Posted on August 24th, 2010 by .

“Weekend getaways are like a quick shower for the soul.”

This is the sentiment that a friend once expressed to me. And I couldn’t agree more.

If your soul is needing a cleaning, then perhaps this weekend could be your perfect opportunity to rejuvenate in Montreal. See a movie. Listen to some music. Slow dance.

Check out our nine recommendations on what you can do this weekend in Montreal.


[festival] WORLD FILM FESTIVAL – If you come to Montreal this weekend, you will get a chance to see the world. The 34th annual World Film Festival kicks off this weekend with more than 430 flicks being featured. This is a truly international festival, featuring many cutting edge documentaries and the crowd favorite, “Movies Under the Stars”!

[festival] MONTREAL JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL – Bringing the best in traditional and contemporary Jewish music to the streets of Montreal. Discover top local, national and international artists performing music ranging from hip hop and rock to traditional klezmer. Oy vey!

[concert] SCISSOR SISTERS – Everybody loves a big, sloppy dance party. This might be the concert of the summer. So slap on your eyeliner (or guyliner), throw a boa around your neck and head on down to Métropolis for a sweaty soiree.

[restaurant] GALIANOS – Tucked into a romantic corner along the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, Galianos is a family-run Italian resto-bar that serves up pasta, pizza, seafood, filet mignon and more. If it’s a sunny day, install yourself on the patio and watch the world go by!

[shopping] SHOES – The autumn will be arriving soon. And nothing brings in a new season than a perfect pair of new shoes. We’ve got a couple recommendations for you to find fabulous fall footwear…

[gay life] HORS VILLAGE – You’re probably wondering if I spelled “whore” wrong. Well despite the sexually liberal reputation of Montrealers, I’m not talking about whores here. Hors Village is French for “out of village” – if you’re a gay traveler, you’re going to want to visit the Montreal Gay Village. But you should also explore other gems around the city. Here are six recommmentations.

[adventure] JETBOATING – When people think Montreal, they think a couple things: Poutine, Cirque du Soleil, Arcade Fire, charming European architecture. It may come as a surprise, but did you know that we have some of the craziest rapids in all of North America?

[fine art museum] MILES DAVIS EXHIBIT – It’s the last chance to check out this phenomenal exploration of the life and contributions of the world’s most iconic jazz trumpet player. Encounter the spirit of a genius. Exhibit ends Sunday.

[quirky party] SLOWDANCE NIGHT – It’s like high school, but with a happy ending. And it’s queer, senior, and couple-friendly too. Come and experience why slow is beautiful, and why love is not ironic. “In an age where physical contact is a scarce commodity, an event that brings strangers safely together is long overdue.” – The Montreal Gazette


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