It looked like it was going to be another Groundhog day of a winter and then… suddenly, we could do stuff again. Canons are blazing as every venue in the city opens it doors to invite postponed acts and our pent-up confinement angst to set the city ablaze. Enjoy!
Montréal en Lumière
February 17 – March 5, 2022
Place des Arts
This is a large winter festival in the heart of the city. More light installations have been added along with a massive skating rink on St. Catherine. Circus performers 7Doigts have created a new show, and there’s the Nuit Blanche as well on Feb 26th. For info, click HERE.
March 1 – 3, 2022
Three nights, three shows, three different genres of music. Get back out to a concert venue and celebrate Montreal’s diverse music scene. Jazz night includes The Liquor Store and Carl Mayotte. Pop night features MoKa and Rayannah. Electronic night is Millemetrik and Luis Clavis. Information HERE.
March 2 – 12, 2022
Well, the Wildside this year got interrupted by a massive Omicron wave, but the Centaur Theatre and partner La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines has shouldered through to bring this short lineup of Wildside shows. Information HERE.
Festival International de Marionnettes Pour Adultes et Enfants/Festival des Casteliers
March 2- 6, 2022
The magic of puppetry is always in how the puppeteer gets an inanimate object not just to move, but to move you. This annual festival has over 10 productions. There are also workshops for those interested in puppetry. More info can be found HERE.
Parc at Midnight
March 4 – May 1, 2022, Fri and Sat at 9:30 p.m., Sun at 2:30.
Feeling creepy? excited? horrified? The lineup of classic films that are best seen on a big screen will raise your pulse. These are cult favorites, including The Shining and Soylent Green. Info HERE.
March 7 – 21, 202
We at Montreal Rampage believe that art matters. Do you? The annual Concordia festival run by undergraduates celebrates art in its many forms has an appeal that goes well beyond students. Check out who is up and coming as both artists and curators in the city of Montreal. All areas are covered — writing, dance, design, theatre, video, theatre, and digital arts. Click HERE for more information.
March 10 – April 3, 2022
The restaurants of the Old Port offer price fixe files that are easy to afford. Try brunch, lunch, or dinner at Bevo, Pincette, Brasserie 701, Modavie, or others. Information HERE.
March 14 – May 16, 2022
Only one can be the best, but over the next few months let your ears decide which of these artists deserves to advance to the next round: Info HERE.
International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA)
March 15 – 27, 2022
The FIFA turns a big 40 this year. That means 40 years of challenging and engaging films about art, artists, and the people who love and hate them. Dive in and explore this film festival that leaves no artistic discipline un-explored. Info HERE.
St Patrick’s Day Parade — TBA
March 20, 2022, 9:30 a.m., starts St Catherine and Du Fort and travels along St. Catherine Street
We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s day. Some would vote it the best holiday in Montreal, though a close friend calls it Douchebag Christmas. I beg to differ. You can put a Guinness on that if you like. Watch the parade, squeeze into a packed bar on or off Bishop street, and enjoy. Info if there will be a parade this year can be found HERE.
Festival de la Voix
March 19 – April 10, 2022
Vox Aeterna presents concerts and workshops as a way to support music in the community. Among them Choralissimo!, They Sing Everything, and Dark Divas. More information can be found HERE.
Cabane Panache et bois rond
March 19 – 20, 2022
An urban lumberchack party? If getting to a sugar shack is out of the question, head to Verdun for all the maple syrup products you can eat. Other cool events as well like square dancing and woodcutting are all on. Details HERE.
Salon Audio Montreal
March 25 – 27, 2022
Come and find the audio system of your dreams. 100 different exhibitors who geek out on high fidelity. Music lovers get ready! Info and tickets HERE.
Kink Art 3
Tension (1121 St Catherine E)
Over 20 artists who work in the domains of fetish and kink will be showcasing their visual works, performances, slam poetry, photos, textiles and zines. For info, click HERE.
The Outdoor Adventure Show
Palais de Congrès
From hiking boots to tents to white water rafting to traveling to anything that can be done outdoors and qualifies as an adventure, this salon is for you. Information HERE.
Centre des Arts de la Maison d’Haiti
Three nights of music, art, dance, literature and culture related to the Haitian population in Montreal as well as those who come from African descent. Check it out HERE.
Montreal Home Expo / Expo Habitation
March 31 – April 3, 2022
If you’re thinking about decorating, renovating, or even buying, this expo might be an ideal stopping place. For information check HERE.
Upcoming and Announced
ART SOUTERRAIN: VOIES – VOIX RÉSILIENTES
April 2 – June 30, 2022
Montreal Underground + Satellite Locations
Get ready to go underground with a festival that puts art where the people are. Art Souterrain works with international art institutions to make visual art more accessible by putting it in the tunnels of the underground city. More info can be found HERE.
Montreal Bicycle Festival / Salon du Velo
April 29 – May 1, 2022
Bikes, helmets, bells, gizmos, gadgets, everything you could possibly want for your two wheeled (or more) ride. There’s even a test track. Montreal is bike city CANADA, so this event is bound to be popular. Info HERE.
Les Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma
April 20 – 30, 2022
For 11 days, 400 cinema buffs and industry people can gather to see nearly 300 films, with around 100 premieres. Info and tickets HERE.
May 13 – 15, 2022
Palais de Congrès
Everything fo the ladies of Montreal and Quebec. Speakers, workshops, lots of exhibitors, and of course a pretty good shopping zone. More info HERE.
July 29-31, 2022
Parc Jean Drapeau
MUSIC. 3 DAYS OF MUSIC! And art. Foo Fighters, A$SAP Rocky, and Dua Lipa are headliners. Info HERE.
FIKAS (Festival Immersif de Kulture and D’Art Scandinave / Nordique)
October 18 – 23, 2022
No one else understands snow and cold and dark nights quite like Canadians do… except maybe Scandinavians. Our global climate friends from Europe come to share their culture with us at the FIKAS. Music, food, design are all featured. Information HERE.