22 things to do in Montreal this weekend: April 5 to 7

Apr 4 2019, 3:22 pm

We may be in store for a bit of rain this weekend, but at least the temperatures are heating up and we’re not getting pummeled with heaps of snow. Here are 22 things to keep you busy this weekend from April 5 to 7 in beautiful Montreal.

Friday, April 5

Thierry Mugler at the MMFA


The world premiere of the Thierry Mugler: Couturissime exhibition which was christened by Kim Kardashian is at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Set against a spectacular backdrop, the exhibition brings together more than 140 garments made between 1973 and 2001, most of which have never been shown before.

When: From now until September 8
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal, 1380 rue Sherbrooke
Price: $16 – $24, available online

Clerel and Only the Righteous at Honey Martin Pub

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Clerel and Only the Righteous are local musicians who know how to bring it. They play a Motown style of music – very unique and mellow vibes. The group will be playing at Honey Martin Pub on Friday, which will be a perfect intimate setting for the type of music Clerel and co. bring.

When: Friday, April 5
Time: Honey Martin is open from 3 pm – 3 am, the band starts at 10 pm – 2:30 am
Where: 5916 Sherbrooke Ouest
Price: Free to enter

Comedy at the Art Loft

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Comedy at the Art Loft/Facebook

Comedy at the Art Loft is the hottest underground comedy show in the city. It’s run out of a private loft on Rue Saint Laurent and always packed with people. It feels like a college party, except a comedian is speaking into a microphone.

This week, Vance Michel hosts a show headlined by the very funny Coco Belliveau as well as featured acts: Aba Atlas, Lucas Hueso, Shawn Stenhouse, and Rachelle Elie.

Their venue features a DJ and snacks. BYOB and 420 friendly. Very 420 friendly.

When: Friday, April 5
Time: Doors open at 9 pm, show starts at 10:30 pm
Where: 4152 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $10 at the door (cash only)

Montreal Improv’s Main Event

If you’re not in the mood for stand up, how about some improv to get you chuckling?

The ultimate improv competition in the city is happening on Friday as two teams collide for their weekly, main event.

Through a series of match-ups and challenges, all initiated through audience suggestions and interaction, only one team will leave Montreal Improv with the title of champion.

When: Friday, April 5
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Montreal Improv, 3697 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $8

The Shoplifters – Centaur Theatre

Centaur Theatre

At Montreal’s timeless Centaur Theatre, “The Shoplifters,” written by Morris Panych, follows the story of Alma, a feisty career shoplifter with serious street cred who spends her time helping her less fortunate neighbours and sticking it to the man.

The dramedy stars Ellen David, Michel Perron, Marie-Ève Perron, and Laurent Pitre.

When: From now until April 7
Time: Varying times
Where: 453 rue St Francois Xavier
Price:$49, available online

World of Bowie Dance Party

A night packed with David Bowie’s hits, rarities, remixes, collaborations, as well as the music of all those great musicians in his orbit is taking over Bar Le Ritz on Friday from DJ Aladdin Sane.

Guests are invited to “glam it up” through face paint and vibrant clothes.

When: Friday, April 5
Time: 11 pm – 3 am
Where: Bar Le Ritz PDB
Price: $10

Saturday, April 5

The Montreal Canadiens vs the Toronto Maple Leafs

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This one’s going to be a doozy.

In the Canadiens’ last regular season game of the season, they welcome their rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, for a game with a lot on the line.

The Leafs are in the playoffs but the Habs need to win (and hope for a Carolina and Columbus loss) to keep any hope of making the playoffs.

When: Saturday, April 6
Time: 7 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: Varies per date and seat selection, available online

FC Bayern vs Dortmund – McKibbin’s Irish Pub

McKibbin’s is hosting what is likely the title-decider match between arch-rivals Dortmund and FC Bayern at what’s sure to be a busy atmosphere at the cozy pub.

McKibbin’s asks soccer fans to arrive early and reminds guests that children are also welcome.

When: Saturday, April 6
Time: 12:30 pm
Where: McKibbins Irish Pub, 1426 Bishop
Price: Free admission

Monster Spectacular

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Fresh off hosting a couple of Major League Baseball games, the ‘Big O’ is transforming itself into a monster truck course.

Talk about versatility.

Monster trucks, four-wheelers, and dirt bikes will be revving their engines and getting dirty in a stadium guzzling with people.

Things will get loud.

When: Saturday, April 6
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Stade olympique de Montréal,4545, avenue Pierre-de-Coubertin
Price: $35.50 – $95.50, available online

Another Brick in the Wall 2019

Brit Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band is performing a show at Place des Arts in what they’re calling their most “ambitious and best production yet” in honour of “The Wall’s” 40th anniversary.

