THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL [JUNE 18 to 20]

Posted on June 15th, 2010 by .

It’s our job to find great things for you to do in Montreal. And we’re not going to lie to you, finding great things to do in Montreal is like hoping to find chocolate in a chocolate factory. This weekend is packed again with fun things to do and see in the city. Get out there and enjoy our 10 recommendations!

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[festival] FIRST PEOPLES FESTIVAL – A celebration of indigenous culture, community, cinema and other artistic forms, this festival is a ‘Must See’ for anyone interested in a unique, authentic and historic experience. First Peoples’ art showcased in the major arena it warrants.

[music festival] FRANCOFOLIES – Reflecting the thriving French-speaking music world, this 20-year-old festival is for anyone with a penchant for international song. Many free outdoor shows. Profitez! (TIP: The golden voice of Arica, Salif Keita, plays on Friday night!)

[orchestral music] WIND INSTRUMENTS PLAY FILM SCORES – Need we say more? No. But we will. The OVMF will perform soundtrack classics from Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Rocketeer and more. At Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, arguably the most stunning church on the Plateau District. Saturday. 7:30pm.

[food] GENEVIEVE GRANBOIS – We have a sneaking suspicion that, not unlike us, you have a deep appreciation of chocolate. Professional chocolatière Geneviève Granbois is well known in Montreal and her homemade chocolates are considered one of the best in the city. Be sure to pick us up something sinful!

[gay stuff] DRAG RACES – Long before RuPaul took over the universe with her own version of Drag Races, the Montreal Fringe Fest was encouraging men to dress as women, and then sacrifice their dignities in the name of entertainment. Go and encourage them.  Saturday. 4pm.

[art gallery] PUSH – A destination for new contemporary art, Galerie PUSH represents emerging artists who assemble their practice from a variety of mediums and a wide range of subject matter. The new installation, entitled Surveying the Danger, will draw parallels between the art gallery and the comedy club. Just in time for the Just For Laughs Festival!

[summer solstice] GAYA FESTIVAL – You don’t have to be a druid or a pagan to appreciate the longest day of the year. And what better way to celebrate the sun than dancin’ your cares away in the stunning charm of Old Montréal. Featuring local and international DJ talent. Sunday.

[convention] ROTARY – The world’s first service club organization will host its international convention in our fair town. Gain a broader appreciation of Rotary’s global impact and strengthen your commitment to service. Greg Mortensen, International best-selling author of Three Cups of Tea will be speaking!

[street sale] CLUB ‘MAIN’ – One of Montreal’s most historic streets, Boulevard Saint Laurent, closes to motorized vehicles this weekend, enabling the people to shop, eat and frolic. Yes, we said, “frolic.” So get out there, eat some kebabs, buy some new undies and frolic to your heart’s content.

[indie theater] FRINGE FEST – After 20 years of fun and debauchery, the locally raised, theatre festival still maintains its beloved place in the hearts of Montréalers. Many shows to discover.  Boisterous-ism encouraged.

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