18 things to do in Montreal this weekend: April 12 to 14

Apr 11 2019, 5:33 pm

Despite you know, the whole snow thing, it looks like Montreal may finally be getting a sunny and warm weekend. It’s perfect timing because the city is boasting an impressive list of events to keep you busy from April 12 to 14.

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Friday, April 12

21 Swings


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Spring won’t be 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

Engelbert Humperdinck Concert

Engelbert Humperdinck is an English pop singer. His singles “Release Me” and “The Last Waltz” both topped the UK music charts in 1967 and he’s been rocking out ever since.

He’ll be at the equally timeless Théâtre Maisonneuve tonight.

When: Friday, April 12
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where:  Théâtre Maisonneuve
Price: $108.75, available online

McGill Improv: the Musical

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If you think improv comedy is impressive, check out musical improv comedy.

McGill Improv will be improvising an entire musical: plot, characters, songs, and sets, all on the spot.

All proceeds from the $5 tickets will go to Dans La Rue, a foundation which helps homeless youth and youth at risk in Montreal.

When: Friday, April 12
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Amphithéâtre Jeanne Timmins, 3801 rue University
Price: $5, at the door


Quartier des Spectacles

A centrepiece of Montreal’s architectural heritage, this spiral staircase, created by local artist, Patrick Pérubé, embodies “neighbourly culture and friendly back alleys.”

Suspended in mid-air, the double helix of a DNA molecule aims to remind on-lookers that our differences, put together, make up our collective identity.

When: April 8 – May 28
Time: 24/7
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Free

Saturday, April 13

Tinder Tales: Spring Flings

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Tinder Tales returns to Montreal with their “Spring Fling” edition. Comics and storytellers get together to tell tales of mistakes, awkward hookups, and unexpected endings from the online dating world.

The show will be hosted by Monica Hamburg. With dating stories and comedy from: Elspeth Wright, John Cotroc, Kathy Slamen, Callie Mathieson, Josh Shapiro, Viveth Kanagaratnam and Kate Hammer.

Full food and beverage service will be available.

When: Saturday, April 13
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Lord William Pub, 65 rue des Seigneurs
Price: $20, at the door

Vintage Clothing Flea Market

More than 25 vendors will be selling some hot vintage finds in a giant 5000 square foot boutique on St Denis, formerly Urban Outfitters, for both men and women.

When: April 13 and 14
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
Where: 4301 rue Saint Denis  (formerly Urban Outfitters)

iSaute Kirkland



Take your kids to iSaute Kirkland and pretend it’s for them when it’s really for you.

iSaute is a massive venue that has over 30 giant trampolines, trampoline basketball, wall climbing and a trampoline jungle gym. You pay by the hour, there’s a lot to do and it’s actually a fantastic workout. Fun for all ages (and a great workout).

When: Satruday, April 13
Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Where: 3220 Jean Yves, Kirkland
Price: $16 for the first hour, $10 for the second. Tickets are sold at the door

Retro Video Game Market

If you’re not in the mood for clothes, how about some old-school video games?

Over 50 tables will be selling retro video games, VHS, DVDs, records, toys, and comic books for you to check out.

When: Saturday, April 13
Time: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Centre Communautaire Ste. Catherine, 1700 rue Amherst
Price: $2, at the door

Montreal Botanical Garden – Butterflies Go Free


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The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual “Butterflies Go Free” exhibit is back 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: From now until April 28
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $10.25 – $20.50, available online

Rose Bowl Bowling

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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 this weekend.

When: Saturday, April 13
Time: 8 am – 3 am
Where: 6510 rue St-Jacques Ouest
Price: $5 per game plus $2.39 shoe rental (mandatory)

Sunday, April 14

Montreal Cat Expo


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For the first time ever, Montreal is getting its very own Cat Expo, very exciting mews news.

Presented by Humane Canada and the Montreal SPCA, the inaugural event claims to be the “biggest cat event in eastern Canada.”

Jackson Galaxy, aka The Cat Daddy, will be headlining the event. Galaxy is the star of the TV show My Cat from Hell and the author of several books including, “Total Cat Mojo,” “Catify to Satisfy” and “Catification.”

When: Sunday, April 14
Time: 5:45 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Hotel Bonaventure
Price: $25, available online starting February 1

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & Fauré’s Requiem

The OPCM welcomes guests to their spring concert featuring Fauré’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by Axel Strauss. The concert will be held at the gorgeous church of St. Andrew and St. Paul.

When: Sunday, April 14
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, 3415 rue Redpath
Price: $20 – $35

Fabuleux Chez Serge – Game of Thrones Premiere

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“This last season should not be watched alone,” claims the popular Fabuleux Chez Serge, who will be screening every episode of the final season on all of their giant screens, with surround sound, starting this weekend.

Chez Serge will be dishing out free popcorn and guests who bring their own chalice, stein, or drinking horn will get $1 off on all drinks.

Plus, the bar has that mechanical bull. If any of the episodes get too intense, that bull might be a good ride to let off some steam.

Chez Serge stresses that “your silence is golden” during the screening.

When: Sunday, April 14
Time: 8 pm
Where: Fabuleux Chez Serge, 4281 boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: Free admission

BATTLEWAR 63 – Live Pro Wrestling

Enjoy an evening of dynamic professional wrestling at one of Montreal’s most respected bars.

Featuring Montreal’s top competitors, which include Benjamin Tull, Les VIP, “Flying” Frank Milano, Mathieu St-Jacques, “The Beast King” FTM and BATTLEWAR Champion, Thomas Dubois.

When: Sunday, April 14
Time: 8 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Foufounes Electriques, 87 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Price: $15, at the door

Flash Tattoo Day

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MTL Tattoo is hosting local tattoo artists who will be tattooing a series of flash tattoos for ranging amounts, dependong on the size and design chosen.

Designs will be available on the event’s Facebook page for guests willing to get temporary ink.

When: Sunday, April 14
Time: 11 am – 8 pm
Where: MTL Tattoo
Price: Varying prices

Haunted Montreal Pub Crawl



If you thought this week’s snow was was scary, you’ve got another thing coming.

After doing studies in Savannah, Georgia (dubbed “America’s most haunted city”), the paranormal research crew has jumped over to Montreal for the first-ever Haunted Pub Crawl in the city.

Led by a professional ghost storyteller, the Haunted Montreal Pub Crawl will visit four of the city’s most haunted bars, because mixing ghosts and booze is the only smart way to deal with the paranormal. The tour will start at Charlie’s American Pub on Bishop Street before heading to the recently-burned down John Doe Pub, the historic McKibbin’s Irish Pub, the mysterious Sir Winston Churchill Pub, the frequently-visited (not just by the living) Club Le Cinq and, of course, Hurley’s Irish Pub, where a ghost known as the “Burning Lady” is said to still lurk on the grounds.

When: Sunday, April 14
Time: 3 pm for English, 4 pm for French
Where: The tour starts at Charlie’s American Pub, 1204 Bishop
Price: $20.87, available online

Nextdoor Pub & Grill

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Nextdoor Pub & Grill is the place to be on Sunday.

They offer deals at both ends of their hours – bottomless caesars and mimosas in the afternoon and 29 cent chicken wings at night. Park yourself at Nextdoor for as many caesars or mimosas you can handle and then relax by eating all the 29 cent wings as you can.

When: Sunday, April 14
Time: 8 am – 3 pm caesar/mimosa deal, 4 pm – midnight wing special
Where: 5175A Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

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