From the iconic Jazz Fest, to the start of the city’s circus festival, here’s what’s going on around Montreal today, July 4, as we set our sights toward another weekend.
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The Montreal International Jazz Festival was named the largest jazz festival in the world in 2004 according to the Guinness Book of World Records and it’s only gotten bigger since.
The 39th edition of the festival features over 500 artists from all over the world who will perform over 150 shows during a three-week span.
The streets are completely closed off to traffic and the festival is full of music-hungry fans. Some specific shows cost money to enter but the majority of the shows, both indoor and outdoor, are free.
Highlighting tonight’s free shows are “Plena Libre” and “Molly Johnson,” among dozens of others.
When: From now until July 6
Time: Varying times
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Free admission to the site
Some of Montreal’s streets are about to turn into an open-air circus ring.
Starting today, The Montreal Circus Festival, known as LA RUE COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, will use the streets, parks, and sidewalks of the Quartier des Spectacles as stages to showcase colourful, high-flying performances.
The festival includes tightrope walkers, trapeze art, balancing and trampoline acts, fire art, jugglers, gymnastics, live music, human pyramids, and participatory activities for all ages as these master street performers use the urban landscape as their stages.
When: July 4 to 14
Time: Varying times
Where: Quartier de Spectacles
Price: Free admission
Mont Royal is about to get even more enjoyable as a collection of free outdoor concerts are set to perform throughout July, the first of which starts tonight.
Harmonie Laval, a wind and percussion musical ensemble, is bringing five free shows to the base of the mountain and guests are asked to only bring a chair.
Music lovers will be transported back to a time when people gathered to hear beautiful and soothing music under the summer sky.
The concerts will be held at the Mordecai Richler Gazebo on Park Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Sir George-Étienne-Cartier monument.
When; Thursday, July 4
Time: 7 pm
Where: Mordecai Richler Gazebo, Mont Royal
With temperatures rising around the island, sneak away and try to stay afloat on top of a giant inflatable obstacle course.
The 30-by-35 metre inflatable structure is combined with obstacles, slides, and platforms. Your job is to complete the course without falling into the Jean-Doré beach.
When: Thursday, July 4
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Price: 6 – 13 years: $13 for an hour/$25 unlimited, 14 and over: $15 for an hour/$28 unlimited, family deal: $50 f0r an hour, $98 unlimited (tickets available on-site)
It seems like Siri has some SIRIous competition as a new art exhibition in Montreal features an AI robot that learns from visitors the more it interacts with them.
As part of musician David Usher’s Hum(ai)n exhibition, a digital character named Ophelia will be speaking with humans all summer. This interaction will help to evolve her cognitive state.
When: From now until September 15
Time: 10 am – 8 pm
Where: Phi Centre, 407 Saint-Pierre
Price:$21.97 – $25.50, available online