5 things to do in Montreal today: Monday, May 27

May 24 2019, 7:13 pm

By this time next week, it’ll be June. So we put together a list of events worthy of checking out in Montreal today, May 27, as you bid ‘au revoir’ to Mondays in May.

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Give Peace A Chance – The Exhibition

From May 26 to June 2 of 1969, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel welcomed John Lennon and Yoko Ono for their famous Bed-in for Peace.

In honour of the couple’s 50th anniversary of the famous bed-in, the hotel’s lobby will transform into a showroom that showcases photos and guest testimonials pulled from the book, “Give Peace a Chance: John and Yoko’s Bed-in for Peace” by Joan Athey and photographer Gerry Deiter.

Deiter was the only photojournalist covering the 1969 event.

The free exhibition will be on display until October 9, Lennon’s birthday. Visitors are encouraged to share peace vows on their social networks with the hashtags #bedin50 and #givepeaceachance.

When: From now until October 9
Time: 8 am – 10 pm
Where: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Boulevard Ouest
Price: Free

U-Pick Tulip Field

Flower fans can get a whiff of springtime in Laval as the city is boasting fields-worth of the plant, featuring half a million tulips.

Yes, half a million.

And you can pick them, purchase them, and picture them.

When: From now until June 2
Time: 9 am – 6 pm
Where: 1270 rue Principale, Laval
Price: $8 – $10 admission

Fringe For All

One of the most highly anticipated events of Montreal’s independent performing arts community is around the corner and today marks the launch of the 29th edition of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival.

The Fringe buzz madness kicks off with rapid-fire, two-minute teasers of every performance.

When: Monday, May 27
Time: 7 pm – 11 pm
Where: Club Soda, 1225 St-Laurent
Price: Free

Invasion Cocktail

Returning for its sixth edition, Invasion Cocktail has taken place in over 30 bars and restaurants across Montreal and Quebec City. Until the end of the month, more than 250 cocktails will be crafted by some of the province’s best bartenders and mixologists.

The festival’s goal is to “allow cocktail lovers to discover new spirits, brands and establishments,” reads the Invasion Cocktail website. “The festival also aims to promote education to industry professionals by introducing Pro Days, a series of seminars hosted by the biggest names in international mixology.”

When: From now until May 31
Time: Varies per location
Where: Various locations around Montreal
Time: Varies per location

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.

Veteran comedians will either be testing out new bits or stand-up hopefuls will be getting on stage for the first time.

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

When: Monday, May 27
Time: 8 pm – 10 pm
Where: Hurley’s Irish Pub, 1225 rue Crescent
Price: $5

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