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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 555 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA

Various venues
October 3 to 14

When the Maisonneuve Theater’s projector lights up for If Beale Street Could Talk, Montreal’s movie lovers will be starting ten glorious days at the FNC, the city’s premier showcase of the best in contemporary cinema. This year’s line-up includes the latest from Jacques Audiard, Lars Von Trier and Jafar Panahi, and plenty of films from Quebec and the rest of Canada. There will also be a richly deserved tribute to American filmmaker Paul Schrader. (+)

in OCTOBER

MUSIC

OURI

Society for Arts and Technology
October 13

She has a talent for gently dramatic crescendos, carefully manipulating ever-louder sounds until they can only explode. Montreal DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist Ouri returns for another evening of inimitable electronic music that’s both mesmerizing and danceable, steeped in surreal atmospherics and a touch of R&B. Ouri is originally from South America, lived in France for many years, and has extensive classical training in piano, harp and cello. (+)

MUSIC

MUZ, LE RENDEZ-VOUS DES MUSIQUES MÉTISSÉES

L’Astral
October 18 to 20

World music, jazz, blues and more: Montreal musicians from every conceivable background don’t pay much attention to musical boundaries. For three days at the Astral, the stage will be filled with our city’s finest cross-genre and cross-cultural music. Artists on the bill include Franck Sylvestre, a storyteller and poet with a passion for blues and jazz; Sesquialtera and their repertoire of festive intercultural waltzes; and Sylphir, whose electric folk has a distinctive sound, at once timeless and cutting edge. (+)

MUSIC

GEORGES WASSOUF

Théâtre Saint-Denis
October 20

As part of the Festival du Monde Arabe

Georges Wassouf is nothing less than a living legend of Arab music, and he’s coming to Montreal to give fans another chance to catch him live. Variously nicknamed the Sultan of the Tarab, the King of Bell Canto and the miracle artist, he’ll show off his unique voice for the audience at the Festival du Monde Arabe. His distinctive timbre and big hits have made him a revered global ambassador of Arab music. (+)

VIDEO ART

JULIAN ROSEFELDT MANIFESTO

Musée d’art contemporain (MAC)
October 20 to January 20

Cate Blanchett, facing the camera, looks you right in the eye; as you watch and listen, she transforms into a series of characters while reciting passages from artistic manifestos written over the last century and a half. In this video installation by German artist Julian Rosefeldt, various discourses – futuristic, Dadaist, situationist – take on new contemporary political weight, reinforced by the compounding of their demands across 13 screens. A work that has been a sensation wherever it has been shown, including Berlin and Paris. (+)

MUSIC

I MUSICI
THE SPIRIT OF A WOMAN

Maison Symphonique
October 21

The brilliance of Serbian-Canadian composer Ana Sokolović, the sumptuous medieval pieces of Hildegard von Bingen, the forceful notes of Clara Schumann: this evening is dedicated to feminine identity. Music and words come together in this performance, in which the musical program accompanied by narrations delivered by actress Anne-Marie Cadieux. The I Musici ensemble pays heartfelt tribute to the determination and power of women who have shaped the history of art. (+)

CINEMA

MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE

Cinémathèque québécoise
October 31

Skip the trick-or-treating this Halloween and settle in with a bone-chilling mystery, complete with vanishing women, apes and a crazed scientist. Pierre Dupin is a young medical student in 19th century Paris who stumbles upon a nefarious scheme hatched by the evil Dr Mirakle (played by horror icon Bela Lugosi). Robert Florey’s 1932 black-and-white film is loosely based on Edgar Allen Poe’s original short story, which is considered to be the first modern detective tale. (+)

FREE

MUSIC

CARLOS VEIGA
LA MESSE À JOJO

Bistro à Jojo
October 7, 14, 21 and 28

Spend your Sunday worshipping at the altar of rock music! Bistro à Jojo plays host to a ‘Mass of Music’, imbued with a groovy, funk vibe. Carlos Veiga and his band, along with Michel ‘Animal’ Chasles, swing through a varied repertory of iconic rock and pop tunes, from John Mayer to Johnny Cash, and Coldplay to Prince. With surprise guests and a party vibe, it’s the perfect way to cap off your weekend. (+)

PHOTOGRAPHY

COLOMBIE, UNE TERRE MUTILÉE D'ALEXIS AUBIN

Centre for Sustainable Development
October 10 to November 4

After a half-century of civil war, 50% of Colombian municipalities are endangered by landmines. The country has plenty of work to do to reclaim its territory and heal the scars of war. Fascinated by the long-suffering country’s history, documentary photographer Alexis Aubin presents captivating images of its people, telling stories of shattered individuals and communities and their daunting challenges. (+)

