Things to do in Montreal in June

Posted on May 15th, 2014 by .

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Ooh, temperatures are rising and the squirrels are getting frisky! Montreal in the summer is a glorious thing, in part because of the absolutely astounding amount of things there are to do out there. Just take a look…

 

It’s officially festival season! Not that the season ever really ends in La Belle Ville… but it’s different when the weather is warm and there’s action on every street corner. And what better way to start than with the Montreal Fringe Festival, where everything ever imaginable onstage happens. Check out the goods in its dozens of venues all over the downtown core from June 2 to 22.

Also on June 2, British synth band La Roux are going in for the kill at the beautiful old Théâtre Corona in Little Burgundy, with Big Data as an opening act.

Grand Prix Montreal

Rev your engines for a busy month at Grand Prix Montreal weekend, from June 6 to 8. You’ll find all the speed you need at the Jacques Villeneuve Circuit on Île-Sainte-Hélène, and the parties don’t stop all weekend along Crescent downtown and the Main between Sherbrooke and Prince Arthur.

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High emotions reign in the Old Port throughout the month thanks to the Cirque du Soleil, whose latest show, Kurios, is a feat of human creativity – and acrobatics.

Don’t miss what is sure to be one of the year’s greatest concerts by South African duo Die Antwerp on June 6 at Metropolis, right downtown – OR, that’s also the night The Kills are playing at Olympia de Montréal! Not a bad dilemma to have.


Montreal’s own comedian Sugar Sammy returns with his super popular You’re Gonna Rire show for six dates during the month, starting on June 7. Head over to Olympia and be ready to split your sides. From June 8 to 29, head to the Segal Centre for Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock Star Rabbi , an uplifting new musical about the life and music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and his friendship with the high-priestess of soul, Nina Simone. (Plus on June 16 and 24, sticks around after the performance to interact with the artists. Call the Box Office for more information.)


The Mondial de la bière raises a glass to hundreds of ales and their perfect pairings from June 11 to 15 at Palais des Congrès. Get bubbly!

Street art lights up the neighbourhood form June 12 to 15, when the Festival MURAL turns blank walls all along St-Laurent Boulevard into an open-air gallery. There are artists coming from all over the world for this year’s edition, including France (Kashink), Chili (Inti), Poland (Bezt de Etam Cru) and the States (Cyrcle). Watch them beautify the city while listening to killer live music.

From June 12 to 22, bop your head to the Francofolies de Montréal, as they take over the Quartier des Spectacles with music with a French bent – including Éric Lapointe, Stromae and Fontarabie. June 14 marks the opening of a shiny – and we mean shiny – new exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: Fabergé: Jeweller to the Czars will not only illustrate, but tell the story behind the world’s most precious eggs. Meanwhile, at the Musée d’art contemporain, three new exhibitions launch on June 19: Australian artist Angelica Mesiti opens her first solo on North American soil, alongside an installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer called Pulse Room and a show of the museum’s amazing purchases over the last five years called La Beauté du Geste.

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On the Old Port, at the Montreal Science Centre, The Cave of Lascaux – Prehistoric Masterpieces exhibition continues through the month – step back in time to discover frescos created 20,000 years ago. Beck comes to our fair city on June 25 to play at Place des Arts, an experience that promises to be as edifying as it could be potentially weird.

And then the biggie kicks off: the Montreal Jazz Festival opens on June 26! This year will be a whopper, with performances by superstars including Snoop Dog, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Earth, Wind and Fire. What?! Yes, you read right!

End the month with a bang thanks to the L’international des feux Loto Québec fireworks festival, which kicks off its summer programming on June 28. The theme of opening night? The Dreamcatcher.

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