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The top 5 things to do in Montreal this month

From meditative colouring to unpacking Trump's election, here’s what’s on this month
November 10, 2016
By Meagan Boisse

Join a meditative colouring session. | Photo by David Blaikie (Flickr Creative Commons) Join a meditative colouring session. | Photo by David Blaikie (Flickr Creative Commons)

The end of the term is always a busy time as exams and essays abound. Here are five events for you to consider the next time you need to recharge with a study break.

Colour your stress away

Meditative colouring | Every Wednesday till November 30 | 12-1 p.m.| Room Z05, Z Annex (2090 Mackay), Sir George William Campus

Typically, colouring conjures images of kids with crayons, but the practice is also known to be a beneficial stress-reliever for adults. It stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.

That’s why the Concordia Multi-Faith & Spirituality Centre is offering free, drop-in meditative colouring sessions every week this month. So come by the Centre, pick a pencil and a colouring sheet, and relax.


What just happened?

Post-US election round table | November 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Room 1220, Henry F. Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve W.) | Sir George William Campus

The election of the century has finally come to a close and America has chosen its next leader — all of which begs the question, what in the world is going on with American politics? 

You’ve got questions (namely how and why Trump became president) and Professors Graham Dodds, Michael Lipson and Guy Lachapelle have answers. Find out what the new president could mean for the future of our neighbours to the south, as well as for us here in Canada. 

The round table will be followed by an open question period — so get ready to ask away!

Dancing in the street

Cube | November 15 and 16 at 2: 30 p.m. | Place Gérald-Godin

Don’t miss your chance to watch an unusual outdoor dancing performance for free. Cube is all about moving beyond the walls and rooms of the studio to bring percussive dance to the streets.

In this new choreography, four dancer/percussionists will interact with their environment and the crowd while performing a one of a kind routine.  

A literary coronation

Le Grand Prix du livre de Montréal | November 14 at 2 p.m. | Bon Pasteur Historic Chapel | 100 Sherbrooke St. E.

Watch as one of the five finalists for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal is presented with a fat cheque for $15,000.

The Grand Prix is presented annually to an author or co-authors of a French or English-language book published by a Montreal author. This year’s finalists are: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette (La femme qui fuit) est en lice aux côtés de Simon Brousseau (Synapses), Kelly Norah Drukker (Small Fires), Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Bleuets et abricots) et Juliana Léveillé-Trudel Nirliit).


Distorted perspectives

Migraine | visual arts exhibition | November 10 to December 18 |  Galerie Dominique Bouffard | 372 Ste-Catherine W. 

Check out award-winning artist Étienne Lafrance’s new exhibition Migraine, which bends and distorts perspective and reference points into mystery and chaos.

“Absurdity interferes with the paintings as they follow upon each other,” writes Maximilien Chaumon, a researcher in cognitive neuroscience in Berlin, describing the exhibit.

“Their coherence becomes mysterious. Some physical laws, reflections, gravity linger. Photographs disappear and textures gain ground in the dark.” 

Neat, right?


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