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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 426 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

21 BALANÇOIRES / 21 SWINGS

Promenade des Artistes
April 8 to May 28

For nine years now, the 21 Balançoires/21 Swings installation has been synonymous with spring in the Quartier des Spectacles. Combining the joys of musical cooperation and the childlike pleasure of swings, the work invites people to stop for a few minutes to swing and compose a joyful melody. There’s no better way to spend some time relaxing and humming along to the sounds of this iconic interactive installation by Daily tous les jours. (+)

in APRIL

MUSIC

LA MUSIQUE SECRÈTE DES OBJETS

Le Gesù
April 6

Four exceptional Montreal percussionists make breathtaking music using nothing but ordinary household objects. Never has a telephone sounded so harmonious, a sewing machine so sweet, brooms and sponges so catchy! The clever and inventive musicians of the Architek Percussion quartet create an unlikely symphony of repurposed objects, on the invitation of Le Vivier. (+)

MUSIC

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Place des Arts
April 10 to 12

You would think that more than 50 years of touring and recording would wear a performer down, but for Engelbert Humperdinck, it has sharpened his talents and shore up his adoring fans. The British crooner brings his Angel on My Shoulder tour to Montreal. Humperdinck’s stable of songs includes hits like Release Me and Spanish Eyes, with selections from his most recent album, The Man I Want To Be, which he calls a love letter to his wife. (+)

MUSIC

ANONYMUS

Club Soda
April 13

Working outside the realm of top-40 radio and glowing mass-media reviews, the four tireless members of Anonymus have been at it for more than 30 years. They’ve built an avid grassroots fan base at home in Quebec and around the world, delighting metalheads wherever they go. Playing raw, uncompromising thrash metal, the band melds intricate instrumentals and hard-hitting lyrics. (+)

COMEDY

JAMES MULLINGER
ALMOST CANADIAN

Théâtre Sainte-Catherine
April 24

Can we claim him as our own? British expat James Mullinger says the best decision he ever made was to move his family to a town in New Brunswick. The comic had built a successful career in journalism and comedy before hopping across the pond, and he is now proud to call himself one of Canada’s greatest cheerleaders. A talented, award-winning storyteller with a flair for the neuroses of everyday life, Mullinger returns to Montreal with his latest tour. (+)

DANCE

LES SOIRÉES 100LUX

Wilder Building
April 25 to 28

Usually seen mostly in competitions, whether on stage or TV, urban dance is purely an artistic matter with the Soirées 100LUX. This year, seven short dance pieces, coupled with videos and some of the city’s most talented DJs, showcase the rich possibilities of bboying/bgirling, locking, whacking, krumping and hip-hop dance. (+)

MUSIC

DEAD OBIES

MTELUS
April 26

Are you ready, Montreal? The Dead Obies – the pioneering crew who put Montreal’s distinctive franglais hip-hop on the map – are “back fo' sho'.” Joe Rocca, 20Some, Snail Kid, Ogee Rodman and Vnce Carter are masters of the local style’s complexities and reinforced-concrete sound. On-stage, their fiery performances brilliantly deconstruct Québécois identity, pointing toward the most radical of hybrids. (+)

FREE

DANCE

Lunchtime art WITH
HELEN SIMARD

Wilder Building
April 4

Presented by Agora de la danse

At 72, Iggy Pop is still touring as frenetically as ever, delighting crowds with his legendary bare-chested gyrations, giving the finger to the passing years. Choreographer Helen Simard has made him the subject of her show Requiem pop, a poetic tribute to aging and a reflection on artistic dedication. In this lunchtime talk, Simard will explore her fascination for the singer and the mysteries of the creative process. (+)

DANCE

INTRODUCTION TO
AFRO-COLOMBIAN DANCE

Espace culturel
Georges-Émile-Lapalme
Place des Arts
April 13

Place des Arts presents a novel combination of artistic experience and cardio workout! This high-energy, physically demanding introduction to Afro-Caribbean dance is taught by Carlos Reyes, the artistic director of Colombia’s Ballet Raices. You will learn the genre’s quick movements and enjoy a unique slice of South American folklore. With its blend of theory and practice, this open workshop is likely to be the start of a beautiful new habit! (+)

