16 things to do in Montreal this weekend: January 10 to 12

Jan 9 2020, 1:00 pm

It was the first full week back since the holidays and after what may have felt like it took a month to get to, we’re back to the weekend.

Here are 16 things happening around Montreal from January 10 to 12.

Friday, January 10


Place des Festivals

Quartier des Spectacles

Place des Festivals is lit.

The Quartier des Spectacles’ public square is hosting the 10th edition of Luminothérapie through Pop!, a celebration of five fantastical creatures that aim to light up the city during the dark days of winter.

Because if anything can lighten up our bleak winter, it’s Luminothérapie, Quebec’s largest temporary public art installation.

When: From now until January 26
Time: 12 to 11 pm
Where: Place des Festivals
Price: Free

Imagine Van Gogh

Van Gogh


Montreal has been coated with an exhibition of the works of Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous figures in the history of the art world.

The exhibition, Imagine Van Gogh, which opened last week, takes guests through the world of colours and emotions of Van Gogh’s works through gigantic murals and an immersive soundtrack.

When: Friday, January 10
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art Contemporain
Price: $26 – $36, available online

Comedy at the Art Loft

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Comedy at the Art Loft continues to be one of the city’s hottest comedy shows and this weekend’s edition, the 157th, features Lawrence Corber, a gem in Montreal’s comic scene.

Art Loft is the city’s only weekly bilingual show and is run out of a private loft on rue Saint-Laurent and is usually packed with people. It feels like a college party, except a comedian is slinging jokes into a microphone.

The venue features a DJ and snacks. BYOB and it’s 420 friendly (very 420 friendly).

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

Hommage Ă  The Beatles

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Club Soda is hosting a tribute to The Beatles tonight as the band HELP! reproduces the iconic band’s voices, haircuts, and harmony, you might actually believe you travelled back in time.

When: Friday, January 10
Time: 8 pm
Where: Club Soda, 1225 St-Laurent
Price: $12.75, available online


The theatrical show, Riverdance, which consists of traditional Irish music and dance is tapping its way to Place des Arts all weekend in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

When: January 10 – 12
Time: 2 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Price: $145.85, available online

Saturday, January 11

Bleu, Blanc et Bouge


The Montreal Canadiens foundation has six outdoor, refrigerated rinks around the island. The professional-level rinks provide the opportunity for hockey players to develop their skating skills on exceptional quality ice.

The program is divided into six sessions of approximately 45 minutes each.

The rink is free to use but has rather strict schedules so the shinny hockey players don’t hit the ice at the same time as the little skaters.

Rinks can be found at the following spots around Montreal:

  • Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension : François-Perrault Park
  • MontrĂ©al Nord : Carignan Park
  • Verdun : Willibrord Park
  • LaSalle : Hayward Park
  • CĂ´te-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce : Confederation Park
  • Ahuntsic-Cartierville : MĂ©sy Park
When: Saturday, January 11
Time: Varies per rink
Where: Various locations around Montreal

The Phantom of the Opera


The classic musical, from composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, makes its way to the gorgeous Théâtre St-Denis for a French version of the popular play.

When: January 10 – 12 (and the 23-26)
Time: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Théâtre St-Denis
Price: $40.80 – $134.40

ALOHA Verdun!

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Step away from this weekend’s cold by heading to Bar Palco’s tiki party.

The bar will be dishing out Hawaiian-themed grub and beach-like cocktails all night. Guests are urged to show up in Hawaiian shirts and DJs will be spinning beach tunes.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 3 pm – 3 am
Where: Bar Palco, 4019 rue Wellington
Price: Free admission

Pente Ă  Neige

ski hill Montreal


No offense, Mont Tremblant, but we might hit the slopes a bit closer to home this weekend as La Pente à Neige has constructed a man-made ski hill at Parc Ignace-Bourget.

The third edition of the urban hill is big enough for up to 250 people along with a mini slope that can accommodate up to 50 mini-skiers.

The hill welcomes skiers, snowboarders, tubers, and sledders of any age and features a cozy heated yurt, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and music. Guests can bring their own equipment or it can be rented on site.

The slope is 300 metres long and has professionals on site to teach people proper skiing/snowboarding/falling down techniques.

When: Saturday, January 11
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget — 6101 Avenue de Montmagny
Price: Various pricing, details available online

Let’s Get Married 2020

If you’re about to get hitched, the Let’s Get Married show features a variety of wedding specialists giving wedding tips and their essential products for both bride and groom will be for sale.

When: January 11 – 12
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Place Bonaventure, 800, rue de la Gauchetière
Price: $4.75, available online

Amaze Escape Room

SmartyPantz Escape Room

Escape the cold and try to figure your way out of an escape room this weekend.

Try your luck at escaping from a prison, a military facility, a lost temple, or a laboratory. Make a reservation, choose your adventure and then you have anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to get out of any respective room. Each mission is reserved solely for your group and you’re given a walkie-talkie in case you need hints/get scared.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 2pm – 10:30pm
Where: 3550 Rue St. Jacques
Price: $15-$30 depending on your chosen mission (per person). Make your reservation first online.

Sunday, January 12

No Pants Subway Ride – Montreal

No pants metro


The cheekiest event of rear year is returning to Montreal this weekend.

Because, anytime you’re instructed to show up to an event “with pants,” you know something interesting is about to go down.

The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual global event started by Improv Everywhere in New York in 2002 (except we call it a “metro.”)

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Where: Sherbrooke Station – Orange Line
Price: Free

Natrel Skating Rink

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Old Port Skating rink

The Natrel Skating Rink in Old Montreal is now open to the public, offering some real nice ice. If you’re brave enough to tackle the cold, strap on some skates and get moving.

Known for its outstanding quality of ice, excellent facilities, and breathtaking views of the city and the Saint Lawrence River, this is the place to go skating in Montreal.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin
Price: $5.22 for kids six – 12; $7.83 general admission, free for kids under six

Snow Tubing on Mont Royal



Take advantage of the pride of Montreal by snow tubing down it.

Discover the exhilaration of snow tubing down reserved lanes next to the toboggan hill overlooking Beaver Lake.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 10 am – 4 pm (until 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price: $6 for 4 – 11 year olds, $10 for 12 years old and up

Notre-Dame Basilica

Mozart concert

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Celebrate Sunday mass at Montreal’s most viewed structure at 11 am and hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ. Or, take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.

When: Sunday, January 12
Time: 12:30 pm – 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

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, January 12
Time: 8 am – 3 pm caesar/mimosa deal, 4 pm – midnight wing special
Where: 5175A Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

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