Montreal Weekender: October 2 through 5, 2014

We’re kicking off Thursday networking with the arts. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Young Philanthropists’ Circle is a group of young professionals like you who love culture and philanthropy. Members get together for various events that provide an opportunity to socialize and network while learning about art and philanthropy. Tonight they are hosting UNPLUGGED Fabergé, your last chance to see the exhibition FABULOUS FABERGÉ, the first exhibition devoted to Fabergé ever presented in Canada. It’s a stunner and so worth feasting your eyes on.

She goes by Banks, and the seductive voice singing come-hither and edgy R&B over epic produced beats is performing tonight. She’s graced VOGUE, has been labeled as a dance-y Lana Del Rey, and is hypnotic. Enough said.

Gents, do you need to spruce up your fall wardrobe? Stylepool will be holding its bi-annual Sample Sale from October 2nd to October 4th. They will be selling fall samples from their two brands, RVLT/Revolution and Rascals. 4020 Saint-Ambroise – be there.


For its fourth edition, Let’s Bond invites you to the St. James Theatre for a glamorous cocktail party to benefit the Mental Illness Foundation and the Douglas Institute. Inspired by the cult film Goldfinger, with a musical tribute led by Sandy Duperval, the event will highlight the importance of mental health to an audience of young professionals. 80% of funds raised by Let’s Bond go towards raising awareness of the Partners for Life Program of the Mental Illness Foundation. Get snazzy. 

One of our favourite art galleries, Galerie MX, invites you to contemplate linear space through their new collective exhibition featuring four emerging artists. Discover the works of these four artists who share a passion for non-figurative visual art. The opening reception starts today at 5:30pm and hors d’oeuvres will be offered by Elle Traiteur in association with Sébastien Forand events.  

Make sure to not miss out on the last edition of First Fridays, the largest gathering of food trucks in the city. There will be guest DJs throughout the evening and live music. Food trucks include Nomade So6, Supertruck, Pied de cochon, Smoking BBQ, Euro Polonia, Das Food Truck, Grumman 78, Assommoir, Zeste TV and more. Did we mention marshmallow stations will be set up. 


 Ready to get Spanish? The Arsenal will be hosting Viva Lorca!, an exceptional and immersive evening in two acts paying tribute to Spanish culture of the 1920s in a multi-sensory environment. So, what can you expect? Exquisite culinary art, poetry, music and dance are on tap, all enhanced by lyrical projections and visuals with a distinctly Spanish flavour. The second part of the soirée, Lune de Fête (beginning at 10pm), will have more of a festive feel with live flamenco performances and DJ Stéphane Cocke spinning Spanish-influenced tunes all night. Think: Gatsby’s lavish parties with a Spanish twist.


The L’Off Festival De Jazz launched this week and the Résonance Cafe will be hosting a wonderful album launch concert free of charge tonight. Bringing back the anything-is-possible democratic approach of both 1960s jazz and garage bands, Peripheral Vision’s music takes shape as a collective process. This collective is known for their dynamic live performances and will bring jazz to another level tonight.


Beer lovers, Sunday seems to be the day for you.

Kick it off at the Atwater Market with Oktoberfest. More than 45 micro-breweries will gather together in a single location to offer you the “crème-de-la-crème” of Québec artisanal beer. The butchers and charcutiers have channeled their inner German and will be serving up sauerkraut and sausages. Several other shops in the market will also be offering special Oktoberfest treats.

Across town in Old Montreal, Marche Bonsecours invites all those fond of tourism, good beers and eats to discover and celebrate the Bavarian flair of Germany. Through traditional Bavarian music, displays of art, and various activities like the outdoor terrace (Biergarten) featuring the Bavarian official beer of this event, 5000 expected visitors will discover Bavaria. Flight tickets not needed.

How about burning that beer off? Get ready for a 5k to 7k mountain obstacle race? The Dead End Race on Mont Habitant in Saint-Sauveur will criss-cross up and down the mountain and have a post-apocalyptic atmosphere with insane obstacles. Slides, tunnels, barbed wire, walls, wooded areas, technical climbs, water crossings and much, much more await. This is the only race in existence where you alone decide the distance during the race. There is no time limit, enabling people of all ages and abilities to complete it at their own pace. The Dead End Race is about the experience, challenging and enjoying yourself with friends. Worry not, AQUAHydrate, Hype Energy and Activate will be on premise cooling you down.


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Photo from Goldfinger movie