Sarah’s Weekend: March 4-6
Sarah Deshaies produces the Andrew Carter Morning Show. Every Friday at 8:20 a.m., she tells you about the major unusual and unusual events taking place in Montreal. Here’s this week’s list, with links for more information so you can get out and enjoy the city! Submit your event to [email protected]
It’s the last weekend to enjoy Montreal in light, so while you’re there, check out the rest of the festival’s outdoor facilities. There’s an elevated skating loop set up on Jeanne-Mance, La Grande Roue, light installations, maple fire and snacks and drinks, a swing set, giant projections – and more!
Montréal en Lumière also includes a free show for all ages: Cadencea half-hour show on ice at the lovely new Esplanade Tranquille, a refrigerated outdoor skating rink that just opened on Sainte-Catherine and Clark. This new creation by Les 7 Doigts de la Main features ice dancing, extreme jumps, a contortionist and a clown and my favorite circus act, the Cyr wheel! Meanwhile, two narrators tell the story of skating and competition through the years (in French). Dress warmly and prepare your skates! The rink is open for skating, but closed for twice-daily Cascade presentations, until Sunday.
The other circus in town is Celestial Cabaret, a new show at the newly renovated Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel. A meeting room has been converted into a cozy cabaret space for this Cirque Éloize production, which was canceled hours before its original opening in December (thanks, Omicron). Celeste is inspired by astrophysics…think tarot, horoscopes, planets and deities…and it’s both sultry and wacky! I loved the creative clay juggling act and the emcee’s Cyr wheel act. The talented and beautiful Coral Egan provides the vocals across a multitude of pop songs, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Coldplay to Leonard Cohen.
We’ve got the heroes from Moana, Coco, Aladdin, Toy Story and Frozen performing acrobatics and daring skits to Disney On Ice – Mickey’s Search Party is at the Bell Centre, with shows in French and English alternating until Sunday.
WWE’s road to WrestleMania trips to Place Bell in Laval, Sunday at 7 p.m.
Centaur Theater is alive this weekend with his Wildside Remix, returning after being postponed in January. Discover the English beginnings of Logic of the Worst, an exploration of the “worst of the world” through anecdotes and experiences told by five performers. Writer and co-creator Étienne Lepage is thrilled to finally share his show with English-speaking audiences. Until Saturday. And Confabulation will feature romance with “Good Date, Bate Date,” presented after Friday’s 9 p.m. performance of Logic.
Airing this weekend: season 2 of Star Trek: Picard just launched on Cravea and CTV Sci-Fi. Also new on Crave: a new comedy by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows and Thor). Our flag means death satirizes 18th century piracy, starring Rhys Darby as a captain-turned-captain who wants to lead a kinder, gentler pirate crew.
And in the cinema: Robert Pattinson is the latest incarnation of the crusader capped in The Batman. Bruce Wayen is on the trail of a sadistic killer, while confronting Zoe Kravitz’s wiley Catwoman.
Former Montrealer Nick Nemeroff headline The reopening of The Comedy Nest this weekend! He will be joined by Jacy Lafontaine, Jonathan Burrello and Lawrence Corber on Friday, and Elspeth Wright, Viveth K and JC Surette on Saturday. Two shows every evening, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Independent room Montreal improvisation is back, in his new home in St Henri. Attend one or more of the four shows this weekend! Tickets and timetables here.
Oscar Isaac and Charlie XCX join the team of Saturday Night LiveSaturday at 11:30 p.m.
Montreal burlesque headquarters The Wiggle Room is relaunching this weekend, celebrating (finally) New Year’s Eve (in March). Cheer on Lily Monroe, Roxy Torpedo, Zyra Lee Vanity, Clara Develours and Butterscotch Blondie on Friday and Saturday.
Check out the latest city updates cross-country ski trails and outdoor ice rink conditions.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Nicolas Party: The purple hour, a look at the Swiss artist’s pastels, watercolors and sculptures, compared to the murals he painted at the Museum… plus with 50 works selected by Party from the Museum’s collection. The show’s title refers to “that fleeting moment when the fading light casts purple hues across the landscape” – what a dream!
The McCord Museum has just launched the fascinating JJ Levine: gay portraits. The Montreal artist presents 52 intimate images of people who identify as queer, selected from three different series taken between now and 2006.
Montreal Science Center reopened last month. Discover the evolution in Human or explore the process of invention in Fabrik – Creativity Factory. Plus, the movie theater is open, so you can sit back and learn about the sea lions and the Great Bear Rainforest – in IMAX 3D!
While the kids are having fun at the Science Centre, maybe you can sneak into the Bota Bota floating spa or the Scandinave Spa in the Old Port? Because the spas have reopened this week! Too, The Old Port skating rink is open, with tickets available online.
Visions Hip-Hop QC: Exhibition is an extensive series of portraits that begins this weekend at the Center Phi. Painter Marven Clerveau has organized a “visual and sound journey” to portray the people who shaped the province’s hip-hop scene. Marven talks to artists like Webster, Tammy Tuesdayz and Know Kandu, as well as local music managers. Until March 26.
The 14th edition of Massimadi: The Afro LGBTQ+ film and arts festival presents more than 20 films available to stream online, for free! Like the animated inspirational interview feature Well balancedan exploration of masculinity through the words of poet Geroge Matthew Johnson in Not all boys are blue and portrait of Chicago’s trans icon Mama Gloria. Until March 11
The SAT has extended -22.7°C, a new immersive show from French music producer Molécule, who traveled to Greenland to record environmental sounds on his “survival electrokit”. It incorporates the ice, wind and snow of the Arctic into a rich soundscape for your ears while your eyes are treated to the stunning visuals of Belgian studio Dirty Monitor. Until Sunday. (It’s only 40 minutes long, so if you’re still hesitant about public events, this is a great place to relax!)
Stream the Oscar-nominated NFB animated short, art businessabout the daily obsessions of an eccentric family.
Walk ohr drive through the magic of Cavalia Illumi circuits in Laval. If you saw the show last year, it’s almost entirely a brand new show, with many new “universes” to discover, like the candy blizzard, giant puppies and kittens, an inspired palace of Aladdin and an “underwater tunnel”. Until March 13.
The Opéra de Montréal presents two shows available for rental online, Carmen de Bizet.
Flee to the circus, at least metaphorically, with Pointe-à-Callière It’s circus time! More than 350 objects will explore some 200 years of art history in Quebec, through costumes, props, training equipment and more.
Monet – Approved by Dr. Mitch! The people who gave you the immersive Van Gogh experience are now turning their attention to one of France’s most iconic Impressionist painters, with Imagine Monet. Now at the Arsenal gallery in Little Burgundy, it’s like taking a bath in the works of Claude Monet (1840-1926). The approximately 35-minute show introduces you to his work, then immerses you in his iconic scenes of water lilies and Japanese walkways, as well as rich snapshots of nature, beaches, and bustling French streets and ports. A meditative visit to one of the greatest painters. Extended until March 27.
Exporail, The Canadian Train Museum in St Constant presents: Train, a Railroad to Dreams: A World in Miniature. It’s a homage to toy trains…so you start with the smallest of the trains, then swing around to marvel at the 50 life-size vehicles on display in the Grand Hall.