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12 Sep

Things to do in Montréal September 9 to 15

Warm weather and world-class entertainment keep September fabulous in Montréal: lantern-lit gardens, open-air markets, dancing in the streets, a high-performance cyling race, no less than three music festivals, a major Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, and more.

Gardens of light at the Botanical Gardens-625X400Outdoor activities

Take a glittering evening walk through the Gardens of Light lantern exhibition at the Botanical Garden, a family-friendly annual event. Watch peak-performance athletes race in the five-hour Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, starting at 10 am on Sept. 11 at Mount Royal Park’s Georges-Étienne Cartier monument. The Night Nation Run happens Sept. 9 at La Ronde and Parc Jean-Drapeau – register to join or simply cheer on the neon-clad runners. Climb aboard with Croisières AML for a laid-back brunch, afternoon or gourmet dinner cruise on the Saint-Lawrence River. Go dancing in Mont-Royal Park on Saturday night, starting with a free folk dance workshop at 6:30 pm at the Beaver Lake Pavilion.

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Open-air entertainment

Outdoor festivals bring music to the streets this weekend: eat, drink, play games and dance to the beat of live music at OUMF on St-Denis Street, Sept. 7-10; while free EDM festival Bud Light Villa Paradizo fills Crescent Street with dance beats from international DJs Sander Van Doorm, Cazzette and more, morning to night, Sept. 9-10. Spend some time eating, drinking and people-watching on Montréal’s favourite terrasses and check out the great entertainment, food and drink at markets Jardins Gamelin and Village au Pied-du-Courant downtown, Marché des Éclusiers in the Old Port and Les Jardineries at Olympic Park.

Patti_Smith-Robert_MapplethorpeArt and film

Focus: Perfection – Robert Mapplethorpe marks the first major North American retrospective of the photographer since 1988 – see his photos in all their glory at the Montreal Fine Arts Museum. 150 striking photos capture powerful moments in international events at the World Press Photo exhibition at Marché Bonsecours. Discover Québecois art in retrospective show Edmund Alleyn. In my studio, I am many. at the Musée d’art contemporain and in the thought-provoking work of Yann Pocreau at Galerie de l’UQAM. Take a trip around the universe in new film We Are Stars on the 360° dome at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium at Montréal Space for Life. Watch virtual reality exhibitions and short films curated by Red Bull Music Academy and the Phi Centre at the Centre d’histoire de Montréal. And see what’s going on in skin art at the Festival du tatouage Art Tattoo Montréal at Place Bonaventure, Sept. 9-11.

On stage

Festival Quartiers Danses adds contemporary dance to the downtown streets with free 12:30 pm and 5 pm performances at Place Émilie-Gamelin and Place des Festivals, plus brilliant indoor shows at Place des Arts and more. The Montréal Flamenco Festival presents incredible dance and music performances, Sept. 10-17. Theatre La Chapelle opens its season with the always-fun contemporary dance showcase Short Sweet, Sept. 8-10. Follow the compelling story of a young artistic talent in a traditional religious family in play My Name Is Asher Lev, at the Segal Centre starting Sept. 11. And let’s call the rink a stage for a few hours as the World Cup of Hockey comes to the Bell Centre on Sept. 11.

More live music

Electronic music, visual arts and multidisciplinary performances astound at the innovative Ancient Future Festival, headlining XXYYXX, TOKiMONSTA, Kerri Chandler and Scuba, in Hangar 16 in the Old Port of Montréal, Sept. 9-10. Also on Friday night, groove to the beat of Tinashe at MetropolisJunior BoysEgyptrixx and Borys at Bar le Ritz P.D.B., electronic duo Sultan Shepard at New City Gas, and the rock of Earring, Frigs and Heathers at Casa Del Popolo. On Saturday, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra opens its season with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at Maison Symphoniquewhile Electronic dance music meets indie-pop and RB as Tep No plays New City Gas. Sunday afternoon’s Piknic Electronik at Parc Jean-Drapeau features Julia Govor and Weval, while on Sunday night UK electronic artist Gold Panda plays Newspeak. On Sept. 12, Chrome Sparks mixes it up electronically at Théâtre Fairmount. On Sept. 13 it’s time to get legendarily heavy with Slayer, Anthrax and Death Angel at Metropolis, or go pop-punk with Tenement at Casa Del Popolo, joined by Dusk and Grosser, while Mexican American singer-songwriter Rodriguez, rocketed into the spotlight via documentary Searching for Sugar Man, plays  L’Olympia. On Sept. 14, Eagles founding member and solo artist Don Henley plays hits at the Bell Centre, and singer-songwriter Selah Sue brings her soul-funk fusion to Théâtre Corona. And Matthew Dear’s dancefloor alter-ego Audion takes over at Théâtre Fairmount on Sept. 15.

Up next:Light Up the Night at the Botanical Gardens


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