31 things to do in Montreal this November

Oct 29 2018, 7:08 pm

As the weather starts to cool down, the events in November start to heat up. Christmas is right around the corner and not to be outdone, Montreal is bursting with things to do this month.

From film festivals, to concerts and Harry Potter, the penultimate month of the year has plenty to offer.

Expect a bit of snow but plenty to do.

The Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre

charlie lindgren canadiens

Montreal Canadiens / Twitter

With the NHL season in full swing, head to the Bell Centre and enjoy a fast, young and fun-to-watch Canadiens team. The Habs welcome the Capitals, Golden Knights, Lightning and Bruins in November.

When: November 1,3,8,10,19,24 and 27
Time: 7 pm and 7:30 pm (varies)
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: Varying prices, available online

Festival Sefarad

Festival Sefarad is a celebration of the francophone-Jewish culture in Montreal. Presented by La Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec, generations of people gather for a variety of theatre productions, film and comedy shows.

When: From now until November 11
Time: Varying times
Where: Various venues across Montreal
Price: Varying prices



MTL√†TABLE is back for a seventh edition in 2018. It’s a chance for foodies to discover 150 restaurants in Montreal, offering table d‚Äôh√īte dinner menus at truly fantastic prices ($17 to $43) at participating spots.

When: November 1 РNovember 11
Time: Varies per selected restaurant
Where: Various locations
Price: $17 Р$43

Les Pastellistes – Exhibition

Returning for its 23rd edition, The Pastel Society of Eastern Canada presents “Les Pastellistes,” an art exhibition that showcases hundreds of different pastel arts.

When: November 1 Р4
Time: 4 pm – 9 pm
Where: Galerie le Hang’Art, 4160 rue Saint-Denis
Price: Free admission

La Grande Dégustation

October 1


Over 200 wine producers, distilleries and breweries come together to share their passion for connoisseurs of wine, beer and spirits. This year’s festival includes wines from Chile and Argentina as well as rare whiskies from Ireland. Over 1,200 products will be on site, available to test.

When: November 2 and 3
Time: 3 pm Р9 pm on Friday, 1 pm Р9 pm on Saturday
Where: Place Bonaventure
Price: $15, available online

Comedy at the Art Loft

Comedy at the Art Loft is the hottest underground comedy show in Montreal. It’s the city’s only weekly bilingual show and is run out of a private loft on Rue Saint Laurent and always packed with people. It feels like a college party, except a comedian is speaking into a microphone.

Every week, Montreal-based comedian Quinn McMorrow welcomes a slew of local featured acts and headliners.

There’s always a DJ and snacks. BYOB and 420 friendly. Very 420 friendly.

When: November 2,9,16,23 and 30
Time: Doors open at 9 pm, show starts at 10:30 pm
Where: 4152 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $10 at the door (cash only)


Cinemania is a celebration of the best of francophone cinema from 2018. All of the screenings are shown in French with English subtitles in the cozy atmosphere of Cinéma Impérial.

When: November 1 Р11
Time: Varying times
Where: Cinéma Impérial
Price: $9 Р$13 per film, available online

Jay Baruchel Book Launch

Jay Baruchel

Just for Laughs/Instagram

Vancouver has Seth Rogen and Montreal has Jay Baruchel.

The NDG-native is coming back to Montreal at the beginning of the month to promote his new book, Born Into It: A Fan’s Life, which chronicles the This Is The End star’s die-hard obsession with the Montreal Canadiens.

When: Monday, November 5
Time:¬†7 pm ‚Äď 9 pm
Where: Lower Canada College, 4090 avenue Royal
Price: $5, at the door

YogaTribes Sound Off

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Powered by wireless headphones, YogaTribes’ Sound Off will aim to focus on movement, music and a unique sensory experience while bringing zen to your body, mind and soul.

Each class will be led by different teachers from Montreal’s yoga community, each of whom will offer a varied music program to help you discover their style and training, specific to their personality.

The provided headphones will trigger guest’s other senses as it completely blocks out ambient sounds, channelling every yogi’s focus to the instructor’s music.

When: November 6, 13, 20 and 27
Time:¬†12:15 pm ‚Äď 1 pm and 5:30 pm ‚Äď 6:3- pm
Where: Espace LoV, 1232 rue de la Montagne (2nd floor)
Price: $20

Young the Giant Concert

Young the Giant is an American rock band that formed in Irvine, California, in 2004. The band’s line-up consists of Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, Payam Doostzadeh, and Francois Comtois. The band swings by the gorgeous MTELUS hall as part of their fall headline tour.

