5 things to do in Montreal today: Wednesday, May 1

Apr 30 2019, 7:09 pm

Here’s hoping the new month will bring long-lasting springtime temperatures.

As you hit the midway mark of the workweek, here’s what’s happening around Montreal today, Wednesday, May 1.

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Cirque Du Soleil: Alegria

The world-renowned Cirque du Soleil production is returning home tonight.

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 1
Time: 8 pm
Where: Big Top, Old Port – Jacques-Cartier Quay, de la Commune Street Est
Price: $150 – $412, available online

Stars on Ice – Place Bell

Head over to Laval to check out a slew of Canadian Olympic figure skaters who hit the ice together.

Relive the artistry, excitement and athletic triumph of Canada’s beloved Olympic Team Gold Medalists including Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford; plus Canadian icons Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko.

As if that’s not enough, Olympic Medalist Evgenia Medvedeva, three-time World Medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, two-time Canadian Champion Nam Nguyen and seven-time Canadian Medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier will also be on hand.

When: Wednesday, May 1
Time: 7 pm
Where: Place Bell, Laval
Price: $35 – $ 77, available online

Yoko Ono’s “Arising”

As part of the Japanese multimedia artist’s ongoing installation called “Arising,” Yoko 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.

Both projects take an important stance about the condition of women, particularly in regards to the #MeToo movement.

Submissions can be made by email, regular mail or in person and will be accepted at any time before or during the exhibition. Every and all submissions will be displayed.

When: Wednesday, May 1
Time: 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain, 451 rue St-Jean
Price: Free

21 Swings

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
Price: Free

McKibbin’s Irish Pub Hooley Night

McKibbin’s Irish Pub hosts their “Hooley Night” tonight on their third-floor dance club. Ladies pay $10 at the door, gentlemen pay $25 and then it’s an open bar, all you can drink. That includes  Moosehead beer, vodka, gin, rum, rye and whiskey as part of the special.

There’s a dance floor, DJ and a whole lot of people who are looking for a good midweek party spot.

When: Wednesday, May 1
Time: 10 pm – 2 am
Where: 1426 Rue Bishop
Price: $10 for girls, $25 for guys

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