5 things to do in Montreal today: Thursday, May 16

May 15 2019, 7:38 pm

‘Thirsty Thursday’ has a but more weight to it today, May 16, because it’s also National Caesar Day. So grab yourself a classic cocktail before or after any of these eventful things happening around Montreal today.

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J.I.D. Concert

Destin Choice Route, known by his stage name J.I.D., is an American rapper and songwriter. He is part of the musical group, Spillage Village, but he will be soloing it tonight at the timeless L’Astral Theatre.

When: Thursday, May 16
Time: 8 pm
Where: L’Astral, 305 rue Ste. Catherine Est
Price: $35.75, available online

Cirque Du Soleil: Alegria

The world-renowned Cirque du Soleil production has returned home all month and will literally hang around tonight as well.

Alegria, which was first performed by Cirque in 1994, stole the eyes and ears of more than 14 million spectators. Performed under a traditional Big Top tent, the show made its way to 255 different cities over 19 years of touring, until its last performance in 2013.

The show mixes the high energy acrobatics which Cirque du Soleil is famous for with a “rallying theme for change, hope, and optimistic renewal.” The cast is made up of more than 50 performers and musicians, all renowned internationally for their craft.

When: Wednesday, May 15
Time: 8 pm
Where: Big Top, Old Port – Jacques-Cartier Quay, de la Commune Street Est
Price: $150 – $412, available online

Laser Quest

Blow off some steam by playing laser tag. Laser Quest is an indoor laser room filled with fog, people, and obstacles. Everyone is given a laser gun, you’re split up into teams and then it’s off to the races. You’re awarded points based on accuracy and quantity of shots.

When: Thursday, May 16
Time: 5 pm – 11 pm
Where: 1226 Rue Saint Catherine Ouest
Price: $9 – $12 depending on mission chosen

Gary Vider at the Comedy Nest

As seen on Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Vider is one of only four comedians ever to make it to the Final 10 on America’s Got Talent.

Vider uses his laid back style to open up about his annual income, having a roommate, and dating.

Check him out tonight at one of Montreal’s most renowned comedy clubs, the Comedy Nest.

When: Thursday, May 16
Time: 8 pm
Where: 2312 Rue Saint Catherine
Price: $12 general, $6 students. Tickets available at the door or online

Yoko Ono’s Arising

Yoko Ono’s new art exhibition debut in Montreal at the end of April.

As part of the Japanese multimedia artist’s ongoing installation called “Arising,” Ono is asking women to share stories of harm that has been brought on as a result of being a woman. Participants are asked to also send in a photo of their eyes as part of the project.

The installation will be shown accompanied by other interactive works by Ono in which specific instructions will be given to visitors.

When: From now to September 15
Time: 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain, 451 rue St-Jean
Price: Free