Montreal Weekender: October 10 through 13, 2013

Let’s kick off the weekend on a high and artsy note! The BBCM Foundation presents, for the first time at Arsenal, a large art exhibition called “LIVE ART-MULTIMEDIA-INTERACTION.” For this interactive event, more than 30 painters, sculptors and multimedia artists have been invited to create works on-site during the weekend of the Black & Blue Festival. Come out and visit the exhibition, watch performance artists, enjoy the atmosphere created by all the creativity and interaction, and sway away to the live DJs.

The St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal will once again be raising money for their good causes and the Montreal Irish RFC. This year the event will take place at the beautiful Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran in Griffintown. Fresh oysters, Boru Irish vodka, Belle Guelle beer from Brasseurs RJ, and food by Otago Catering will be on hand and ready to go, as well as $5000 worth of fantastic raffle prizes including golfing packages, hockey tickets and trips to beautiful and historic Quebec City. Green up, Montreal!

The F Cancer party is back and bigger than ever! Taking place at the L’Olympia, this event will be raising money for eight different types of cancer research. Here’s how it works: Just like last year, the tickets for the event are in the form of t-shirts and there are eight colors to choose from so you can support what’s nearest to your heart. All profits raised will go to support various cancer research initiatives at the Jewish General Hospital. This event is your opportunity to say F*CK CANCER, so come party wearing your T-shirt and help raise money for a great cause. 

If something more mellow is in the books, make sure to check out the Off Jazz Festival, a jazz celebration taking place in the middle of Montreal’s autumn season. The OFF JAZZ festival is in its 14th edition, offering a program that blends musical quality, creativity and free expression. Renowned for its original projects and its unexpected collaborations, the festival shines the spotlight on seasoned, as well as up-and-coming, local jazz creators in cool venues like Casa del Popolo and Salla Rosa.

Movie buffs, today is a perfect day to check out the 42nd Festival du Nouveau Cinema, which will roll out an unparalleled selection of films from newcomers and established filmmakers alike. This year’s lineup of 273 films (146 features and 124 shorts) from 47 countries includes 39 world premieres, 33 North American premieres and 47 Canadian premieres. Get ready for 11 days of festivities as an exciting program unfolds across nine venues in and around the city.

With fall here, the nostalgia kicks in… and with that comes music by The Beatles. If you were too young to catch John Lennon perform, why not see the world’s best John Lennon Tribute Show, featuring multi award-winner Marcus Cahill instead at the Rialto? With fans across the world, they’ve performed extensively in USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Wales, Europe, Hong Kong, and Australia. ‘Imagine’ recreates the 60s, 70s and 80s by performing everybody’s favorite Beatles and Lennon hits, bringing memories of these eras back to life by using authentic instruments and costumes. 

As always, the dynamic team behind Fab Boss & Cruel MTL present a Thanksgiving Sunday dinner party that’s majorly notable. Taking place at Buonanotte, the festivities will feature DJ Crunch, who has toured alongside stars from the likes of Justin Bieber to the Weeknd; his opening star is miss Fafa Khan. Expect a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixins, bottles, great beats and the usual Buona madness! 

A little cheesy? Perhaps, but who doesn’t love some disco once in a while? Disco Montreal is back at the Roxbury to host the biggest disco party in Montreal on Thanksgiving Sunday. Two of Montreal’s own, world renowned recording stars, Freddie James and Nancy Martinez, will perform live while DJ DoubleD brings us back to the disco days – Studio 54-style! See you on the dance floor.