From a cat festival to an all-night party with epic djs, here is everything you need on your social calendar this weekend.
Saturday, November 5
Geekfest is coming to Montreal! For two days only, a geek convention will be taking over Montreal’s College de Maisonneuve. On November 5th and 6th you can expect this CEGEP to be filled with cosplayers, board games, and video games. This year’s program includes retro video games, an Artemis Bridge Simulator, allowing you to embark on a spaceship adventure, an amateur cosplay contest, and a talent show.
When: November 5-6
Where: College de Maisonneuve, 3800 Rue Sherbrooke E
Montreal’s very own cat festival, The Salon des Aristochats will take place on November 5th and 6th from 10am-5pm at Centre Pierre Charbonneau. Located near Olympic Stadium, this is your chance to discover cat-loving artists, browse hundreds of cat-inspired gifts and goodies, and participate in cat-themed activities. They will even have celebrity cats on-site for you to play with.
When: November 5-6, 10 am- 5 pm
Where: Centre Pierre Charbonneau, 300 Rue Viau
The Montreal Vegan Festival is back for the third year in a row! This means that Bonsecours Market will be filled once again with stalls upon stalls of delicious vegan goodies. On November 5th and 6th, 50 exhibitors and thousands of vegan-minded people will be taking over the Bonsecours Market “to discover the healthy diet and the way of life of veganism by exploring the health, ethical and environmental aspects of veganism.” The two-day vegan extravaganza will feature local and international speakers, culinary demos, discussion groups, and food tastings.
When: November 5 to November 6
Where: Bonsecours Market, 350 Rue Saint Paul Est
Nederlands Dans Theater returns to Montreal in force, after a twenty year absence, with a much anticipated show featuring its world renowned exceptional dancers. You can expect sophisticated choreography in an efficient, minimalist set design: an open cube suspended in mid-air for the first piece, and video projections on large screens for the second, with the lighting transforming the space as much as in In the Event by Crystal Pite.
When: Until November 5
Where: Place des Arts, 175 Rue Sainte-Catherine
Celebrate Arab culture at the one and only Festival du Monde Arabe de Montreal. The festival is launching its 17th edition this November, running from October 29th until November 13th. Dedicated to the joining of Arabic and Western culture, the Arab World Festival of Montreal is divided into four sections: performing arts, culture form, cinema, and orientalys. This year’s program features an array of cultural events lasting 16 days. There will be a multitude of musical performances, film screenings, and intellectual talks taking place all over the city, many of which are free.
When: October 29-November 13
Where: Various locations, click here for more info
MTL a TABLE is back, hosting its infamous Restaurant Week for 10 whole days. Starting on November 3rd and ending on November 13th, Restaurant Week will allow Montrealers to get a taste of some of the best dishes Montreal has to offer at a serious discount. Over 150 restaurants are participating in this year’s Restaurant Week, which means you’ll have the chance to eat pretty much anything you’re in the mood for. The best part? Meals will only set you back $21, $31, or $41. And we’re not just talking for one dish. No sir, $21-$41 will get you a gourmet table d’hote dinner.
When: Until November 13
Where: Various locations
For three days La Grande Degustation de Montreal will be gracing our city. Taking over Place Bonaventure from November 3rd to 5th, La Grande Degustation will attract over 13,000 visitors to its gathering of nearly 2,000 wine, beer, and spirits exhibitors. This unique event brings wine producers, beer brewers, and spirit distillers together under one roof to celebrate their passion for alcohol. Grab your ticket, stroll through the exhibits, and of course, taste as many samples as your heart desires!
When: November 5th 1 pm-9 pm
Where: Place Bonaventure, 800 de la Gauchetière Street West
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
NVA returns for Fall following the hugely successful Equinox all-nighter at Espace Reunion in September. For this show they are changing gears a bit and are hosting a party in something completely opposite to a raw warehouse venue: the beautiful and intimate upstairs Cabaret room at the Rialto Theatre. Andrew will be on deck for his Canadian debut. The Australian has amassed underground superstar cred for a slough of emotive and sunny releases that have afforded him cult-like status in the new school of talented house producers. Get ready to party.
When: November 5
Where: Rialto Montreal, 5723 Avenue du Parc
Check out a scintillating new musical created by an all-Canadian team. Prom Queen tells the incredible true story of Marc Hall, a small-town teenager who just wanted to take his boyfriend to prom, but ended up taking the Catholic School Board to court – all in the name of love! Date night anyone?
When: Until November 20
Where: Segal Centre, 5170 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Sunday, November 6
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
Festival de Films Francophone presents Cinemania. From November 3rd until November 13th, this Francophone film festival will be taking over the historic Imperial Cinema for 10 full days of movie screenings. Cinemania has been running for 20 years in Montreal and at this point, is a staple in the city’s culture. The highest quality French films are selected each year, some of which feature the greatest names in French cinema, and others that feature up-and-coming actors and actresses. One of this year’s most anticipated films is From the Land of the Moon starring Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel, which opens the festival on November 3rd.
When: Until November 13
Where: Imperial Cinema, 1432 Rue de Bleury
The Montreal School of Gemology is hosting its 57th annual Montreal Gem and Mineral Club Show this November. From November 4th until November 6th, Place Bonaventure will be filled to the brim with shiny gems and minerals from all over the world. Local and out-of-province dealers will take part, selling all kinds of minerals from exotic, faraway places like Afghanistan, Africa, and Brazil. Over 100 vendors will attend, displaying everything from fossils and carvings, to precious gems, sculptures, and jewelry.
When: November 4-6
Where: Place Bonaventure, 800 De la Gauchetière West
Montreal is set to host a giant pet festival in Place Bonaventure this November. Called the Salon National Des Animaux De Compagnie, the event will take place on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th! The two-day animal extravaganza will feature ponies, a dog agility competition, a cat show, dog divers, and of course, the chance to meet and play with thousands of adorable animals. Rare animals such as miniature horses will be in attendance, in addition to the thousands of animals, ranging from rabbits and rodents to fish and birds, that will take over Place Bonaventure.
When: November 5 and 6 from 10 am-6 pm
Where: Place Bonaventure, 800 De La Gauchetière St. West
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.
The Montreal Public Library has just announced their new borrow a musical instrument program, meaning you can now play an instrument at no cost! Available at select branches of the Montreal Public Library, the public is now able to sign out musical instruments from the library, and thanks to the Sun Life Financial Musical Instruments loan program, it’s completely free! Instruments include guitars, basses, violins, keyboards, ukuleles, drums, and xylophones.
Where: Click here for a full list of participating branches
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