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27 Nov

Things to do in Montréal: November 25 to December 1

Montréal says goodbye to November and hello to December with glittering outdoor entertainment and indoor magic kingdoms, Cirque du Soleil’s OVO, designer Christmas markets, amazing new films, dance and theatre, and concerts for all tastes.

noel dans le parc

Step into an entertaining winter wonderland during Noël dans le Parc at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau neighbourhood, starting Dec. 1. Meanwhile in Old Montréal , join in the Merry Montréal celebrations, featuring a market on Place Jacques-Cartier, live music, food, microbrews and more. Visit Santa at the Complexe Desjardins Magic Kingdom, where you’ll also find a mini train and carousel, multimedia show Fontaine Boréale and performances, or find Santa in many forms at the historic Stewart Museum in a magical (and free) figurine exhibition. And explore the city streets with Art Public Montréal and in smart-phone multimedia tour Cité Mémoire in Old Montréal.


Go shopping for locally made home decor, toys, clothing and accessories, beauty products, food, drink and more at the Marché Casse Noisette, transforming the lower promenade of the Palais des congrès into a glittering marketplace, Nov. 24 to Dec. 4. There’s more creative Montréal-made goods at the Souk @ SAT designer market, Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. Or shop vintage at the Empire Exchange launch in Mile End on Dec. 1. We’ve also got the scoop on where to buy actually cool Montréal souvenirs. And our guide to buying winter wear in Montréal leads the way to staying warm. Another tried-and-true body warmer: the spa.

Wonders never cease in Cirque du Soleil’s OVO, a wildly acrobatic show that brings to life a colourful, magical world of insects, Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 at the Bell Centre – get a family package for the full experience. Another world-renowned circus company, Les 7 doigts de la main, performs Reversible, a spectacular and emotional acrobatic creation for all ages, to Dec. 30 at La Tohu circus centre. And the acrobats and drummers of Australian circus Gravity Other Myths delight in A Simple Space at Centaur Theater, to Nov. 27. Danse Danse presents NYC’s Dorrance Dance in blissful show ETM: Double Down at Place des Arts, Dec. 1-3, and work by choreographer-dancer Rhodnie Désir at Arsenal gallery on Nov. 29. In theatre see eco-odyssey The Watershed at Centaur Theatre to Dec. 4 and children’s show Checkout 606 on Nov. 26 at 10:30 am. Laugh along with Ryan Belleville on Nov. 25-26 and local comedy stars on Nov. 28 at The Comedy Nest, while on Nov. 28 Jordan Foisy causes a laugh riot at Casa del Popolo. Cheer on our pro hockey CWHL team Les Canadiennes at the Bell Sports Complex Nov. 26 and at Centre Etienne-Desmarteau Nov. 27. And take a trip back in local hockey history via our guide to Montréal’s hockey hotspots.

Intent on making critical and challenging works, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye shows his sculpture, drawing, photography, installation and video at DHC-ART starting Nov. 30. See heritage films and new forms of animation at international festival Sommets du cinéma d’animation Nov. 23-27. In its 29th year, the LGBTQ Image+Nation international film festival, Nov. 24 to Dec. 4, screens exceptional films such as Saturday’s doc Strike a Pose at Never Apart. The Phi Centre co-presents films at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts: Dancer on Nov. 25 and Dark Night on Nov. 26. Must-see contemporary art populates the BNLMTL 2016, Le Grand Balcon biennale at the Musée d’art contemporain de MontréalGalerie de l’UQAMMontreal Museum of Fine Arts and more venues. Don’t miss the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibition Focus: Perfection – Robert Mapplethorpe and the McCord Museum’s Notman, A Visionary Photographer. And sound-and-music project Sounding the City launches Nov. 25-29 at POP Montréal headquarters.

Holiday music shows begin in earnest this week, starting with Montréal rocker Jonas and friends’ Christmas Calling benefit concert at Club Soda on Nov. 25, while the Montréal Bach Festival continues with concerts at some of the city’s most beautiful churches and concert halls. Also on Friday: party with electro beat makers Black Tiger Sex Machine at Théâtre Berri; singer-songwriter Coleman Hell takes over Théâtre Fairmount; Torontonians Tasseomancy and Montréalers She-Devils rock La Vitrola while The King Khan BBQ Show have a blast at Bar le Ritz P.D.B.; and electronics meet acoustic instruments in performances by Sarah Davachi, Pierre-Yves Martel and Marc Djokic at Chapelle Saint-Louis. On Saturday: bounce to the hip-hop inflected EDM of Flosstradamus at Metropolis; see Swedish indie-rockers The Sounds at Théâtre Corona , Aussie rock band The Jezabels at L’Astral, and RB artist Daniel Caesar at the Phi Centre; electro dance producer Robin Schulz amplifies New City Gas, and Detroit techno master Kevin Saunderson takes Newspeak for a spin.

While Peter Hook plays a sold out show at Théâtre Fairmount on Nov. 27, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Orchestra Métropolitain in a dynamic concert of Russian music at Place des Arts’s Maison Symphonique, and 10-person act Straight No Chaser return to Montréal with their vocal acrobats, also at Place des Arts. On Nov. 29, sing along with The Head and the Heart at Metropolis and enjoy An Evening with Toh Kay (of Streetlight Manifesto) at Club Soda. Kent Nagano conducts the Montréal Symphony Orchestra and choirs in Bach’s St Matthew Passion and more on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Place des Arts. Canadian disco queen Patsy Gallant performs as part of a presentation of documentary film Patsy on Nov. 30 at Lion d’Or. Danish singer and songwriter plays Théâtre Corona on Nov. 30 while hip-hop artist A$AP Ferg plays Metropolis. On Dec. 1, Illinois-based singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons strums up a storm at L’Astral, and The Lyric Theatre Singers add sparkle to Concordia University’s Loyola Chapel in performances of Candlelight Christmas 2016, Dec. 1-2.

Up next:Actually cool Montréal souvenirs


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