Montreal Weekender: June 26 through 29, 2014

The Montreal Jazz Festival kicks off today with an epic schedule. Here’s a great way to start: See Woodkid live for free. Three years ago, he set off a buzz that that hasn’t quit since the release of the superb video for Iron, which was viewed over 26 million times on YouTube. After delivering phenomenal performances during the Festival and Jazz All-Year Round last year, he’s back to complete the hat-trick by playing the opening outdoor concert of this 35th edition. Music to our ears. 

For something to keep you dancing all night long, one of our favourite hot spots is celebrating their one-year anniversary in style. One year of FLYJIN has flown by and they want you to join them for a very special cocktail starting at 6pm. Special guests and gifts will await you.

Tarantino in concert? Hell yes. Somewhere between film, music and theatre, you’ll find the electrifying spectacle of this mad cavalcade featuring 15 dancers, musicians and performers, serving up the 360-degree musical version of cult scenes from the modern master of American cinema. From Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained, it’s the perfect opportunity to relive all the twists and turns.

The Arsenal contemporary art complex, in collaboration with international art collector François Odermatt, are proud to present “NEXT,” a group show of international contemporary artist up-and-comers under the age of 35. The 19 international artists selected for this group exhibition have positioned themselves as the next potential international stars of the contemporary art world. Every artist partaking in this exhibition was selected by François Odermatt over the past year.

Today from 11am until 6pm at the 3535 Boulevard Saint-Laurent parking lot, join a huge crew of soccer fans to watch a featured match-up from the knockout stage on the big screen and show who you’re cheering for on CIBC’s Fan Standing screen. Featuring prizes, play stations and a happy bunch of sports enthusiast, this will be the coolest parking lot party of the weekend.

This is the perfect night to check out the newly opened sexy cabaret restaurant and bar Pandore, located on a fifth floor terrace overlooking Montreal’s ‘The Main’. Open Thursday to Saturday, this sultry and wicked joint serves up amazing cocktails, a delicious seasonal menu, and a lineup of five-minute shows featuring burlesque dances, circus routines and live music every hour.

Car enthusiasts, this one’s for you. Eurokracy Montreal in partnership with Unitronic Chipped will be hosting Canada’s Finest European Automotive Event at Napierville Dragway. Events will include a day-long quarter-mile drag race, burnout competition, show & shine, and a low car competition simple titled “The Neckbreaker.” Of course an official pre-party and on-site as part of the festivities. Race on.

Can’t make it to Barcelona this weekend? Don’t worry, we got you covered. This week, Piknic Elektronic trades players with its satellite event from across the Atlantic and holds the very first Piknic Barcelona in Montreal. While some of their best local DJs will represent in Barcelona, Piknic’s MOOG Stage will feature three sizzling DJs flown in from the gorgeous Catalan capital. The party starts at 2pm at Parc Jean-Drapeau and goes well into the day. Sunscreen and your best party hat recommended.

If you haven’t checked out what luxurious eggs look like, visit the The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Exclusively in Canada, the Museum is showcasing one of the largest Fabergé collections outside of Russia from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond. The exhibition is the first of its kind devoted to Fabergé ever presented in Canada. Extraordinary achievements of art and craftsmanship, executed in precious metals and inlaid with jewels, Fabergé’s imperial eggs are very fascinating and give you a glimpse into what the Tsars of Russia gifted their families. Let the egg hunt begin.



Cover image from: Montreal Jazz Festival

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