Montreal Weekender: April 25 through 28, 2013

Ready to get Harry Pottered? With sold out audiences all over the world, the Olivier Award-nominated Potted Potter – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books into seventy ab-hurting minutes at the Corona Theatre. Not much of a Harry geek? Worry not, this will make you laugh whether the little wizard keeps your bookstand company or not. Starting tonight and running only until Sunday, if all the shows aren’t sold out yet, you’re in major luck!

On a more serious note, the Montreal chapter of Room to Read presents the “Room to Read Benefit,” an exclusive fundraising cocktail soiree hosted by Mutsumi Takahashi, anchor of CTV news. Room To Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. Guests will include John Wood, founder and Board Co-Chair of International Charity Room to Read and author of “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” and “Creating Room to Read.” 100% of the proceeds from each ticket purchased supports one year of girls education, so go support this amazing cause!

Have you always wanted to Instagram a picture of yourself and the Beebs? Or how about the legendary Celine Dion? Well we have the next best thing to the real deal! The Grevin Montreal is the brainchild of a long-standing collaboration between France and Quebec designed to put all the greatest French on the world map. Located on the 5th floor of the Montreal Eaton Centre, the wax museum allows visitors to enjoy the interactive and sensory thrill of seeing 120 past and present, local and international celebrities in a truly unique setting. Make sure your smartphones are charged and ready to snap away!

All you party animal young professionals, join us and Montreal’s coolest kids in giving back the unconditional love and devotion our animals give to us at Espace Reunion for Paws 4 A Cause tonight. The goal of the night is to raise money and spread much-needed awareness about the SPCA E-Shelter (The Annex) so that the SPCA can continue to serve society’s most disadvantaged animals. Featuring DJ D.R.One of Team Canada, an open bar, live art showcases and much more, this night is sure to be a bark-o-fun…

The stunningly cool Gallery MX presents a selection of works from different periods of Viviane Case-Fox’s career as an artist. Viviane Case-Fox’s expressionist compositions of abstracted florals and landscapes pulse with energy and emotion. The event will go from 12 to 6pm and an interview with the talented artist will also be held, allowing guests a deeper insight into the artist’s mind and inspiration.

With the beautiful weather making a major mark in our city tonight, what better way to celebrate than with the Wild Wants Montreal Champagne Party. Held in the extravagant Cavalli space, this promises to be a perfect event for the YP that wants to network and party it up Montreal-style. Admission is free, but if you’ve been to their other parties, you know you need to get there early; as the night goes on, the line-ups start. This is the next of their “friends and friends of friends” parties, and you don’t want to miss it!

Want to kick it old school today? Then check out Fresh Paint MTL, a temporary project space presented by the Under Pressure festival in Montreal. The project aims to balance cultural and formative elements with the primary objective of promoting and encouraging the practices of graffiti and street art. Take a bit of time to walk around the space and appreciate the talent. 

Papier13 will once again celebrate the versatility of paper as a medium in contemporary art at the Quartier des Spectacles. The sixth edition of the fair will bring together a large number of artists and galleries from across Canada. Come and discover artworks that will showcase paper in a variety of forms, such as print, drawing, installation, sculpture, and more. Talk about an artsy Sunday for every taste and flavour!

Top photo courtesy of Ristorante Cavalli