Match Point to Alt Court

Isa Tousignant

In town for Rogers Cup? Check out this off-court fair, mixing marketplace, art performances and food truck feasts galore. Presented by the National Bank, Alt Court presents the best of Montréal’s creative scene in a free event aimed at family-friendly entertainment after (and before) the match.

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Located a few blocks from the world-class tennis going down during the Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium in Jarry Park, Alt Court takes over the urban park at the angles of Van Horne and St-Laurent for a fun-filled couple of days on August 11 and 12.

 

On this perch on the edge of Mile End and Little Italy you’ll find a colourful family-friendly play land designed to reflect the experience of Rogers Cup, but on artistic terms. Creatives from various fields will go head-to-head in games that pit their talents against each other.

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On August 11 at 7 p.m., chef Hakim Chajar will battle pop art artist Antoine Tava, while at 9 p.m. it’ll be dancers from the KDN Company vs. visual artist Push 1 Stop. Then on August 12 at 3 p.m. don’t miss illustrator Astro as he battles children’s author Nadine Robert; at 7 p.m. muralist Mort goes against visual artist Félix Félix Gourd Gourd, and then finally, at 9:30 p.m., hip-hop collective Alaclair Ensemble will confront visual artist Jason Voltaire! Not to be missed.

 

Come by to live all sorts of interactive experiences over the two days. There’s a section dedicated to all games all the time, for tennis fans of all ages, and a spot where you can sink into a bean bag and simply soak it all up, chill-style. The perfect antithesis to a day spent in a stadium.

 

In addition to all that, there’ll be a caravan of Montréal’s most beloved food trucks, as well as the Alt Court Bar, serving a range of drinks (spiked and not), and a marketplace where you can buy souvenirs by Montréal creators – and not a tennis ball in sight.

 

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Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

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