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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 874 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

Festival international Nuits d’Afrique

This 31st annual edition of the continent’s biggest world-music festival, July 11 to 23, will present more than 100 indoor concerts as well as six days of free activities on the Quartier des Spectacles Parterre. True to its mission, the festival celebrates African culture’s diversity and international reach by presenting artists not only from Africa, but from all over the diaspora, including the Caribbean and Latin America. Marquee performers this year include Malian stars Amadou & Mariam, France’s Ben l’Oncle Soul and Tunisian protest singer Emel Mathlouthi. The outdoor stage features a not-to-be-missed show by Nigeria’s Seun Kuti, son of the great Fela and leader of his father’s Egypt 80 orchestra, and a concert by Admiral T., the reggae star from Guadeloupe. (+)



Montréal Complètement Cirque

July 6 to 16
Various venues and public spaces

North America’s leading circus festival presents a colourful program chock-full shows and activities for the whole family. Head to Saint-Denis Street in the evenings for entertainment, from the Minutes Complètement Cirque to a range of participatory activities. In Les Jardins Gamelin, Rouge, a love letter to Montreal on the occasion of its 375th anniversary, will run throughout the month of Julyas well as other performances and activities. Don’t miss the performance of Vice & Vertu, the latest piece by The 7 Fingers in collaboration with the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT). (+)


Zoofest & Off-JFL

July 6 to 29
Various venues

Taking chances: that’s what it’s all about for fans of Montreal’s craziest summer festival. The event – which bills itself as the city’s longest – gleefully blends genres and disciplines as it showcases the relatively unknown artists who are creating the culture of tomorrow. For the second year, the bilingual event includes Off-Just For Laughs. Among the hundreds of local and visiting artists you’ll find comedians, musicians, actors and entertainers of every stripe, like Ron Funches, Katherine Ryan or The Lucas Bros. Adventurous types, rejoice! (+)


Fantasia International Film Festival

July 13 to August 2
Various venues

This is the essential event for every movie lover – but especially those who love horror flicks, Asian films, obscure cult movies, and Z movies. Since its inception in 1996, the festival has grown into a major international event, giving hardcore fans and inquisitive newbies all kinds of opportunities to expand their cinematic horizons. Among the highlights of the 21st edition are the North American premieres of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, by Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike, and Luc Besson’s latest, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. (+)



July 15 to 30
Various venues and public spaces

Since 1983, July in Montreal has been synonymous with comedy and a generally carnivalesque atmosphere. With a ton of open-air activities, indoor shows ranging from solo performances to thematic showcases, and of course the traditional parade, the laughs just keep coming. This year, don’t miss the third annual Gala Incroyable, hosted by Gilbert Rozon, as well as headline performances by Louis T and Eddy King. Outdoors, catch the Village People in concert as well as the Show du 35e, in which the OSM will play Quebec’s classic comedy songs. (+)



July 22 and 23

Originally a simple platform for posting videos to the Internet, YouTube has grown into a cultural behemoth, with its own roster of famous personalities, known as youtubers. And they’re the stars of this curious festival of performances, workshops, game tournaments, social networking activities and much more! The featured guests include Nabil Lahrech (aka “Aiekillu”), Emma Verde and Ontario-based video blogger Matthew Santoro. (+)


Haïti en Folie

July 26 to 30

Montreal’s most Haitian of festivals is already 10 years old! Thanks to an eclectic mix of music, fashion, food, crafts and theatre, there’s no better place to celebrate the culture of the Pearl of the Antilles. On July 26 and 27, don’t miss the 5 à 7 Haïti en Folie at Les Jardins Gamelin, featuring DJs Keithy LadySpecialK and Sweet La Rock. On Saturday, July 29, the third annual Défilé RARA, with the band Rara Soley, will snake through the city’s streets. (+)

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Tout garni : Alan le boxeur / La Pastèque

July 5 to August 3
Façade of the Grande Bibliothèque

Quebec’s own La Pastèque, the famous comics publisher, is unveiling a new interactive adventure every month in 2017. Arthur is the story’s protagonist: he’s a pizza deliveryman who has to ring every doorbell in a building to find the person who ordered a pizza. Each episode is illustrated by a different artist; this month work is by Ciryl Doisneau. Be sure to check out the video projection on the Grande Bibliothèque, which will reveal comics in a whole new light! (+)


Downtown Screenings Under the Stars

Until August 24
Place de la Paix

Is there anything more magical than watching a movie under the stars? Montrealers have succumbed to the spell: they’ve been flocking to these outdoor screenings for 13 years now. In July, thrill to DJ XL5’s Superhero Zappin’ Party, Marc Lamothe’s tribute to the world’s superheroes. Take in Theatre of Life, a touching documentary in which the worlds of haute cuisine and homelessness come together. Another activist documentary, Food Coop, about a volunteer-run supermarket in Brooklyn, screens on the 24th. Closing out the month, is the legendary Star Wars spoof, Spaceballs, just for anyone who likes to laugh. (+)


À nous la rue!

