11 things to do in Montreal today: Thanksgiving Monday, October 8

Oct 5 2018, 6:17 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Montreal. If you’re not too busy devouring a delicious meal, or if you need to waste a bit of energy, here’s a list of 11 things to do today, October 8.

And, the beauty part of holiday Mondays, your workweek just got a tiny bit easier.

McKibbin’s Pub Stumpers


Friends at the pub for trivia (Africa Studio/Shutterstock)

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, October 8
Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1426 Rue Bishop
Admission: Free to play (with purchase of a beverage)

London Pub’s Industry Night

If you want to keep the long weekend party going, head to London Pub as they offer industry nights on Mondays. It’s designed to offer inexpensive drinks to bar, pub and restaurant staff from around the city but it’s slowly morphed into drink deals for everybody. Grab a $4 single or a $3 shot of Jameson. Plus they have a free dart board and an in-house jukebox.

When: Monday, October 8
Time: 7 pm – 3 am
Where: 1337 Boulevard Maisonneuve Ouest
Admission: Free to enter, drink deals vary.

Markus Schulz


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Markus Schulz is a German-American DJ and music producer based in Miami, Florida. Schulz will be spinning beats at Stereo tonight all night. Actually. The party starts at 2 am and goes until 10 am on Tuesday.

When: Monday, October 8
Time: 2 am – 10 am
Where: Stereo Montreal, 858 rue Ste. Catherine Est
Price: $60 – 65, available online

Wind Instrument

Six 28-foot-high steel ventilation tubes, positioned vertically, produce melodies and soothing sounds by reacting to different variations in ambient sound and the contributions made to the public.

When: Monday, October 8
Time: 11 am – 9 pm (to 11 pm from Thursday to Sunday)
Where: Metro Saint-Laurent
Price: Free

La Ronde’s Fright Fest

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As if La Ronde’s wild rides aren’t scary enough, they’ve added some ghouls, zombies and witches to the park this month to give thrill-seekers some added jolts at Quebec’s biggest amusement park.

Fright Fest returns for select days in October, the first of which is this weekend. It’s a spooky time as costumed monsters take over the park at night.

The park will offer a wide variety of places to get your scare on including new haunted houses, scare zones, frightening mazes and themed rides.

When: October 6-8, 13, 14, 20,21, 27 and 28
Time: 11 am – 10 pm
Where: La Ronde – 22 Chemin Macdonald
Price: Visit the website for pricing

MAPP_MTL Map Festival

MAPP_MTL is a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting and developing the boundless potential of projection mapping.

In collaboration with Moment Factory (known for illuminating the Jacques Cartier Bridge), the festival features music, visual arts and tons of you guess it, mapping.

When: From now until October 19
Time: Various times
Where: Various neighbourhoods around Montreal
Price: Free

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. 10 acts will be featured in total and organizers warn that only 20 seats are available.

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

Barbie Exhibition

barbie expo


A day off from the workweek? Head over to the world’s largest permanent exhibit of Barbies is happening at Montreal’s Cours Mont-Royal. The upscale mall hosts over 1,000 entertainment industry Barbie dolls, all dressed by leading fashion houses.

When: Monday, October 8
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Where: Cours Mont-Royal, 1445 Rue Peel
Price: Free

Disney on Ice

The series of touring ice shows featuring Walt Disney’s World famous characters, settings and stories are the Place Bell in Laval tonight. Seeing the Frozen gang on the ice is just too perfect.
Today’s showing will be performed in French.

When: Monday, October 8
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Place Bell, 1950 rue Claude Gagne, Laval
Price: $20 – $88, available online

Screenwriting for Film

This five-week workshop (every Sunday until November 3) teaches the proper methods of writing scripts for television and film. The approach will teach students how to write compelling stories and consistent scripts.

Example scripts and clips will be shown from a variety of films as well as the instructor’s work.

When: Monday, October 8
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Surplace Media Coop, 5585 Avenue du Parc
Price: $200 for all five weeks, registration online

The Monday Mix at the Comedy Nest


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Start your week off (or end your weekend) with some laughs as the Comedy Nest hosts a variety show tonight.

The cozy club features open-mic comedians, improv, magicians, jugglers, sketch comedy, and musical acts. The show is hosted by Just For Laughs and Zoofest vet Darren Henwood and audience members get free popcorn.

When: Monday, October 8
Time: Doors open at 7:15 pm, show starts at 8 pm
Where: 3rd floor of the Pepsi Forum, 2313 Saint Catherine Ouest
Admission: $5

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