19 things to do in Montreal this weekend: January 4 to 6

Jan 4 2019, 2:28 am

The holidays are over, so we can all get back to our regular weekend programming. Since the city is slated for lots of snow next week, enjoy some mild temperatures and clear skies this weekend, from January 4 to 6.

Get out and enjoy the start of 2019 before it gets ugly, snowy and cold.

Here are 19 things to check out in the city this weekend.

Friday, January 4

Comedy at the Art Loft – Walter J Lyng

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Comedy at the Art Loft/Facebook

Art Loft is the hottest comedy show in town.

The underground show (and party) takes place at loft apartments and host some of the most talented comedians in town.

This week’s show is headlined by Walter J Lyng, hosted by Quinn McMorrow and features the likes of¬†John St. Godard, Vanessa L√©pine, Paul Silverman, Lucas Boucher and Catherine Thomas.

The show starts at 9 pm and guests are welcome (and expected) to stay after and party with the crowd and comedians. It’s BYOB and 420 friendly. Very 420 friendly.

When: Friday, January 4
Time: 9 pm (show starts at 10:30 pm)
Where: 4152 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: $10 (cash only)

Tribute to Rage Against the Machine

Club Soda is hosting a Rage Against the Machine tribute show in which various bands, singers, and artists get on the timeless Club Soda stage to cover classic RATM songs.

When: Friday, January 4
Time: 8 pm
Where: Club Soda, 1225 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: Free

Noname Concert

Fatimah Nyeema Warner, better known by her stage name Noname, is an American rapper and poet. Warner is from the Bronzeville neighbourhood of Chicago, Illinois, where she began rapping and performing slam poetry in 2010.

She’s kicking off the weekend at the gorgeous¬†Th√©√Ętre Corona on Friday.

When: Friday, January 4
Time: 8 pm Р11 pm
Where:¬†Th√©√Ętre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame Ouest
Price: $32, available online

Dream Land

Christmas display

Sami Hajjar’s Christmas Display/Facebook

If you missed out on Sami Hajjar’s tradition of decking out his house in over 250,000 Christmas lights, you still have time.

Compared to last year’s ‘Frozen Land,’ ‘Dream Land’ features 250,000 lights, inflatables and synchronized music to five Disney songs, four times a day.

When: From now until January 10
Time:¬†6 pm ‚Äď 9 pm (Every hour)
Where: 9035 Jean-Bourdon Avenue, West Island
Price: Free

Slava’s Snowshow

Slava’s Snowshow is a stage show created and staged by Russian performance artist Slava Polunin. The show won the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.

Hosted by Just for Laughs at the timeless Th√©√Ętre St-Denis, the show will run for 15 dates, a variety of which have two or three shows per day.

When: Friday, January 4
Time: 3 pm, 7 pm, 7:30 pm
Where:¬†Th√©√Ętre St-Denis, 1594 St-Denis
Price: $46 ‚Äď $93.50, available¬†online

NOFX, Sublime, Greenday, The Offspring Tribute Show

If the Rage Against The Machine tribute isn’t your cup of tea, how about some punk, ska, and alternative rock?

Foufs is hosting a tribute to NOFX, Sublime, Greenday and The Offspring in which four bands will be covering these 90s rockers:

Bad Habit – The Offspring Tribute
Nimrod Р90s Green Day Tribute
No Effects (hommage à NOFX)
La Vie РSublime Tribute

When: Friday, January 4
Time: 7 pm
Where: Foufounes Electriques, 87 Ste. Catherine Est
Price: $15, available online

Saturday, January 5

Natrel Skating Rink Fireworks


Old Port Winter Fireworks / Facebook

The Old Port is going to be lit this weekend for the last time of the year. (Fireworks lit, that is).

The 2,500-square-metre rink, just off Promenade des Quais, will be open to the public and will host a firework display overhead. The rink costs money to enter, but standing outside and watching the fireworks is as free as it is delightful.

When: Saturday, January 5
Time: 8 pm
Where: Old Port, Rue de la Commune Ouest
Price: Free

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: Saturday, January 5
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 4 pm (until 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price:¬†$5 for 4 ‚Äď 11-year-olds, $9 for 12 years old and up

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker/Goh Ballet

For the 55th year, the full-length rendition of Les Grands Ballet’s magical The Nutcracker returns to Montreal.

Choreographed by the late Quebecer Fernand Nault and based on German author ETA Hoffman’s original tale, the theatre play embodies the spirit of Christmas with its graceful entertainment, magical scenery and stunning costumes, to Tchaikovsky’s irresistible musical score.

The story tells the tale of Clara, who receives a beautiful nutcracker for Christmas. The young girl is then swept into a fairytale world in which the nutcracker becomes a prince, while mice and rats battle an army of toy soldiers.