When: Saturday, April 6
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, 175 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Price: $54.85 – $81.35 available online

Sucrerie de la Montagne

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It’s not really springtime until you’re sugar shacking.

Sucrerie de la Montagne lets guests experience real Quebec traditions. Maple syrup is produced the old-fashioned way on site – the tree is tapped with a spout, the sap is collected in a pail and transported to a traditional wood-fired evaporator, where it is transformed into maple syrup.

And guess what? You can have it.

There’s also horse-drawn sleighs, wagons, and an all-you-can-eat sugaring-off feast.

When: From now until April 22
Time: 10 am – 7:30 pm
Where: 300, Chemin St-Georges, Rigaud
Price:$14 – $34, available online

Montreal Botanical Garden – Butterflies Go Free


Montreal Botanical Garden (alice.tsybenko/Instagram)

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” exhibit 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: Saturday, April 6
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $10.25 – $20.50, available online

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 this weekend.

When: Saturday, April 6
Time: 8 am – 3 am
Where: 6510 rue St-Jacques Ouest
Price: $5 per game plus $2.39 shoe rental (mandatory)

The Horrifically Real Virtuality at Centre Phi

A collective immersive experience combining virtual reality, cinema and interactivity by filmmaker Ed Wood.

The event allows viewers to watch the film in a virtual environment while interacting physically and in real time with characters and material objects.

When: Saturday, April 6
Time: 10:30 am – 8 pm
Where: Phi Centre, 407, rue Saint-Pierre
Price: $46 – $55, available online




The first-ever GEEK-IT convention is on its way to Old Montreal this weekend.

The convention aims to promote video games, anime, comic books, eSports, cosplay, K-Pop and general “geek culture” to a wider public, according to a press release.

GEEK-IT will be hosted across 40,000-sq-ft at the Old Port’s Grand Quai. The main stage will feature “geek community” activities such as a Cosplay Contest, eSport
Tournaments and two headlining K-pop dance groups: 2K Squad and East2West.

When: April 6 and 7
Time: 10 am – 10 pm (until 7 pm on Sunday)
Where: Grand Quai, Old Montreal
Price: $20 – $65, available online

Sunday, April 7

Rilès Concert


Rilès Kacimi better known by his stage name Rilès, is a French-Algerian rapper, songwriter, composer and record producer from Rouen.

Although he is Algerian/French his songs are written and sung in English.

When: Sunday, April 7
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: MTELUS, 59 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $31.75, available online

Flash Tattoo Day

Santropol Roulant is hosting six local tattoo artists who will be tattooing a series of flash  tattoos, ranging from $80 to $200.

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

When: Sunday, April 7
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Santropol Roulant, 111 Roy Est
Price: $80 – $200, depending on selected artwork

Volcanoes 3D – IMAX


Old Port of Montreal

The IMAX Telus Theatre at the Montreal Science Centre invites guests to a “very hot immersive experience.” Volcanoes 3D will take patrons where few humans dare to venture: into the heart of a volcano.

Using state-of-the-art 3D technology, Volcanoes 3D will offer viewers a thrilling experience, exposing them to the lava erupting at over 700ºC.

The documentary will plunge daringly into the heart of various volcanoes from around the globe, exploiting IMAX with new laser technology.

When: Sunday, April 7
Time: Various times
Where: 2 de la Commune Ouest
Price: $10.50 – $12, available online

Musée Grévin Montreal

Say hello to April’s first weekend by saying hello to some wax figurines.

Check out your favourite actors, athletes, and artists in wax form. The figurines are displayed beautifully through the four-floor museum that also features optical illusions and interactive displays. It’s admittedly pretty creepy staring into Elvis’ eyes, especially if he starts blinking.

When: Sunday, April 7
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 705 Rue Saint Catherine (4th floor of the Eaton Centre)
Price: $19.50 for adult, $13.50 for children, $15.50 for youth and students and $18 for seniors

Haunted Montreal Pub Crawl



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 7
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

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: Sunday, April 7
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

Atrium Le 1000


Even if the outdoor rinks are closed up for the spring, lace up the skates and glide to the lively beat of music at the Atrium inside one of the tallest buildings in Montreal.

The rink is covered under an immense glass dome so you can feel like you’re outside without having to deal with the weather.

When: Sunday, April 7
Time: 12:30 pm – 9 pm
Where: 1000 De La Gauchetière
Price: $5 – $7.50 (equipment rentals range from $1 – $7)