Posted on April 7th, 2011 by .

The whole of Montreal seems to be shaking off winter with great vigour this weekend – the streets are sure to be full of people who’ve already traded their winter boots for flip-flops. Compagnie Marie Chouinard celebrates 20 years of dance in the sun and in the snow, Buddy Guy and Jackson Browne show off their very different guitar stylings and the Monster Spectacular gives a whole new meaning to going for a weekend drive…

[dancetastic interactive] Free but not free-form, this Sunday’s Le Bal du Dimanche, at Place des Arts’ Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, is a dance class for everyone, whether you’ve got that swing or not. Choreograper Chantal Dauphinais leads singles, couples and even kids through the basics of swing dancing, while local band Swing’abago plays live, April 10, 2–5 p.m.

[big big truckin’] With the global climate getting hotter and hotter, in a not-so-good way, and the price of gas at an all-time high, there’s something morbidly, excitingly rebellious in going to this Saturday’s Monster Spectacular XV Edition at Montreal’s massive Olympic Stadium. I have been to one of these shows before, and it is nothing less than a total trip down the fossil-fueled rabbit hole. Witness the biggest tires you’ve ever seen, unless you happen to visit mining sites often, crushing everything from beat-up coupes to school buses. And the noise, the glorious noise. Bring earplugs and accept it all for exactly what it is.

[alternative africa] Stereotypes are shaken up and time is twisted in art exhibition Temps: Dialogue sur l’art contemporain du Sénégal, featuring new work by contemporary Senegalese artists. Pape Seydi, Aïcha Aïdara, Samba Fall, Serigne Mbaye Camara, Piniang and Fatou Kandé Senghor have created challenging and compelling new paintings, photography, video and multi-media art specifically for this two-gallery show, at SBC Gallery (#507–372 Ste-Catherine W.) and at the MAI (3680 Jeanne-Mance).


[two decades of dance] Some of the best in Montreal-bred dance demands our attention this weekend. Danse Danse brings us gorgeous and challenging 20th-anniversary shows from Compagnie Marie Chouinard, featuring Les Trous du ciel, Étude No 1, Orphée et Eurydice and bODY_rEMIX at Place des Arts, to April 10, 2011. And Chouinard herself talks about the art of dance and choreography on April 9, 5 p.m. at the Espace Culturel Georges-Emile-Lapalme in Place des Arts.

[street noise] Talented young artistic minds unveil their work at the Vue sur la Relève festival, April 5–23, showcasing daring work in dance, theatre and music from Quebec artists under 35. This Saturday, see a blend of pop-rock and traditional Quebec music, like Marcie and Les choses de la vie selon, sing and strum at Theatre Rialto, while on Sunday night, Divan Orange hosts the music of Klô Pelgag, Thierry Bruyère and Héliotrope.

[music never stops] Again this weekend, so much great live music! Start the fun on Thursday, April 7 with always astounding guitar god, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy at Métropolis (59 Ste-Catherine E.). Also on Thursday, ‘90s indie stalwarts Sebadoh pair up with still-punk former-Minutemen-member Mike Watt, at Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent). On Friday, April 8, groove to the electronic pop of Toro y Moi with locals Braids– all the buzz at this year’s SXSW fest, also at Sala Rossa, April 8. While Liam Finn, son of Crowded House dweller Neil Finn, is at Il Motore (179 Jean-Talon W.) with local lovelies The Luyas. On Saturday, April 9, Jackson Browne strums his eternal, acoustic love at Place des Arts, while those looking for something a little heavier, Japanese psych-rockers Acid Mothers Temple shatter Il Motore. And keep the weekend party going, in a more relaxed state, on Sunday night with guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Steve Dawson at Petit Campus (57 Prince-Arthur East).

Photo Credit: Buddy Guy- T-Bisqit, The Nation’s Red Echo- Pape Seydi Samba

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