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This month, At A Glance offers you a selection of the 617 activities of all kinds that drive the city’s most exciting square kilometre.

40th ANNUAL FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL

Multiple venues
June 27 to July 6

40 is the new 30! One thing's for sure, the Jazz fest never gets old – in fact, it just keeps getting younger. This summer, in addition to welcoming contemporary jazz luminaries like Brad Mehldau, Chucho Valdés and Ravi Coltrane, the festival is continuing to broaden its horizons with pop (Lou Doillon), thrash metal (Voivod) and folk (Bobby Bazini), to name just a few. (+)

in JUNE

DIGITAL ARTS

ELEKTRA FESTIVAL

Multiple venues
June 11 to 16

For many years, Montreal has been at the forefront of digital art, thanks among other things to the Elektra Festival, an annual showcase of the best the genre has to offer. The festival's venues in the Quartier des Spectacles are the SAT, the Cinémathèque and ELLEPHANT. Technophiles and the curious can witness captivating dialogues between robots and humans, or immerse themselves in abstract digital art in the Satosphère. The future is now. (+)

MUSIC

SYML

L’Astral
June 13

His name is Brian Fennell, he comes from Seattle, he sings about love and pain, and he's a former member of indie band Barcelona. SYML (pronounced Simmel) sings along to his guitar in a soft, rich voice, with subtle electronic accompaniment – it's airy folk-pop with a melancholy side. We love his sensitivity and knack for melody. Well worth checking out. (+)

DANCE

FLAMENCO EVENING WITH MIRADA FLAMENCO

Le Balcon
June 13

Explore the many sides of flamenco with quartet Mirada Flamenco. This captivating and passionate style of music draws on several traditions from the south of Spain, including communities like Andalusia. Mirada Flamenco covers a myriad of styles, from traditional to modern. Catch the group as they perform an energetic and thrilling homage to flamenco. (+)

EXHIBITION

REBECCA BELMORE – BRAVER LE MONUMENTAL

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
June 20 to October 6

Nearly 15 years ago, Ontario artist Rebecca Belmore became the first Indigenous woman to represent Canada at the prestigious Venice Biennale. Since then, she's kept on making superb art in a variety of disciplines – sculpture, installation, video, photography. Her politically aware work exposes violence against First Nations and women, and documents our troubled relationship with the land. A must-see. (+)

COMEDY

AZIZ ANSARI: ROAD TO NOWHERE

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Place des Arts
June 20

Part of Just for Laughs Festival

With a bold beginning as scene-stealing city staffer Tom Haverford on the beloved TV comedy Parks and Recreation, Aziz Ansari has steadily been building his comedy cred with acclaimed stand-up specials, the Netflix series Masters of None, and a number of movie roles. The South Carolina native now brings his sold-out world tour, Road to Nowhere, to Montreal. (+)

FREE

MUSIC

DANS LE CŒUR VIBRANT

Espace OSM
Until September 1

What if you could be on-stage at the Maison Symphonique while the conductor leads the orchestra through Shostakovich's No 15 Symphony? This virtual reality experience lets you do just that. With your headset on, you'll find yourself at the back of the stage, on the garden side, near the horns and percussion – right in the heart of the action. Uncanny. (+)

WALKING TOUR

QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES FREE WALKING TOUR

Starting point: Place des Festivals
June 6 to October 6

Fifteen years ago, there were no Place des Festivals, no video projection sites, no Maison Symphonique. Today, the Quartier des Spectacles, with its rich and sometimes tumultuous history, is a vibrant cultural landscape as well as a witness to downtown Montreal's past, a legacy written in the neighbourhood's buildings. This guided walking tour makes you part of an ongoing dialogue between eras, highlighting the Quartier's many facets. Led by the city's best guides. (+)

EVENT

FÊTE MONDIALE DU JEU AVEC RANDOLPH

Jardins Gamelin
June 9

Are you a fan of Yahtzee, addicted to Settlers of Catan, a Monopoly tycoon? If a day of board games sounds great to you, there's no need to wait for a party or a cottage weekend. On June 9, Les Jardins Gamelin will become a board-game paradise for the whole family. The facilitators from Randolph will be there to make sure the fun never stops. (+)

CINEMA

CINÉMA URBAIN

Place de la Paix
Every Tuesday
Starting June 25

It's time for outdoor movies again! A favourite activity for committed film geeks and mainstream audiences alike, outdoor movies are one of Montreal's best summer traditions. All summer, come to Place de la Paix for a diverse selection of features, documentaries and animated films. No discrimination here: we like every kind of movie! (+)


Coming SOON

MUSIC

NOCTURNE 3

MTELUS
August 22

Part of Festival Mutek

A 6-hour electronic music jam? Yes, please! The MUTEK festival will defy convention this year with this exceptional event starring the Circle of Live collective, led by the king of Swedish electronica, Sebastian Mullaert. The genre-defying artist will give put his unmistakable eclectic stamp on the evening, accompanied by seasoned musicians who are sure to keep the dance floor hopping from start to finish. (+)

CIRCUS

MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE: FINALE

Théâtre St-Denis
July 9 to 14

Part of FESTIVAL MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE AND JUST FOR LAUGHS

In Finale, you’re invited to a party with an outlandish Berlin-based circus troupe that will rock and roll its way into your heart. Five daring acrobats, a larger-than-life pop diva and a drummer are all driven by comedic timing, original rock music and a passionate desire to connect with the audience. . (+)


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