It’s the first Thursday of the month and as May’s first weekend inches closer, here are five happenings around the city of Montreal today, May 2.
Get out there and enjoy it!
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The world-renowned Cirque du Soleil production is returning home all month.
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: May 1-5, 7-12, 15-19, 21-26, and 28-31
Time: 8 pm
Where: Big Top, Old Port – Jacques-Cartier Quay, de la Commune Street Est
Price: $150 – $412, available online
Things are about to get sketchy in Montreal — in a good way.
The 14th edition of Montreal Sketchfest returns to the city tonight for 10 days of live sketch comedy and laughs.
The Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival is an annual celebration of sketch comedy assembled by Le Nouveau International, a not-for-profit arts company that resides at Theatre Ste. Catherine.
Since its inception in 2006, the festival has welcomed over 300 troupes from all over the world.
When: May 2 – 11
Time: Varying times
Where: Theatre Sainte-Catherine, Café Bar and Montreal Improv
Price: $15 – $65, available online
Head over to the timeless Centaur Theatre and watch a musical that deals with the six degrees of separation from the fine folks over at Full Circle Productions Montreal.
When: Thursday, May 2
Time: 3:30 pm
Where: Centaur Theatre, 453 rue St. Francois Xavier
Price: $40, available online
Spring isn’t the only thing in the air as Montreal’s musical swing exhibition has returned to the Quartier des Spectacles.
The interactive, music art installation, 21 Swings, will have Montrealers feeling like kids again as guests can swing back and forth, creating musical melodies.
The 21 Swings (or Balançoires) installation was custom-made for the Promenade des Artistes in the Quartier des Spectacles. The work was created by Daily tous les jours, in collaboration with animal behaviourist Luc-Alain Giraldeau from UQAM and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, the installation’s composer.
When: From now until May 28
Time: 10 am – 11 pm (Sunday to Wednesday), 10 am – 12 am (Thursday to Saturday)
Where: Promenade des Artistes, Quartier des spectacles
With baseball/softball season right around the corner, head to the cages and get your swing timing down.
Coup Sûr has six pitching machines all throwing at various speeds and each machine throws either baseballs or softballs. They have a closed off radar section too if you want to practice pitching. They supply bats and helmets and boast an impressive Baseball Town store if you’re looking for some gear.
Their pro shop, Baseball Town, is also offering pretty sweet deals on selected items in preparation for the upcoming season.
When: Thursday, May 2
Time: 9 am – 10 pm
Where: 3835 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Laval
Price: 1 token (20 pitches): $5.75/ 5 token special (100 pitches): $23.00