Montreal Weekender: December 5 through 8, 2013

Let’s kick of Thursday on a funny note. The Wiggle Room is thrilled to host the return of Bobby Slayton, the iconic host of Just For Laughs’ Nasty Show. A NASTY NOEL is your chance to get up close and personal with one of comedy’s living legends in an intimate setting. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and seating is extremely limited. 

It’s football time, Montreal! Kicking off today is Pitch, a new festival focusing on the films, art and culture of soccer. The film portion of the festival features 10 films including topics such as the story of the New York Cosmos, the fashion style of the ‘Casuals’, a movement created by young football fans, as well as Bob Marley’s love of the sport. The local artists displaying their work will be Jeremy Patterson, Ruben Ramonda, Stikki Peaches and Alan Ganev. Expect that and much more at this new initiative by evenko, MEG, Burgundy Lion and Noel Butler of TSN 690

Over 350 professional artists and craftspeople will be at the Salon Métiers d’art du Québec, where you will be able to discover new creations such as musical instruments, utilitarian and decorative objects, fashion and office accessories and much, much more. All products offered at the Salon are certified crafts made with passion and pride. This is the largest annual gathering of professional art in Canada and it kicks off today with free admission! 

It’s the Montreal Burlesque Festival 5th Anniversary, and the fun begins tonight. Scarlett James & Montreal Burlesque Productions kick off three exceptional evenings to relive the atmosphere of the cabaret, so dust off your finest jewels and get immersed in the 1920s featuring live music with ACME Combo Jazz band tonight.

Art and hip-hop? We say yes! En Cachette, Montreal’s hip-hop central, is celebrating the hip-hop artists that crossed the stage of the legendary Paragon Theatre in an awesome night not to miss. Come early to the vernissage at 7pm where you can enjoy the 17 handpicked works like Pete Rock, Beanie Man, GZA, as well as your local favourite Skratch Bastid, to just to name a few. Stay late for Moonshine Saturdays, a favourite hip-hop dance party.

This is the perfect weekend to getaway to Quebec’s top ski destination, Mont-Tremblant, for the 13th edition of Tremblant’s 24h of skiing. This is a skiing event that is open to every caliber of skiers and boarders. From December 6 to 8, nearly 2000 participants will come together for the largest fundraising event in the ski community, where a relay challenge for teams of 6 to 12 people will take place in a festive and fun-filled weekend on the entire site. First and foremost, it’s a fundraiser for the benefit of children’s causes. 

There might be nothing better with the winter knocking at our door than a Sunday brunch party! Brasero Hardi is hosting their latest edition of Brunch Drunk Love, “Jingle Bell Brunch,” a fun-filled afternoon that’s sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. It’s presented by PATRON XO Cafe to keep all the sleepyheads up and offering complimentary shots during brunch with beats by local favourite Toddy Flores and food that’s sure to impress.

Get ready for some serious Christmas shopping in the name of The Nuctracker Fund for Children. Today is the last day to check out this non-profit Christmas market, Montreal’s first launched by Les Grands Ballets. This year, over 20,000 visitors have geared up to visit this gift hunter’s paradise where you can find jewellery, tableware, local products, decorative objects, toys and more in a charming setting. The best part? 10% of the merchant’s pre-tax sales and all revenues earned by Les Grands Ballets during the market will go to the Nutcracker Fund for Children.