Much like the constant turnover of festivals right now, where one bleeds into the next, the heatwaves just keep coming.
We've yet to break the big records that we set back in 2020, but hot damn, make sure you stay hydrated and cool out there—even if that means you have to begrudgingly visit your aunt and uncle in Pointe-Claire for their prized backyard pool. Just pick up one of those Tim Hortons iced capp pool floaties, some margarita mix, and you'll be golden.
Now, somewhere in between all this talk of how hot it is and being asked to go see free Jazz Fest shows while planning for what you'll see at JFL every night of the week (phone on silent thank u v much), the city's experiencing it's usual growing pains: There's strange city planning and housing shortages in the midst of moving day, but there's some lighter news too involving mythical strippers, the biggest sailboat enthusiast in the city, and a metric ton of food events.
Here's our curated list of happenings around town. Not seeing something you think we should know about? Hit us up by Instagram to let us know.
- Pocha MTL, the Korean street food and K-Pop festival, is back with an array of mouthwatering traditional and fusion street food, performances, interactive workshops, and much more.
- OASIS Immersion is back with another show, Sweet Folie, a new exhibition focused on humour and relaxation in a crazy, off-beat universe "where the sun always shines bright and where party fever is contagious."
- The Festival de Jazz de Montréal is going until Saturday and this guide's got you for everything you need to know, see, and hear.
- MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE is throwing some big events at various locations around Montréal, most notably at the Esplanade PVM.
- Illustrator and cartoonist Eric Kostiuk Williams’ 2AM ETERNAL captures a decade of nightlife in Toronto, New York City, and San Francisco’s queer communities, and it's launching at Librairie Saint-Henri Books.
- Vinorama is hosting their inaugural QUEER WINE MIXER; bring your friends, make new ones, flirt (un)recklessly, and clink glasses with some queer cuties.
- You want street food? You got it: The Philippines are front and centre of Les Premiers Vendredis this Friday.
- A free exhibition is launching in the streets of Chinatown through six iconic locations that reveal the history and culture of the dynamic community.
- Village au Pied-du-Courant, our premiere urban beach project located alongside the Saint-Lawrence River, is throwing parties again.
- Duluth Avenue Est is one of the city's many pedestrianized streets this summer, and they've got some fun cultural programming all weekend long.
- New City Gas' in-house spot Bazart, where the warmth of the Mediterranean meets the energy of Tulum, is hosting weekly Friday night experiences.
- Poly'Son is hosting 2 stages for 11.5 hours of non-stop House and Techno music atop a very special rooftop venue.
- After a successful June market, the Montreal Makers are holding a July market with over 70 vendors at the St-Jean Berchmans Church.
- Participate in a free creative workshop at the McCord Museum's urban forest, inspired by Karen Lam's ongoing exhibition Swallowing Mountains.
- Mitch Deli is hosting a wine drunk party with kebab, a new shipment of very special orange wine, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff.
- The first edition of the Salon International Africain du Canada (SIAC) and its exhibition-sale space for arts, culture, and food is kicking off.
- La Cave de Mamie is hosting a special day of tasting Pierre Frick wines—15 in total—alongside exclusive table d'hôtes.
- Fans of high-end cars will welcome the annual Montreal Italian Auto Festival, taking place from 10 am to 4 pm on Little Italy's Dante Street.
- The Archives gaies du Québec is displaying a photograph exhibition featuring photos taken during the activities of ACT UP Montreal, an organization against government inaction on the HIV/AIDS crisis.
- The Union United Church and Black History Month Roundtable cordially invite one and all to a commemorative service honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
- The World's Smallest Comedy Night is presenting a Summer Outdoor Show starting this Sunday, June 4 at 8 p.m. at Hurley's Irish Pub on Crescent Street.
WHAT TO EAT IN AND AROUND MONTREAL
This section dishes out the scoop on restaurant openings, new menus, old classics—you name it. If you know something you think we should know too, drop us a line on Instagram.
- Le Garden Room, a Thai dining, entertainment and cocktail experience, is now open and swinging in downtown Montreal.
- You scream, we all scream for the upcoming Nanana, a new ice cream project unlike anything we've seen in a while.
- Check out this Korean pop-up at Verdun's Pavilion Snack Bar on Sunday featuring Satay Brothers alumni and dishes like a 'K-Sadilla' and KFC (Korean Fried Chicken).
- Griffintown's Perles et Paddock has thrown together a cheap happy hour menu full of gorgeous bites and cocktails from Wednesday to Friday.
- If you want drinks in a swish setting, you'll want to check out the 3500 square-foot bar and restaurant Emmanuelle, elevated on the fifth floor of a downtown building.
- We've got an eye on the MR-63 Terrasse, a structure composed of old metro cars dating back to 1966, thanks to a menu of 100% local food and beverage options.
- Little Italy's Ratafia has launched a series called Monday Shake-Ups, where bartenders from near and far are whipping up creatives one-time menus.
- Alphabet Cafe, a roaster-run spot from the folks behind Ambros Coffee, looks like it's up and running in the Mile End.
- Did'ja check out Griffintown's new spot Café Noire yet?
ICYMI: A weekly round-up of the latest local news, from food and entertainment to current affairs and more.
We couldn't have said it better
In this essay, writer Addison Del Mastro explains why Montreal proves that North Americans can be a truly urban people by being a uniquely vibrant, pleasant, safe and truly thriving urban big city. Amen. (Discourse)
"A one-room apartment with views of a bustling neighbourhood"
“For the moment, the STM leaves me alone,” says Tibor, a 67-year-old homeless man living in a Mile End bus shelter. Not surprisingly, Tibor's new home isn't making people happy in the neighbourhood amid a housing crisis. (Urbania)
Ahoy there! ⚓
On the St. Lawrence between the shores of Pointe-aux-Trembles and Île Sainte-Thérèse, Sébastien Mignault is living—get this—on his 42-footer sailboat throughout the year. Here's how he does it. (Journal Métro)
A mythical stripper
Playing in Montreal cabarets from 1944 to 1951, the burlesque dancer and stripper Lili St-Cyr was a nude force to be reckoned with in the city's Red Light District. Now there's a new show commemorating her life and work. (Le Devoir)
Pour one out for Super Sandwiches
After 35 years at the same address, the family behind one of McGill students' best known cheap eats has decided to close up shop due to rent increases going up by 50%. They may reopen on campus, however. (Journal Métro)
Moving day fallout
We're coming up on the end of it, but still: The City of Montreal estimated that it needed a week to recover the tens of thousands of tons of items left in the middle of the street following Quebec's annual 'celebration' of Canada Day. (La Presse)
You enjoy the park. They grind.
Even after a skate park by Jacques-Cartier Bridge was closed to construct a new normie park, skateboarders flocked to its new plaza anyway, appropriating it the only way they know how. (CBC Montreal)
Break out those foam domes
Grand Prix may be in the rearview mirror for many, but Montreal's throwing the pedal to the metal on bringing the NASCAR racing series back to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as soon as next year. (Sports Business Journal)
Big news this week as a leaked report claimed the eastern section of the REM could be built entirely underground for the tune of $36 billion—but the selected route doesn't include any link with the city centre. OK, cool, whatever. (Radio-Canada)
Montreal as manic pixie dream girl
Created entirely from stock footage from over 120 National Film Board of Canada films to help mark public film and digital media producer and distributor's 70th anniversary, the city of Montreal plays the "main character" in this film. (NFB)
And that wraps yet another weekly bulletin. We’ll be back with more curiosities, local stories, and events to discover next week.
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