Love is in the air this weekend as the Valentine’s Day vibe heats up every corner of Montreal, from pop flamenco to modern dance, high-comedy theatre to low-tech shopping and more – it all might not melt the snow, but it’ll warm more than a few hearts…
[titillating tunes] Get an early start on Valentine’s Weekend (I’ve always maintained that a mere day dedicated to love just isn’t enough) with the loved and lauded Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans Band, making sweet sounds for happy times at Cabaret Mile End, February 10.
[comedy charm] Win your love with laughter at flagship Montreal English-language theatre, Centaur Theatre’s brilliant production of Irish comedy Stones in His Pockets, starring two of the funniest physical actors around. Or swoop in to see a dramatized tale of true high-flying wartime heroism: Billy Bishop Goes to War at The Segal Centre.
[sweet shopping] The swanky streetwear and happenin’ haute-couture seen at Montreal Fashion Week can be scooped up in many an Old Montreal boutique, but head to the hip neighbourhood of Mile End to see how creative, crafty local artisans are celebrating Valentine’s Weekend at Old Skool Crafts’ Valentine’s Fair, with a kids’ craft room too! February 12–13 at St-Michael’s Church (105 St-Viateur W.).
[family matters] Speaking of kids, one of the by-products of falling in love is, on occasion, children. The Montreal Science Centre’s educational and entertaining Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition, aimed at the 12-and-up set, helps you show your offspring how they came to exist in the first place.
[desireable dance] UK dance genius Wayne McGregor, who has choreographed not only for the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris and the Bolshoi, but for Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (fact!), brings his high-tech, plugged-in Entity, featuring music by Coldplay collaborator Jon Hopkins, to Place des Arts, February 10-12.
[sparkly and savory] On February 12, jeweler Birks transforms its elegant downtown showroom into a 200-seat restaurant and serves up an eight-course meal, complete with champagne and a gemstone “buffet.” Reserve at 514-397-2468. They also do a lovely, fancy and less pricey brunch.
[enchanted art] One of Canada’s best young artists and winner of the prestigious 2010 Sobey Art Award, Daniel Barrow opens his first solo show in Montreal, Good Gets Better – brightly hued drawings and projections inspired by Victorian illustration, comic books and the early days of cinema – February 12, 3–5 p.m. at hot-spot SBC Gallery, in the art-packed Belgo Building (#507–372 Ste-Catherine W.).
[ear-candy concerts] For years, The Gipsy Kings have managed to soothe and excite at the same time, thus cornering both the café and wedding-reception-like dance-party markets for all eternity, with guests Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo adding pop sensibility to traditional flamenco music, at Place des Arts, February 13. Or indulge in a not-so-well-kept Montreal secret: an undying love of metal. Las Vegas’ alt-post-hardcore Escape The Fate and a bevy of other bands does rock out at Club Soda.