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The top 5 things to do in Montreal: March 18 to April 1

Don’t miss: fibre arts, jazzy jams and a circus tour
March 17, 2016
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By Tom Peacock

Photo by Mariusz Kucharczyk (Flickr Creative Commons) Photo by Mariusz Kucharczyk (Flickr Creative Commons)


1. ALL THAT CONCORDIA JAZZ

Jazz Studies Faculty Ensembles | Oscar Peterson Concert Hall (7141 Sherbrooke St. W.), Loyola Campus | Friday, March 18, from 8 to 10 p.m.

Charles Ellison leads fellow jazz faculty members from Concordia in a memorable evening of spontaneous creation. Hear these experienced musicians play off one another. This is jazz at its finest.

Also, don't miss students from Concordia's Jazz Studies program playing at the Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill (1254 MacKay) every Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. You'll hear everything from swing, to blues, to contemporary jazz and Latin music. 

Find out more about weekly Concordia jazz performances at Upstairs. 

 


2. LEATHER LACE METAL GLASS

Fibres and Material Practices MFA student exhibition | Matahari Art Loft (1673 Mont-Royal Ave. E.) | until March 18, from 3 to 9 p.m.

Check out work by graduate students in the Fibres and Material Practices Program at Concordia. Join them for the vernissage tonight, Thursday, March 17, from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Find out more about Concordia's Faculty of Fine Arts Spring Shows.


3. CINEMATIC VISIONS, FROM CHINA

China Now: Independent Visions Film Program | various venues around the city, including Concordia | until April 6

China Now is a travelling program of contemporary independent films from China. The festival, which kicked off at Concordia on March 11, is screening more than 20 films across the city, including at Concordia, McGill University and the Cinémathèque Québécoise.

The final Concordia screening event, organized by the Global Emergent Media Lab, is on Saturday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in the J. A. DeSève Cinema. It will feature director Xu Tong’s 2014 film Cut Out the Eyes.

See the full list of China Now screenings happening in Montreal.


From Brisbane, Australia, Carnival of the Animals is just one of the many circus acts that has performed at TOHU. | Photo by Justin Nicolas From Brisbane, Australia, Carnival of the Animals is just one of the many circus acts that has performed at TOHU. You can take a free, guided tour of where it all happens: the TOHU Pavilion. | Photo by Justin Nicolas


4. TOTALLY RANDOM AND POTENTIALLY AWESOME

A visit to TOHU | TOHU, La cité des arts du cirque (2345 Jarry St. E.) | Every Saturday

TOHU’s mission is threefold: to secure Montreal’s place as an international circus arts capital, to help revitalize the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex and to contribute to the development of the surrounding neighbourhood.

Take a free, guided tour of where it all happens: the TOHU Pavilion, a LEED Gold Canada certified green building, which houses a circus performance space.

Find out more about TOHU.


5.  EXPLORE THE WRITER'S CRAFT

Meet writer Gilbert Turp | La Grande Bibliothèque | 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, and Tuesday, March 29

To mark the 10th anniversary of its opening, La Grande Bibliothèque invited Gilbert Turp to be its writer in residence. Discuss your own work or his work with the seasoned author, and learn about the library’s treasures with Turp as your guide.

Turp has written eight pieces for the stage and adapted or translated a dozen others from German and English, including pieces by Bertolt Brecht. In 2010, he published his first novel, Ne t’arrête pas (Leméac).

Find out more about Gilbert Turp, writer in residence.

 


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