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Montréal’s Best Reggae and World Beat Clubs, Events and Festivals

Montréal has a thriving world beat music scene with concerts in nightclubs by popular local musicians augmented by music festivals with superstar headliners from around the world. Here is a sampling of some of the best the city has to offer: The iconic Club Balattou (4372 Saint-Laurent Blvd.) was opened in 1985 by showbiz legend Lamine Toure. A who’s who has played in this small and intimate venue over the years—many making their North American debuts—including Papa Wemba, Baaba Maal, Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour and Angélique Kidjo. Congolese entertainer Dally Kimoko even wrote a song about the famed nightclub, called Balattou à Montréal. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 p.m. to closing. Info: 514-845-5447 or http://balattou.com/. A block away is another Montréal institution, Les Bobards (4328 Saint-Laurent Blvd.), which boasts live entertainment by the city’s best local world beat performers, music from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. Reggae, ska, salsa, compa—you name it, you will hear it here. Also daily Happy Hours. Info: 514-987-1174 or http://lesbobards.qc.ca/. Montréal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique has been showcasing entertainers from across Africa and the African diaspora each July since 1987. Some of the hundreds of headliners over the years include music legends Miriam… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: July 3 to 9

When you’re not jazzing it up this week, you’ve got laughs, drama, picnics, acrobatics and even more live music to choose from. Not too shabby, eh? Just another summer week in idyllic Montréal! Musical madness You’ve still got until July 5 to soak up the incredible feast for the senses that is the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, where there are dozens of free shows throughout the Quartier des spectacles in addition to beer stalls, cocktail booths, food stands and an onsite art gallery. Keep the beat going with the International Percussion Festival in Old Montréal and the Old Port from July 3 to 12, an interactive drum and dance event that also involves visual arts, film, food and workshops. July 7 kicks off the hot and lively Nuits D’Afrique festival, which brings in the best of African and world music from all over the globe for shows that span the downtown core. Performance fests Apart from a summer full of music festivals, though, there’s a bucketful of performance goodies to be had this week too, starting with the amazing, chock-a-block Just for Laughs. From Jane Lynch to Wanda Sykes to Neil Patrick Harris and Dave Chappelle, this edition… / Read More →

MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE Survival Guide

Circus shows come in all shapes and sizes at the 6th edition of MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE – Expect to be amazed and delighted by international and local performers doing what they do best in a city known to push the limits of circus. EVENT MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, July 2–12, 2015. OFFICIAL TWITTER & HASH TAG @mtlccirque #mccirque LOCATION Various locations, including Place Émilie-Gamelin in the Quartier des spectacles downtown and one of the world’s largest circus arts centres, La Tohu. HOW TO GET THERE For downtown show venues, take the Métro to Place-des-Arts (Green Line) or Berri-UQAM (Orange, Green, Yellow Lines), and walk along Sainte-Catherine Street. For La Tohu, located at 2345 Jarry East (north of Highway 40 and east of Papineau Avenue), take the Métro Blue Line to Iberville station and bus 94 North, or the Métro Orange Line to Jarry station and bus 193 East. If driving, pay parking is available on site. WHAT TO BRING A sense of humour to go with your sense of adventure. WHAT NOT TO BRING A fear of clowns. WHAT TO WEAR Sunglasses, sunscreen and silly hats for daytime outdoor shows. Casual chic for indoor shows – It may be the circus,… / Read More →

Weekends du Monde bring the world to Parc Jean-Drapeau

Why go to all the time, effort and expense of traveling the world in search of cultural adventure when you can scratch that itch for free in Montreal every summer? For the tenth year running, Weekends du Monde (“Weekends of the World”) showcases the rich cultural traditions of many of the diverse communities that comprise Montreal in grand multi-sensory style…

See the World at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Week-ends du Monde

Montreal may be known primarily for its unique Quebecois culture and French roots, but the city’s cultural picture spans much further and wider. Since 2005, Week-ends du Monde has turned the spotlight on the diverse communities that make Montreal what it is: this year, the festival makes itself at home again at Parc Jean-Drapeau, filling the weekends of July 6-7 and July 13-14 with music, dance and culinary delights…

A summer of performances in Montreal’s parks

Montreal’s leafy, green spaces teem with entertainment all summer, whether you’re just people watching – impromptu music jams and tightrope walking does happen – or in the park to see a scheduled music, dance, theatre or circle show…