Montreal Weekender: January 31 through February 3, 2013

Tonight kicks off on a very high note with three major events around the city, starting with the much-anticipated Poutine Week MTL’s official launch party at Globe. What’s in store? A free poutine if you reserve beforehand, a free poutine tasting at midnight, two of the city’s hottest DJs, DJ Abeille and DJ ZO, a live painter, Peter Farmer, who will be painting some sexy poutine, a free poutine with the table hôte service and some of the Montreal’s brightest and coolest kids. Support our friends and come encourage this brand new initiative of turning a classic dish into something more eclectic and fun!  

Are you ready to live the Bud Light Platinum experience and be amongst the first in Canada to try Bud Light Platinum? Then this is your event! Taking place at the SAT on the Boulevard Saint-Laurent at the south gate of the Quartier des spectacles, the SAT is an ultra-modern space linking artistic fields, science and technology, and tonight hosting this launch extravaganza. The night will be visited by special guest DJs, including the internationally-renowned Swedish duo Cazzette, and opening acts Black Tiger Sex Machine and Shanie Miotto. Get ready to sample this sleek, new, cobalt blue beer in an illuminated and elevated show experience. Register now to attend. 

Not a fan of beer and prefer vodka? FAB BOSS presents the “Official” Quebec launch of Grey Goose Vodka “CHERRY NOIR” at Peopl.’s weekly Thursday soiree, “Le Chic.” Live music is provided by the soulful and extremely talented Shaharah, and beats by the dynamic duo The FLORES BROTHERS. A complimentary Grey Goose “Cherry Noir” welcome cocktail will be offered to all guests by the one and only mixologist, Lawrence Picard. With all this talent, you never know who might be in the audience or who might just jump on stage. 

Let’s take it a little easier today since last night might have been a later than usual bedtime. If you haven’t had the chance to check out the Ice Village on the St. Helene island of Parc Jean Drapeau yet, tonight is the perfect time. Every Friday from 6-9pm, enjoy a drink at the Jagermeister Ice Bar. Alongside some great DJs, you will be able to discover a selection of scotches on the rocks and enjoy their maritime-inspired combo of oysters on ice and SKYY vodka. The Ice Village was created as a replica of the bustling city of New York – entirely made of ice and snow. This unique concept consists of an Ice Hotel with 10 standard rooms and 15 prestige thematic suites, snow igloos, an Ice Restaurant for 100 guests, an Ice Bar that can accommodate up to 250 guests and even an Ice Chapel where you crazy young professionals can elope (hopefully not after too many of those maritime combos!).

In the mood for some jazz? Montreal’s Atomics, called a new generation of electro acid jazz lounge music, will be playing their second album B-side STEREO in the legendary Piano Rouge tonight. What can you expect? A very cozy, brick-clad environment in the heart of Old Montreal filled with infectious electro beats, virtuosity and the musicality making of electro acid jazz lounge music. Doors open at 7pm and the live performance starts at 10pm. Get there early as it’s an intimate space and capacity is limited. 

For those of you that truly love real theatre in its deepest intimacy, Rouge Decante might be right up your alley. Taking place at Ucine-C, this novel, a masterpiece of literature and recipient of Prix Femina in 1995, comes to life on stage. The story centres on the Dutch Jeroen Brouwers, who is placed alongside his sister, mother and grandmother in an internment camp in Indonesia, controlled by the Japanese. Thirty-eight years later, when his mother died, he began writing Sunken Red and awakens this painful period of his past. Director Guy Cassiers developed a video and a sound device that fragments the body and intensifies the voice to resonate the pulse of this heartbreaking story. 

Being huge fans of the opera, we are beyond ecstatic about the prince of Quebec tenors, Marc Hervieux, heading a cast made up entirely of Canadians for “Die Fledermaus,” a masterpiece by Johann Strauss II, the king of Viennese operetta. The premise revolves around Gabriel, who decides to postpone his jail time by first stopping in at Prince Orlovsky’s ball where he meets a mysterious Hungarian countess. Lies, dancing and champagne are the three focal points of tonight’s production. The cool part? Stage director Oriol Tomas transposes the setting to Montreal in the 1930s, including chic Westmount mansions, nightclubs, and a big surprise appearance by a star. The modern twist on this classic has already received rave reviews and tonight is your last chance to catch it.

The main thing on everyone’s mind today is the American equal to our NHL playoffs – the Super Bowl. The Official Super Bowl XLVII party is back due to popular demand brought to Montreal by the NFL and Bud Light. This will be the most exciting way to experience Super Bowl in Canada, filled with special appearances by the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders, NFL players, Jevon Kearse and Marcus Allen, exclusive NFL prize giveaways, multiple HD viewing screens and much more. Gather up your best friends, wear your team’s jersey and get ready to cheer your guts out at Stade Uniprix today!