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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 528 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

International Festival of Films on Art

It’s already been 35 years since the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) started enticing audiences who want to explore their passion for the arts on the big screen. From theatre and dance to film, fashion, literature and architecture, the FIFA takes an interest in creativity in all its forms. Pick up a pass and enjoy an inspiring panorama of films, or choose individual works from the rich selection of 150 documentaries and art movies, screening from March 23 to April 2. (+)

MARCH

MUSIC

Bill & Joel Plaskett WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MAYHEMINGWAYS

L'Astral
March 17

For his latest project, Solidarity, Canadian indie rock vet Joel Plaskett teamed up with his father Bill, a folk musician. Father and son decided to go out on tour to play their sweet tunes, perfectly blending modern and traditional sounds. (+)

VARIETY

One Mado Show 2.0

Théâtre Sainte-Catherine
March 2

She’s Quebec’s most famous drag queen, and whenever she takes the stage her audience can’t help but smile – and, occasionally, squirm! In this show combining standup and variety skits, the ever-colourful Mado draws on her experiences to create a bold and simply amazing performance. (In French.) (+)

MUSIC

GLAM CABARET - A VIBRANT BROADWAY EVENING OF ''JAZZ HOT''

Le Balcon
March 10

Texas singer Meredith Marshall takes the stage at Le Balcon with her sextet for a hot night of jazz and cabaret. Dress to the nines and give the evening an extra dash of glamour. Dinner-and-show package available. (+)

THEATRE

Caligula

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde
March 14 to April 8

Benoît McGinnis becomes the tyrannical Roman emperor Caligula, as written for the stage by the legendary Albert Camus as part of his absurd cycle. Director René Richard Cyr sets the play in a world resembling our own, the better to tell a fable about a man in search of absolute freedom. (In French.) (+)

MUSIC

Patrice Michaud

Club Soda
March 16

After releasing his third album, Almanach, in February, Patrice Michaud launched a Quebec-wide tour. On this Montreal stop he’ll play his funny and poignant folk-pop songs, including the current radio hit “Kamikaze”. (+)

DANCE

Minus One

Place des Arts
March 23 to April 1

A classic piece from the contemporary repertory of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Minus One is truly a tribute to the dancers. No fewer than 26 performers will be on stage for this collage of seven pieces by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, who depicts the artists’ joys along with their frailties. (+)


Discover every week what makes Montreal’s cultural heart beat; from festivals to performance venues, from restaurants to avant-garde art.


FREE

EVENT

Nuit blanche

Various places
March 4

This year's Nuit Blanche is extra special: it's a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 with a diverse group of more than 200 activities – indoor, outdoor, quiet, participatory, luminous, fun. Dress nice and warm and be part of a unique Montreal winter experience! (+)

EXHIBITION

The Slave's Lament / Graham Fagen

Galerie de l’UQAM
Until April 8

In parallel with L’image en mouvement : de Genève à Montréal, the UQAM art gallery presents The Slave’s Lament, a musical and video installation by Scottish artist Graham Fagen. The piece, featuring several drawings, focuses on the slave trade and the human condition in Jamaica. (+)

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Marionnettes en liberté!

Grande Bibliothèque
March 5

Ragou the rat is happy as can be at the Grande Bibliothèque, where he can find any book he wants. Kids will be delighted by his stories and those of his friends, who they’ll meet wandering in the stacks. (In French.) (+)

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

German Storytelling Hour

Goethe-Institut
March 18

For an hour, kids ages 3 to 5 will enjoy story time in German, led by teacher Maria Grote, along with an arts and crafts session. Registration required, no later than March 14. (In German.) (+)

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Coming SOON

THEATRE

Harold et Maude

Duceppe
April 5 to May 13

The story was originally told in a movie in the 70s, and the tale of a most unlikely couple – a young man of 19 and a woman of 80 – is just as delightful in this French-language stage adaptation. Sharing a fascination with death, the pair quickly become inseparable, their adventures becoming a touching ode to life. (+)

MUSIC

Anjunabeats

Métropolis
April 8

Anjunabeats is a London-based electronic music label that’s been pumping out the beats since 2000. With 14 albums and nearly 300 singles released so far, the collective is still considered one of the very best in its genre. On stage, its hottest artists will spin some amazing house and trance. (+)

DANCE

Tierra / Danse-cité

Place des Arts
April 25 to 29

In this show, choreographers Ginette Laurin, from Quebec, and Jens van Daele, from Belgium, join forces to explore our planet and its humanity in all their opacity and fragility. On stage, dancers and musicians from several continents come together in a poetic world tour. (+)

MUSIC

Jordan Officer

L’Astral
April 6

The Montreal guitarist, songwriter and singer plays his own brand of country, jazz and blues, including songs from his latest album, Blue Skies. The former Susie Arioli collaborator will pay tribute to his favourite musicians, including Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. (+)

MUSIC

Valérie Milot and Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Maison symphonique
May 14

For the first time, the harpist and the conductor will appear together on stage, performing Nino Rota’s Harp Concerto in G Major. The Orchestre Métropolitain will also play Bruckner’s Symphony No. 1. (+)

MUSIC

Sigur Rós

Place des Arts
May 30 and 31

The heavenly sounds of this Icelandic experimental rock group are simply irresistible. In their two shows at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, they will revisit their career highlights. Tickets are going fast. (+)


High quality shows, stunning exhibitions and inspiring events in the Quartier’s venues!

To see the complete programming of cultural venues in the Quartier, visit quartierdesspectacles.com.