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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 832 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

Leonard Cohen
A Crack in Everything

November 9, 2017 to April 9, 2018

Almost exactly a year after the death of the great Montreal poet, this contemporary art show pays tribute to his life and legacy with more than 20 works inspired by Cohen’s world, by more than 40 artists from 10 countries. The eclectic exhibition includes pieces in the visual arts, live music, installations and virtual reality. À l’écoute de Léonard, for example, is an installation featuring the work of Ariane Moffatt, Lou Doillon, Moby and Feist, to name just a few. Worth noting: Cohen himself gave his blessing to this unique project, which has become all the more meaningful in light of his passing. (+)

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MUSIC

SEWER 100!

Les Katacombes
November 2

Local music radio show Sewer Spewer is celebrating two years on air and 100 episodes with a blowout bash at Katacombes! The CJLO 1690 AM show is planning an evening of grind and hardcore music, with local groups Guster, Patent and Offset, as well Robot from Scarborough, Ontario. Tickets are $5, and the show gets underway at 8 p.m. at underground club and workers’ cooperative Katacombes. (+)

COMEDY

Carol Burnett – Laughter and Reflection

Théâtre St-Denis
November 4

The talented actress, singer and writer, a woman of a thousand talents, is still going strong in her 80s. Carol Burnett’s new tour is stopping in Montreal for a look back on seven amazing decades in show business. With a format reminiscent of her hit TV variety hour The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for ten seasons in the 60s and 70s, she will present classic comedy bits, share some hilarious memories and take questions from the audience. It all adds up to an incredible evening with a legendary entertainer! (+)

FILM

Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

November 9 to 19

The 20th annual RIDM has plenty of surprises in store, along with lots of tough choices for festivalgoers. Among this year’s 142 films from 47 countries are 18 world premieres and nearly 40 Quebec premieres. Many of the international features in competition testify to the festival’s willingness to delve into controversial political issues, such as Travis Wilkinson’s Did you Wonder Who Fired the Gun? and Éric Baudelaire’s Also Known As Jihadi. This year’s retrospectives include the works of Singaporean filmmaker Tan Pin Pin, who will also give a master class. (+)

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Montreal Bach Festival

November 17 to December 3

This festival dedicated to the baroque composer is North America’s largest event of its kind, with scores of exceptional musicians from Quebec and around the world gathering to celebrate the genius of Bach, who continues to enchant and influence more than 250 years after his death. Highlights of the extensive musical offerings include the opening concert by Czech vocal and instrumental ensemble Collegium 1704 and a concert by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal with Masaaki Suzuki on November 21. (+)

DANCE

DANCERS OF DAMELAHAMID | FLICKER

Cinquième Salle
November 14 to 18

Flicker invites the audience to discover the indigenous dancing style of Dancers of Damelahamid. For decades, the company, based in West Vancouver, B.C., has offered up contemporary performances rooted in the past. In doing so, Dancers of Damelahamid preserves and renews traditional movement and singing for future generations. Margaret Grenier’s choreography uses innovative multimedia and coastal masked dance to tell the story of a young man travelling through a mystical realm in order to find his true self. (+)

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M POUR MONTREAL

November 15 to 18

The 12th edition of M for Montreal will showcase over a hundred buzzworthy musical acts in more than 20 venues across the city. The four-day fest includes local acts like Cadence Weapon, Peter Peter and Koriass, Canadian groups (Alvvays, Walrus), and international artists like John Jacob Magistery and Odesza. And there’s the business side of things: over 200 movers and shakers in the music world swoop down to take in M’s eclectic live shows and schmooze at the industry component of the festival. (+)


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VISUAL ART

STUDIO BÉLUGA: E(É)S VISUAL ART EXHIBITION

Theatre Sainte Catherine Gallery
Until November 5

See, feel, make. Twelve young women from Montreal’s visual arts scene were assigned a task: to react visually to original poetic texts, with complete artistic freedom. The creators, from varied fields like illustration, street art, tattooing and embroidery, were handed two texts: one piece just for them, and a second, shared one. The result is E(É)S, a visual display of 24 pieces, nestled in Theatre Sainte Catherine’s gallery space. The show is part of Ladyfest, a bilingual celebration of female comedians. (+)

