21 things to do in Montreal this weekend: November 16 to 18

Nov 15 2018, 6:35 pm

Firstly, it’s time to suit up.

Montreal is going to be cold and snowy this weekend. Secondly, there’s a slew of great events that’ll keep you busy, warm and occupied as the chilly winter rears its ugly and untimely face.

Here are 21 things to check out in Montreal this weekend, from November 16 to 18.

Friday, November 16

Grease Lightning Power Hour

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Cafe Campus’ power hour could be automatic, systematic, hydromatic and it could be: Greased Lightning!

On Friday, the Junior Council is hosting a power hour that鈥檚 going to make you want to hand jive, drink and dance all night long. Drink tickets cover two drinks and access to the club.

Guests are urged to dress in 50s clothing.

It might even give you chills. And said chills might multiply.

When: Friday, November 16
Time:聽8:30 pm
Where:聽Cafe Campus, 57 rue Prince Arthur
Price:聽$10 for non-drink tickets, $15 for drink tickets

Montreal Improv鈥檚 Main Event

How about some improv comedy to start off the weekend?

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:聽Friday, November 16
Time:聽8:30 pm
Where:聽Montreal Improv, 3697 Boulevard Saint Laurent

F路R路I路E路N路D路S Trivia Night

If it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year, Bar des Pins will be there for you.

A F路R路I路E路N路D路S themed trivia night is happening, along with $3 drink deals and prizes to be won.

Channel your inner Monica and get competitive.

When:聽Friday, November 16
Time:聽7 pm – 9 pm
Where:聽Bar des Pins, 3714 avenue du Parc
Time:聽$5 per person

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 鈥 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:聽Friday, November 16
When:聽Honey Martin is open from 3 pm 鈥 3 am, the band starts at 10 pm 鈥 2:30 am
Where:聽5916 Sherbrooke Ouest
Price:聽Free to enter

Salon du livre de Montr茅al

The Salon du livre is a chance to meet your favourite local authors, discover new ones, and attend literary events, round-table discussions, debates and public readings.

Guests of honour to this year鈥檚 festival includes Samuel Champagne, Heather O鈥橬eill, Bernard Werber, Josephine Bacon and Martine Delvaux.

When:聽From now until November 19
Time:聽9 am 鈥 9 pm
Where:聽Place Bonaventure, 800 rue de la Gaucheti猫re Ouest

Comedy at the Art Loft

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Comedy at the Art Loft is the hottest underground comedy show in Montreal. It鈥檚 the city鈥檚 only weekly bilingual show and is 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.

Every week, Art Loft welcomes a slew of hilarious comedians, DJs and snacks.

In celebration of the venue’s 100th show, the show’s headliner, host and guests has been kept secret but it’s sure to be a wild show.

BYOB and 420 friendly. Very 420 friendly.

When:聽Friday, November 16
Time:聽Doors open at 9 pm, show starts at 10:30 pm
Where:聽4152 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $10 at the door (cash only)

Saturday, November 17

John Jacob Magistry at l鈥橝stral

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Since performing at Osheaga, Montreal鈥檚聽John Jacob Magistry聽has toured Canada and California and are performing at the timeless l鈥橝stral on Saturday along with聽Reuben and the Dark聽and聽Paper Beat Scissors.

When:聽Saturday, November 17
Time:聽9:30 pm 鈥 12:30 am
Where:聽l鈥橝stral, 305 rue Ste. Catherine
Price:聽$26.50, at the door

Das Rheingold Production

Wagner鈥檚 masterful production “Das Rheingold”聽returns to the Op茅ra de Montr茅al for the first time in over 20 years. Das Rheingold, the first part of Wagner鈥檚 tetralogy, is a true parable of the history of the world and was a source of inspiration for The Lord of the Rings. Bewitching music sung by mythical creatures makes for a total experience in a world in which gods, humans, and giants cross paths.

When:聽Saturday, November 17
Time:聽7:30 pm
Where:聽Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, 260 Boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest
Price:聽$25, available online

Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus Parade


Thousands of people join the twenty floats on a closed-off Ste. Catherine Street that includes artists, musicians, dancers and entertainers headlined, of course, by the Star Fairy and Santa Claus.

When:聽Saturday, November 17
Time:聽11 am
Where:聽Rue Ste. Catherine between rue Fort and rue St. Urbain

Science Fiction & Fantasy Used Book Sale

The annual MonSFFA book sale begins on Saturday.

A variety of used science fiction and fantasy books are for sale, ranging from $1 to $3 for hardcover, including three for one deals.

When:聽Saturday, November 17
Time:聽12 pm – 4 pm
Where:聽Hotel Espresso, 1005 rue Guy

SAT Circuit 鈥 International Tour of Fulldome Shows

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An immersive light, sound and visual art show inside a dome has taken over Montreal鈥檚 Society for Arts and Technology (SAT). To use scientific language to describe the event, we鈥檇 say it鈥檚 totally trippy.

