5 things to do in Montreal today: Monday, August 12

Aug 12 2019, 5:00 am

As we settle back into the workweek grind, here are a few fun things worthy of checking out in Montreal today, August 12.

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The World’s Smallest Open Mic

Local comedians Walter J Lyng and Vance Michel host what they call “the smallest open mic show in the world.” The acts aren’t small, the venue is.

The show’s featured acts include a stacked local lineup including Joshua Clarke, Rodney Ramsey, Reese Turner, Christopher Venditto, Inés P. Anaya, Harrison Weinreb
Mason Terry, Dalé Messi, Elspeth Wright, Gowthaman Kasy, Daniel Carin
Paul Ash, Sarah Swinwood and Derek Seguin as the headliner.

The event organizers warn that only 20 seats are available. Cozy, intimate stand-up comedy is the best kind.

When: Monday, August 12
Time: 8 pm – 10 pm
Where: Hurley’s Irish Pub, 1225 rue Crescent
Price: $5

Montreal Pride

Montreal will welcome over 225 artists, 250 activities, and 20 free large-scale productions as the city celebrates the Montréal Pride (Fierté Montreal) for 11 days, which started Thursday.

The festival is the “largest gathering of the sexual and gender diversity (SGD) communities in the Francophone world and in Canada,” reads the festival’s press release.

This year’s fest comes with a little bit more weight as Montréal prepares to compete to host the WorldPride event in 2023, according to event organizers.

The festival’s full program, dates, times, and location can be found on the Fierté Montreal website.

When: From now until August 18
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Gay Village
Price: Varies per selection

Italian Week

Montreal’s well-represented Italian community will be celebrating it’s 26th annual Italian Week, which kicked off this past weekend.

The week-long festival will be celebrated throughout the island, promoting the Italian culture through music, fashion, cars, shops, and obviously, food.

Anchored primarily in Little Italy, the festival also branches out to Montreal-Nord, Laval, Lasalle, NDG, and St-LĂ©onard.

When: From now until August 18
Time: Times vary according to the day, visit the website for exact festival times
Where: Various locations throughout Montreal
Price: Free admission

International Balloon Festival

Look up in the sky this week, it won’t be a bird, nor a plane, and it won’t even be Superman. It’ll be dozens of hot air balloons.

The International Balloon Festival of Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu is the largest gathering of balloons in Canada. The week-long event caters to the entire family and is an easy 40-minute drive off the island of Montreal.

In what started off as a balloon festival, has grown to host food vendors, bar outlets, live bands, theatre performances, activities, and has garnered a reputation on an international scale.

This year’s outdoor party will feature hot air balloons from Canada, the United States, France, and Brazil.

When: From now until August 18
Time: Weekdays from 2:30 pm – the end of the show, weekends from 12 pm – the end of the show
Where: 5 Chemin de l’AĂ©roport, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Price: $30 – $50, available online

First Peoples’ Festival

As the Just for Laughs festival summed up at the end of July, the Quartier des Spectacles has swapped out comedians for culture with the First Peoples’ Festival.

One of the oldest and most storied communities in all of the Americas will be celebrating their joyous culture for a week-long festival from August 6 to 14.

The festival will host a vast array of food, cinematography, poetry reading, electro concerts, and dance, connecting the city to the Kahnesetake pine forest, in honouring the history of Canada’s First People.

When: From now until August 14
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Place des Festivals, Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Free

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