When: Saturday, January 5
Time: 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Price:¬†$99 ‚Äď $144, available,¬†online

DJ Pauly D at New City Gas

DJ Pauly D, best known for being a housemate on MTV’s reality show¬†Jersey Shore,¬†is spinning beats at New City Gas on Saturday.

For the big Pauly D fans, you can pay $85 and get to meet the American DJ.

When: Saturday, January 5
Time: 10 pm Р3 am
Where: New City Gas, 950 rue Ottawa
Price: $16 Р$85, available online

Free Dance Classes

Studio 303 is offering a day of free open-level dance classes, all taught by professional artists. The studio urges guests to come out and try one or more classes that will be offered throughout the day:

12 PM – MAKING DANCE with Suzanne Beth Miller
1 PM – DANCE & CREATION with Louis Guillemette
2 PM – PHYSICAL THEATRE with Pierre Blackburn
3 PM – BREAK with Kate Lynx
4 PM – KRUMP with Montreal Krump Alliance / 7Starr

When: Saturday, January 5
Time: 11 am Р5 pm
Where: Studio 303, 372 Ste. Catherine Ouest
Price: Free

Korean BBQ – All You Can Eat

For a tad less than $20, you can devour all the Spring Rolls, Pork Gyoza, Vege Gyoza, Kimchi and Spicy Fried Chicken you can handle (plus so much more).

When: Saturday, January 5
Time: 4:30 pm Р9:30 pm
Where: Bistro Californie, 4287 rue Saint Denis

Atrium Le 1000


If the weather doesn’t bode well with you this weekend, 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 pesky weather. Plus, it’s gorgeously decorated for the winter season.

When: Saturday, January 5
Time: 12:30 pm Р9 pm
Where: 1000 De La Gauchetière
Price: $5 Р$7.50 (equipment rentals range from $1 Р$7)

Sunday, January 6

Natrel Skating Rink

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Old Port Skating rink

From indoor skating to outdoor, we can’t call ourselves true Canadians without offering both.

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 outdoor skating in Montreal.

There’s no better way to stick it to winter than bundling up and hitting the ice.

The chilled 2,500-square-metre rink features a cozy village right in front of the ice and is a puck’s throw away from Bistro Bonsecours for a little post-game refresher.

Natrel’s Skating Rink plays rock, classical and jazz music on large outdoor speakers to add to your soundtrack of whizzing down the ice.

When: Sunday, January 6
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 10 pm
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin
Price:¬†$6.95 general admission, $4.90 kids aged 6 ‚Äď 12, free for children under 6

Les Canadiennes vs Toronto Furies

Montreal’s professional women’s ice hockey team, Les Canadiennes, are taking on the Toronto Furies on Sunday at the Bell Sports Complex.

When: Sunday, January 6
Time: 1:30 pm Р3:30 pm
Where: Bell Sports Complex, 8000 Boulevard LeDuc, Brossard
Price: online$15, available

Pente à Neige

man-made ski hill

Pente à Neige/Facebook

No offence, 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, which opens this weekend.

If the weather holds up, the second edition of the urban hill is big enough for up to 250 people and there’s also a mini slope on site to accommodate up to 50 mini-skiers.

The hill welcomes skiers, snowboarders, tubers and sledders of any age and features a cozily heated yurt, mulled wine, hot chocolate and music.

Guests can bring their own equipment or it can be rented on site.

When: Sunday, January 6
Time: 10 am ‚Äď 6 pm
Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget
Price: Free admission




Place des Festivals has brought Montreal sights and sounds by fusing dominos, music and lights.

The 9th edition of Luminoth√©rapie, Quebec‚Äôs largest temporary public art installation, is called ‚ÄúEffet domino‚ÄĚ by Ingrid Ingrid. The installation will feature 120 giant dominos spread out across several different stations. The public is invited to play with them, each creating different music and luminous effects in the process.

The dominos are all topple-able as a musical orchestra of dominos illuminate in a rainbow of pastel hues and sounds. Check out some photos here.

When: Sunday, January 6
Time:¬†12 pm ‚Äď 10 pm
Where: Place des Festivals, Jeanne Mance
Price: Free

Hockey History Exhibit

The Hockey Cup History travelling exhibit opens on Friday at the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage.

Hockey fans can take a look at trophies, rings, hockey sticks, archival footage and over 50 hockey-related artifacts. Visitors are also invited to play a hockey tabletop game as well as a ‚Äėdesign your own goalie mask‚Äô workshop.

When: From now until April 17
Time:¬†1:30 pm ‚Äď 4:30 pm, Thursday to Sunday
Where: 1850 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval
Price: Free

Notre-Dame Basilica

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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: The Notre-Dame Basilica is open year round
Time:¬†12:30 pm ‚Äď 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

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