When: Friday, November 9
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: MTELUS, 59 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $37 Р$111, available online

MEGA Montreal

Video game lovers, assemble! After last year’s successful inaugural event, the MEGA Montreal video game convention returns this month for its second edition.

Gamers and viewers are welcomed to discover the skills and talents of local and international video game players and developers.

The venue features eSports tournaments, a cosplay costume contest, the Montreal International Gaming Awards, virtual reality showcases and video game developer workshops.

When:¬†November 9 ‚Äď 11
Time:¬†1 pm ‚Äď 6 pm
Where: Marche Bonsecours
Price:¬†$12 ‚Äď $48, available¬†online

Jack White at Place Bell

John Anthony “Jack” White is an American singer and songwriter, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the duo The White Stripes.

White is in Laval on November 10 as part of his “Boarding House Reach Tour.”

No cell phones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at this show.

When: Saturday, November 10
Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: Place Bell, Laval
Price: $57 Р$203, available online

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day


The Royal Canadian Legion will hold a memorial at the cenotaph at Place du Canada, at the corner of Peel Street and René-Lévesque Boulevard. The ceremony includes a flyby by two Armed Forces helicopters and a moment of silence.

When: Sunday, November 11
Time: 10:45 am
Where: Place du Canada

Salon du livre de Montréal

The Salon du livre is a chance to meet your favourite local authors, discover new ones, and attend literary events, round-table discussions, debates and public readings.

Guests of honour to this year’s festival includes Samuel Champagne, Heather O’Neill, Bernard Werber, Josephine Bacon and Martine Delvaux.

When: November 14 – 19
Time: 9 am – 9 pm
Where: Place Bonaventure, 800 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest
Price: $8

Stone Temple Pilots at Place Bell

Stone Temple Pilots are an American rock band from San Diego, California, that originally formed in 1989. They’re touring across North America and are stopping by Laval’s Place Bell in mid-November.

When: Thursday, November 15
Time: 7:15 pm
Where: Place Bell, 1950 Rue Claude-Gagné, Laval
Price: $46 – $106, available online

John Jacob Magistry at l’Astral

John Jacob Magistery/Instagram

Since performing at Osheaga, Montreal’s¬†John Jacob Magistry has toured Canada and California and are performing at the timeless l’Astral in mid-November along with Reuben and the Dark and¬†Paper Beat Scissors.

When: Saturday, November 17
Time: 9:30 pm Р12:30 am
Where:¬†l’Astral, 305 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $26.50, at the door

Santa Claus Parade

Thousands of people join the twenty floats on a closed-off Ste. Catherine Street that includes artists, musicians, dancers and entertainers headlined, of course, by the Star Fairy and Santa Claus.

When: Saturday, November 17
Time: 11 am
Where: Rue Ste. Catherine between rue Fort and rue St. Urbain
Price: Free

Victorian Christmas at the Cartier’s

Discover how fashion styles dating back to 1867 are still in vogue 150 years later. The exhibition showcases elegant Victorian decor and styles, hot drinks by the fireplace, a Christmas card workshop, and champagne.

When: November 19 РDecember 21
Time: 10 am Р5 pm on weekdays, 9:30 am Р12 pm on weekends
Where:¬†Sir George-√Čtienne Cartier National Historic Site
Price: $7.80

The MTL Grand Open Semi-Finals

Comedy Mix / Facebook

The semi-finals to this fall’s MTL Grand Open takes place throughout November. The 2-month-long comedy festival has featured over 100 comedians vying for a $1000 prize and bragging rights at the MTL Grand Open winner.

Featuring an all-star cast of hosts and headliners, join the crowd in checking out Montreal’s next GRAND comedian.

When: November 19, 20 and 21
Time: Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: 1230 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: $10, available online

Collectif Créatif Etsy Montreal

Etsy Made in Canada

The Collectif Créatif Etsy Montreal is a three-day pop-up event that sells local, handmade products just in time for the holidays. Located in the heart of downtown, the event takes place (for the second time) in the renowned Salle Des Pas Perdus at Windsor Station.

Over 150 local artisans, makers and designers will be on site. You’ll find home decor products, jewelry, children’s clothing and toys, accessories, skin care products, culinary delicacies and more.

When: November 22 Р24
Time: 11 am Р7 pm
Where: Windsor Station, 1100 Rue de la Gauchetiere Ouest
Price: Free

Montreal Bach Festival

I’ll be Bach.

