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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 →

15 shows to see at the 15th POP Montréal

The POP Montréal music festival goes back to 2002, when its shows numbered rather less than the hundreds they do now. The 15th year of the festival, September 21 to 25, brings so much incredible music, film, art and more to venues across the city that it can seem daunting to the uninitiated. Yet as our Survival Guide to POP lays out, where there’s a will, there’s a way – on top of that, we’ve picked 15 shows to jumpstart your POP journey. John Cale: Welsh musician and Velvet Underground founding member, John Cale has had a long and fascinating solo career spanning rock to avant-garde noise and collaborated with everyone from the Stooges to Animal Collective – let’s hope he plays his cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at POP, though whatever he plays is sure to captivate. He’ll also take part in the POP Symposium segment of the festival, where he might just answer your burning questions. Wally Badarou: A long-time synthesizer player with such bands as Level 42 and on albums for Grace Jones, Talking Heads, Jimmy Cliff and a slew of artists, French musician Wally Badarou also seriously brings the funk in his solo work. A pioneer when it… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 16 to 22

Mid-September eases between summer and fall in Montréal – the sun keeps shining on open-air markets and outdoor performances while a major Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition and Opéra de Montréal’s AIDA wow and POP Montréal keeps Montréal nightlife wild. Outdoor time Beautiful day and night, the Botanical Garden hosts its annual Gardens of Light lantern exhibition – walk through the Chinese and Japanese gardens after sunset in a soft glow. Montréal’s favourite terrasses stay open for meals, drinks and revelry – don’t miss the FoodLab terrasse at the SAT, where the Omnivore World Tour offers one-of-a-kind feasts, workshops and more, Sept. 16-19. You’ll also find excellent food, drink and entertainment at markets Jardins Gamelin and Village au Pied-du-Courant downtown, Marché des Éclusiers in the Old Port and Les Jardineries at Olympic Park. Take a cruise along the Saint-Lawrence River with Croisières AML for a laid-back brunch or gourmet dinner. For more activities, see our guide to Free things to do this fall in Montréal.  City-wide POP entertainment The 15th edition of POP Montréal starts its engines on Wednesday night with dozens of music shows along with talks, art exhibitions, the professional-level Puces POP craft fair, film screenings, kids events and more until Sept. 25 – get the low-down in our Survival Guide to POP Montréal and… / Read More →

Fill Your Luggage at the Puces Pop Craft Fair

Pop Montréal is always cause for celebration: it fills Mile End with awesome indie music. But it’s also a shopper’s delight. Puces Pop is a craft fair that takes place during the festival and that’s become so popular, it now happens three times a year. That’s because it goes well beyond your average craft fair – it gathers the city’s very best artisans and artists and features goods ranging from silkscreened posters to baked goods, jewellery, fashion, apothecary goods and even miniature arboretums. If you’re looking for unique, made-in-Montreal souvenirs, this is the place to be from September 23 to 25. The main fair goes down in the basement of the St-Denis Church this year, which will be jam-packed with beguiling goodies. Among the offerings you’ll find mainstays, like coloured posters by PSKD, jewellery by Tilly Doro and tees by the Stay Home Club – but you’ll also find a ton of exciting newcomers awaiting discovery. In addition to the main fair, the beloved Record Fair returns, filling the basement of the Ukrainian Federation in Mile End with a TON of vintage vinyl. It’s the best spot to find that rare find you’ve been looking for, and to discover recordings… / Read More →

Your 2016 POP Montréal survival guide

For five days in September, the city rocks out and sings along to the music of POP Montréal, encompassing indie rock, electro, hip hop, punk, classic R&B and new music that defies genre let alone “pop” – plus films, talks, kids activities, star-studded basketball and more. From September 21 to 25 the POP tradition continues in its 15th year as venues big and small welcome over 350 artists, from The Kills to John Cale. Event The 15th edition of POP Montréal , September 21 to 25, 2016, with performances and events from daytime to late-night. What you’re getting into With show venues city-wide and strong connections to many of Montréal’s music scenes, POP Montréal doubles as a great way to see both major sites and lesser-known parts of the city – from a church on Rachel Street to Mile End’s Ukrainian Federation and Rialto Theatre to downtown’s Métropolis and Musée d’art contemporain. The proceedings Some shows sell out fast, so get your tickets well ahead of time. Or take advantage of POP’s pass options: go for the full-festival deal with the Super Pass or one-night POP-hopper pass. Add POP’s Tourist Package and get some pretty sweet store and restaurant discounts plus a tour of the Mile-Ex… / Read More →

Where to hear live music in Montréal

Every band might say it in every city, but in Montréal it’s true: we’ve got the best audiences, not just on Friday and Saturday nights but every night of the week. Going to a live music show here is a glimpse at life as a Montrealer: enthusiastic applause, appreciative hooting and plenty of dancing are pretty much the norm, whether at a small venue or the Bell Centre. Since the 1920s, Montréal has been a musical mecca and nightlife destination, welcoming prohibition-era Americans to burlesque and jazz clubs that evolved into rock venues and dance clubs as the century wore on. Today, massive outdoor summer festival Osheaga, the electronic eclecticism of MUTEK and the indie-rock and hip hop of POP Montreal showcase not only touring bands but local musical geniuses, while throughout the year you can see live music at the following venues dedicated to brilliant music and quality sound. Théâtre Corona, Cabaret La Tulipe (4530 Papineau) and Le National (1220 Ste-Catherine E.): Among several venues that were at one time glitzy theatres, these three stand out for maintaining their theatrical charm – you can even go relax up in the balcony – while welcoming some of the latest and… / Read More →

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 →