11 things to do in Montreal today: Sunday, January 20

Jan 18 2019, 7:48 pm

If you can find a way to peel yourself off the couch while the NFL Conference Championships are going down, you’ll see there’s a slew of great events happening in the city today, January 20.

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Wolf Moon Total Lunar Eclipse – PlanĂ©tarium Rio Tinto Alcan

wolf moon

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Skygazers are in for a treat this weekend.

According to The Weather Network, since the moon will be “very near perigee – its closest distance to Earth -” it will be a Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Lunar Eclipse.

And no, we didn’t make that name up.

The eclipse is expected to last a total of five hours and 12 minutes, with the total eclipse lasting for an hour and two minutes. The eclipse is slated to start at 11:41 pm and the Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan is inviting skygazers to check it out at the planetarium.

When: Sunday, January 20
Time: 9:30 pm – 1:30 am
Where: Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan de Montréal, 4801 Pierre-De Coubertin
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. Fun for all ages!

When: Saturday, January 20
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

Natrel Skating Rink

montreal old port skating rink

Old Port Skating rink

From indoor skating to outdoor, we can’t call ourselves true Canadians without offering both.

Known for its outstanding quality of ice, excellent facilities, and breathtaking views of the city and the Saint Lawrence River, this is the place to go outdoor skating in Montreal.

There’s no better way to stick it to winter than bundling up and hitting the ice.

The chilled 2,500-square-metre rink features a cozy village right in front of the ice and is a puck’s throw away from Bistro Bonsecours for a little post-game refresher.

Natrel’s Skating Rink plays rock, classical and jazz music on large outdoor speakers to add to your soundtrack of whizzing down the ice.

When: Sunday, January 20
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin
Price: $6.95 general admission, $4.90 kids aged 6 – 12, free for children under 6

Notre-Dame Basilica

Celebrate Sunday mass at Montreal’s most viewed structure at 11 am and hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ. Or, take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.

When: The Notre-Dame Basilica is open year round
Time: 12:30 pm – 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

Pente Ă  Neige

man-made ski hill

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No offence, Mont Tremblant, but we might hit the slopes a bit closer to home this weekend as La Pente Ă  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: Sunday, January 20
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget
Price: Free admission

Luminothérapie

Place des Festivals has brought Montreal sights and sounds by fusing dominos, music and lights.

The 9th edition of Luminothérapie, Quebec’s largest temporary public art installation, is called “Effet domino” by Ingrid Ingrid. The installation will feature 120 giant dominos spread out across several different stations. The public is invited to play with them, each creating different music and luminous effects in the process.

The dominos are all topple-able as a musical orchestra of dominos illuminate in a rainbow of pastel hues and sounds. Check out some photos here.

When: From now until January 27
Time: 12 pm – 10 pm
Where: Place des Festivals, Jeanne Mance
Price: Free

FĂŞte des neiges

winter festival

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The 36th edition of the Fête des neiges festival kicked off this weekend.

Outdoor activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow archery, an icy pirate ship, ice skating, ice sculptures, ziplining, a Ferris wheel, Tour de Lévis, axe throwing, a penguin village, a Polar Circus, snow scooters, an inflatable bouncy castle, and a mini igloo play area.

That’ll show winter who’s boss.

When: From now until February 10
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau
Tickets: $8 – $25, available online

Hackatown 2019

If you like to code, teamwork and make your ideas come to life then Hackatown is right up your alley.

For the third year in a row, Hackatown is hosting a 24-hour hackathon with the theme: the smart city. They will put at each contestant’s disposal: APIs, data and hardware for you to use and hack.

When: Sunday, January 20
Time: 8 am – 3 pm
Where: Polytechnique Montréal, 2900, boul. Édouard-Montpetit
Price: Free

Barbie Exhibition

barbie expo

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The world’s largest permanent exhibit of Barbies is happening at Montreal’s Cours Mont-Royal. The upscale mall hosts over 1,000 entertainment industry Barbie dolls, all dressed by leading fashion houses.

When: Sunday, January 20
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Where: Cours Mont-Royal, 1445 Rue Peel
Price: Free

Nextdoor Pub & Grill

Nextdoor is the place to on Sundays to eat and drink. They offer deals at both ends of their hours – bottomless caesars and mimosas in the afternoon and 29 cent chicken wings at night. Park yourself at the quaint, basement pub and see how many cheap and equally tasty wings you can devour.

When: Sunday, January 20
Time: 8 am – 3 pm caesar/mimosa deal, 4 pm – midnight wing special
Where: 5175A Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Pente Ă  Neige

man-made ski hill

Pente Ă  Neige/Facebook

No offence, Mont Tremblant, but we might hit the slopes a bit closer to home this weekend as La Pente Ă  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: Sunday, January 20
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget
Price: Free admission

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