With the beginning of March comes the hope of spring – the season does take its time getting here, but when it does, Montrealers are ready. Preparations for spring fever start now, from international dance shows that inspire us to strip off heavy winter wear to synth-pop tunes that seem to make the flowers grow to a festival of puppetry that will no doubt put the spring right back into everyone’s step…
[dance] Innovative French choreographer Jean-Claude Gallotta finds inspiration in the witty, sexy songs of 70s-era Serge Gainsbourg, creating a work of contemporary dance that is accessible, entertaining and beautiful to watch. L’Homme à tête de chou (pictured above) makes its Canadian premier here in Montreal as part of the Danse Danse season, as 14 dancers evoke a poetic story of love and a familiar kind of tragedy, March 4–5 and 10–13 at Place des Arts.
[art attack] Some art is pure beauty, some strains our brains, and some is just bizarrely wonderful. Cree-Canadian artist Kent Monkman adds new perspective to key moments in Canadian history with his new multi-media project My Treaty Is with the Crown, at Concordia University’s Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, beginning March 3 at 4:30 pm with a performance and gallery tour by the artist as his alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. The strange truth is out there.
[world beats] Senegalese rock guitarist Habib Koité has been called the “African Clapton,” but his musical stylings are all his own – he joins Oliver Mutukudzi and Afel Bocoum for the mind-blowing Acoustic Africa tour at Club Soda, March 5. For the more percussively inclined, Japanese taiko drumming troupe Kodo shows us how serious synchronicity is done, at Place des Arts, March 4 & 5.
[sound art] Every month, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal invites some of the most exciting musicians in town to play the museum’s Friday Nocturne series. On March 4, Jimmy Hunt, former vocalist with the rock group Chocolat, blends folk and French pop in music that seems to take us on a cinematic trip. The modest ticket price also includes admission to the museum’s current exhibitions – a must see.
[merry marionettes] Timed perfectly with spring break, the 6th edition of Les Trois Jours de Casteliers, Montreal’s International Puppetry Festival provides plenty of entertainment for kids and a surprising variety of shows for adults too! Among the many shows, Quebec’s Théâtre Pupulus Mordicus also finds inspiration in Serge Gainsbourg in their irreverent take on the cabaret, Sweden’s Dockteaterverkstan puppet theatre workshop pulls off a circus populated by monkeys, and the Netherlands’ Stuffed Puppet Theatre takes us on a strange trip through Afghanistan. At Théâtre Outremont, March 3–6.
[crafty creations] Bring home a unique piece of hand-made Montreal at Puces Pop, an art and craft fair with a pop-culture twist – among the work from 80 artists, find jewelery, poster art, plush toys for the kids and more, in the Mile End neighbourhood at St Enfant de Jesus Church (5039 St-Dominique), March 5–6, 11 am to 6 pm.
[music memories] OMG it’s OMD. British electro-pop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark brings that signature 80s-synth sound back, plus a little something new, as they tour their new album, rolling into Le National (1220 Ste-Catherine E.), March 6. American folk songstress Lucy Kaplansky channels the peace-minded 60s by way of classic country and modern rock melodies, at La Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent), March 4. That same night, ska favourites The Planet Smashers get galactic at Club Soda. And Montreal’s Liederwolfe fuses opera, classical music and pop sensibilities, at Divan Orange, March 6.
Photo Credit: L’Homme à tête de chou- Guy Delahaye, Puces Pop- Richmond Lam