5 things to do in Montreal today: Wednesday, March 20

Mar 19 2019, 5:51 pm

Despite what this weekend’s weather may say, it’s officially springtime in Montreal today, March 20, and that’s got to mean something.

As we settle into the midway point of the workweek, here are five things to keep you busy on the first day of (hopefully) a quickly approaching spring.

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Just For Laughs Auditions – Comedy Showcase

A bevy of Montreal comics will be vying for a spot at this year’s Just For Laughs festival. The showcase will be hosted by the very funny Amer Rez and includes a hilarious lineup of: Steve Patrick Adams, Christopher Venditto, Aba Atlas, The El-Salomons, Gino Durante
Jacob Greco, Rena Taylor, Mike-o Paterson, Daniel Carin and Amanda McQueen.

If you’re into checking out comics “before they were cool,” head down to La P’tite Grenouille tonight.

When: Wednesday, March 20
Time: 8:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: La P’tite Grenouille de Montréal, 3435 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: $10 – $20, available online

Art Souterrain

An underground art festival has buried itself underground.

But not “underground” like a resistance group versus an existing regime — actually underground: below the surface.

The 11th edition of Art Souterrain has retured to the city for three weeks in March. Exhibitions by local and international artists and mediation activities will be available to be discovered along a six-kilometre underground route.

When: From now until March 24
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations around the city, visit the website for specific details
Price: Free

Scott Helman Concert

Scott Helman is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Toronto. He released his debut EP, “Augusta” on October 14, 2014 on Warner Music Canada.

He’ll be rocking out the gorgeous l’Astral tonight as part of his “The Hang Up” tour.

When: Wednesday, March 20
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: l’Astral, 305 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $23, at the door

Rose Bowl Bowling

The Rose Bowl is a Montreal landmark.

The 72-lane bowling alley offers both 10-pin and 5-pin bowling and opening hours that appeal to everyone.

The Rose also hosts a casse-croute, a bar and an arcade room.

Strike some bowling off the list for tonight.

When: The Rose Bowl is open year round
Time: 8 am – 3 am
Where: 6510 rue St-Jacques Ouest
Price: $5 per game plus $2.39 shoe rental (mandatory)

Montreal Botanical Garden – Butterflies Go Free

It may not all be butterflies and rainbows in Montreal right now, but(terfly) it will be soon.

The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual “Butterflies Go Free” has returned for another year.

The 22nd edition of the butterfly festival features “thousands of multicoloured butterflies who will be flitting about in an exceptionally lush natural setting,” as per the Montreal Botanical Garden.

Get a chance to see butterfly’s shimmering colours up close in a humid, tropical oasis, not to mention ample gorgeous photo opportunities.

When: Wednesday, March 20
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $10.25 – $20.50, available online