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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 617 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

LES FRANCOS

Various venues
June 8 to 17

As the Francofolies turn 30, they’re becoming simply Les Francos. As always, the crowds will come out in droves for concerts by chanson stars and newcomers, whether at indoor venues or on the Quartier’s large outdoor free stages. This year’s buzzworthy concerts include Hubert Lenoir, Quebec’s new favourite singer, as well as the many shows by up-and-comers from the thriving hip-hop scene and an appearance by French phenom Eddy de Pretto. (+)

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MUSIC

CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL (CMIM)

Maison Symphonique
June 4 to 7

Their names are Alexandra Yangel, Mihail Mihaylov, Julien Van Mellaerts, Carolyn Sproule. You probably haven’t heard of them, but these young singers from around the world – a mezzosoprano, a baritone, a tenor and a soprano – have some of the greatest voices of their generation. The grand finale of this international music competition will give them the chance to sing some of the great classics alongside the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. (+)

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

TRIBUTE TO
JOSé EVANGELISTA
WITH ORCHESTRE 21

Gesù
June 5

His music reflects a deep appreciation for the traditions of his native Spain, but composer José Evangelista doesn’t limit himself to his own backyard. His highly eclectic pieces also draw inspiration from Indonesian percussion, Burmese music, and his many years of work with Quebec’s orchestras. Le Vivier is paying tribute to him this year; this final concert in the series features Orchestre 21 performing his Symphonie minute, an up-tempo, intense work punctuated with short pauses. (+)

DANCE

SOIRÉE DES ÉTOILES: DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
June 7 to 9

At the Grands Ballets, borders melt away over the course of a highly eclectic evening of dance featuring dancers from Montreal, Cuba, Toronto, Boston and Paris who accepted an invitation from artistic director Ivan Cavallari. The evening will explore the world of American choreographer William Forsythe and the aesthetic of Spain’s Yury Yanowksy, as well as including a dance tribute to Montreal’s own Leonard Cohen. (+)

CINEMA

FLESH

Cinémathèque québécoise
June 9

As day breaks, Geraldine rouses her husband from bed to get to work. Joe hits the streets of New York City, hustling clients in order to support both of their heroin addictions. Directed by Paul Morrissey, this 1968 film follows Joe as he meets various clients and teaches the trade to another aspiring male prostitute. Flesh features many artists from producer Andy Warhol’s star-studded entourage, including Joe Dallesandro, one of underground cinema’s favourite sex symbols. (+)

MUSIC

Indie Concert: L’Orchestre de Jeux Vidéo

Salle Pierre-Mercure
Centre Pierre-Péladeau
June 16

For the last 10 years, L’Orchestre de Jeux Vidéo has married game consoles with musical instruments by giving video game scores the live music treatment. The Montreal-based wind symphony aims to make symphonic music accessible to audiences, and to offer a rich musical environment for its artists. This special show at the Salle Pierre-Mercure focuses on music from independent video games like Stardew Valley and Minecraft. Cosplay is encouraged! (+)

MUSIC

SEAL

As part of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
June 28

The legendary Seal decided to try his hand at jazz, releasing the simply titled Standards. After a stellar pop and soul career, the warm-voiced 54-year-old singer shows obvious pleasure as he lends his distinctive pipes to jazz standards. Revisiting classics by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and more, he slips into the crooner role with gusto. The Jazz Festival presents a show that’s sure to delight Seal’s many Montreal fans. (+)

FREE

MUSIC

PULL-UP SELECTA

Jardins Gamelin
June 15 and 16

There’s nothing better than a little reggae to kick off the hot days of summer. During the Pull-up Selecta evenings, reggae takes on some electronic and hip-hop tones, making it even more danceable. DJs Noyl, Don Mescal and Formal G., along with MC Clinton Sly, all experts in the art of hybrid sounds, are the hosts for this big outdoor party in Les Jardins Gamelin. With these guys on stage, there’s no way you can stay in your chair! (+)

VISUAL ARTS

REFUS CONTRAIRE

Galerie de l’UQAM
Until June 16

70 years ago, the Refus Global was published – a broadside touting revolutionary ideas and proclaiming the activism of a key generation of Quebec artists. How can that fighting spirit be rekindled in 2018? How should we read the Refus Global today? Grounded in a reading of Quebec society starting from the concept of gender and examining plural identity in contemporary society, this multi-disciplinary exhibition is a quest for a new activist space. (+)