FILM

The Velvet Underground and Nico: A Symphony of Sound

Cinémathèque québécoise
April 16

Andy Warhol’s Factory played host to the most dazzling creators and celebrities in ‘60s New York City, and that’s where a rehearsal by rock group The Velvet Underground and singer Nico was once shot on 16mm. Though it was was initially intended to be projected during set-up and tuning at future concerts, the 1966 documentary has entered Warhol lore. Take a look at The Velvet Underground before it become known as the iconic musical influence it is today. (+)

MUSIC

JÉRÉMIE MORENCY PIANIST
Lunchtime concert

Bon Pasteur Historical Chapel
April 24

In 2018, the jurors at the Concours de musique classique de Lanaudière loved his interpretation of Ravel’s Oiseaux tristes. For the last few years, Jérémie Morency, an accomplished pianist at just 19, has been a standout at some of Quebec’s most prestigious competitions. This is his grand debut for the general public – a golden opportunity for music lovers to discover one of the new generation’s most exciting talents. (+)

THEATRE

NEW WORDS FESTIVAL: NOTHING BUT FLOWERS

Monument-National
April 30 to May 4

Log off and connect with a tale that explores the intersections of social media, isolation and spirituality. David Gagnon Walker, a graduating student in playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada, has penned the story of a CEO holed up in a forest with his spiritual advisor. They are developing a method of communing with the natural world, while an inventor nearby, along with her pet bear, attempts to a similar device. (+)

VISUAL ARTS

SYSTÈMES

Galerie ELLEPHANT
Until April 27

Adam Basanta is an Israeli-Canadian composer and sculptor. Robbin Deyo is a Montreal artist with a passion for colour gradients and “chromo-architecture”. Sabrina Ratté combines analogue technology, photos and 3D animation. Along with Nathalie Bujold, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Philomène Longpré and Julia Zamboni, they are the headliners for a show reflecting on “the systems surrounding us.” Not to be missed. (+)


Coming SOON

OPERA

CARMEN

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
May 4 to 13

Charles Binamé is famous for films like Eldorado, Le piège américain and La chanson de l’éléphant. Now he’s shifted focus to the opera, helming this production starring students from the Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier d’art lyrique. He’s aiming high for his debut, taking on Carmen, the ultimate classic opera. An ode to a liberated, non-conformist woman, the story remains as relevant as ever, and the Opéra de Montréal’s new production is suitably spectacular. (+)

THEATRE

CUCKOO

Cinquième salle
Place des Arts
May 30 to June 2

Part of Festival TransAmériques

True to form, this year’s FTA will present some of the world’s most intriguing and uncommon artists. Amsterdam-based South Korean performance artist Jaha Koo will be there with Cuckoo, a play exploring the theatrical potential of a trio of rice cookers! Using a selection of South Korean small appliances as décor, he explores the mystery of their synthesized voices. It’s theatre without human actors, yet rich in emotions. (+)

MUSIC

KENT NAGANO CONDUCT’S SHOSTAKOVICH’S “BABI YAR” SYMPHONY

Maison Symphonique
September 18

Ready your handkerchiefs and polish up your speeches: the 2019-20 season will be Kent Nagano’s last as conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. We won’t be letting him go without some fireworks, starting with the season-opening concert featuring one of the OSM’s signature pieces, Shostakovich’s Babi Yar Symphony. Nagano plans to dedicate this rendition to the victims of conflicts around the world, during what he calls an especially unstable time. (+)

MUSIC

AMORPHIS ET DELAIN

Club Soda
September 23

Finnish heavy metal band Amorphis and Dutch symphonic rockers Delain team up for an meeting of explosive music at Club Soda. It has been nearly 30 years since the members of Amorphis got together to rock the scene with their unique sound and tributes to Finnish folklore. And Delain is going strong with their latest fine release, Hunter’s Release. Dutch singer-songwriter Anneke Van Giersbergen opens what promises to be a powerhouse evening. (+)


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