July 7 to 30
Various outdoor spaces

Nearly 50 of the world’s best street-theatre companies will converge on the city to give nearly 800 free outdoor shows – the biggest-ever event of its kind in North America. Among the highlights are shows like Veles e Vents, featuring a spectacular theatrical sailboat; the Plasticiens Volants, bringing gigantic flying sculptures to life; The Color of Time, a gathering inspired by Holi, the Hindu festival; and Place des Anges, in which angel-acrobats will mesmerize the crowd. Lastly, from Beaudry metro station to Place Émilie-Gamelin, follow the wanderings of the fantastical beings of FierS à Cheval, a luminous show that will amaze young and old. (+)


Chercher des personnes, des lieux ou d’autres choses

July 14 to August 13
Les Territoires

This show, featuring Canadian and foreign artists, explores our ambiguous relationship with search engines, social media and the relentless spread of all things digital. Toronto artists naakita feldman-kiss and Brianna Lowe, Australia’s Joe Hamilton and Taiwanese artist Hoo I-Ting all grew up in the digital world, and have made it part of their art, approaching it with a mix of angst and excitement. (+)



July 15 to 30
Îlot Clark and Sainte-Catherine Street

Montreal has a well-earned reputation as a top-tier food city, and now it’s looking to bring the finest creations to the masses, giving summertime crowds a chance to sample some of the best the city has to offer. After entering the site (free), visitors will follow their cravings, delighting their taste buds with a wealth of gourmet treats. It’s going to be hard to choose among the many local products, exotic specialties, organic beers, vegan frozen treats and more. The open-air gourmet village also includes plenty of original amusements, activities and entertainment. (+)


Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec

July 15 to 30
Promenade des Artistes and Agora de l'UQAM

Now in its fourth year, this festival celebrates games of every kind, both digital and physical. Here’s your chance to explore the wide world of games, from old favourites to exciting new pastimes, in all their many forms and platforms. In addition to a huge selection of board games, arcade games and video games available for the public to play, this year’s festival also includes a new indoor program of tournaments and comedy shows. Come on down and try your luck! (+)

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Les Rolling Stones de l’humour

September 8
Club Soda

In Quebec, the 1970s saw a comedy revolution and the rise of a hilarious new generation of talent. Hosted by France Castel, this show, directed by Jean-Pierre Alonzo and written by Pierre Huet, will reacquaint you with the genius of Yvon Deschamps, Sol, Clémence Desrochers, Les Jérolas, Les Cyniques, Paul et Paul, Jean-Guy Moreau and more, all projected on the big screen. The evening also features live appearances by Les Frères Brosse and Les Foubracs, along with plenty of surprises. (+)


Alain Choquette

September 13, 15 and 16
Théâtre St-Denis

He hasn’t been in hiding, he’s been performing overseas, particularly in France, where he’s appeared hundreds of times in the last decade. On the occasion of his return to Quebec, the elegant magician, famous for his subtlety and sharp wit, presents a dynamic show in which he looks back on his career and does plenty of crowd work. His amazing illusions and surprising experiments are simply thrilling. (+)


Soft Virtuosity, Still Humid On The Edge / DANSE DANSE

September 26 and 27
Place des Arts

In this 2015 work, Marie Chouinard explores perambulation – fast or leisurely, celestial or terrestrial. The grande dame of contemporary dance proves once again that her talent knows no bounds, and neither does her unique ability to reinvent herself. This dance piece uses the body’s architecture to reveal the forces and tensions at work in each of us. The use of video to produce infinite replications of human forms gives the show a wonderfully vertiginous dimension. (+)


Martin Perizzolo

October 3
Théâtre Maisonneuve

We’ve seen him as Poudy, in l’Gros show, and as Jean-François in Les beaux malaises. The comedian, who didn’t start performing solo until nearly 20 years after graduating from the École nationale de l’humour, has truly found his voice. A deadpan comic who proudly flaunts his intellectual side, he loves to explore the eternal question of human relationships. This isn’t all serious comedy, though: he’ll also throw in improvised gags or take a detour into an indignant rant, and he’s all the more hilarious for it. (+)

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