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29 Aug

Things to Do in Montreal August 30-September 5

August may be almost over, but Montreal’s summer of festivals continues outdoors and in this week: see live bands, theatrical performances and visual art outside in the Quartier des Spectacles, the Old Port and the Latin Quarter; watch new films from around the world; check out the latest fashions; and go dancing all weekend long.


(street entertainment) Multi-media installation Megaphone turns your voice into animated images projected onto the side of a building, right downtown at the Quartier des Spectacles – starting the evening of September 4, have your say in the spirit of Quebec’s long history of public speaking in public spaces. Live music, along with film, dance, comedy, sports and visual arts come out to play at the OUMF street party on St-Denis between Sherbrooke and Ste-Catherine and indoors at neighbourhood venues, September 4-7. See film Un homme et son péché at 7 p.m. at the Cinémathèque Québécoise on opening night, and on Thursday, watch as graffiti artists add  colourful touches to the areas, make your own street art on St-Denis, hear Montreal band Mentana play at the Cinémathèque Québécoise at 5 p.m. followed by film The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, while outdoors, a “soirée franco” begins at 7 p.m. at Place Pasteur

(corner of St-Denis and de Maisonneuve), presented by music festival M for Montreal, featuring folk singer-songwriter Bernard Adamus, electro-rock from Peter Peter, post-rappers Dead Obies and Quebec hip-hop artist Maybe Watson.


(performance the city) International, national and local artists descend on Montreal for Les Escales Improbables, September 3-15, a festival of live music, performance art, interactive art installations and more. Check out free outdoor activities in the Old Port and the Quartier des Spectacles, this week including: Soundig, a scaffolding structure with port-holes and listening pipes that stream field recordings from the past and the present, noon to 7 p.m. at the Old Port; participatory chalk mural Draw Your Planet; Christophe Hocké’s one-man show Human Juke Box in the Quartier des Spectacles; and Montreal dancer-choreographer Peter Trosztmer’s performance-installation 5 Out of 6 Machines in an old factory in Griffintown.


(the art of photography) The 13th edition of international photography festival Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal begins September 5, taking over 14 venues around the city until October 5. The 25 exhibitions in this year’s festival focus on themes of technology and the camera, with British curator Paul Wombell looking specifically at the presence of drone cameras and automated images in art and in the world at large. For the full schedule of shows and events, including a major exhibition of Quebec photographer Michel Campeau at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, see the Mois de la Photo site. Also in photography news, the internationally-touring World Press Photo exhibition, begins September 4 at Marché Bonsecours in Old Montreal, featuring photojournalism images from around the world.


(what to wear) Celebrate 25 years of Montreal Fashion Week, September 3-6, as fashion industry professionals, from designers to critics, and trendy fashion watchers gather for runway shows that launch major international Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Along with shows at L’Arsenal (2020 William, in Griffintown) by designers Bodybag by June, Rush Couture, Atelier B., Helmer, Eve Gravel, Martin Lim, and more, seek out music-filled MFW parties, a pop-up boutique by Cabinet Éphémère, a talk on the style of Grace Kelly, a fashionable flash mob in Old Montreal, and more.

(new on film) The 37th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival brings feature films and shorts from Quebec, Canada and around the world to Montreal until September 2. Among many films screening this week, see Canadian filmmaker Matt Birman’s life-and-death tale A Fish Story, documentary Abbas Kiarostami: A Report, Bo Yang’s Feed Me, Erik Poppe’s A Thousand Times Goodnight, and more, including free outdoor screenings at Place des Festivals, including Blue Velvet on Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? on Saturday, and Gladiator on Sunday. For the full schedule, see the MWFF site. As well as closing the MWFF, Anne Fontaine’s film Adore, starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as two best friends who become entangled in love affairs with each other’s sons, plays in Old Montreal at the Phi Centre on September 4, 9 p.m.

(live music) With Monday a holiday, Sunday night is the one to watch for live music in Montreal: Poetic and much-loved by Montrealers, American singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur charms fans old and new at La Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent), while the great Mudhoney rocks Il Motore (179 Jean Talon W.), and electronic music meets harmonic vocals as Moderat – a teamed-up Modeselektor and Apparat – plays live at the SAT, with openers Jon Hopkins, Prison Guarde and Seb Diamond. And, as always, Sunday afternoon sees Piknic Electronik partying at Parc Jean-Drapeau, but in honour of Labour Day, the electronic dance music flows on Saturday and Monday too. Of course, Friday night still rocks, especially when it comes to Canadi
an talent: see David Martel at Divan Orange, and By Divine Right at Il Motore (179 Jean Talon W.). Dance all weekend at New City Gas’s Produktworld event, with DJs Wolfgang Gartner, Benny Benassi and more. Get ready for the delightful drama of Depeche Mode, returning to prove their sound never really went away, at the Bell Centre on September 3. Dirty Beaches tours his dreamy new double album Drifters/Love Is The Devil, partly recorded in Montreal, at the SAT on September 4. And on September 5, see Los Angeles-based pop-soul musician-producer Mayer Hawthorne, with openers Superhumanoids, at La Tulipe.

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