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This month, At a Glance presents 12 cultural activities you can enjoy at home or during a walk in the Quartier.

in NOVEMBER

FILM

CINEMANIA

Online
November 4 to 22

In spite of all the challenges, 2020 turned out to be a great year for French-language movies from around the world, and this year’s Cinemania program stands as proof. The festival will screen more than 60 features and 34 shorts (a first for the festival). Morocco, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Luxembourg and Belgium are all represented, and there are new films from French luminaries like Lucas Belvaux and Cédric Klapisch. Naturally, Quebec’s films also figure prominently. (+)

MUSIC

OPÉRA DE MONTRÉAL |
LA VOIX HUMAINE AND L’HIVER ATTEND BEAUCOUP DE MOI

Online
November 5 to 19

It’s a rare treat to see so many of our up-and-coming female opera stars on the same bill! This double-feature will introduce you to sopranos France Bellemarre and Vanessa Croome and mezzosoprano Florence Bourget. In the first piece, directed by rising star Solène Paré, they breathe life into the world of Cocteau, to music by Francis Poulenc; they then embark on a Québécois road-opera by Laurence Jobidon and Pascale St-Onge. (+)

VIDEO PROJECTION

“MANIFESTE” FOR PME MTL

Façade of the Grande Bibliothèque
November 9 to 14

The new video projection from La Boîte interactive, “Manifeste” for PME MTL, celebrates the energy, enthusiasm and boldness of Montreal companies past and present. Quotes from a manifesto celebrating that vitality come to life, in many colourful typographic variations, on the façade of the Grande Bibliothèque. You can even be part of this wonderful graphic adventure by signing the manifesto electronically – your name will become part of this festive, engaged work. (+)

MUSIC

OSM | ANGELA HEWITT
AND RAVEL’S STUNNING PIANO CONCERTO IN G

Online
November 10

Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt is a master of the Bach repertoire, but she’s happy to explore other composers. In this Orchestre symphonique de Montréal concert, she will showcase her talent with a stimulating and relatively unknown series of Ravel pieces. Expect her performance to be “light and brilliant,” in keeping with the wishes of the French composer, who was not a fan of showy dramatics. Jacques Lacombe will conduct this eagerly anticipated concert.  (+)

FILM

MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL (RIDM)

Online
November 12 to December 2

Confronting history, exploring nature, finding community, thinking about dystopia, self-discovery, speaking truth to power, rethinking the private sphere, surviving violence: this is the 2020 edition of the RIDM, with a total of 109 films. The festival encourages viewers to take a deep dive into the big questions facing the planet, offering plentiful food for thought on everything from the climate crisis to violence against Indigenous people, among many other issues.  (+)

EVENT

ARAB WORLD FESTIVAL
OF MONTREAL

Online
November 12 to 29

This year’s AWF presents powerful works from the Maghreb and the Middle East, and invites us to appreciate the deep connections between their cultures and Western traditions. Among other events happening online are a show recreating the electric atmosphere of Beirut cabarets from the 1930s to 1970s, a fusion of Québécois podorhythmie (foot percussion) and Moroccan kaada, an evening dedicated to Sufi ritual sounds, and a large selection of films from Iraq, Iran and Palestine.  (+)

MUSIC

M POUR MONTRÉAL - REINVENTED

Online
November 18 to 20

M pour Montréal is always a fantastic showcase for local talent, including plenty of up-and-coming artists. This year’s festival is the 15th annual edition, and it will be entirely online. The program is an exciting one, featuring Edwin Raphael, Flore Laurentienne, Maude Audet, Population II and Totalement Sublime, among others. Meditative sounds, frenetic rock’n’roll, silky folk: there’s something for everyone! (+)

DANCE

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL
DE DANSE DE MONTRÉAL

Online and outside Saint-Laurent metro station
November 18 to 22

Check it out: Montreal has an all-new dance festival! The first edition of the FIDMTL presents Le chant de la danse, a piece combining sophisticated gestures and sumptuous voices; dance performances all over the city; and ADN - L’Amérique Danse Noir, a video projection that pays tribute to Black American dancers. An online discussion series will complement the dance program. (+)

FILM

IMAGE+NATION

Online
November 19 to December 6

Montreal’s LGBTQueer film festival is 100% online and borderless this year. The festival’s roster of fictional features highlighting gay and lesbian love is joined by a selection of documentaries exploring the spectrum of queer and trans experience. The 33rd annual festival presents both Quebec and international films; viewers can expect a thought-provoking, emotionally rich experience. In a nutshell, these are the world’s best LGBTQ films. (+)

MUSIC

MONTREAL BACH FESTIVAL

Online
November 19 to December 6

The Montreal Bach Festival is always a stylish celebration of the work and legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach. For example, conductor Nicolas Ellis pairs Bach with Corelli and Telemann; English pianist Anna Saradian underscores Bach’s gracefulness with her deeply personal interpretations; the Luc Beauséjour trio uses the marimba to put a surprising new twist on the composer’s harpsichord sonatas; and to cap it all, the Orchestre Métropolitain will give a majestic performance of the Mass in B minor. To name just a few highlights... (+)

FOR KIDS

LE GRAND BAL DE NOËL

Online
November 22 to December 20

Christmas is just around the corner, and singing is a great way to get kids into the magical holiday spirit. In this hilarious musical show by Marc Fortin and the Jeunesses musicales du Canada, three penguin musicians visit the North Pole, write a Christmas song and attend a grand ball. To get in the mood before the show, there are four online workshops to help you write your own wintery tune! (+)

DANCE

INGRID VALLUS | LE RESTE DES VAGUES

Wilder Building - Espace danse
November 26 to 29

Intimate, visceral, meditative: young choreographer Ingrid Vallus creates deliciously subtle minimalist pieces. Alone on the stage, she invites us to take a close look at the gaps and transitional spaces so integral to movement and breathing. It’s a close-up look at the idea of change and upheaval, evoking the transition from peace to love, from hate to war. As the artist puts it, the piece is the product of an “attempt to touch the hidden.” (+)