Montreal Weekender: February 27 to March 2, 2014

If you’re in the know in Montreal, you will definitely have heard of The Guzzo family by now. Why? How about the fact that they own over 142 cinemas in 10 theatre complexes, making them the leading independent cinema theatre owners in Quebec. Tonight you can have a chance to meet with Vincenzo Guzzo, Executive Vice-President and C.O.O., Guzzo Cinemas, business man, philanthropist, lawyer, father and, most of all, man of passion. The Segal Centre is hosting him as part of their SCYL Cocktail series (yes appetizers and drinks will be on hand), so make sure you come prepared with some good questions. This is the man to ask them to.

The Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp is touching down in Canada for the first time ever, and what better city to do that in than Montreal? The dazzling four-day musical is kicking it all off with Lunice, one half of production duo TNGHT and a Red Bull Music Academy 2010 graduate. He will be showcasing his talent at party spot extraordinaire Le Belmont and you know this will be a guaranteed full house.

Kicking off tonight with a fancy opening party and gala is the Black Expo Design 2014 at the stunning Loft Hotel featuring Bohten Eyeglasses. The Black Expo Design is a stylish and unforgettable event dedicated to Afro contemporary design spanning over three days. This is a unique concept that combines luxury, fashion, design and cultural diversity through fashion shows and an expo that showcase collections of designers from four corners of the world.

YPs, rev your engines, because The Montreal Motorcycle Show is riding into the Palais des congrès de Montreal this weekend for three days of exhibits and events from some of the biggest manufacturers in the industry. Come and discover the latest apparel, industry innovations, technologies and developments. Hundreds of exhibitors will be on-site showcasing their latest makes and models, and with more than 200,000 square feet of exhibits, this is any bike lover’s dream. 

And it’s Nuit Blanche time! Here’s a super cool event to get you in the mood for this all-night initiative: Hydro-Québec presents a marathon of poetry in motion. Hosted by Betty Esperanza from 100 Thousand Poets 4 Change, our city will light up for one night and 10 hours with a full spectrum of colourful words. Starting around midnight, an impressive line-up will perform for a “Tribute to Leonard Cohen” all under the musical influence of Michael Gauthier Jazz Trio Medusa. Get that coffee ready!

Got a weird uncle? Most of us do, but in Dave Merheje’s family everyone is the weird uncle! His show, “Family Affairs,” will make you feel like you are sitting at the Merheje table eating shawarma with the entire bunch. The show is a series of stories that touch on growing up with a Lebanese family with the end result being a family dynamic that is strange, loving and full of laughs. Spend an hour with Dave as he takes you on a journey into the organized chaos of the family he loves, laughs with, and calls home at the Theatre Sainte Catherine.

We know Sunday should mean an earlier bed time, but for an event like this we’ll pass and just chug that caffeine in the morning like it’s going out of style. For the seventh consecutive year, Fantasia invades Place des Arts with free screenings. You can discover three programs of short films starting at midnight with DJ XL5’S Decadent Zappin’ Party, around 1:30 am, Best of Fantasia 2013, around 2:30am, and a selection of Fantastique weekend du court métrage Quebecois’ 2013 Edition.

In continuation of Nuit Blanche and our love for dance in all forms, contemporary dance choreographer Ginette Laurin will perform different motifs inspired by the solo and reuniting on the stage of Cinquième Salle. Up to 26 performers including dancers from O Vertigo and École de danse contemporaine de Montreal will grace the stage of Cinquième Salle from midnight until 3am, blowing your mind with moves you could never imagine.

#LYNL | (Live Your Notable Life)


Cover Image: Red Bull Bass Camp

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