The Bach Festival honours Bach and other composers in more than 20 concerts hosted at some of the most beautiful spots of Montreal: Quartier des spectacles, Mont Royal, Le Plateau, Westmount Park.

Hundreds of musicians, singers, and conductors from Quebec and Europe pay tribute to the famous German composer.

When: November 22 to December 7
Time: Varies per selection
Where: Various venues around Montreal
Price: $15 Р$42, available online

Gem and Mineral Exhibition


The annual exhibition and sale of semi-precious stones, jewellery, sculptures, beads, semi-precious beads (beads), fossils, and minerals returns at the end of the month. Crystals and minerals made locally and from abroad will be showcased as well as jewellery made of amber from the Baltic Sea. The site also features fossils, rough lapis lazuli, kunzite, aquamarine, quartz, rose quartz, and giant amethyst geodes.

When: November 23 Р25
Time: 12 pm – 9 pm on Friday, 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday
Where: Place Bonaventure
Price: $8

Three Days Grace Concert

Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997. After stops in Quebec City and Ottawa, Three Days Grace swings by Montreal’s MTELUS theatre.

When: Sunday, November 25
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: MTLEUS, 59 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $69 – $137, available online

An Evening With The Clintons



There‚Äôs a big power couple coming to Montreal at the end of the month and it isn’t Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Spend an evening with Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The Clintons announced that they will visit four cities in 2018 and nine in 2019 across North America in a series of conversations dubbed ‚ÄúAn Evening with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.‚ÄĚ

The tour will feature joint on stage conversations with the two leaders, sharing stories and inspiring anecdotes that shaped their historic careers in the public service, while also discussing a variety of issues of today and the future.

When: Wednesday, November 28
Time: 7:30
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: $68.75 Р$443.75, available online

Moustache Competition

In honour of the month-long moustache growing competition to benefit prostate cancer, Le Palco bar is hosting a wrap-up party where the best moustaches of the month will be on display for prizes and rewards.

All proceeds go towards the Movemeber Foundation.

When: Thursday, November 29
Time: 5 pm
Where: 4019 Rue Wellington
Price: By donation

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert

Harry Potter concert

Image: Harry Potter Cine Concerts

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will play on a giant screen while a full symphony performs Patrick Doyle’s magical score from the movie. The film will be played in English with French subtitles.

Fans are encouraged to dress up, and relive some of the favourite JK Rowling moments from her early work.

Be sure to remember that even Dumbledore called music, ‚Äúa magic beyond all we do here.‚ÄĚ

When:  November 30 and December 1
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Tickets:¬†$60.94 ‚Äď $121.08, available¬†online

Resplendent Illuminations

earliest books

National Catholic Register

For the first time, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting a selection of rare illuminations of the earliest books ever made which date back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Europe.

Selected from seven Quebec collections and extensive research, the exhibition Resplendent Illuminations is a unique opportunity to see over 50 works that have remained intact since their creation from 1225 to 1583.

Of the 59 total works, Books of Hours is the exhibition’s headliner that first appeared in the thirteenth century. They were the most popular prayer books made for the laity and were used to teach people about the Christian faith.

When: Every day in November
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 5 pm
Where: 1380 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Price: Free for ages 0-30, $15 ages 31 and older

Continuum and¬†aurŇćrae

Continuum and¬†aurŇćrae are two shows at Montreal’s Planetarium. From the infinitely small to the infinitely large, Continuum¬†is a visual arts show that is a connection between humankind and the universe while¬†AurŇćra explains and displays the electrifying aurora borealis.

When: Every day in November
Time: 8 am – 4 pm
Where: Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan, 4801 avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Price: $8, available online

SAT Circuit ‚Äď International Tour of Fulldome Shows

visual art show

Société des arts technologiques [SAT]/Facebook

An immersive light, sound and visual art show inside a dome has taken over Montreal’s Society for Arts and Technology (SAT). To use scientific language to describe the event, we’d say it’s totally trippy.
The SAT has launched its international¬†SAT Circuit, a selection of immersive works around the themes of movement and hybridity. Trajectories, positions, distances, scales and speed are all interwoven in a show with¬†music, fusing audiovisual¬†and ‚Äúinfinite tridimensional space‚ÄĚ in a complex and dynamic ecosystem.

When: Every day in November
Time: Various times
Where: 1201, Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: $17 ‚Äď $40, available¬†online

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