Montreal Weekender: March 21 through 24, 2013

THURSDAY
iBurger, the original idea that originated from three young Montrealers to develop an interactive table that would allow people to surf the menu and order their drinks and food directly from the table, is celebrating their two-year anniversary. Try their classic burger or their newly created “Sushi burger” – sounds like major food porn! As part of the anniversary, iBurger will launch an art exhibition by artist Patrick Rochon and the duo of DJ & Sofisticated Nymra will furnish the sound space of the restaurant. Get there early, hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 to 8pm. 

In the wake of the launch of the Forum Arts-Affaires, our friends at the Segal Centre’s Young Leaders (SCYL) in collaboration with the Jewish Chamber of Commerce are hosting an intimate interview with two inspiring friends of the arts: Jean-Pierre Desrosiers, Partner at Fasken Martineau, and Co-President of the Forum Arts-Affaires, as well as Sébastien Barangé, Communications & Public Affairs Director at CGI and President of the executive committee at Business for the Arts/artsScène Montreal. Come and listen to two notable professionals speak about their passion and work.?The cocktail reception starts 6pm, which will include appetizers and a drink …and if you’re in the mood for a great play afterwards, the French production L’Augmentation will begin at 8pm. Mingle and network with some of the best! 

FRIDAY
For a different sort of 5-7, check out the launch of the new collection for Ek SAN, quality, unique, stainless steel jewellery created by Montreal jewellery designer Faya Dequoy. Come and see the new creations by EK SAN and shop away while also celebrating the official launch of their new website and online store. Join other accessory lovers in this friendly and hip atmosphere taking place at Space to Pop on Park Avenue and support local artists.

Following the success of its first two editions, this year’s International Market of Film on Art (MIFA) is open to art professionals and specialists in the fields of art film and media arts from around the world. MIFA brings together participants from all corners of the earth: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, South Korea, Spain, United States, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Venezuela, the list goes on. MIFA will take place during the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), a world-renowned event now in its 31st year. This event is a must for all artists, cinematographic or otherwise, as well as for art and film enthusiasts alike!

SATURDAY
Are you a lover of classical and rock music, but never imagined them side by side? Here is something that will change your mind: The New Generation Chamber Orchestra presents Beethoven & Rock! Beethoven’s music is without a doubt the most recognizable among the classical repertoire, but its influence reaches far beyond classical music and some of the most memorable rock songs of all time owe a great deal to this master composer. To open the concert, the String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 74, nicknamed “the Harp,” will take you away with its beautiful melody, followed by the second half, which will transport you two centuries later in the world of rock music with a tribute to Freddy Mercury and Queen. They will, they will rock you…

Want to travel back in time? Since 2009, Scarlett James has welcomed the best of the best in Burlesque for Montreal’s viewing pleasure. The Grand Burlesque Show will be no different. Bringing you to a world of dreams and wonders, you will be utterly astonished with this exceptional evening full of elaborate costumes, cirque, music, burlesque stories and so much more. Be transported to an era where glitz and glamour were a big part of the weekend lives of young professionals. 


SUNDAY
Are you a YP bride or groom to be? Then The Bridal Boudoir Affair is the only place to be today. Surrounded by a hushed atmosphere, you will discover Montreal’s most talented wedding professionals, exclusively selected by Maddy K. Bridal Boudoir Affair. The event also offers a specialized Bridal Fashion Show where you will find all the latest bridal gowns and lingerie fashion trends from the world’s most coveted designers. The show will feature celebrity speakers and hosts such as Virgin Radio’s Natasha Gargiulo and much more. Pop by and meet with experts in fashion, photography, haute cuisine/gastronomy floral design and whatever else your bridal heart desires. Fear not men, there will be a gentlemen’s lounge on premise perfectly designed for those of you that will need a long, deserved break!

Leonard Cohen is one of Canada’s most legendary exports and Dance Me To The End ON/OFF Love is a spellbinding performance taking place in the seductive music of this legendary man. An international sensation that combes theatre, dance, visual arts and live music, this ground-breaking work explores the architecture of the body and abandons itself to the irresistible longing and melancholy that define the lyrics and music of Dance Me to the End of Love and other songs by Leonard Cohen. Created by the world-renowned Granhoj Dans company in Aarhus, Denmark, the production has been praised by international critics for its imagination. 

Top photo courtesy of Badger Photography