15 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, August 4

Aug 3 2018, 6:22 pm

Sure, it’s Osheaga weekend in Montreal. Music, costumes and people will swarm Parc Jean-Drapeau but the rest of the city is also oozing with great events. Here are 15 things to check out today, August 4.

Le Grand PoutineFest


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After travelling to Mirabel and Laval, PoutineFest is back to its original location at the Jacques Cartier Quay in the Old Port and everything is gravy.

The festival will welcome more than 20 poutine outlets from various restaurants all over the city, some of whom will dish out the classic poutine and some will give it a little spin. The venue will feature live music, shows, cooking workshops and a family zone.

Say goodbye to that summer body, these poutines are totally worth it.

When: From now until August 5
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Jacques Cartier Quay – Montreal’s Old Port
Price: Free

Italian Week

The massive Italian community in Montreal will be celebrating its 25th annual Italian Week, starting this weekend in the renowned Little Italy.

The festival aims to promote the Italian culture through music, fashion, cars, shops and obviously, food.

When: From now until August 12
Time:9 am – 5 pm
Where: Boulevard Saint-Laurent between Rue Jean-Talon and Beabien
Price: Free

Nick Jam at Beachclub

Montreal Beachclub is the host of North America’s biggest outdoor club. Located in Pointe-Calumet, an easy 45-minute drive from Montreal, Beachclub can host up to 10,000 guests. The club is beachside and forms an intriguing fuse of the beach and electric dance music.

The American singer/songwriter Nicky Jam will be spinning beats to kick off the month of August.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: Noon – 7 pm
Where: 701 Rue 38, Pointe-Calumet
Price: $15


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Osheaga kicked off their 2018 yesterday and it was wild as always. Regardless if you slept at Parc Jean-Drapeau or if today’s your first day, you’re in for a treat.

Today is headlined by  The Arctic Monkeys, Khalid, Tyler, The Creator, Lord Huron, Future Islands, Blondie and the amazing Montreal-band, John Jacob Magistery.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: Doors open at noon, performances begin at 1 pm – 11 pm
Where: Île Sainte-Hélène – Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $115 for a day pass


Cavalia is a massive Canadian-owned company that specializes in live shows mixing equestrian performances with theatre, acrobatics and stagecraft.

Since 2003, the event has travelled to perform in front of more than 8 million spectators worldwide throughout over 70 destinations including North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Renowned for being hosted at the world’s largest big-top tent, the spectacle returns to Rue St. Catherine this weekend, right at the foot of the Jacques Cartier Bridge with over 70 horses.

When: From now until August 5 (and then August 7, 9-12, 14-19, 21-26 and 29-30)
Time: 2 pm, 7:30 pm and 8 pm (varies per selected show)
Where: At the entrance of the Jacques Cartier Bridge
Price: $49.50 – $289.50


Otakuthon is an anime convention that features cosplay, Japanese singing competitions, live arcade concert shows, video game rooms, tabletop gaming, screening rooms and anime guests of honour.

When: August 3 – 5
Time: 8 am – 10 pm on Friday and Saturday and 8 am – 5 pm on Sunday
Where: Palais des Congres
: $40 – $60

Family Weekend at the Rogers Cup

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Family-friendly activities are offered throughout the Rogers Cup site. A celebrity tennis match will take place followed by a Montreal Impact friendly soccer game as well as a ball hockey challenge.

The venue will host a slew of food, beverages, inflatable play houses and tennis workshops. Plus, it’s all free!

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: 10 am
Where: IGA Stadium – 285 Rue Gary Carter
Price: Free

Summer of ’84 at Cinéma du Parc

Fresh off its sold-out premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival, Summer of ’84 takes its indie-horror story to the cozy Cinéma du Parc.

The film follows a group of teenage friends who suspect that their police officer neighbour is a serial killer. They spend the summer spying and gathering evidence on him but things get dangerous as they get closer to the discovering the truth.

The directors will be present at the screening for a Q&A before the screening.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: 9:15 pm – 11 pm
Where: Cinéma du Parc – 3573 Avenue du Parc
Price: $12.50

Old Port Swing Lessons

Studio 88 Swing is offering four 20-minute sessions to get young and old people swing dancing. Two costumed teachers perform acrobatic swing demonstrations followed by introduction classes.

In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. People sing in the rain, not swing.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Promenade d’Iberville
Price: Free

Aba and Preach Cookout at Pied-du-Courant



Fresh off their Haiti tour, Montreal’s popular comedy duo, Aba and Preach, are hosting a stand-up-based BBQ at the urban beachside village this weekend.

They’re bringing some DJ friends, some dancers and some cooks to celebrate multiculturalism. They will be performing comedy whenever they’re not busy stuffing their faces with delicious food.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: 4 pm – 11:59 pm
Where: Village au Pied-du-Courant – 2100 rue Notre-Dame Est
Price: Free admission

Yoga on the Pier

Yoga teacher, Érika Gauvin, welcomes yogis to a calm and welcoming setting right on the Old Port Pier. She fosters discovery of the human body’s subtleties and its awakening to breathing and movement, as a way to develop freedom of mind and body. Her background in contemporary dance and yoga encourages her to explore the balance between sthira (effort/strength) and sukha (grace/gentleness).

Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat. The event goes on rain or shine.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: 9 am – 1o am
Where: Promenade d’Iberville
Price: Free

Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake

Uncle Tetsu


The wait is finally over as the Japanese mega-chain Uncle Tetsu opened its first ever Montreal outlet this week.

The puffy, rich and cloud-like pastry has success shops in Vancouver and Toronto and they are absolutely decadent.

If the lineup is quiet, go nab these addictive little things. Who are we kidding, get one even if there is a line.

When: Uncle Tetsu is now open year round
Time:  9 am – 10 pm
Where: 1410 Rue Pierce
Price: Varies per selection

Madonna Dance Party

The 2nd edition of the Madonna Dance Party is dedicated to, you guessed it, the original queen of pop. DJ Jeffany will be playing Madonna’s biggest hits and rarely played gems spanning her entire four-decade career.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: 11 pm – 3 am
Where: Bar le Ritz – 179 Rue Jean Talon Ouest
Price: $10

Shakespeare in Westmount Park

The untraditional rendition of Shakespeare runs every day until August 8. The long-running outdoor theatre event is celebrating its 30th year and takes on a Shakespearean classic this summer in the form of Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love. It’s a contemporary, gender-bent take on the classic love story.

When: Nightly until August 8
Time:  7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Various outdoor venues across Montreal
Price: Free

Orientalys Festival

The Orientalys Festival returns for its 8th edition this weekend at the Old Port. The festival honours east-Asain culture through an array of shows, animations, exhibitions, workshops and dance. The site also features authentic cuisine and drinks.

When: August 4 and 5
Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Where: Clock Tower Quay
Price: Free

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