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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 396 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

FIRST PEOPLES' FESTIVAL

Place des Festivals
August 7 to 15

Every summer, the First Nations share their culture and stories through this major event that combines concerts, rituals, cinema and gastronomy. This year the activities include the second edition of Nikamotan MTL, a show that highlights the hybrid indie-pop sounds of the group Chances as well as the socially aware music of Violent Ground. Yet another must-see is Ioskeha and Tawiscara: The Great Game of Creation, a ritualistic and processional theatrical presentation that brings to life two great heroes from Native story-telling tradition. (+)

in AUGUST

MUSIC

STU LARSEN
& NATSUKI KURAI ii

L’Astral
August 9

The first member of this musical duo is an Australian guitarist best known for his work with British singer Passenger; the second is an accomplished Japanese harmonica player. After first meeting in Tokyo in 2011, they soon learned to transcend the language barrier and have been winning over sensitive, thoughtful audiences the world over with their emotional and melancholic blues-folk melodies. Now it’s Montréal’s turn to fall under their spell. (+)

THEATRE

THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY

Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts
August 9-12

As part of Pride MTL

Professor Marie Dupont welcomes five students into her graduate seminar focusing on revolutionary French philosopher Michel Foucault. While debating his theories about sexuality, knowledge, power, oppression and free will, her students draw surprising parallels between their class discussions and outside lives. This boundary-pushing play, by Montreal-based artist Dane Stewart, explores where sexuality intersects with kink, gender, race, disability, sex work and BDSM. (+)

MUSIC AND DIGITAL ARTS

MUTEK

Various venues
August 22 to 26

From tech house to electronica and electro dance, MUTEK plays host to some of the top names on the international electronic music scene. But it doesn’t end there: digital audiovisual performances deliver hypnotic, mind-bending or playful experiences guaranteed to alter the way you see, hear and feel music. For five days, Montreal takes over from Berlin as the world capital of electronic music. Join us as we explore the best of what today’s sound and digital artists have to offer! (+)

MUSIC

LA GROSSE SOIRÉE #6

Club Soda
August 16

With his slicked-back hair and the look and attitude of a rocker from another era, Bloodshot Bill dominates the blues-rockabilly scene in Canada. Taking the stage in a Club Soda that’s never been more rock 'n' roll, his wailing guitar will be accompanied by a healthy dose of melodious punk from the musical trio Nobro and paired with the psychobilly rhythms of The Brains. This evening of hard strumming and fierce drumming features some of our best local talent. (+)

MUSIC

OSM CLASSICAL SPREE

Maison Symphonique
August 29 to September 2

A choral concert featuring Wagner and Verdi? Of course! Works by Bach performed under the baton of conductor Kent Nagano? Absolutely! A concert of classical music from the Arab world? Why not! The OSM Classical Spree, now a fixture of the late-summer music scene, presents the great classics of world music alongside new creations from Canada and beyond to the delight of true music aficionados. (+)

MEDIA AND INTERACTIVE ARTS

PRÉSENCE INSTABLE |
RAFAEL LOZANO-HEMMER

Musée d’art contemporain
Through September 9

Montrealer Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s highly interactive technological and architectural works—a sphere equipped with a multi-track system that plays the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach; the human breath captured in a bag for all eternity; an installation that plays national anthems in three dimensions, and light rays activated by spectators—are rarely shown in his own city. The Musée d’art contemporain is putting things to right with an exhibition of some of his works from the last 10 years. (+)

FREE

PERFORMANCE

IMAGINARIUM: POESIS 3

Promenade des Artistes
August 7 to 11

This is your opportunity to take part in a vast survey of human memory, conducted on a simple four-person swing as part of the installation Imaginarium: Poesis 3. François Grisé awaits you there with a questionnaire that may surprise you. Surrounded by a multimedia environment where audio and images display a set of pre-collected responses, participants contribute their voices to a human-centred performance and take their place among a diverse constellation of individuals from every walk of life. (+)

