13 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, July 21

Jul 20 2018, 6:16 pm

Happy start of the construction holidays! Especially to Quebec’s hard-working labour industry. Mother nature has rewarded us with another sunny, beautiful and warm Saturday.

We’re missing rain again today, July 21, and there’s plenty of food, comedy and films to keep you busy.

Club de Golf Hemmingford

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Club de Golf Hemmingford

A gorgeous Saturday? Spend it on the links.

The Hemmingford Golf Course is gorgeous, secluded and the 36-hole course is an easy 40-minute drive from the island of Montreal.

If a full 18 is too much, play the front or the back 9 or hammer some balls on the course’s driving range. All while taking in the calming atmosphere of the quaint town of Hemmingford.

Where: 313 Route 219, Hemmingford
Time: 6 am – 5 pm
Price: $45 before 1pm, $35 from 1 pm – 3 pm, $23 after 3 pm

Yatai Japanese Food Festival

Yatai is a small, mobile, street food stall that is popular in Japan and dates back to the 1630s. The food shop specializes in ramen noodles, fried Japanese delicacies and dumplings, all of which will be for sale today at Aire Commune, Marché des Possible.

Besides tasty street grub, the festival will host a slew of activities that best represent Japanese culture including music, dancing, sake drinks and live cooking workshops.

When: Saturday, July 21
Time: 12 pm – 10 pm
Where: Aire Commune – 5705 Rue de Gaspé
Price: Free admission

Knuckleball at Fantasia Film Festival

Fantasia International Film Festival


The Michael Peterson directed film follows 12-year-old Henry who becomes isolated at the family farm after his grandfather’s sudden death. Henry starts to uncover dark family secrets and has to brave the creepy, old, farmhouse alone. Critics label the Canadian horror flick as one of those griping movies where you think you know what’s happening but everything turns upside down.

When: Saturday, July 21
Time: 7 pm
Where: Salle J.A. De Sève, Concordia University
Price: $12

Bouffons MTL

Bouffons Montreal call themselves “an open-air gastronomy village.” A variety of restaurants from around the city have food trucks and outlets plus they give out free samples. Free fois gras sandwichs? Sign us up.

The outlets vary in price, but it’s absolutely mouth-watering! The festival runs concurrently with Just for Laughs, fuse some laughs with some tasty grub.

When: From now until July 29
Time: 12 pm – 11 pm
Where: Corner of Rue Ste-Catherine and Rue De Bleury
Price: Free

Floating Cinema at Parc Jean-Drapeau

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Parc Jean-Drapeau wants you to stay cool for the start of Quebec’s construction holidays as they host their Family Weekend, starting today. The island will host a variety of water-based activities highlighted by their first-ever ‘Floating Cinema.’

‘Floating Cinema’ is exactly what it sounds like: Parc Jean-Dapeau’s Aquatic Complex will screen Ricardo Trogi’s first two family comedy-films, 1981 and 1987 before the Quebec director wraps up his trilogy with the July 27 release of 1991.

When: Saturday, July 21
Time: 10 am – 8 pm
Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: Kids aged 13 and under: free, 14 and older: $9 ($5.50 after 4 pm)

Le Grand Poutinefest Mirabel

After 3 successful editions in Montreal, PoutineFest has branched out to other venues around Quebec and today marks their first stop in Mirabel.

Chefs from a variety of local restaurants will be showcasing their best poutines for you to devour. Check out the Quebec-favourite meal from the following restaurant’s food trucks: Charlie’s Shack, Greg’s DINER, Le Smoking BBQ, Poutine Factory, Poutine No 800, Seasoned Dreams, and Smoke’s.

When: Saturday, July 21
Time: 5 pm – 10 pm
Where: Montreal Premium Outlet, Mirabel
Price: Free admission, poutine vouchers are $13

Le Pioneer Bar Farewell

One of the West Island’s most iconic spots to grab a drink is closing its doors this weekend. Le Pioneer got its start as a hotel in the late 1800s and has been running as a bar since 1979. They’re hosting a huge weekend party before the bar’s lot gets transformed into condo buildings.

Le Pioneer is hosting amazing local bands and drink specials all Saturday (and probably some of Sunday early morning).

If you’re a long time fan or if you want to see what all the fuss (was) about, give it a shot this weekend. Literally.

When: Saturday, July 21
Time: 11 am – 3 am
Where: 286 Lakeshore Road, Pointe-Claire

Jimmy Carr at Just for Laughs

The 12-time JFL veteran is back with his subtly-titled new show, The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World Tour.

Carr is gathering a selection of his best jokes along with brand new material for what he is calling “the ultimate comedy show.” His new tour fuses everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by into one unparalleled night of entertainment.

Plus, his laugh is so funny it’s worth the price of admission alone.

When: Saturday, July 21
Time: 9:30 pm
Where: Le Gesù
Price: $54.25

The Twins Parade

Only Just for Laughs could think of parading twins, triplets, and quadruplets together downtown. But they have.

The parade is free to watch and free to join if you fit their criteria of having an identical or fraternal twin.

Twin-related activities start today at noon and the parade doubles down afterwards.

When: Saturday, July 21
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm
Where: Place des Festivals

DJs Devo B and Juju Le Moko at Bar Loïc

DJs Devo B and Juju Le Moko will be spinning beats at the über cool wine bar Loïc tonight. As if that’s not enough to entice you, Loïc’s terrace is right smack in the middle of St-Henri’s foot traffic and it’s spectacular. Their wine list is extensive and their cheese burger is mouth watering.

At 11 pm, head upstairs to the not-so-secret ‘Kevin’s Treehouse” speakeasy for comfort, drinks and dancing.

When: Saturday, July 21
Time: Loïc is open from 5 pm – 3 am, their terrace is open from 5 pm – 11 pm and DJs spin from 10 pm – 3 am on Saturday and Kevin’s Treehouse is open from 11 pm – 3am
Where: 5001 Rue Notre Dame Ouest

Montreal’s International Fireworks Competition

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Montreal’s International Fireworks Competition (known as L’International des Feux Loto-Québec) is the largest and most prestigious fireworks festival in the world. The fireworks display is visible from a variety of places around the island. Local hotspots include the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Old Port Pier, Mont Royal, Place Ville Marie Summit, and Parc Jean-Drapeau. Each showing represents a different theme.

Today’s theme will focus on Game of Thrones, Super Mario Bros and Star Wars references.

The shows go on rain or shine.

When: Saturday, July 21
Time: 10 pm
Where: Various places around Montreal
Price: Free

Mighty Mike at Just for Laughs

Dressed in his 1920s singlet, Mighty Mike is an ode to old-school wrestlers and weightlifters. His comedic strength-based routine has him lifting dumbbells as if they were feathers, tearing up (4-page) phonebooks with his bare hands and of course, dancing.

It’s tough to tell what’s more impressive with Mighty Mike, his brute strength or his perfectly curled moustache.

When: July 21 and 22
Time: 7 pm
Where: Loto-Quebec Scene – Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Free

Fantasia Virtual Reality Experience

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an international program of 13 selected virtual reality films. Participants are then encouraged to vote for their favourite film which will be crowned the VR winner at the festival’s award ceremonies.

Each VR film is 20 minutes and the screenings last from noon to 8 pm allowing patrons enough time to see all 13.

When: Saturday, July 21
Time: 12 pm – 8 pm
Where: Concordia University Atrium
Price: Free

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