Montreal Weekender: July 26 through 29, 2012

Thursday
It’s after work and you are not quite in the mood to party, but to sit back, listen and enjoy.Thankfully there are two great events happening tonight. First, the legendary Brit phenomenons Coldplay are playing their first of two dates at the Bell Center. With opening acts Marina and the Diamonds and Charli XCX, this show will be one for the books. The show starts at 7pm sharp. 

If you’d rather just laugh out loud for most of the evening, we strongly recommend the BritCom evening hosted by wordsmith Jimmy Car for Just For Laughs. This all-star collection of the cheekiest Brits hosts the massive 30th anniversary celebration of all things British at Théâtre Maisonneuve. Get ready for some interesting humour.

Friday
One of our favourite spas in Montreal, Bota Bota, located on the water in Old Montreal, is hosting a special edition of “Dive into the Drift,” featuring three elite divers who will show off their acrobatic skills by performing high-diving feats from the roof of Bota Bota. To top it off, one of Montreal’s National Circus School prodigies will present an amazing balancing act. A groovy DJ will provide the soundtrack all evening long for the spa loungers. The event starts at 4pm and goes until 10pm. We have attended events here before and they tend to be very special so we highly recommend this.

If you prefer to stay indoors, check out the Somnambule exhibit, which features the works of solo artist Kate Kova. Despite her young age, she has already garnered much praise. She was recently awarded the distinction of “artiste de releve” by the Academie Internationale des Beaux-arts du Quebec. She recently showcased her creativity by splashing her style on Toms shoes with her unique eye, which later went up for auction. Her exhibit takes place at Gallery 203 in Old Montreal from 5pm to 10pm. Appetizers and drinks will be included, so don’t worry if you didn’t catch dinner!

Saturday 
Lots of fun things to do today, so let’s get started with some sports action. The Montreal Impact are taking on the New York Red Bulls’ star-studded lineup; the stadium has been packed this season and the fun is always in high gear at the games – lots of loud chanting, dancing, drinks and an abundance of hot dogs.

The MEG Music Festival continues from Thursday into the weekend, proving a wide array of electronic music genres surrounding pop, rock, punk and hip hop. Meg is the Montreal Electronic Groove showcase and is one of the first festivals in Canada to focus solely on innovative electronic music makers. Saturday is a host to a plenitude of acts, so it’s best to pop by their website and pick according to your taste. 

Old Montreal is home to one of the funkiest and charming soul lounges we have ever been to. The cool and brick interior give it a major New York feel and the best part is that the music is always alive and kicking when you stop by any day of the week. Tonight however, Piano Rouge is host to Juno Award winner Carlos Morgan, who will spark up the room with his sultry and soulful ballads featuring covers by Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass, then injecting more upbeat reggae, hip-hop and R&B notes. Bring your friends – this place is really happening on Saturdays and the dance floor will be shaking away.

Sunday
Maybe we are biased to solely dedicate this Sunday to them, but we can’t help the mesmerizing sounds of their music. The XX is taking over the Metropolis tonight and we couldn’t be more excited. The minimalist grooves of the British duo will be introduced by young Montreal DJ and producer extraordinaire Jacques Greene. These two are dreamy live and will be one of the best intimate shows you will experience for some time. If this isn’t sold out yet, it definitely will be so we recommend getting tickets ASAP.