URBAN ARTS

FESTIVAL UNDER PRESSURE

Various Venues
August 9 to 13

As North America’s largest urban arts festival, Under Pressure promotes graffiti, street dance, hip hop and electro. The 2018 edition will be putting women front and centre with the Queens Creation Women in Hip Hop event. In parallel with the women’s urban dance competitions held at Les Jardins Gamelin, artist Carolina Espinosa will paint—before a live audience—a surrealistic image that borrows from collage esthetics. Also not to be missed is American rapper Brother Ali, who brings his decidedly socially conscious lyrics to Montreal from his native Wisconsin. (+)

MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE

CABARET FIERTÉ

Les Jardins Gamelin
August 14

As part of Pride MTL

“If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends!” Without a doubt, this 1990s hit will get the crowds at Les Jardins Gamelin moving and shaking for Cabaret Fierté, expertly emceed by Sandy Duperval. The Spice Drags, a Spice Girls tribute group with some of the best drag queens in town, are among the headliners at this evening of song and burlesque performances, which will also feature KDN Company, Rosie Bourgeoisie and Moe. (+)

INTERACTIVE ARTS

INSTRUMENT À VENT

Saint-Laurent metro station
August 16 to October 8

Montreal is abuzz with activity 24/7, so we might as well transform all that noise into a graceful musical backdrop! Adjacent to the Saint-Laurent metro station, artist Étienne Paquette places an immense, 28-foot-tall wind instrument composed of six ventilation ducts that capture the ambient sounds and spit them back out in the form of a harmonious urban symphony. Like a giant organ activated by the noise and movement of the city, this unique instrument-sculpture produces music that couldn’t be more “Montreal!” (+)

MODE

FESTIVAL MODE & DESIGN

Various Venues
August 20 to 25

Fashion, culture and creativity converge every August at the Festival Mode & Design. At this unique international event, designers from Canada and around the world icons are invited to share their creative visions with the public. Take in a live fashion show and then check out one of the many free exhibitions, art installations and music performances open to the public. Screenings, lectures and parties make up the rest of the diverse, rich programming. (+)

STREET ART

SURFACES:
L’EXPO D’ART URBAIN

Promenade des Artistes
August 23 to October 28

Anyone strolling through Montreal’s streets has no doubt paused in front of one of Miss Me’s feminist works of art, a punk painting by Zilon or a larger-than-life mural from the ASHOP collective. This summer Surfaces is bringing all these artists together and more in a major urban exhibition. Surfaces is an initiative of Quartier des Spectacles Partnership in collaboration with Ashop, MASSIVart, Under Pressure, Artgang, MU and LNDMRK. (+)


Coming SOON

MUSIC

MONTREAL ELECTRONIC GROOVE (MEG)

Various venues
August 30 to September 3

This year at the festival, the rich and sensual electronic sounds of French producer and DJ The Avener join the robust beats laid down by the pioneer of French house, Etienne de Crécy. French talents take top billing at this event, followed closely by Montrealers like Kris Tinin and Phil Fiction. The MEG is the place for dancing and grooving to the day’s hottest beats! (+)

MUSIC

ZIGGY MARLEY

MTelus
September 19

Reggae superstar (and son of Bob) Ziggy Marley comes to Montreal as he tours his seventh studio album around the world. The Grammy-winning musician produced and recorded Rebellion Rises himself, writing most of the tracks on this African-influenced and political work. In a time of global strife and inequality, Marley continues his father’s activist bent by calling on his listeners to celebrate life and “reject the principles of hate.” (+)

VISUAL ART

EVE 2050 de VAN GRIMDE CORPS SECRETS

Édifice Wilder - Espace Danse
September 19 to 22

Meet Eve, the human of tomorrow: a digital creation that can blur its gender, age and identity based on its interactions with real humans. This immersive digital installation explores Eve’s history, and future. Trailblazing director and choreographer Isabelle Van Grimde continues her transdisciplinary research into the human body here, following 2016’s digital dance number Symphonie 5.1. (+)

MUSIC

CHILLY GONZALES

Maison Symphonique
de Montréal
October 26 to 27

Showman extraordinaire Chilly Gonzales returns to Montreal, where he was once a McGill student, to share the latest addition to his Solo Piano cycle. The eclectic Canadian artist, who now lives in Berlin, combines bravado and classical and jazz training in his ambitious concerts. Over this two-night run at the Maison Symphonique, Gonzales will perform intimate renderings of the Solo albums, to be later joined onstage by cellist Stella Le Page and drummer Joe Flory. (+)


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