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A Cultural Autumn with Ariane Moffatt

After having spent the summer playing festivals, including the Festival d’été de Québec where she opened for Patrick Bruel, Ariane Moffatt will be taking her 22h22 tour across Quebec this fall and has even scheduled a few stops in France in December. She’s playing Club Soda on November 12, and will then put on a number shows in Montreal’s outlying cities. “Most of my concerts this fall will be close to home,” says the mother of two-year-old twins. Performing arts Despite having to juggle work and family life, Ariane always finds the time to check out emerging artists. “I absolutely love Pop Montréal, the international music festival that took place this year from September 16 to the 20. It’s the best place to discover up-and-coming musicians, especially indie music artists, and to revisit well-established ones. There are about 30 halls hosting nearly 400 performers. In 2009, I played at the Ukrainian National Federation’s church in Mile End as part of this festival. It was awesome!” Being a mother has also led her to discover—or, in some cases, rediscover—other art forms, like children’s theatre. “My sons are still very young, but they have a great attention span,” adds the 36-year-old singer…. / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 18 to 24

It’s a pre-fall frenzy, with the cultural season on the cusp of busting open while Pop Montréal and Mois de la Photo alone are putting on more to-dos than you’ll be able to fit in. Hope you’re wearing your sneakers so you can hit the ground running! Pop till you drop Hop your way through Pop Montréal until September 20! Among the city’s most exciting music festivals, Pop unites hundreds of rock, pop, hip-hop, folk and electro artists in venues all over Mile End and the Plateau (and beyond). There are dozens of shows every night, not to mention music-industry insider talks, film screenings, the Puces Pop art & craft fair, Fashion Pop’s catwalk shows, Art Pop’s amazing exhibitions and talks (don’t miss yours truly interviewing amazing artist Olaf Breuning on Friday, September 18 at 6 pm). On Friday, September 18, highlights include AfriKeleKtro, Crystal Eyes and/or Mötorhead; on Saturday, Eleni Mandell is unmissable at an early 6 pm show; and on Sunday, finish the weekend off with an atmospheric smorgasborg courtesy of People Pretend, starting at 11 pm. A matter of image Sensory Stories at Phi Centre invites visitors to discover immersive experiences and new technologies that engage our… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 11 to 17

Back to school already? No worries, it’s recess every hour of every day somewhere in Montréal! Pop Montréal sets the tone for this week of full-packed fun, not to mention the tons of great art shows to see, plays and dance performances to catch and quiet nice times to be had too, like in the botanical gardens. Oh, and anyone down for a BMX competition? Pop music Welcome to Pop Montréal, one of the city’s most exciting music festivals (and that’s saying something in the city of festivals!), uniting hundreds of rock, pop, hip-hop, folk and electro artists in venues all over Mile End and the Plateau (and beyond). With dozens of shows every night, not to mention music-industry insider talks, film screenings, the Puces Pop art & craft fair, Fashion Pop’s catwalk shows, Art Pop’s amazing exhibitions and talks (don’t miss yours truly interviewing amazing artist Olaf Breuning on Friday, September 18 at 6 pm), expect your schedule to be extra packed between September 16 and 20. Opening night sets the tone with a party at Pop HQ, plus shows by Cœur de Pirate, Félix Dyotte, Molly Sweeney, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Ruby the Hatchet, Ecstatic Vision, Fanfaraï,… / Read More →

Shop and eat local at POP Montréal’s Puces POP fair

Shopping and souvenirs might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think POP Montréal International Music Festival, but the city-wide fall festival’s Puces POP is one of the best places to find made-in-Montréal wares, from jewellery to baby clothes to baked goods. This year, Puces POP expands to fill a 14,000-foot loft space at 160 St-Viateur East, right in the heart of the ever-hip Mile End neighbourhood. From September 17 to 20, find 140 artists and artisans – including 65 new vendors – selling accessories, clothing, art, posters, baby’s and children’s ware, jewellery, body care, ceramics, food and housewares. Even if you’re ready to shop until you drop, POP Montréal comes to your rescue with a new Puces Lounge, a relaxing zone complete with a full bar – plus there’s food down every aisle, be it ready-to-eat chocolate and cookies or jams, pickled veg and hot sauce. Over those four days, Puces POP hosts an opening night party with a DJ providing ambiance and keeps the tunes going every day for a uniquely musical shopping experience. Find leather and cloth bags, wallets and belts from Marc Simard, Annoukis, Lajoie, Noujica, OUT and other great artisans. Prepare… / 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 →

POP Montréal must-see shows

For five days in September, the city rocks out and sings along to the music of POP Montréal, dancing to the beat of indie rock, electro, hip hop, punk, classic R&B and new music that defies genre let alone “pop.” From September 16 to 20 the POP Montréal tradition continues in its 14th year as venues big and small across the city welcome over 400 artists. Never a festival to cast aside history, POP Montréal honours the influential greats with shows that prove new music’s roots run deep. See Italian record producer and pioneering electronic dance music hit-maker Giorgio Moroder with local atmospheric electro duo Organ Mood, rave-ready electronic legends The Orb, chart-topping blues guitarist and songwriter Barbara Lynn and Louisiana Blues Hall of Famer guitarist Lil’ Buck Sinegal, heavy rock legends who’ve never quit Motörhead and Anthrax, enthralling  guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, American garage rock and DIY-proto-punk band The Sonics, once-members of Sonic Youth Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, Canadian old-school punks The Diodes, 90s indie-rock originators Built to Spill, industrial metal heroes Godflesh, and one of the original riot grrrl bands Babes in Toyland screaming right back onto the stage at POP. Montréal musician Coeur de pirate, known… / Read More →

Where to Watch Films Outdoors This Summer in Montréal

While summer festivals keep Montréal buzzing non-stop with music and laughter, outdoor film screenings provide a short breather, whether right downtown or in a neighbourhood park – and all for free! Bring a cushion or a picnic blanket and settle in under the stars for a movie-going experience like no other. Just For Laughs has picked two Hollywood comedies to add to their impressive roster of stand-up stars this July: see Tim Burton’s beloved Beetlejuice on July 13 and Mike Meyers spy sendup Austin Powers on July 22 at 9 pm at Place des Festivals. See the city in yet another light every Tuesday at 9 pm as the Quartier des spectacles hosts Downtown Screenings Under the Stars at Place de la Paix: Pop Montréal programs a 16 mm screening of 1980 Québec comedy Pinball Summer a.k.a. Pick-Up Summer on July 7 and Fantasia International Film Festival picks The Incredible Adventure of Jojo (And His Annoying Little Sister Avila) on July 21, while the Montréal First Peoples Festival presents Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary Kanehsatake, 270 ans de résistance on August 4 and Festival International du Film sur l’Art screens Entre ciel et terre, quand le Hip-Hop devient art on August 25…. / Read More →

RIDM: The Montreal International Documentary Festival

“Can you paint an odour? What does outer space smell like? Does the smell of saffron make us fall in love?” The nose, as they say, knows. These and many other curious questions are at the heart of the whimsical and sensual documentary film “Le Nez (The Empire of Scents)” by Montreal filmmaker Kim Nguyen, which will open the 17th edition of the Rencontres internationales du documentaire (RIDM) with its world premiere…

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 12-18

The fall season begins with a rock ‘n’ roll bang in Montreal, from a star-packed outdoor block party followed by the Pop Montreal music festival, to exciting new art, film and cultural events that both enlighten and entertain…