With all the stuff going on in Montreal, you’ll wish it were a leap year. Too bad so sad it isn’t. Did we also mention it’s sugaring season?
December 1, 2022 – March 5, 2023
Quartier des Spectacles,
12:30 – 8:30 p.m. daily
In the days of darkness, it’s time to check out the light and video show near the city centre. Follow the path to check out different sound and light exhibits. A massive skating rink is featured at the Esplanade Tranquille. Info HERE.
January 10 – February 24, 2023
1201 Boul. St. Laurent
10, count ’em, 10 short immersive films from around the globe fill the Satosphere. It’s a cool space if you’ve never been and an even cooler way to see a movie. Check out Brèche, Isometric, Monrts, and more. Details HERE.
Dômesicle Winter 2023
January 14 – February 18, 2023, Saturday nights 22 – 3
1201 Blvd. St Laurent
Get ready for an immersive party experience hosted by the SAT. DJs and video projections in 360 degrees to dance under. A few names to watch out for Claire Rousay (live), Daura, Orchestroll (live), and lots more. For information on who and when, check HERE
January 16 – February 11, 2023
325 St. Francois Xavier
The Wildside gets the theatre folk of the city out of the house and in to see some hot hot hot productions. This year, there’s an extra long program that goes all the way into February. Huzzah. On the program is Wildfire (yes, as the festival itself is called) which is based on the original French production, Planting an Apple Tree about the Ukraine, Proje(c)tLes Bonnes which is an adaption of Jean Genet’s play The Maids by Roxane Loumède, Theatre for One with six films, six actors, and three directors, and Confabulation offers Me, My Selfie, and I! Get your tickets HERE.
Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour
January 18 – 22, 2023 (in French), February 3 – 4, 2023 (in English)
UQAM, Salle Pierre Mercure du Centre Pierre Peladeau (300 Boul. de Maisonneuve E) in French; University of Concordia (1455 De Maisonneuve Ouest, H-110) in English
The Banff Mountain Film Festival tours 20 cities in Quebec, and aims to share nearly 100 curated films (short and medium length) in many different countries. The films are screened in their original languages with subtitles. It’s a night out for the person who’d rather be in nature cycling, skiing, kayaking, mountaineering, climbing. You get the point. For more info, click HERE.
January 19 – February 11, 2023,
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
Old Port, Quai Jacques Cartier
Igloofest brings in the world’s coolest DJs and mixes them with those from the local scene. Know any of these: CRi, Tiesto, Tiga, Kavinsky, CFCF, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Bob Moses? (answer: they’re all amazing DJs). Bundle up and check out Igloofest and find out how they can make you move. The festival usually has all kinds of other cool things in the space to distract you when you need to relax in front of a fire pit. Tickets and all information is HERE.
La Poutine Week
February 1 – 14, 2023
A bit like Bonjour-Hi, poutine is the signature dish of the city with chefs competing to make a mound of fries topped with gravy and cheese curds into something extraordinary. Who will be the people’s favourite this year? Send us your pictures and we’ll put them up! Details HERE.
February 9 – 11, 2023
Avenue du Mont Royal and surrounding
Check out music at many venues that line Mont Royal, St. Laurent, and St. Denis. Some top performers will bring their shows to tiny venues, so see if you can squish in and catch Julie Doiron & Dany Placard, the King Khan & BBQ Show, The Sadies, Thisquietarmy, and so many others. Details and info HERE.
The Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show/ Salon International du Bateau
February 9 – 12, 2023
Palais des congrès
1001 Place Jean Paul Riopelle
If getting into your own yacht and sailing off into the great blue of the Caribbean all winter (or just your local lake all summer), this show is for you. Find out about what’s new in the realm of boats and everything you could possibly think of related to water sports. Info HERE.
Montreal Home Expo
February 9 – 12, 2023
4545 Pierre de Coubertin
Buying, upgrading, or just dreaming, the home expo provides a weekend of checking out everything related to the home. Info HERE.
Global Taraxxo Festival
Feb 9 – 13, 2023
1 Bd Rene Levesque
A hot new style of partner dance that involves a lot of hips and butt is hosting its second festival in Montreal. Info HERE.
Montréal en Lumière
February 16 – March 5, 2023
Quartier des Spectacles / Place des Arts
This is a large winter festival combining food, concerts, free outdoor shows, outdoor activities, and an all-night culture party. Full schedule will be released for the free shows soon. For info, click HERE.
Montréal Bicycle and Triathlon Show / Salon du Velo
February 24 – 26, 2023
4141 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave, Montreal, Quebec H1V 3N7
Get on your bike and get ready to ride. 250 exhibitors feature bicycles, equipment, accessories, and just plain old good advice. Whether you prefer biking for fun or are training for a triathlon, this event is for you. Info HERE.
Arena Games Triathlon
Feb 25, 2023 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Olympic Park Sports Centre
3200 Rue Viau, Montréal, QC H1V 0A7
The weather outside doesn’t exactly make that whole run-bike-swim part of triathlons any more fun to participate in than to watch. But thanks to Zwift, some of the world’s best triathletes will compete using the Olympic pool, while cycling and running are moved onto smart bases in conjunction with the Zwift online platform. Info HERE.
Les Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma
February 22 – March 4, 2023
400 cinema buffs and industry people can gather to see nearly 300 films, with around 100 premieres. Info and tickets HERE.
Parc at Midnight
Feb 24 – April 30, 2023, 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 Blue Velvet, Millenium Mabo, and Extra Ordinary. Info HERE.
Salon de la Moto
February 24 – 26, 2023
Palais de Congres,
1001 Jean Paul Riopelle
If you love motorcycles, this event is for you. Whether its touring, sports, or just plain old admiration for two wheels, there’s something here for you. Info HERE.
February 24 – March 5, 2023
La rue Saint-Denis, between Sherbrooke Est et Ontario.
100 athletes gather together on Rue St Denis to snowboard, snowskate, and just generally hang. Learn to snowboard or bring some little ones who can do it instead. Info HERE.
February 25, 2023
Get out and stay out and celebrate being a Montrealer until dawn breaks. Info HERE.
February 25 – March 5, 2023
Films for everyone who clocks in at underage, actually or in spirit. This charming and fun festival invites the best of international cinema focused on children’s films. Many are unreleased. For details, click HERE.
February 25 – April 1, 2023
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.
Festival Montréal Nouvelles Musique
February 26 – March 5, 2023
This Biennial festival is run by la Société de musqiue contemporaine du Québec. This time the theme is music and spirituality and celebrates composers and songwriters. Info HERE.
Upcoming and Announced
Le Happening Gourmand
March 2 – April 2, 2023
If trying new and old restaurants is on your bucket list, you might want to take advantage of Le Happening Gourmand, a mini-restaurant month happening in Old Montreal. Nine of the city’s best restaurants are offering lunch and dinner menus at costs of $32, $42, and $52, with a brunch at $22. A few of the participating restaurants are Jacopo, Bevo, Gaspar, Nelli, Brasserie 701, Mechant Boeuf, and Maggie Oakes. There are also brunch meals available. For more information and to book a space, click HERE.
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