The SAT has launched its international SAT Circuit, a selection of immersive works around the themes of movement and hybridity. Trajectories, positions, distances, scales and speed are all interwoven in a show with music, fusing audiovisual and 鈥渋nfinite tridimensional space鈥 in a complex and dynamic ecosystem.

When: Sunday, November 17
Time: Various times
Where: 1201, Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: $17 鈥 $40, available聽online

German Christmas Bazaar

The聽traditions聽of a German Christmas is coming to town this weekend.

The聽Montreal German Society聽is hosting a traditional Christmas market. Head down to Montreal鈥檚 German Christmas Bazaar at the Town of Mont Royal聽Town Hall.

A variety of German food, drink, entertainment, decorations and a gift market will be on site.

Every year the proceeds from this event聽support聽German cultural organizations, language schools and churches and other local charities in the Greater Montreal area. If you cannot make it to the bazaar, but you would still like to support our causes,聽you can make a charitable donation to the Relief and Welfare Fund of the German Society.

Where:聽Town of Mont-Royal Town Hall, 90 Avenue Roosevelt, Mont-Royal
When:聽Saturday,聽November 17
Time:聽12 pm – 5 pm

Super Smash Bros Tournament

giant Super Mario statue and Nintendo logo at E3 2014, the Expo for video games on June 12, 2014 in Los Angeles


After the smashing success of their last tournament, the Otaku Comedy Show will be hosting another Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament. Prizes are rewarded to the winner and runner-up, but everyone knows SSB bragging rights is what it’s all about.

The $10 admission grants guests a free ticket to the Otaku Comedy Show that starts at 9 pm.

Guests are asked to bring their own controller.

When:聽Saturday, November 17
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where:聽O-Taku Manga Lounge, 3623 Saint-Denis
Price:聽$10, at the door

Classified Concert

Lucas Boyd, better known by his stage name Classified, is a Canadian rapper and record producer from Enfield, Nova Scotia.

He’s performing at the gorgeous聽Th茅芒tre Corona on Saturday.

When:聽Saturday, November 17
Time:聽8 pm – 11 pm
Where:聽Th茅芒tre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame Ouest
Price:聽$34, available online聽(standing room only)

Sunday, November 18

R眉f眉s Du Sol Concert

R眉f眉s Du Sol is an alternative dance group from Sydney, Australia, that consists of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt. Their debut album Atlas peaked at number one in Australia, while their second album Bloom debuted on top of the Australian albums chart in early 2016.

They’ll be joined by Icarus and Cubicolr on Sunday at MTELUS

When: Sunday, November 18
Time:聽8 pm – 11 pm
Where:聽MTELUS, rue 59 Ste. Catherine
Price:聽$48, available online

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 鈥榙esign your own goalie mask鈥 workshop.

When: From now until聽April 17
Time:聽1:30 pm 鈥 4:30 pm, Thursday to Sunday
Where:聽1850 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval

L’Arriv茅e du P猫re No毛l

If you didn’t get enough of the big fella at the parade, the jolly old man will be at the Quartier Dix30’s聽Avenue des Lumi猫res on Sunday. Man, this guy is well travelled.

Toddlers and children will get the chance to meet Santa and his elves from 12:15 pm to 4:30 pm as he鈥檒l be in his house on the Urban Oasis to greet visitors and take a photo with them.

When:聽Sunday, November 18
Time:聽11 am – 5 pm
Where:聽Quartier Dix30

The Metaphysical & Spiritual Show of Montreal

The Metaphysical & Spiritual Show of Montreal showcases a variety of products, services and information regarding:聽wellness, gemstones, crystals, holistic health, essential oils, souvenirs, jewelry, arts & crafts, and paintings.

Along with workshops, the exhibition also sells natural supplements, incenses, precious stones, books, tarot cards and medicinal plants.

When:聽Sunday, November 18
Time:聽10 am – 8 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Montr茅al, 1255, rue Jeanne-Mance
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 鈥 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:聽Sunday, November 18
Time:聽8 am 鈥 3 pm caesar/mimosa deal, 4 pm 鈥 midnight wing special
Where:聽5175A Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Mus茅e Gr茅vin Montreal

Sneak away from the winter cold and spend a few hours in a warm room while staring at wax celebrity figures.

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鈥檚 admittedly pretty creepy staring into Elvis鈥 eyes, especially if he starts blinking.

When: Sunday, November 18
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

Resplendent Illuminations

earliest books

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For the first time, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting a selection of rare illuminations of the earliest books ever made which date back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Europe.

Selected from seven Quebec collections and extensive research, the exhibition聽Resplendent Illuminations聽is a unique opportunity to see over 50 works that have remained intact since their creation from聽1225 to 1583.

Of the 59 total works, Books of Hours is the exhibition鈥檚 headliner that first appeared in the thirteenth century. They were the most popular prayer books made for the laity and were used to teach people about the Christian faith.

When:聽Every day in November
Time:聽10 am 鈥 5 pm
Where:聽1380 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Price:聽Free for ages 0-30, $15 ages 31 and older

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