Music makes the city move this week – choose from reggae and electro festivals, classical and rock concerts, and tunes that go hand-in-hand with Montreal Pride, catwalk fashion shows, family-friendly carnivals, and delicious locally-made food.
(festivals under the sun) The Montreal International Reggae Festival makes sunny days even brighter this weekend, August 15-17 at the Old Port of Montreal, with music from Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest, I-Octane and many more Jamaican, Caribbean, American and Canadian artists. Meanwhile, EDM and urban music festival Île Soniq turns Parc Jean-Drapeau into one big outdoor club August 15-16, featuring music from Tiësto, Iggy Azalea, Jesse Rose, Laidback Luke, Infected Mushroom, Juicy J and dozens more. Keep dancing at Montreal Pride 2014, to August 17 at various venues – don’t miss Community Day on August 16 on Ste-Catherine between St-Hubert and Papineau, and the Pride Parade on Sunday at 1pm along Rene-Levesque Blvd. And the Festival Mode & Design, August 20 to 23, brings high fashion to outdoor stages at Place des Festivals, showcasing the fabulous stylings of Montreal and Canadian designers.
(food city) The annual Omnivore World Tour starts up August 21 with its Maudits Soupers (Damn Dinners) events where local chefs pair their culinary skills with those of honoured guest chefs – the food festival runs to August 25 at several local restaurants and at the SAT. Sample some of Little Italy’s cuisine during Italian Week, to August 17, along with music in the park, art exhibitions and other cultural activities. More food abounds at the city’s outdoor markets, from the farm-fresh offerings at Jean-Talon Market and Atwater Market to downtown Montreal’s Village Éphémère just east of the Jacques-Cartier bridge (near Papineau metro station), closing its season on Saturday with food, drink and entertainment, and Mile End’s Marché des Possibles, open Friday to Sunday. Fresh is also where it’s at when it comes to the city’s best seafood – Montreal’s oyster bars know how to do it right. Or add some fresh air to a delightful meal on a sunny restaurant patio. Top it all off with some of the city’s best gourmet, all-natural ice cream.
(all-ages entertainment) All the grand song and colourful spectacle of Disney’s The Lion King comes to life on stage in Montreal starting August 19 at Place des Arts. But before that begins, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra offers a weekend of affordable classical music at Place des Arts – the OSM’s Classical Spree includes concerts of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, numerous chamber music performances, several free activities and shows for kids, and more. Also over the weekend, circus centre La Tohu becomes home to the 10th edition of Falla, a weekend-long festival inspired by the Valencia carnival in Spain, featuring family activities during the day, a Balkan Beat party on Friday night and reggae on Saturday followed by a pyrotechnics concert and the celebratory burning of a 10-metre-high wooden and paper sculpture, at La Tohu. Life-sized dinosaurs walk the earth once more at multi-media spectacular Walking with Dinosaurs, featuring 10 different massive prehistoric creatures and the varied stories of their existence, at the Bell Centre, to August 17 (English-language show on August 17). Leap back into present-day life at the Montreal World Film Festival, screening new feature films and shorts from around the world, August 21-September 1. And on August 16, hop on your bike and head to the Pop Montreal Bike In (at Terrasse St-Ambroise on the Lachine Canal in St-Henri), to watch a free screening of 1970s cult classic Phantom of the Paradise at 9pm. Find even more things to do in our Family Guide to Summer.
(more live music) Start the weekend with the East Coast hip hop of Dipset main man Cam’ron, joined by Louie P, Ryan Playground, Grandbuda, Simahlak at Club Soda in a night of good-time Montreal mayhem. Whether you’ve spent the day at Île Soniq or not, spend Saturday night dancing at the afterparty at the SAT, with Popof, Vakkuum, Groj and Zepha, or melt along to the endearing indie-pop of Alvvays, with openers J Fernandez and Los, at La Vitrola (4602 St-Laurent). Piknic Electronik celebrates another summer Sunday spent dancing outdoors – this week’s electro producers include J. Phlip, Moody Jones and more. At night, California folk-electro duo Made In Heights comes to town, with local openers Syngja, at Le Bleury. Tuesday turns to hard rock with Skid Row at the Corona Theatre with openers Dance Laury Dance, while UK-based genre-bending DJ and producer Mr. Scruff gets funky at Le Belmont. Aussie pop singer and Dancing with the Stars celeb Cody Simpson comes to town on Wednesday, August 20 at Metropolis. And Thursday, August 21 brings Frog Eyes, PS I Love You, Seoul and many more great Canadian bands to the Passovah Summer Festival 2014 at Cabaret Piccolo Rialto (5723 Parc) and Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent), while Montreal’s The Damn Truth truly rock out at Café Campus.
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