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The top 5 things to do in Montreal: October 22 to November 5

Don’t miss a Halloween zombie walk, mid-week jazz jams, and an election post-mortem.
October 22, 2015
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By Meagan Boisse

Legions of the undead will unite once again this year to stalk the streets of Montreal. | Photo by Sam Javanrouh (Flickr CC) Legions of the undead will unite once again to stalk the streets of Montreal. | Photo: Sam Javanrouh (Flickr CC)


1. GETTING JAZZY WITH IT

Jazz students of Concordia | Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill | Every Wednesday until December 9, starting at 5 p.m.

Want to wine and dine while being serenaded with a sleek, jazzy number? Of course you do. Lucky for you, students from Concordia’s Jazz Program are here to make that happen — without a cover charge to boot.

Every Wednesday, musicians from Concordia will be playing at Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill, showcasing a repertoire of original and classic compositions.

Tip: Go in the early evening for improvised performances.

Learn more about how you can jazz up your hump day.


Connexion, exhibition view at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, by Hank Bull, 2015. | Image courtesy of Galerie de l'UQAM Connexion, exhibition view at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Hank Bull. 2015. | Image: Galerie de l'UQAM

2. FOR THE SAKE OF ART AND WINE

TOUT n’est pas un sandwich & Connexion | Louis Bouvier & Hank Bull Vernissage | Galerie de l'UQAM | October 22 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Sculptures, performances, props, videos, photo-realistic drawings and technology will converge at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) during its art gallery’s upcoming vernissage of two modern Canadian artists.

Louis Bouvier, a graduating master’s student in visual and media arts from UQAM, will be showcasing TOUT n’est pas un sandwich. The exhibition promises to transport visitors into a space that undermines modernist ideas concerning art by juxtaposing eras, cultures and ideas in a profusion of images and forms.

At the same time, Vancouver-based multimedia artist Hank Bull will be presenting Connexion. With a chaotic jumble of materials, Bull will interpret the life of the artist through sculptural installations.

Also, vernissage = wine + cheese.

Find out more about UQAM’s art gallery.


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3. TOTALLY RANDOM AND POTENTIALLY AWESOME

Triptyque | Circus | Maison de la Culture Rosemont Petite-Patrie | October 25 at 2 p.m.

You’re never too old for the circus.

On that note, let yourself be oohed and aahed by the acrobatic genius of Samuel Tétreault — co-founder of modern circus troupe Les 7 doigts de la main — and his team of choreographers. Triptyque brings contemporary dance to the circus arts. While exploring existential themes, the show promises to amaze with gravity-defying acts.

Run away and join Triptyque today.


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4. TRUDEAU TALKED THE TALK, BUT WILL HE WALK THE WALK

Election 2015: What does it all mean? | Sir George Williams Campus, Room H-1220 in the Henry F. Hall Building | October 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Harper is out and Trudeau is in. Canada’s 2015 federal election saw a comeback for the history books, with the Liberal Party of Canada steamrolling the Conservatives to win a majority government.

Now what?!

Do not fret, apprehensive citizens, for Paul Wells from Maclean’s is here to help break down what the newest change in the House means.

Wells will moderate a post-election panel that will feature prominent pundits from CBC's Power and Politics program and seasoned political specialists, including Concordia’s own Brooke Jeffrey.

Let’s talk Trudeau!


Join the fun: bring your best zombie attire! | Photo by Flood G (Flickr CC) Join the undead on Halloween — and bring your best zombie attire! | Photo by Flood G (Flickr CC)

5. THIS IS HALLOWEEN

Montreal Zombie Walk | Place des Festivals in the Quartiers des spectacles, Place-des-Arts metro | October 31, rendezvous at 1 p.m., walk begins at 4 p.m.

Legions of the undead will unite once again this year to stalk the streets of Montreal.

What started off as a small, grassroots gathering seven years ago now attracts ranks in the five figures, and has become the Halloween highlight of the city.

What is a zombie walk, you ask? Well, as you might have suspected, it’s a bunch of people walking around pretending to be zombies — like, 10,000 of them. All you need to do to get in on the fun is show up at the meeting point in appropriate zombie attire. Moreover, there will be makeup experts on site to help zombify you, should you so desire.

Find out more on how to become one of the walking dead.



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