From the Santa Claus parade to a plethora of live music events, here is everything you need on your social calendar this weekend.
Saturday, November 19
Calling all classical music lovers! The Montreal Bach Festival returns for the 10th year in a row. In honour of the great composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, the Bach Festival attracts some of the greatest artists in the world. The Bach Festival will be happening over a two-week period from November 18th until December 4th. During this time, there will be 12 conferences, 123,000 visitors, and 193 concerts held in 36 different venues. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will be doing a special 10th anniversary gala performance at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal on December 2nd.
When: Nov 18- Dec 4
Where: Various locations
Every Saturday night at Rosewood a soulful variety of fresh bands and renowned acts grace the stage. This Saturday it’s a special edition with Juno Award winner Ivana Santilli from Toronto. The Italian/French Toronto native songwriter has had an impressive fifteen years to say the least. Her first band, Bass is Base, earned a Juno in 1995 for their blend of funk and pop. Since parting ways in 1999, Santilli has released four solo albums to critical acclaim & awards and has toured with big acts like James Brown, Tito Puente, De La Soul, Jamiroquai, and the Roots.
When: November 19
Where: Rosewood, 60 rue St-Jacques, Montreal
Do you love dance, music, raves, yoga, or all of the above? Then you’re going to want to check out Soul Pose Yoga. The travelling tour will be in Montreal on November 19th and 20th to bring you the coolest yoga session of your life.
From the creators of The Colour Run, Soul Pose Yoga is described as “the happiest yoga on the planet.” During Soul Pose Yoga Montreal, participants will be practicing yoga in only the glow of a blacklight. Everyone in the room will be wearing a Soulband LED bracelet that allows yogis to become part of the light experience. Finally, each session is lead by a world-class instructor and will feature happy beats, body paint, and choreographed lighting.
When: November 19 and 20 at 9am, 12pm, 4pm, and 7pm
Where: Arsenal Montreal, 2020 William
LEGO is returning to Montreal this November for Cine Brique 2016. Intended for families, Cine Brique 2016 includes massive LEGO creations, a brickfilm (a stop motion video made out of LEGO bricks), and an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) convention. Take the opportunity to marvel at LEGO structures and join in on the fun! The event will also include a mini brickfilm festival, in which visitors are welcome to submit their own brickfilm in three different categories with the chance to win one of six prizes.
When: November 19-20
Where: College Champlain, 900 Rue Riverside, Saint-Lambert
Montreal’s Santa Claus Parade, otherwise known as Défilé du Père Noël, is officially happening in 2016 (not that we ever had any doubt). Confirmed for November 19th at 11am, there’s less than one month left until we can watch Santa make his way down Sainte Catherine Street. Prepare for an array of creative floats, fun performers, free goodies, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus to wave goodbye at the end of the parade.
When: November 19, 11am
Where: Sainte Catherine Street West, beginning at Rue Fort and ending at Rue Saint Urbain
M For Montreal is back for the 11th year in a row. Welcoming over 200 musicians and artists, Montreal is about to overflow with incredible music and exciting business opportunities. The festival will run from November 16th until November 19th, starting with a performance by folk-rock artist Martha Wainwright at the Rialto. Day two will feature the third edition of the Special Sirius XM concert benefitting Garage à musique de la Fondation du Dr Julie at Club Soda. Other performances on November 17th include the beloved Busty and the Bass, Brown, and Heartstreets. In the mood for a little free music? Be sure to attend the FrancoM Sirius XM showcase with headliners Yann Perreau, Zen Bamboo, and I.D.A.L.G.
When: November 16-19
Where: Various locations
The Montreal Antique Show is back for two weekends in November.
The antique festival will be comprised of two shows, the first in Westmount on November 19th and the second in Longueuil on November 26th. On the Saturday only, both locations will be filled to the brim with collectible antiques. Last year’s show included everything from furniture and jewelry to paintings and decor.
When: November 19th, 9am-4pm in Westmount and November 26th 8am-3pm in Longueuil
Where: Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve West, and Place
Escape the city and surround yourself with wilderness. What better way to do that then to book yourself a cozy cabin in the woods? Whether you’re after a romantic getaway or a fun weekend with friends, we’ve compiled a list of picturesque cabins that are all located less than 2 hours from Montreal.
Where: Various locations
The November Market is back for the second year in a row. Hosted by Artgang Montreal this exciting event is part market, part festival. There will be 40 local exhibitors selling a variety of seasonal goodies. However, there will also be a day full of workshops, live music, and an art demonstration by the Academie des Beaux-Arts de Montreal.
When: November 19
Where: Artgang Montreal, 6524 Rue Saint-Hubert
Sunday, November 20
Place Bonaventure is about to become the bookstore of your dreams.
If a library is your paradise, then you have to check out Montreal’s 39th annual Salon du Livre. Salon du Livre will be held at Place Bonaventure, beginning on November 16th and ending on November 21st. During the six-day festival, Place Bonaventure will be filled to the brim with books. In addition to the thousands of books available for purchase, there will be author signings, book panels, trade shows, a teen lounge, and a book donation bin.
When: November 16-21
Where: Place Bonaventure, 800 de la Gauchetière Ouest
Musee Grevin just opened their brand new Nintendo-themed exhibition, Super Mario and Friends: The Exhibit. Running from October 7th until January 8th, Super Mario and Friends: The Exhibit welcomes some of Nintendo’s most iconic characters to the museum. Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems will be on display, as will classic Mario Bros. video games, and some that have yet to be released to the public. The show ultimately traces the Nintendo phenomenon, highlighting the past, present, and future of the gaming institution.
When: Monday to Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm
Where: Musee Grevin, Centre Eaton de Montréal, 705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O
The Stewart Museum’s magical Christmas exhibit opens on November 16th. The exhibition will showcase 30 Santa figurines and a Szalasi doll castle that comes to life when music plays. Admission to the museum and the special holiday exhibit are free. Exhibition at the Stewart Museum November 16
When: November 16, 2016-January 8, 2017
Where: 20 Chemin du Tour de l’isle
Future Memories is a unique exhibition reflecting on technology as a narrative and shared space. Lead by four artists, this interactive exhibit will feature different forms of media to demonstrate what separates the private from the public. The event is part of the HTMLLS festival and will be running from November 5th until December 4th.
When: November 5-December 4
Where: Articule, 262 Rue Fairmount Ouest.
Presented by Hera Bell, H2O Canada is a photographic journey of Canada’s water sources in all their forms. Known for her edgy photos, Bell’s exhibit will be featured all month long at the Centaur Theatre. Head on over to this free art installation and marvel at Canada’s natural beauty.
When: November 6-30
Where: Centaur Theatre, 453 Rue Saint-François-Xavier
The Alexander von Humboldt German International School is hosting their annual Christmas Bazaar on November 20th. The largest fundraising event of the year, there will over 50 vendors in attendance selling items such as Christmas decorations, greeting cards, jewelry, natural soaps, gourmet food, pottery, hand-painted glass, and more. There will also be European-style food for the hungry shoppers including sausage, sauerkraut, raclette, and mulled wine.
When: November 20
Where: 216 Rue Victoria