5 things to do in Montreal today: Monday, May 6

May 3 2019, 7:07 pm

As the first full week of May kicks off, here are five things to keep you busy today, May 6, as you set your sails towards another workweek.

Happy Monday, Montreal!

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Jeux d’échecs géants

Montreal is going to be enlarging a classic hobby this month for you to check(mate) out.

Four giant, playable, chess sets are returning to the Quartier des Spectacles from May 2 to 31 and it’s free to play.

The giant boards consist of all the required pieces to play an official game and each piece is made out of a light plastic that’s easily moveable.

Sure, it might be a little more difficult to strike your opponent’s queen emphatically, but that’s all part of the fun.

The outdoor chess sets will work on a first come, first served basis as there’s no registration or sign-up required.

When: From now until May 31
Time: 10 am – 8 pm
Where: Corner of Ste. Catherine and rue Jeanne Mance

Montreal Sketchfest

Things have gotten sketchy in Montreal – in a good way.

The 14th edition of Montreal Sketchfest has returned to the city for 10 days of live sketch comedy and laughs.

The Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival is an annual celebration of sketch comedy assembled by Le Nouveau International, a not-for-profit arts company that resides at Theatre Ste. Catherine.

Since its inception in 2006, the festival has welcomed over 300 troupes from all over the world.

When: From now until May 11
Time: Varying times
Where: Theatre Sainte-Catherine, Café Bar and Montreal Improv
Price: $15 – $65, available online

Puffs & Coffee

Quebec’s delicious Mr. Puffs is hosting an event in St. LĂ©onard tonight by dishing out free coffee and their decadent donuts.

All you have to do is sign up through Facebook – solid deal.

When: Monday, May 6
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Mr. Puffs St. Léonard, 5918 Boul. Des Grandes Prairies

21 Swings

Spring won’t be the only thing in the air as Montreal’s musical swing exhibition returns to the Quartier des Spectacles today.

The interactive, music art installation, 21 Swings, will have Montrealers feeling like kids again as guests can swing back and forth, creating musical melodies.

The 21 Swings (or Balançoires) installation was custom-made for the Promenade des Artistes in the Quartier des Spectacles. The work was created by Daily tous les jours, in collaboration with animal behaviourist Luc-Alain Giraldeau from UQAM and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, the installation’s composer.

When: Monday, May 6
Time: 10 am – 11 pm (Sunday to Wednesday), 10 am – 12 am (Thursday to Saturday)
Where: Promenade des Artistes, Quartier des spectacles
Price: Free

McKibbin’s Pub Stumpers

Test your trivia knowledge at McKibbin’s Irish Pub tonight. The pub’s trivia has five rounds, general knowledge multiple choice, short answer, a picture round, and a music round. The winner of each round receives free drinks or a round of shots. A round for a round – good trade.

When: Monday, May 6
Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1426 Rue Bishop
Price: Free to play (with purchase of a beverage)

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