Sunny days light up snowy Montreal this week, inviting everyone to play – and dance and skate – outdoors while celebrating an abundance of international art, culture and music inside the city’s best venues…
(wintry entertainment) With the Winter Olympics in full swing in Sochi, Montreal takes up the torch – or at least its spirit – on home turf too. This week, the Olympic Parc’s Winter Village features not only ice skating and other winter sports, but a triathlon event on February 7. Revel in the final weekend of Montréal Fête des Neiges de at Parc Jean-Drapeau, set up for all manner of winter activities from skiing and tube tobogganing to zip-lines and dogsledding. For different kind of outdoor activity, go dancing in the snow at Igloofest’s final weekend, with music from DOP, Nico (of house duo Nôze), Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg and more incredible DJs. And stay warm on the inside with Quebec signature dish, poutine, celebrated by dozens of local restaurants during Montreal’s Poutine Week, to February 7, with a closing party hosted at Fabergé restaurant, featuring the Roux food truck and more.
(art & film) Canadian-Cree artist Kent Monkman unveils his latest work, inspired by the at the McCord Museum’s collection of works by photographer William Notman and painter Gustave Courbet: Welcome to the Studio immerses viewers not only in portraiture but in their own self-portraits (which are entirely shareable on social media). Montreal Black History Month continues, featuring exhibition Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom at Montreal’s City Hall, film screenings, theatre, dance, discussions and more throughout the month. Don’t miss Peter Doig’s captivating painting exhibition No Foreign Lands, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. See Lives in Transit, a new exhibition by Albanian-born artist Adrian Paci, investigating collective history and personal identity through paintings, sculpture, photography and more, as well as group exhibition Collages: Gesture and Fragments, exploring the history and capacity of the collage as art form. And artist and storyteller Daniel Barrow performs his project The Thief of Mirrors, merging voice and image with projections reminiscent of cinema’s early days, on February 12 at 7 p.m. at the Musée. And the Phi Centre continues a month of film screenings, including Zhangke Jia’s A Touch of Sin, Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm, and more.
(dance & theatre) Start Valentine’s romance early with a dinner and a show. A sure bet: contemporary ballet star choreographer-dancer Wayne McGregor’s FAR, an sensual yet intellectual exploration of the human body as performed by 10 dancers, presented by Danse Danse, to February 9 at Place des Arts. Or opt for Chekov’s The Seagull, a classic tale of summer passion, however bittersweet or laughable, at the Segal Centre, to February 16, or playwright Arthur Holden’s wit in The Book of Bob, a contemporary dramatic retelling of the Book of Job, to March 2 at Centaur Theatre. German choreographer Helena Waldmann absorbs herself in the subject of dementia in Get a Revolver, performed by dancer Brit Rodemund, at Place des Arts, February 11-15. And step into the unique world of Zab Maboungou and Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata as they perform contemporary African dance at the SAT February 13-14, also a part of Black History Month.
(live music) Along with Igloofest’s outdoor electronic-music dance party, Friday night brings Destroyer back to town – Dan Bejar plays a solo set of material old and new at Il Motore, or relax among the sweet, strange sounds of Lily Frost, Echo Beach and Anagram at Cagibi. On Saturday night, Black History Month celebrates 30 years of Cameroon musician Ben Decca at Cabaret du Mile End, Vincent Dionne and his band delve into the jazz universe of Dave Brubeck in an inspired concert at Théâtre Outremont, and California hard rock band Buckcherry rolls into Théâtre Corona to play new music from their sixth album, Confessions. On Sunday, Brooklyn duo Weeknight play music from newest release, with performances by Doomsquad and Mekele at Il Motore. Ireland’s extremely popular crooners and guitar-strummers Kodaline take over Théâtre Corona on February 10. World-renowned violinist Gidon Kremer joins the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano at Place des Arts on February 11 and 13. And on Wednesday, February 12, Michael Bolton is back in all his tanned glory to play Place des Arts or settle in for a real rock ‘n’ roll trip with double-bill The Black Angels and Roky Erickson & The Hounds of Baskerville, at Théâtre Corona.
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