watch new films from around the world; check out the latest fashions; and go dancing all weekend long.