It’s a historic day for the country as cannabis is now legal across Canada. There’s also a bunch of great events happening around the city today.
So, along with giving the new SQDC stores a look, here are five things to do in Montreal today, October 17.
The McGill Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Juno award-winning saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen is performing at the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building tonight.
The ensemble has released eight highly regarded CDs over the years and has performed with world-class visiting guest artists.
When: Wednesday, October 17
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Tanna Schulich Hall, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
Price: $13.70 – $22.30, available online
The Au Contraire Film Festival goes beyond just screening films. The festival engages the Montreal community to experience films that educate, challenge and entertain its audience.
The Au Contraire Film Festival strives to erase the stigma and dispel the myths surrounding mental illness. In partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the ACFF is a signature initiative of Urban Pardes, a registered charity benefiting mental health initiatives.
When: From now until October 19
Time: 1 pm, 3 pm, 7 pm and 10 pm
Where: Maxwell Cummings Auditorium, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Price: Varies per film
With Halloween fast approaching it’s time to get really scared. Malefycia is a fuse between the traditional haunted house and interactive theatre.
The event uses custom-built scenarios with professional actors, props and settings to bring their guests’ worst nightmares into reality.
This year’s theme is called Zone 4 and it focuses on military experiments gone wrong and the event’s antagonist, as per the Malefycia website, is “the most dangerous of all demons: the man.”
When: October 17, 18-21, 25-31
Time: 5 pm – 12 am
Where: 2085 rue Drummond
Price: $35 – $55, available online
Shane Murphy is one of the best musicians in Montreal. He appeared at Jazz Fest this summer and is back to his regular Wednesday gig at Honey Martin Pub in NDG. He’s silky smooth on the guitar and has a soothing and hip voice. He plays covers and original pieces, considering it’s free entrance to watch him – it’s an absolute steal.
When: Wednesday, October 17
Time: 10 pm – 3 am
Where: 5916 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Dollar Cinema is an absolute gem of a find. They show second-run movies at a two-screen venue (only in English). It’s great for a date or for people who want to watch a relatively new movie on the big screen instead of Netflix. They’re currently highlighted by Sherlock Gnomes, The Incredible 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Papillion and Sorry to Bother You to name a few, but check out the website for complete listing.
Oh yeah, snacks are $1.
Time: Varies per selection
Where: 6900 Boulevard Decarie, Côte Saint-Luc