5 things to do in Montreal today: Thursday, January 23

Jan 22 2020, 3:30 pm

Here are a few things happening around Montreal today, January 23, to tide you over before Friday and the weekend creeps up on you.

Le Cathcart Restaurants et Biergarten

It looks like the Eaton Centre’s Time Out Market is about to get some tasty competition.

As part of Ville Marie’s $200-million revitalization, the now-closed Place Ville Marie food court has been transformed into a gourmet food and beer garden.

The 35,000-sq-ft space has been rejuvenated as Le Cathcart Restaurants et Biergarten under the glass pavilion of the Place Ville Marie Esplanade.

Open seven days a week, all year round, the biergarten offers seating for more than a thousand people with three full-service restaurants, nine food kiosks, and two cafes, aiming to become the go-to destination for business lunches, happy hour, and festive evenings alike.

Le Catchart opens to the public today.

When: Thursday, January 23
Time: 7 am to 11 pm
Where: 1 Place Ville Marie

Happening Gourmand

Nine gourmet restaurants in the Old Port are taking part in the 13th edition of Happening Gourmand, a food festival where foodies can knock back some delicious brunch and dinner meals for under $40.

Whether you’re into pizza, steak, eggs benedict, or burgers, Happening Gourmand offers gourmet meals and a vibrant atmosphere for every food lover. Plus, the meals won’t set you back too much (we’re dreading the post-holiday credit card statements too).

Check out a full list of participating restaurants online.

When: From now until February 9
Time: Varying times per restaurant
Where: Nine participating Old Port locations
Price: $17 brunch, $25-$35 dinner

Imagine Van Gogh

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 month, takes guests through the world of colours and emotions of Van Gogh’s works through gigantic murals and an immersive soundtrack.

When: Thursday, January 23
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art Contemporain
Price: $26 – $36, available online

The Phantom of the Opera

The classic musical, from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, makes its way to the gorgeous Théâtre St-Denis for a French version of the popular play.

When: January 23 – 26
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Théâtre St-Denis
Price: $40.80 – $134.40, available online

Luminothérapie

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