10 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, April 13

Apr 12 2019, 6:43 pm

The weather is finally starting to cooperate in Montreal. So don’t waste this  April 13 — get outside and soak up as much as you can before planting yourself in front of a TV for tomorrow’s Game of Thrones premiere.

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21 Swings


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

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: From now until May 28
Time: 10 am – 11 pm (Sunday to Wednesday), 10 am – 12 am (Thursday to Saturday)
Where: Promenade des Artistes, Quartier des spectacles
Price: Free


Quartier des Spectacles

A centrepiece of Montreal’s architectural heritage, this spiral staircase, created by local artist, Patrick Pérubé, embodies “neighbourly culture and friendly back alleys.”

Suspended in mid-air, the double helix of a DNA molecule aims to remind on-lookers that our differences, put together, make up our collective identity.

When: April 8 – May 28
Time: 24/7
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Free

Tinder Tales: Spring Flings

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Tinder Tales returns to Montreal with their “Spring Fling” edition. Comics and storytellers get together to tell tales of mistakes, awkward hookups, and unexpected endings from the online dating world.

The show will be hosted by Monica Hamburg. With dating stories and comedy from: Elspeth Wright, John Cotroc, Kathy Slamen, Callie Mathieson, Josh Shapiro, Viveth Kanagaratnam and Kate Hammer.

Full food and beverage service will be available.

When: Saturday, April 13
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Lord William Pub, 65 rue des Seigneurs
Price: $20, at the door

Vintage Clothing Flea Market

More than 25 vendors will be selling some hot vintage finds in a giant 5000 square foot boutique on St Denis, formerly Urban Outfitters, for both men and women.

When: April 13 and 14
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
Where: 4301 rue Saint Denis (formerly Urban Outfitters)

iSaute Kirkland



Take your kids to iSaute Kirkland and pretend it’s for them when it’s really for you.

iSaute is a massive venue that has over 30 giant trampolines, trampoline basketball, wall climbing and a trampoline jungle gym. You pay by the hour, there’s a lot to do and it’s actually a fantastic workout. Fun for all ages (and a great workout).

When: Satruday, April 13
Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Where: 3220 Jean Yves, Kirkland
Price: $16 for the first hour, $10 for the second. Tickets are sold at the door

Retro Video Game Market

If you’re not in the mood for clothes, how about some old-school video games?

Over 50 tables will be selling retro video games, VHS, DVDs, records, toys, and comic books for you to check out.

When: Saturday, April 13
Time: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Centre Communautaire Ste. Catherine, 1700 rue Amherst
Price: $2, at the door

Montreal Botanical Garden – Butterflies Go Free


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The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual “Butterflies Go Free” exhibit is back for another year.

The 22nd edition of the butterfly festival features “thousands of multicoloured butterflies who will be flitting about in an exceptionally lush natural setting,” as per the Montreal Botanical Garden.

Get a chance to see butterfly’s shimmering colours up close in a humid, tropical oasis, not to mention ample gorgeous photo opportunities.

When: From now until April 28
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $10.25 – $20.50, available online

Sucrerie de la Montagne

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It’s not springtime yet until you’ve gone sugar shackin.’

Sucrerie de la Montagne lets guests experience real Quebec traditions. Maple syrup is produced the old-fashioned way on site – the tree is tapped with a spout, the sap collected in a pail and transported to a traditional wood-fired evaporator, where it is transformed into maple syrup.

And guess what? You can have it.

There’s also horse-drawn sleighs, wagons and an all-you-can-eat sugaring off feast.

When: Saturday, April 13
Time: 10 am – 7:30 pm
Where: 300, Chemin St-Georges, Rigaud
Price:$14 – $34, available online

Coup Sûr

With baseball season right around the corner, why not take a couple cuts at the batting cage?

Coup Sûr has six pitching machines all throwing at various speeds and each machine throws either baseballs or softballs. They have a closed off radar section too if you want to practice pitching.

They supply bats and helmets and boast an impressive Baseball Town store if you’re looking for some gear for the quickly approaching ball season.

When: Saturday, April 13
Tim: 9 am – 10 pm
Where: 3835 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Laval
Price: 1 token (20 pitches): $5.75/ 5 token special (100 pitches): $23.00

Rose Bowl Bowling

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The Rose Bowl is a Montreal landmark.

The 72-lane bowling alley offers both 10-pin and 5-pin bowling and opening hours that appeal to everyone.

The Rose also hosts a casse-croute, a bar and an arcade room.

Strike some bowling off the list for this weekend.

When: Saturday, April 13
Time: 8 am – 3 am
Where: 6510 rue St-Jacques Ouest
Price: $5 per game plus $2.39 shoe rental (mandatory)

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