KIDS

BUTTERFLY FLIGHT

Jardins Gamelin
June 17

Butterfly populations are in steady decline around the world as a result of pesticide-driven ecosystem decline. To make kids aware of the alarming phenomenon, the Sentier Urbain organization invites everyone to check out its butterfly tent and marvel at a magical moment: a flight of butterflies into the sky above Les Jardins Gamelin and onward and outward over the city. (+)

MUSIC

FÊTE NATIONALE
IN THE QUARTIER LATIN

St-Denis Street, between de Maisonneuve and Sherbrooke
June 24

Je me souviens des premiers hivers et de l’accueil de nos frères,” sings Dom Lebo in one of his songs about Quebec, evoking everything from tourtières and rigodons to newcomers hoping for a better life. The singer will be one of the featured artists in the Quartier Latin on June 24, along with Last Call, Les Royal Pickles and Colectivo. A grand celebration of Quebec on St-Denis Street, starting at 10 a.m. with all kinds of activities for the whole family. (+)

GAMES

PUB RANDOLPH TRIVIA

Jardins Gamelin
Sundays until September 30

Test your skills and luck with a game specially selected for you and your friends! Every weekend this summer, the nearby Pub Randolph is setting up shop at the luscious outdoor venue at les Jardins Gamelin. Facilitators will help your team choose the right board game from its extensive collection. Families and teens are welcome! (+)

VISUAL ARTS

WET

Façade of the Pavillon
President-Kennedy, UQAM
Every night until August 22

This summer, flowing water will fill up the façade of the Pavillon President-Kennedy. In Wet, water flows and bubbles up playfully. Canadian artist (and current Montrealer) Don Ritter is behind the short video, which was initially exhibited last year in France. This is the first time the work has been both projected onto a building and shown in Canada. (+)


Coming SOON

CIRCUS

SCOTCH & SODA

As Part of Montréal Complètement Cirque

Théâtre St-Denis
July 10 to 15

Are Australians are born circus artists? That’s the logical conclusion, to judge by the amazing Aussie performers who come to the Montréal Complètement Cirque festival every year. In Scotch & Soda, a production by Company 2, the circus is a festive and strange event, decidedly modern yet also inspired by Depression-era travelling circuses and 19th century European carnivals. An electrifying evening of acrobatics. (+)

MUSIC

FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE

As Part of the Festival International Nuits d'Afrique

MTELUS
July 12

Femi Kuti is the eldest son of Fela Kuti, the legendary Nigerian Afrobeat star. Femi Kuti is proudly carrying on his illustrious father’s legacy with music combining traditional Nigerian beats with festive funk. The 55-year-old artist denounces corruption in his country, but is still not as radical an activist as his father was. He’s also brought Afrobeat closer to jazz by putting plenty of brass in the mix. A must-see concert. (+)

COMEDY

JIMMY CARR: THE BEST OF, ULTIMATE, GOLD, GREATEST HITS WORLD TOUR

As Part of Just for Laughs

Gesù
July 21 to 29

You could say Jimmy Carr loves Just for Laughs, and its audiences love him right back: the British comic with the signature guffaw has performed at the festival a dozen times! He returns this season with classic jokes from his decade-and-a-half long career, as well as a bundle of brand new material. With nine sell-out tours across four continents, Carr has proven his comedic mettle. Catch him as he takes over the Gesù for a nine-show run. (+)

MUSIC

KENT NAGANO CELEBRATES THE GREAT CHORUSES OF WAGNER AND VERDI

As Part of the OSM Classical Spree

Maison symphonique
August 31 and September 1

This is your chance to immerse yourself in the choral works of two celebrated composers, Wagner and Verdi. Maestro Kent Nagano leads the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal as well as its chorus through Aida, Nabucco, Tannhaüser and Die Walküre. These larger-than-life operas have proven popular with music fans for centuries. This two-show showcase is part of the OSM’s seventh Classical Spree, a summertime celebration of that offers affordable and free activities for families across Montreal. (+)


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