Top 5 things to do in Montreal this month
1. Get to know your city
WHERE WILL MONTREAL TAKE YOU? | 375e anniversaire de Montreal | Jamais Lu Festival | Théâtre Aux Écuries | May 5 to 12, times vary
Delve deeper into Montreal’s soul with WHERE WILL MONTREAL TAKE YOU? This creative project brings together seven authors and three photographers to document our ever-evolving city. The piece will feature their travel notes, songs, collected conversations as well as a photography exhibition that explores seven unique Montreal neighbourhoods.
2. Put on your dancing shoes
Flash ton quartier! | 375e anniversaire de Montreal | Locations and times vary | May 5, 12, 19 and 26
Don’t miss your chance to move and groove in unison with a mob of strangers. Every Friday throughout the month, flash mob dance performances will take place in front of various historical places in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, complete with digital projections!
3. Check out some underground art
Acclaimed Mexican artist Gilberto Esparza is bringing his creative prowess to Montreal in celebration of the city’s 375th birthday. Using light, robotics and contemporary flare, Esparza’s installation will visualize the sewer network of energy that pulses beneath the city’s streets. The show runs until June 17.
4. Cook with your community
Cuisine ta ville | ATSA | Esplanade de la Place des Arts | May 12 at 5 p.m., May 13 and 14 at 10 a.m.
Cuisine ta ville is a relational art project that invites you to cook with members of the community who’ve fled oppression before finding a home in Montreal. Presented as a Quebec-style kitchen party, this event offers an opportunity to engage in one-on-one conversations with refugees. Seminars, testimonials, exhibitions and lively performances all serve to relay the human experience.
5. Listen to some sweet symphonic sounds
Hochelaga Symphony | 375e anniversaire de Montreal | Centre Pierre-Charbonneau | May 28 at 3 p.m.
Don’t miss your chance to witness a free concert by the Metropolitan Orchestra. The musicians will perform alongside elementary and secondary school students from the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve area. The show will feature an original score composed by four Montrealers and will be interspersed with historical narratives that illuminate the neighbourhood’s history.
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