VIDEO ART

INTERACTIVE PROJECTION COMPETITION FINAL

Saint-Laurent metro
October 18 to 20

As part of MAPP_MTL

Feel like dancing with your virtual clone? How about a heart-to-heart with a giant? Maybe you’d like to watch your image fly into the sky? Those are the curious invitations extended by the finalists in the interactive projection competition, who will take turns transforming a wall near the Saint-Laurent metro station. The pleasure here comes from aesthetic appreciation and pure fun – a perfect outing with friends or family. The interactive projection contest is imagined by MAPP_MTL, and produced and presented by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and MUTEK. (+)

VIDEO ART AND DANCE

REBO(U)ND

Place des Festivals
October 19 to 27

As part of Les Escales Improbables

Watch out! Contemporary dance is stepping out of the studio and scaling the buildings of the Quartier des Spectacles. REBO(U)ND is an architectural projection in which choreographer Caroline Laurin-Beaucage propels virtual bodies into urban space, between ground and sky, flouting the law of gravity. Video and dance come together to create a feather-light, suspended world in this awe-inspiring quest for elevation. (+)

URBAN ART

SURFACES, L'EXPO D'ART URBAIN

Promenade des Artistes
Until October 28

From the captivating superimposed imagery of the Ashop collective to the activist art of MissMe, to the stylish graffiti of 123KLAN, full of unique characters, Montreal street art is on display in all its energetic diversity on the Promenade des Artistes. Surfaces is a rare opportunity to see the best local street art in one place. Also featuring pieces by Axe Lalime, Cedar-Eve, Garbage Beauty (Vincent Box & Romain Boz), Her, Labrona, Omen, Roadsworth, Shalak Attack, Stare, Zek One, Zïlon and Zoltan Veevaete. (+)

VISUAL ARTS

UPRISINGS

Galerie de l’UQAM and Cinémathèque québécoise
Until November 24

Mouths vent their anger, a forest of arms rises above a crowd, feet stomp on the ground. In this exhibition, first presented at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman looks back on history’s biggest popular uprisings and political upheavals, bringing many artifacts to light in the process. An exploration of the aesthetics of revolt and rebellion, conflict and turmoil, collective emotion and political awakening. (+)


Coming SOON

CIRCUS

HOTEL

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Place des Arts
November 14 to 17

In the elegant 1920s, a demanding hotel manager is the king of his domain; on the 1970s, a chambermaid and a maintenance man have a fateful encounter; in 2040, a lost tourist spends a night in a hotel steeped in history, where an abandoned bride lives on the top floor. In this new show by Cirque Eloize, acrobatics and music tell the stories of compelling characters in the corridors of a hotel where different eras and styles mingle. (+)

MUSIC

GONG & STEVE HILLAGE

Club Soda
November 22

Renowned British guitarist Steve Hillage rejoins his old band, Gong, in this memorable homage to prog-rock. Hillage was part of the group in the 1970s, and contributed to their most recent album, Rejoice! I’m Dead! Gong’s mix of rock, jazz and psychedelia has been winning over fans since its inception in Paris, in the late ‘60s. The lineup today includes Fabio Golfetti on guitar, Dave Stuart on bass, Ian East on saxophone and flute and vocalist and guitarist Kravus Torabi and drummer Cheb Nettles. (+)

MUSIC

SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR: SONGS OF THE FREE

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
November 24

The celebrated Soweto Gospel Choir is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela with a fresh exploration of South African music. The can’t-miss Songs of the Free also features the activist and icon’s favourite freedom songs and gospels. The Grammy-winning choir has performed to audiences around the world, and alongside musical greats like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Céline Dion. (+)

MUSIC

RUFUS AND MARTHA WAINWRIGHT: NOËL NIGHTS EN FAMILLE

MTELUS
December 21

The secret is out: the legendary Wainwrights have Quebec’s best Christmas parties! Thanks to the Festival international de jazz de Montréal, which convinced Rufus Wainwright and Anna McGarrigle to recreate the ambiance of their multi-generational winter evenings at the cottage, fans will have the chance to experience a musical Christmas with the Wainwrights and their special guests, Michel Rivard, Ariane Moffat, Elisapie, Safia Nolin and Tire Le Coyote. (+)


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