19 things to do in Montreal today: Sunday, September 9

Sep 8 2018, 12:02 am

From tattoos to music, a lot of food and comedy, there’s plenty of options to keep busy today, September 9, in Montreal.

Sure, there’s no holiday tomorrow like last weekend but we’ve put together a list of 19 things to do today, that’ll make you feel like your weekend is just getting started.

The MTL Grand Open Round 1

Comedy Mic

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The first round (of 10) features nine of Montreal’s funniest comedians battling out for their chance to win a $1000 grand prize.

Grand… prize… get it?

The first round features the hilarity of Jacob Greco, Darren Henwood, Alex Wood, Dawn Ford, Shawn Stenhouse, Harrison Weinreb, Mike Gamache, and Martin Gallois.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: Mckibbin’s Irish Pub – 1426 Bishop Street
Price: $5

Tattoo Festival

If you’re looking to add some more ink to your body, or you just appreciate the art, Montreal’s tattoo festival concludes this weekend.

The convention promotes tattooing and brings in over 100 artists from all over the world in to celebrate the art and its surrounding community.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Gare Windsor – 1160 Avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: Day pass $20

Montreal Bacon Week

Montreal Bacon Week

Mr. Puffs Bacon “Puftine”

The 4th annual bacon festival returned to the Quartier Dix30 on September 1, bringing some serious sizzle to the new month and it concludes today.

The crispy festival features 18 restaurants from the South Shore’s mega-outlets, each putting a different spin on a bacon-inspired dish.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: Varies per restaurant
Where: Quartier Dix30 – 6000 Boulevard Rome, Brossard
Price: Varies per selected item

Ukrainian Festival

The 18th annual Ukrainian festival promotes Ukrainian heritage and culture within the Montreal community and strives to increase awareness of the contribution of Ukrainian-Canadians to the society in Quebec.

Visitors who attend the festival have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Ukrainian traditions of folk crafts, music, dance, art, fashion and of course, food.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: Friday: 7 pm – 2 am, Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm and Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Parc Beaubien – Intersection of Rue Beaubien Est and 9e avenue
Price: Free

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

NHL Rookie Showdown – Canadiens vs Maple Leafs


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Top prospects from the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs go head-to-head today at Place Bell. The tournament will showcase the newly drafted rookies, free agent signings and camp invitees from the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: 3 pm
Where: Place Bell – Laval
Price: $56 – $104

Fête des Amériques

Fair of America (Fête des Amériques) is a colourful new festival taking place in the Old Port. This first edition of the festival will transport you to various countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Mexico including authentic music, dancing, fashion and food.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: 11 am – 8 pm
Where: Jacques Cartier Quay – 333 Rue de la Commune Ouest
Price: $15 on Friday, $20 on Saturday and Sunday

Gardens of Light

Light Festival

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The magical Gardens of Light Festival finally got underway this weekend.

The lantern festival includes a lighted path through the Botanical Garden’s three cultural gardens, The Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Gardens, all looking at nature from a different perspective.

When: From now until October 31
: 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Montreal’s Botanical Gardens
Price: $10.25 – $20.50

Oktoberfest de Répentigny

A little Oktoberfest in September, why not? Besides a slew of beer from all over the world, Répentigny’s Oktoberfest features rides, live music and food.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: Varying hours
Where: Parc de l’ÃŽle Lebel – 396 rue Notre-Dame, Repentigny
Price: $15 – $35

DreamHack Montreal

DreamHack is the world’s largest digital festival. It’s a meeting place for gamers, esports, Internet and gaming culture, intellectual and creative competitions, live music acts, lectures by industry experts, celebrity content creators, and cosplayers.

Head down to the Olympic Stadium if you want to compete or just watch.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: 10 am – midnight
Where: Montreal Olympic Stadium – 4141 Pierre-de Coubertin
Price: $30




As the summertime heat dwindles down and the Just for Laughs festival has long since packed up, LadyFest steps up and fills Montreal’s comedic void and it concludes today.

Ladyfest is a celebration of dynamic femme and non-binary talent in stand-up, storytelling, video, improv, and sketch comedy.

The festival’s slogan, ‘One Love. No Jerks’ shows how LadyFest strives to host comedy events that are respectful and enjoyable experiences for everyone to laugh, connect and grow.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: Varies per selected show
Where: The Blue Dog Motel, Montreal Improv and Theatre Ste. Catherine
Price: Varies per selected show

Animara Con

Celebrating its 5th edition, Japanese cosplay, animation and video game enthusiasts are invited to join a welcoming community of creative individuals to celebrate their passions together.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
Where: Hotel Delta – 475 Avenue du President Kennedy
Price: $30 online, $35 at the door

World Press Photo Exhibition

The 13th annual World Press Photo Exhibition in Montreal showcases some of the most prestigious photographs from around the world. This year, 73,500 photos from 125 different countries will headline the exhibition.

When: Saturday, September 8
Time: 10 am – 12 am
Where: Marché Bonsecours – 325 de la Commune East
Price: $11 for students, $14 general admission, free for kids under 12

Summer Concert Series


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The historic Saint Joseph Oratory is hosting an indoor concert with live projections on a giant screen on Sunday. Today’s show features musician Jean-Guy Proulx at one of Montreal’s most viewed buildings.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: 3:30 pm
Where: Saint Joseph Oratory
Price: Free

Grand Prix Cycling

Experience the intensity of the biggest cycling event in all of Montreal. The race starts at Jeanne-Mance park and cycles around the designated route around the city.

Registration for the race is full but it’s free to watch the hundreds of cyclists.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: 10:30 am – 4:50 pm
Where: Jeanne-Mance Park
Price: Free

Burgundy Lion Brunch

Burgundy Lion serves traditional English breakfasts every Sunday. Their menu is famous for their blood pudding, sausages, salmon, and Yorkshire pudding.

The pub also has one of the most extensive whisky menus in the city.

When: Burgundy Lion is open year round
Time: 9 am – 3 am
Where:  2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

Tam Tams

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Sundays in Montreal in the summer is synonymous with Tam Tams. It’s a giant outdoor party with dancers, sports and drummers all gathered around the Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument.

With only four Tams left for 2018 season, the mountain’s longstanding tradition should be your go-to Sunday spot. Very 420 friendly.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: Noon
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price: Free

Battlewar 57

The best and most feared wrestlers from around Montreal gather at Foufounes Electriques for a battle royal and a chance to be crowned this summer’s wrestling champion.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: Foufounes Electriques – 87 Rue Ste. Catherine Est
Price: $15

Sunday Funday at the Comedy Nest

Even more comedy coming your way today. Make your Sunday night a tad funnier by catching a show at the Comedy Nest featuring a slew of great local comedians: Massimio, Jason Hatrick, Amanda McQueen, JC Surette, Oren Shbiro and Pantelis.

The show is 18 years old and older.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: 8 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Comedy Nest – Pepsi Forum, 3rd floor
Price: $1o

El Mercado del Taco

taco festival


Montreal’s first ever taco festival has chefs from renowned taco restaurants competing for the best dish in the city. The venue will also feature Mexican wrestling, mariachi music, bands, DJs and a chance to win a trip to Mexico City.

When: Sunday, September 9
Time: 12 pm – 9 pm
Where: L’Ambroisie et L’Espace Canal – 4020, rue Saint-Ambroise, door #140
Price: $16 – $21

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