11 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, November 17

Nov 17 2018, 1:39 am

The first official day of winter is on December 21, but Mother Nature doesn’t care about formalities. As the snowfall continues down, there’s still a bunch of great events happening in Montreal today, November 17.

From music to Santa Claus and Super Mario, grab some snow boots and revel in some early winter.

John Jacob Magistry at l’Astral

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Since performing at Osheaga, Montreal’s John Jacob Magistry has toured Canada and California and are performing at the timeless l’Astral tonight with Reuben and the Dark and Paper Beat Scissors.

Any time you get a chance to catch this immensely talented band play in their hometown, it’s an absolute delight.

When: Saturday, November 17
Time: 9:30 pm – 12:30 am
Where: l’Astral, 305 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $26.50, at the door

Das Rheingold Production

Wagner’s masterful production “Das Rheingold” returns to the Opéra de Montréal for the first time in over 20 years. Das Rheingold, the first part of Wagner’s tetralogy, is a true parable of the history of the world and was a source of inspiration for The Lord of the Rings. Bewitching music sung by mythical creatures makes for a total experience in a world in which gods, humans, and giants cross paths.

When: Saturday, November 17
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, 260 Boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest
Price: $25, available online

Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus Parade


Thousands of people join the twenty floats on a closed-off Ste. Catherine Street that includes artists, musicians, dancers and entertainers headlined, of course, by the Star Fairy and Santa Claus.

With all the snowfall, it’s going to be magical.

When: Saturday, November 17
Time: 11 am
Where: Rue Ste. Catherine between rue Fort and rue St. Urbain
Price: Free

Science Fiction & Fantasy Used Book Sale

The annual MonSFFA book sale begins today.

A variety of used science fiction and fantasy books are for sale, ranging from $1 to $3 for hardcover, including three for one deals.

When: Saturday, November 17
Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
Where: Hotel Espresso, 1005 rue Guy

SAT Circuit – International Tour of Fulldome Shows

visual art show

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An immersive light, sound and visual art show inside a dome has taken over Montreal’s Society for Arts and Technology (SAT). To use scientific language to describe the event, we’d say it’s totally trippy.

The SAT has launched its international SAT Circuit, a selection of immersive works around the themes of movement and hybridity. Trajectories, positions, distances, scales and speed are all interwoven in a show with music, fusing audiovisual and “infinite tridimensional space” in a complex and dynamic ecosystem.

When: Sunday, November 17
Time: Various times
Where: 1201, Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: $17 – $40, available online

German Christmas Bazaar

The traditions of a German Christmas is coming to today.

The Montreal German Society is hosting a traditional Christmas market. Head down to Montreal’s German Christmas Bazaar at the Town of Mont Royal Town Hall.

A variety of German food, drink, entertainment, decorations and a gift market will be on site.

Every year the proceeds from this event support German cultural organizations, language schools and churches and other local charities in the Greater Montreal area. If you cannot make it to the bazaar, but you would still like to support our causes, you can make a charitable donation to the Relief and Welfare Fund of the German Society.

Where: Town of Mont-Royal Town Hall, 90 Avenue Roosevelt, Mont-Royal
When: Saturday, November 17
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm
Price: Free

Classified Concert

Lucas Boyd, better known by his stage name Classified, is a Canadian rapper and record producer from Enfield, Nova Scotia.

He’s performing at the gorgeous Théâtre Corona on Saturday.

When: Saturday, November 17
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: Théâtre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame Ouest
Price: $34, available online (standing room only)

Super Smash Bros Tournament

giant Super Mario statue and Nintendo logo at E3 2014, the Expo for video games on June 12, 2014 in Los Angeles


After the smashing success of their last tournament, the Otaku Comedy Show will be hosting another Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament. Prizes are rewarded to the winner and runner-up, but everyone knows SSB bragging rights is what it’s all about.

The $10 admission grants guests a free ticket to the Otaku Comedy Show that starts at 9 pm.

Guests are asked to bring their own controller.

When: Saturday, November 17
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: O-Taku Manga Lounge, 3623 Saint-Denis
Price: $10, at the door

Salon du livre de Montréal

The Salon du livre is a chance to meet your favourite local authors, discover new ones, and attend literary events, round-table discussions, debates and public readings.

Guests of honour to this year’s festival includes Samuel Champagne, Heather O’Neill, Bernard Werber, Josephine Bacon and Martine Delvaux.

When: From now until November 19
Time: 9 am – 9 pm
Where: Place Bonaventure, 800 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest
Price: $8

Nutrition & Wellness Show of Montreal

Head to the Hyatt Regency to learn about incorporating a healthy lifestyle into your daily life.

In this trade show, you will meet more than 80 exhibitors in the field of; health, weight loss, spas, nutrition, healthy food, yoga, fitness, alternative medicine, coaching, detox, fashion, supplements, health products, Veganism, physiotherapy, massotherapy, acupuncture, naturopathy and more.

When: Saturday, November 19
Time: 10 am – 8 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Montréal, 1255, rue Jeanne-Mance
Price: Free admission

Fly Ladies – 90’s Dance Party


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Groove Nation will be grooving to R&B, neo-soul, and hip-hop tunes from the 90s and early 2000s tonight with DJs Gayance, Dr. MaD and Walla P.

Get your dance on, Saturday.

When: Saturday, November 17
Time: 10 pm – 3 am
Where: Groove Nation, 410 rue Rachel
Price: $5 before 11 pm, $8 after

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