Montreal Weekender: January 15 through 18, 2015

Oh, January. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways.

Zero.

Ok, that’s not entirely fair. Between your aggressive professional ramp-ups, your erratic climate, and your unrelenting demand for tighter budgets, you do provide five wonderful rays of hope and charm. We like to call them, “The Weekends”.

Lucky for Montreal, yours starts right now… 

THURSDAY

Foodies, we know you have been patiently waiting for this one. Jatoba has finally opened its doors and the rave reviews keep pouring in. Located in the former Phillips Lounge, Jatoba will offer a mix of Asian and South American cuisine designed by Antonio Park of PARK Restaurant and Olivier Vigneault. Expect an old industrial mansion with a touch of a French bistro feel. Intrigued? We figured. 

For a classically musical night, head over to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for a serious evening of beautiful piano. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, one of the most appealing pianists of his generation, and among the most in demand around the world, will be sharing his talent with anyone lucky enough to be there.

FRIDAY

Maserati, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari. Get ready for the annual Montreal International Auto Show. Showcasing the very best of the automobile world, with the slickest designs, most advanced technology and modern mechanics, this year’s program includes plenty of surprises, more than 500 models on exhibit, exciting premieres, and attractions for all tastes. Vroom, vroom.

Get your ski suits, boots, triple layers, and 80s glasses ready. It’s Igloofest time. Thousands of fans of electronic music will dance under the stars at Montreal’s Old Port featuring the best local and international DJs, the igloo village, and the one-of-a-kind winter wear competition. For the ninth edition, Igloofest returns for 4 weekends and a total of 12 freezing HOT nights. Swag up kids – old school style.

SATURDAY

The highly popular Fête des neiges de Montreal, is back at Parc Jean-Drapeau for four weekends. With a program based around the outdoors, Young professionals (YPs) can expect a wide range of free activities like zip lines, tube sliding, sled dog tours, skating, shows, music, and even a lumberjack show. Plaid is officially back. Just ask the lumbersexuals.

The Beatles are back at Salle Pauline-Julien. Having sold more than 150,000 tickets on tour, the Beatles Story shares the Fab 4’s biggest hits and haircuts.

Mark Knight has become one of the most successful DJs and producers on the planet, responsible for some of the biggest dance tracks of the last decade. And now you can catch his infectious beats at none other then New City Gas. Laser shows and hyper 20-year-olds included.

SUNDAY

Here’s a spicy way to spend Sunday. Québec’s largest sex and romance consumer show invites you to celebrate its 21st anniversary at Place Bonaventure. Packed with seminars, stage shows, celebrities, erotic art, shopping, and kink, the Salon de l’Amour et de la Séduction is geared towards singles, couples, and groups looking to spice up their lives. Meow.

Head over to the Segal Centre to catch a musical production of ‘Catch Me If You Can’. This splashy Broadway play tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. We’re sure most of you have seen the movie so you know the story line. If not, there’s always this.

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Cover from: Jatoba

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