EXHIBITION

Nenets – Nomades au bord de la sédentarisation

Centre for Sustainable Development
November 7 to December 6

Curious to understand how a nomadic people is resisting the siren call of modern sedentary life, French photographer Fabrice Dimier visited the Nenets, who live near the Arctic Circle in Russia. The reindeer herders’ territory spans some 700,000 km2 the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, bordering the Kara Sea. The region’s wealth is coveted by the natural gas industry, whose facilities are transforming both the landscape and residents’ lives. The photographs in this show depict a people on the horns of an impossible dilemma: they can give up their way of life – or disappear entirely. (+)

VARIETY

Pas d’radis fiscaux – L’état d’urgence

Place Émilie-Gamelin
November 16 to 19

A variety show that’s also a protest against the ever-widening wealth gap, whether here at home or around the world. True to its tradition of supporting the poor, the event includes cultural outreach activities, information spaces, debates and theme nights. While it makes a point of exploring the depth of artistic, scientific and activist perspectives on important issues like tax evasion and inequality, the organiser of the event, ATSA does it all with plenty of humour and some fun surprises! (+)

EVENT

Luminothérapie

Place des Festivals
November 30, 2017 to January 28, 2018

Need a cure for the winter blues? Every year, this event turns the Quartier des Spectacles into an enchanting oasis. For this 8th edition, the Place des Festivals becomes a giant interactive playground with Impulse, an installation co-created by Lateral Office and CS Design. The musical, illuminated seesaws will delight kids and adults alike. Just climb on, set them in motion and enjoy the sound and light show. It’s a great way to spread some happiness and warm up a little, too! (+)

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MUSIC

Kenny G

Theatre St-Denis
December 11

Some people find his smooth instrumental hits just too smooth, but many more simply can’t get enough of them. The superstar sax man from Seattle is one of the world’s best-selling artists, with more than 75 million records sold worldwide, making him the most popular jazz musician of the modern era. The Montreal stop on his current North American tour is well-timed for the show’s holiday flavour, featuring songs from Miracles: The Holiday Album (1994), as well as some of his greatest hits. (+)

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YUNG LEAN

M TELUS
February 3

Swedish hip-hop phenom Yung Lean (born Jonatan Leandoer Håstad in Stockholm) is only 21, but has three albums already to his name, including the recent Stranger. Håstad’s interest in hip-hop started early, his attention piqued by rappers like 50 Cent and Nas. He started performing as a teen, meeting his first collaborators at a local park. Soon, Håstad was garnering attention for his work on YouTube, with songs like Ginseng Strip 2002, and his affiliation with “sad rap.” (+)

DANCE

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY

Theatre Maisonneuve
February 22 to 24

In 1926, Martha Graham began teaching a group of performers attracted to her style of expressive, experimental dance, leading her to start a company that would go on to have an incredible influence on 20th century art. Today, the Martha Graham Dance Company continues to perform around the world, showcasing her choreography while also commissioning new works. The American dancer died in 1991, but her eponymous dance technique is still taught around the world. Don’t miss this chance to see a live link to her iconic work. (+)

OPERA

Roméo et Juliette

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
May 19, 22, 24 and 26

Inspired by the Shakespeare tragedy, this opera by Gounod was originally produced for the 1867 Universal Exposition. The story of the starcrossed lovers, kept apart by the bitter hate between the Montagu and Capulet clans, is virtually synonymous with tragedy. In this new production directed by Manitoba-born Tom Diamond, the lovers will be played by Spanish tenor Ismael Jordi and Canadian soprano Marie-Ève Munger, with Italian conductor Giuliano Carrela leading the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Opéra de Montréal Chorus for these performances of a truly timeless work. (+)


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.