13 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, March 16

Mar 15 2019, 5:08 pm

March is chugging along nicely and if Mother Nature can figure out the whole weather situation, we’ll be happy.

Speaking of happy (segway!), here are 13 things worthy of checking out in the city today, March 16.

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The Horrifically Real Virtuality at Centre Phi

A collective immersive experience combining virtual reality, cinema and interactivity incorporating the works of filmmaker Ed Wood.

The event allows viewers to watch the film in a virtual environment while interacting physically and in real time with characters and material objects.

When: Saturday, March 16
Time: 10:30 am – 8 pm
Where: Phi Centre, 407, rue Saint-Pierre
Price: $46 – $55, available online

Derek Seguin – Comedy Nest

Derek Seguin is a Montreal comic who’s an absolute gem.

He performed at last year’s Just For Laughs festival, is a regular on CBC’s The Debaters and is a winner of SiriusXM’s “Top Comic.”

Always funny (and sometimes a little dirty), Seguin brings his Quebec heritage to the stage with a unique and hilarious outlook on his everyday life.

He’ll be joined by Montreal comedians, Mike Paterson, Rodney Ramsey and David Acer throughout the weekend.

When: Saturday, March 16
Time: 8 pm and 10 pm
Where: Comedy Nest, 2313 Ste. Catherine
Price: $12 general admission, $6 students, available online

The Montreal Canadiens vs Chicago Blackhawks

shea weber canadiens

Montreal Canadiens / Twitter

Fresh off a tough loss against the New York Islanders, the Canadiens return home for a tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks.

With the playoffs inching closer, Carey Price and Shea Weber need to eke out a win at the Bell Centre on Saturday.

When: Saturday, March 16
Time: 7 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: Varies per date and seat selection, available online

James Bay Concert

James Michael Bay is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. In 2014, he released his single “Hold Back the River,” which has been certified platinum, before releasing his debut studio album Chaos and the Calm. The album went to number one in the UK and number 15 in the US.

He’ll be rocking out Place des Arts tonight.

When: Saturday, March 16
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: Place des Arts, 175 rue Ste. Catherine
Price:$48, available online

Montreal Botanical Garden – Butterflies Go Free


Montreal Botanical Garden (alice.tsybenko/Instagram)

It may not all be butterflies and rainbows in Montreal right now, but(terfly) it will be soon.

The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual “Butterflies Go Free” exhibit has returned 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: Saturday, March 16
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $10.25 – $20.50, available onlin

POP Yoga Neige

Downward dog-sled, anyone?

Montreal-based fitness company POP Spirit is hosting a series of outdoor snow yoga sessions this month.

Aptly titled POP Yoga Neige, classes will take place every Saturday and Sunday from now until March 24 at Parc La Fontaine and Parcours Gouin, respectively.

All classes are free to the public and boast top-notch, professional instructors. All you have to do is bring your own mat and dress warmly (and we mean, really warm).

When: March 16 and 17
Time: 1 pm on Saturdays, 10:30 am on Sundays
Where: Parc La Fontaine and Parcours Gouin
Price: Free

Art Souterrain


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An underground art festival has buried itself below the ground of Montreal.

But not “underground” like a resistance group versus an existing regime — actually underground: below the surface.

The 11th edition of Art Souterrain returned to the city at the beginning of the month, highlighting exhibitions by local and international artists and mediation activities will be available to be discovered along a six-kilometre underground route.

When: From now until March 24
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations around the city, visit the website for specific details
Price: Free

Pente à Neige

man-made ski hill

Pente à Neige/Facebook

No offence, 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.

If you’re up to braving the cold, the second edition of the urban hill is big enough for up to 250 people and there’s also a mini slope on site to accommodate up to 50 mini-skiers.

The hill welcomes skiers, snowboarders, tubers and sledders of any age and features a cozily heated yurt, mulled wine, hot chocolate and music.

Guests can bring their own equipment or it can be rented on site.

When: Saturday, March 16
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget
Price: Free admission

Hershey Canadian Indoor T&F Championships

The official Indoor National Championships for U16, U18 and U20 Track and Field Athletes makes its way to the Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard on Saturday and Sunday.

When: March 16 and 17
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard
Price: Free

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. It’s fun for all ages.

When: Saturday, March 16
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

All Them Witches Concert

All Them Witches is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The band consists of drummer Robby Staebler, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Charles Michael Parks Jr., and guitarist Ben McLeod.

The Withces will be rocking out L’Astral tonight.

When: Saturday, March 16
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: L’Astral, 305, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Price: $25 – $28, available online

Bleu, Blanc et Bouge


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 a simple registration is required to access the rinks.

Rinks can be found at the following spots around Montreal:

  • Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension : François-Perrault Park
  • Montréal Nord : Carignan Park
  • Verdun : Willibrord Park
  • LaSalle : Hayward Park
  • Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce : Confederation Park
  • Ahuntsic-Cartierville : Mésy Park
When: Saturday, March 16
Time: Varies per rink
Where: Various locations around Montreal
Price: Free

Student Performing Arts Festival

The Student Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) is a showcase of the finest performance works created solely by undergraduate students in the Montreal community.

When: Saturday, March 16
Time: 6 pm – 10 pm
Where: Theatre Sainte Catherine Café-Bar, 264 rue Ste. Catherine Est
Price: $11.89, available online