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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 792 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

Multiple venues
November 8 to 18

Meet Walaa, a strong-willed young woman who dreams of joining the Palestinian Security Forces. Revisit the spectacular career of tennis star John McEnroe. Immerse yourself in the lives of rebellious folks living on the margins of a fractured America. These are just some of the worlds you’ll see at this year’s Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). With nearly 150 films to choose from, the event is one of North America’s biggest documentary fests. (+)

in november

FILM

CINÉMANIA FESTIVAL

Multiple venues
November 1 to 11

Montreal’s showcase for films from France and the rest of the French-speaking world – Cinémania is an essential event for those who like to see the best French-language movies, with English subtitles. If you’d like to watch Romain Duris give a star turn in Nos batailles or Philipe Katerine swim elegantly in Le grand bain, or Monia Chokri at her finest in Emma Peeters, set aside the first ten days in November! (+)

COMEDY

GET IT OFF MY CHEST

Theatre Sainte-Catherine
November 10

Six colourful anti-heroes get to vent their feelings, ambitions and frustrations with the world in this fresh, satirical comedy. Adam Sauvé directs Chloé Bilodeau and Nick Fontaine through a whirlwind of personalities, including a queen with a heavy burden, a expert in seduction, an influencer with a Midas touch and a young recluse. Produced by Sipo Matador, an emerging bilingual theatre company based in Montreal. (+)

MUSIC

MUNDIAL MONTRÉAL

Multiple venues
November 13 to 16

At the Astral, Itamar Erez plays an audacious fusion of jazz, flamenco and Middle Eastern music. At the Gesù, Aurora’s guitars and percussion make the earth move. Meanwhile at Salle Pierre-Mercure, OktoEcho play their well-honed blend of Western and Middle Eastern music. For four days, the Mundial Montréal festival will once again prove why it’s North America’s finest world music event. Vamos a bailar! (+)

MUSIC

THE QUIET RIVER OF DUST

Society for Arts and Technology
November 13 to 24

Richard Reed Parry is a multi-instrumentalist and one of the musicians behind the international success of Arcade Fire. In this immersive concert conceived especially for the SAT's dome, the brilliant guitarist will play pieces from his solo album, featuring folk sounds and orchestral textures. The immersive visuals were filmed by Parry and Jean-François Lalonde and narrated by Laurie Brown. The result is a fascinating, all-embracing experience. (+)

THEATRE

ICARO

Theatre Saint-Denis
November 16

Here’s the latest of many local performances of this heartwarming work by Swiss artist Daniele Finzi Pasca, best known to Montrealers as a director for Cirque Eloize. You could be the lucky audience member chosen to spend the evening as the foil to the gentle clown, who will lead you through his playful, deeply human tale. A touching ode to compassion and imagination. (+)

VISUAL ARTS

FRANÇOISE SULLIVAN RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Until January 20, 2019

In her paintings, a body of abstract works spanning 40 years, she plays with textures and monochrome vibrations. As a sculptor, she has explored the endless possibilities of welded metal. Françoise Sullivan, who was also a dancer, is a towering figure in Quebec modern art and one of the famous signatories of the Refus global manifesto in 1948. The MAC presents this retrospective, featuring a number of seldom-seen pieces. (+)

FREE

DANCE

DEBOUT

Espace Georges-Emile Lapalme, Place des Arts
November 4

Part of the Arab World Festival of Montreal

Baladi is much more than clichéd “belly” dancing: it’s actually an elegant dance steeped in ancient mythology and sweet Arab scents, and one of the disciplines mastered by dancer and choreographer Florence Leclerc. This session includes an interview followed by a workshop/performance, in which Leclerc will combine classic baladi movements with a dazzling contemporary gestural vocabulary. A savoury meeting of cultures. (+)

MUSIC

CINARS SHOWCASE

Gesù
November 12

Six free musical and visual shows in a single evening of discovery: that’s the winning recipe for the CINARS Biennale, a prestigious artistic showcase, parts of which are open to the general public. The percussionists of Sixtrum and Archtek Percussions will be there, as will Tim Brady and his electric-guitar quartet, Instruments of Happiness. Other highlights include the operatic singing of Marie-Annick Béliveau and the Chants Libres company. The soul of eclecticism. (+)

