9 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, January 11

Jan 10 2020, 5:00 am

As the new month continues to zoom by, here are a handful of things worth checking out in Montreal today, January 11.

Luminothérapie

Place des Festivals

Quartier des Spectacles

Place des Festivals is lit.

The Quartier des Spectacles’ public square is hosting the 10th edition of Luminothérapie through Pop!, a celebration of five fantastical creatures that aim to light up the city during the dark days of winter.

Because if anything can lighten up our bleak winter, it’s Luminothérapie, Quebec’s largest temporary public art installation.

When: From now until January 26
Time: 12 to 11 pm
Where: Place des Festivals
Price: Free

Imagine Van Gogh

Van Gogh

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Montreal has been coated with an exhibition of the works of Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous figures in the history of the art world.

The exhibition, Imagine Van Gogh, which opened last week, takes guests through the world of colours and emotions of Van Gogh’s works through gigantic murals and an immersive soundtrack.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art Contemporain
Price: $26 – $36, available online

Riverdance

The theatrical show, Riverdance, which consists of traditional Irish music and dance is tapping its way to Place des Arts all weekend in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 2 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Price: $145.85, available online

Bleu, Blanc et Bouge

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The Montreal Canadiens foundation has six outdoor, refrigerated rinks around the island. The professional-level rinks provide the opportunity for hockey players to develop their skating skills on exceptional quality ice.

The program is divided into six sessions of approximately 45 minutes each.

The rink is free to use but has rather strict schedules so the shinny hockey players don’t hit the ice at the same time as the little skaters.

Rinks can be found at the following spots around Montreal:

  • Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension : Fran√ßois-Perrault Park
  • Montr√©al Nord : Carignan Park
  • Verdun : Willibrord Park
  • LaSalle : Hayward Park
  • C√īte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Gr√Ęce : Confederation Park
  • Ahuntsic-Cartierville : M√©sy Park
When: Saturday, January 11
Time: Varies per rink
Where: Various locations around Montreal

The Phantom of the Opera

Evenko

The classic musical, from composer¬†Andrew Lloyd Webber, makes its way to the gorgeous¬†Th√©√Ętre St-Denis for a French version of the popular play.

When: January 11 and 12 (and the 23 to 26)
Time: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Where:¬†Th√©√Ętre St-Denis
Price: $40.80 to $134.40

ALOHA Verdun!

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Step away from this weekend’s cold by heading to Bar Palco’s tiki party.

The bar will be dishing out Hawaiian-themed grub and beach-like cocktails all night. Guests are urged to show up in Hawaiian shirts and DJs will be spinning beach tunes.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 3 pm to 3 am
Where:¬†Bar Palco — 4019 rue Wellington
Price: Free admission

Pente à Neige

ski hill Montreal

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No offense, Mont Tremblant, but we might hit the slopes a bit closer to home this weekend as La Pente à Neige has constructed a man-made ski hill at Parc Ignace-Bourget.

The third edition of the urban hill is big enough for up to 250 people along with a mini slope that can accommodate up to 50 mini-skiers.

The hill welcomes skiers, snowboarders, tubers, and sledders of any age and features a cozy heated yurt, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and music. Guests can bring their own equipment or it can be rented on site.

The slope is 300 metres long and has professionals on site to teach people proper skiing/snowboarding/falling down techniques.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where:¬†Parc Ignace-Bourget — 6101 Avenue de Montmagny
Price: Various pricing, details available online

Let’s Get Married 2020

If you’re about to get hitched, the Let’s Get Married show features a variety of wedding specialists giving wedding tips and their essential products for both bride and groom will be for sale.

When: January 11 to 12
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where:¬†Place Bonaventure — 800, rue de la Gaucheti√®re
Price: $4.75, available online

Amaze Escape Room

SmartyPantz Escape Room

Escape the cold and try to figure your way out of an escape room this weekend.

Try your luck at escaping from a prison, a military facility, a lost temple, or a laboratory. Make a reservation, choose your adventure and then you have anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to get out of any respective room. Each mission is reserved solely for your group and you’re given a walkie-talkie in case you need hints/get scared.

When: Saturday, January 111
Time: 2 to 10:30 pm
Where: 3550 Rue St. Jacques
Price: $15-$30 depending on your chosen mission (per person). Make your reservation first online.