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6 Nov

Things to do in Montréal: November 4 to 10

November 4 to 10, Montréal can’t be beat for its wealth of amazing food at MTLàTABLE Restaurant Week, comfortably-cool autumn walks, two international film festivals, fascinating new art at BNLMTL, plus theatre, dance and live music.

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Discover the city by roaming from restaurant to restaurant during Montréal’s decadent MTLàTABLE when 150 restaurants offer multi-course prix-fixe menus at incredible prices, Nov. 3-13. Get an insider’s perspective in our Survival guide to MTLàTABLE and then choose places to dine and party, where to taste dishes of the worldneighbourhood restaurants to try, fabulous hotel restaurantsLanguedoc wines and SAQ wine eventsfood-focused tourslocal cheeses, chocolate creations and more. On top of all that, there’s more food – and food for thought – at this weekend’s Montréal Vegan Festival at Bonsecours Market in Old Montréal.


See more of Montréal from a pedestrian’s point of view on a walk in the city’s quaint neighbourhoods and big parks, through historic Old Montréal, on multimedia tour Cité Mémoire, and in public art downtown among the skyscrapers. Walk through the real-life video game world of the Grevin Museum’s Super Mario and Friends exhibition, rendering the Nintendo characters into lifelike wax. See the real-Canadian natural world at the Space for Life’s Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme and Planetarium. Face the vertical  Decalade challenge in the Old Port. And choose from three hockey games: the Montréal Canadiens take on the Flyers on Nov. 5, the Bruins on Nov. 8, and the Kings on Nov. 10 at the Bell Centre.

The Nederlands Dans Theater performs captivating pieces by choreographers Paul Lightfoot, Sol León and Crystal Pite as part of Danse Danse’s programming, to Nov. 5 at Place des Arts. See experiments in contemporary dance at Actoral.16 at Usine C to Nov. 5 – the festival extends to Theatre La Chapelle to Nov. 11 for Jacob Wren’s multi-version musical performance Every Song I’ve Ever Written. In theatre: love reigns in the true story of Prom Queen: The Musical at the Segal Centre; Teesri Duniya Theatre’s dark comedy The Refugee Hotel plays at the Segal too; and eco-odyssey The Watershed unfolds at Centaur Theatre. DeAnne Smith hosts Stand Up Strip Down, a wild show of stand-up comedy and burlesque at Théâtre Ste-Catherine on Nov. 4. Members of Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot talk about activism and more with moderator George Stroumboulopoulos on Nov. 9 at Place des Arts. And coming soon: the high-energy magic of Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the Bell Centre Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 – tickets, including family packs, are on sale now.

See French-language film from around the world at Cinemania,  featuring new work by Bruno Dumont, Nicole Garcia, Alain Guiraudie, les frères Dardennes, Paul Verhoeven and more, all with English subtitles, Nov. 3-13. And starting Nov. 10, over 100 new films shine at international documentary festival RIDM. The city’s museums and galleries impress with a new season of art, including the BNLMTL 2016, Le Grand Balcon at the Musée d’art contemporain de MontréalGalerie de l’UQAMMontreal Museum of Fine Arts and more venues – don’t miss Friday night’s art-meets-music Nocturne event at the MACM. Björk’s Virtual Reality visions come (almost) to life at DHC/ART’s exhibition Björk Digital – and there’s more VR artistry at MUTEK_IMG, Nov. 9-13 at the Rialto. Meanwhile, a different kind of heightened reality reigns at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibitions Focus: Perfection – Robert Mapplethorpe , Kerry James Marshall and ELLES Photographes , and at the McCord Museum’s Notman, A Visionary Photographer retrospective exhibition.

On Friday night, see Kirk Franklin live at the Bell Centre, Icelandic electronic legends GusGus at Théâtre Fairmount, and the Orchestre Métropolitain playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto No. 2 at Place des Arts. Music and dance from the Arab world abound during the Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal to Nov. 13 – on Friday night see oud player Mohamed Abozekry at Cinquième Salle, followed on Saturday by Saeed Kamjoo and Regard Persan’s music, poetry and dance, and on Sunday classical Arab songs sung by Montréal vocalists – see the festival schedule for more shows. And discover Francophone Canadian artists, such as Klô Pelgag, Catherine Major and many more talents during the Coup de coeur Francophone music festival, to Nov. 13.

On Saturday, Never Apart presents a night of electronic joys with Australian producer András, Project Pablo and The Beat Escape at the Rialto. Dutch symphonic metal band Epica goes all out at Théâtre Corona, Norwegian indie electronic duo Lemaitre plays Le Belmont, and electronic producers Deorro and Lost Kings keep the dancefloor hopping at New City Gas. Conductor Juanjo Mena leads the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in a concert of Debussy and Ravel, Nov. 5 and 6 at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts. Also on Sunday, British metalcore band Asking Alexandria makes a scene at Metropolis and Aussie indie electronic dance-pop band RÜFÜS DU SOL plays Théâtre Berri. On Monday night, Norwegian pop star Aurora and opener Dan Croll play Théâtre Corona and hip-hop duo Atmosphere bring their Freshwater Fly Fishermen tour to Bar le Ritz P.D.B. On Tuesday, psychedelic dance band Jagwar Ma parties at Théâtre Fairmount. Thursday brings singer-songwriter Troye Sivan to Metropolis and guitar slayer Steve Vai to Théâtre Corona, while acclaimed Montréal electro-pop duo Milk Bone play Place des Arts, and documentary festival RIDM’s free opening party features live music from She-Devils, Hua Li 化力, Strange Froots and more.

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