VISUAL ARTS

FABRIZIO PEROZZI
POINTS DE REPÈRE

Galerie Laroche/Joncas
November 15 to December 22

The paintings by this Italian-Montrealer, bathed in warm colours and pastel hues, depict people who seem serene at first glance, but are gradually veiled in more dramatic textures. Fabrizio Perozzi presents a selection of oil paintings: smoothly finished, realist works with layers of mystery and enigmatic shadowy zones. (+)

MUSIC

RENO DE STEFANO & GUESTS

L’Escalier
Until November 20

Guitarist and composer Reno De Stefano brings together an assembly talented musicians for a series at bar and resto. A luminary on the Montreal jazz circuit, De Stefano is also well-respected as a musicologist and teacher at Université de Montréal. His many compositions, influenced by genres like Latin and hard bop, have been broadcast throughout North America. This evening series promise to entrance fans and newcomers to jazz alike. (+)

PHOTOGRAPHY

HISTOIRES DE VÉLO
de CYCLO NORD-SUD

Centre for Sustainable Development
Until November 28

There are Sunday cyclists, and then there are those for whom their bike is an essential form of transportation – practically a necessity of life. In Quebec, Africa and Latin America, photographer Mikaël Theimer and members of the Cyclo Nord-Sud team, an organization that salvages and repairs unused bicycles, have immortalized some of the cyclists and their touching stories. A photo exhibition with audio elements proving that with a bike, you can always go just a bit farther. (+)

DESIGN

ENTRER EN INTERFÉRENCE : CINQ ARCHITECTURES EN BELGIQUE / CINQ ARCHITECTURES AU QUÉBEC

Centre de design de l’UQAM
Until December 9

In Mons, Belgium, the former Ursuline Chapel is now the Artothèque, a new type of museum that both exhibits art and reveals the processes behind its conservation. In Brussels, Place de la Cage aux ours amazes with its beautiful footbridge across train tracks. These are just two of the examples of Belgian architecture featured in this audio-visual tour, which also presents Quebec projects like the audacious PHI Centre and the Maison de la littérature de Québec. (+)


Coming SOON

DANCE

LES GRANDS BALLETS:
THE NUTCRACKER

Place des Arts
December 13 to 30

Whether it’s your first time or the umpteenth, Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and their many companions welcome you to the enchanting world of The Nutcracker. Les Grands Ballets is presenting this Christmas tradition for a 55th season. The late choreographer Fernand Nault based his vision on the original fairy tale, complete with breathtaking costumes and scenery, and of course, Tchaikovsky’s timeless, magical score. (+)

MUSIC

JORJA SMITH

MTelus
December 18

Jorja Smith brings her retro R&B sound to Montreal audiences during a North American tour. First scouted as a teen when she posted a clip of herself singing to YouTube, this British singer-songwriter has a voice and presence that is preternaturally polished. With collaborations with the likes of Drake and Stormzy under her belt, 21-year-old Smith is poised for her breakout moment. (+)

THEATRE

SLAVA’S SNOW SHOW

Theatre Saint-Denis
December 19 to
January 6, 2019

The snowstorm of the century blows back into town this holiday season! In collaboration with Juste pour rire, show creator Slava Polunin brings his surreal yet poetic world of winter to Theatre Saint-Denis. Over five million people have seen Slava’s Snow Show since the production began touring 25 years ago. With a childlike and wonderstruck view of the world, this musical clown journey continues to entrance new fans. (+)

MUSIC

OSM: The Artist Live

Maison symphonique de Montréal
January 8, 2019

With an eye to the black-and-white glamour of 1920s cinema, The Artist won over modern audiences and critics with a tale of love and ambition. The dashing George Valentin is a silent movie star who falls for Peppy, an ingénue on the rise. Will their love, and careers, survive the momentous changes to come? See the 2012 Oscar Best Picture winner in a new light when the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal plays the original soundtrack, live. (+)


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