After the frenetic pace of Pop Montreal, a week to sit back and relax would be great right? Think again! Strap your boots on for Journées de la Culture, when every nook and cranny off the city opens up for your free cultural edification. Of course, you can also sink into a cushy seat at Place des Arts or in front of international silver screen award-winners to rest your weary head…
(culture days) Taking over the city from September 26 to 28, Journées de la Culture are an amazing opportunity for culture vultures to take in all the latest shows and exhibitions around town, from the biggies to the smaller, hidden gems. There are five bus circuits (all FREE) that take you to museums and cultural institutions all over town. Make sure you fit in the Montreal Science Centre, where there are tons of interactive activities for the whole family plus the Island of Lemurs 3D Imax experience. Also put the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on your trajectory, for one of your last chances to take in the Fabulous Fabergé exhibition (it closes on October 5). On September 27 and 28, get on board the Montreal Model Train Exposition at the Sun Youth headquarters (4251 St-Urbain). This year’s show features the largest collection of model railroads in North America, and you can play with them to boot!
(film images) The Montreal International Black Film Festival, continues until September 28, and has kept some of the best for last including Mirage by Szabolcs Hajdu, on Friday the 26th at 9, two special programs of short films on Saturday (English films at 1 pm and French films at 9 pm), and as the festival closer, Half of a Yellow Sun, by Biyi Bandele. Catch the last couple of days of the World Press Photo exhibition at Marché Bonsecours, featuring the world’s best photojournalism until September 28. Get a head start on the Biennale de Montréal with a first satellite show at VOX, where Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens present The Golden USB, an exhibition featuring a Trade Catalogue of Everything (yes, everything) inspired by the Biennale’s theme of “L’avenir (looking forward)”.
(live music) Bryan Ferry will grace the Théâtre St-Denis on September 26, but he’s got competition: Jann Arden is playing the same night a few blocks at L’Olympia. The Canadian funny woman always puts on a good show. Meanwhile, at SAT, DubFX will get the party started in a while other way. British pop star Lily Allen plays the Metropolis on September 27, and on September 28, check out Boban Markowic at La Tulipe: the Serbian Romani trumpet player will make you rethink your relationship to brass. On October 2, get a load of Porter Robinson at Metropolis, or the Toronto band Zeus at Cabaret du Mile End.
(big-time showtime) Catch the last of Verdi’s Nabucco on September 27, the fun and furious season opener for Opéra de Montréal. On September 26 and 28, head to Cabaret du Mile End for the Couscous Comedy Show: Festival humour paix, where a couscous feast meets laughs and live music, all on the subject of peace. At Tangente, don’t miss Danses buissonières 2014, featuring the best of up-and-coming contemporary dance until September 28. It’s a great way to discover the next generation of movement makers. Mainline Theatre launches its biggest season ever on September 26 with So You Think That Was Dance?, a new platform for performance experimentation hosted by dance artist Karen Fennell where performers are invited to share their ideas in 10 minutes or less.
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