Montreal Weekender: August 23 through 26, 2012

From an internationally acclaimed movie festival to a charity fundraiser under the stars, let the weekend begin Montreal!

Tonight, the Montreal World Film Festival begins and are we ever excited for this event.  Every year, films from more than 75  countries, including well-known and first-time filmmakers alike, are selected and played for the public. The festival this year will include a world competition of film featuring the greatest selections, documentaries, film tributes, a spectacular cinema under the stars and a focus on the Canadian Student Film Festival offering opportunity to young film makers to showcase themselves. This is a must-go to for major movie buffs. In previous yearsm the movies selected were not only visually stunning, but very moving and intelligent script-wise as well. 

The nighttime offers another option. Our city’s top promoters, the Curator of Cool & The Club House, are launching a brand new night at Rosalie called “Hobo Chic” starting tonight and continuing every Thursday. If any of their past nights are an indication of what’s to come, be prepared for a chic, freshly dressed crowd that’s ready to mingle and party. Music will be provided by Dean K., Pat Boogie and DJ J.E Bunns, with special performances by Mugz & Akua and an exhibit of photographs by Rupert Lamontagne. The event starts at 10pm and continues deep into the night.

Tonight the Apollo Agency and Decover Magazine are proud to invite Montrealers to experience the second part of their expo-event entitled “God Save The Queen,” taking place at The Loft 4. Spend your evening amongst Quebec’s most talented artists and instigators that created tonight’s artistic event celebrating 60 years of reign through 60 works presented in the special issue of the magazine Occasional Decover in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. This critically acclaimed exhibit will be open for visit again if you missed it the first time; full of rock and royalty, it’s not to be missed. Starting at 5pm and going all the way until 3am for the night owls, make sure to pop by and inhale some creative senses.  

If music is calling your name, there’s no other show to see than the Dead Can Dance performing at the Centre Bell. If you weren’t exposed to world music when growing up, these guys brought fusion and ambiance to the genre featuring rhythms like African, folk, Middle Eastern mantras, Gregorian chants and even art-rock. Talk about a bowl of intricate sounds and melodies! Their shows never cease to disappoint and this will bring you into a realm of something unique. 

How we love weekends full of charity and good will. This Saturday consists of two very important events that should both be attended and supported to the fullest.

The first is the yearly weekend to end women’s cancer benefiting the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital. It’s a weekend to remember those lives we have lost to breast or gynecologic cancer and a weekend to celebrate the lives we are saving. This event is purely based on the public’s participation, so we encourage everyone to take part and contribute. The great thing is that you can customize your schedule to either do the full 2-day walk or try the 1-day 32km distance. You can also designate your hard earned dollars to either breast cancer or gynecologic cancers. Whichever you choose, just make it important and meaningful to you. Click here to sign up and give. What a great excuse to work out, spend time with friends and give back!

Get ready for Strangers In The Night, back by popular demand. The Fairview Centre parking lot will be transformed into a virtual hall under the starts where over 200 tables will be set under enormous tents to welcome guests for a stunning and memorable night benefiting the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which has enhanced the lives of countless children and their families across Canada.

Doors open at 6pm to a gourmet gala with complimentary food and drink services by over 70 of Montreal’s best restaurants and brands, featuring Gibby’s, Le Pois Penche, Hype, Rib n Reef and plenty more. The music is the talk of the night featuring performances by Myles Goodwyn and April Wine. Plenty more surprises await those that will attend this unforgettable event. Tickets are almost gone so click here to check availability.

After such a busy weekend of exercising, charities and parties, let’s soak up a bit of fun, relaxation and dancing at your own discretion infused with Latin rhythms at the Sunday Salsafolie event at the Parc Olympique. Starting at 4pm, this is the largest weekly gathering of Latin music and dance in North America. The day consists of dance classes, shows, entertainment and more in a gorgeous setting including a huge wooden dance floor, a large stage, and areas to take a break in, including Latin food kiosks and a terrace bistro. Prepare to be drawn onto the dance floor by very friendly strangers.

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