Things to do in Montréal August 4 to 10

Robyn Fadden

Montréal launches into August with the hotter-than-hot Osheaga music festival, fireworks, food festivals, Rogers Cup tennis and the Montréal Triathlon, outdoor concerts, film screenings and more.

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Osheaga weekend

One of the biggest summer festivals in Montréal, Osheaga Music and Arts Festival features headliners Lorde, Muse, The Weeknd, Solange, Justice, Alabama Shakes, Belle and Sebastian and dozens more rock, pop, hip-hop, indie and electronic artists in its 12th edition, August 4-6 on Île Notre-Dame in picturesque Parc Jean-Drapeau. Join thousands of music fans for a day or the whole weekend – and don't miss the official Osheaga after-parties in the city either, from Zeds Dead and GG Magree at Metropolis and Tory Lanez and Mija at New City Gas on Friday to Saturday night with Diplo at New City Gas and Co/ntry at L'Escogriffe, plus Kink at Stereo and Weval at Newspeak on Sunday. And see gorgeous screen-printed music posters at the Osheaga Arts Music on Paper 7 exhibition at MainLine Gallery on St-Laurent Blvd.


Montréal celebrates

Join the 375th anniversary celebrations this week as the Présence Autochtone Montréal First People’s Festival brings music, performances, food and film to Place des Festivals, including choreographed storytelling Ioskeha and Tawiscara: The Great Game of Creation on August 6 at 8:30. The International des Feux Loto-Québec Montréal Fireworks competition illuminates the night sky with its grand finale on Saturday at 10 p.m. Hear the best-known melodies from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess as Kent Nagano conducts the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in a major free concert opening the OSM Classical Spree Festival on August 10 at Olympic Park at 8 p.m. Take a wild ride back to Montréal's prohibition years in circus-burlesque-comedy show Les 7 Doigts's VICE & VERTU at the SAT to August 6. Check out Italian Week in Little Italy August 4-13, featuring films, art, a Fiat 500 exhibit and more. And Canada Pride Montréal 2017 kicks off on August 10 with art along Ste-Catherine Street, drag star Rainbow's Freakshow at Cabaret Mado, and more to August 20.


World-class sports

See the world's top male tennis pros in action at the Coupe Rogers this week – Murray, Nadal, Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and more major competitors return to Montréal for the legendary Canadian tournament August 4-13 at Uniprix Stadium. For the younger tennis set, there's the Mini Rogers Cup on the Olympic Stadium Esplanade August 5-6. Watch pros and amateurs alike swim, bike and run their hearts out in the Triathlon International de Montréal August 5-6 at the Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port and through the streets of Old Montréal. The Canadian Swimming Championships at the Olympic Park Sports Centre, August 4-7, brings together Canada’s top swimmers. And athletics of a different kind entertain in the WWE LIVE Summerslam Heatwave Tour with Sami Zayn, Jinder Mahal, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens and more WWE stars, August 5 at the Bell Centre.


Food and drink

Montréal's gourmet el fresco dining this week includes two big events presented by YUL EAT: monthly food truck gathering First Fridays on August 4 at the Olympic Park Esplanade, a family friendly and entertaining way to spend a Friday evening, and Cuisine VIP au Parc Jean-Drapeau on the Osheaga festival site on August 9 with renowned chefs Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles and more. The Old Port cooks up a feast too with great BBQ Pitmasters of America at Le Grand RibFest de Montréal August 1-6 followed up August 8-13 by Le Grand PoutineFest de Montréal! Grab a bite throughout the city from one of Montréal’s food trucks or on restaurant patios. Cool down with some of Montréal's best ice cream and rev up with the city's best iced coffee. And after all of that, eat your vegetables at these health-conscious restaurants.


Parks and markets

Stop by one of the city's seasonal outdoor markets for some picnic supplies before cooling off in leafy Mount Royal Park or Parc La Fontaine. Urban green space, outdoor eatery and bar in the heart of downtown Les Jardins Gamelin where there's also live music, dance classes, morning and afternoon family activities and more. There's more music, food and socializing at the Village au Pied du Courrant next to the Jacques Cartier Bridge, while Marché des Éclusiers brings open-air restaurants and a farmers market to the Old Port. And Pop Montréal's family-friendly Marché des Possibles in Mile End features live music, food, local goods for sale, workshops, activities for kids and more every weekend.


Stage and screen

Join the legions of anime stars and costumed fans at Otakuthon at Palais des congres this weekend, the second-biggest convention of its kind in Canada celebrating Japanese anime, manga and games. Repercussion Theatre stages Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing in Jeanne-Mance Park on August 6 and in Westmount Park August 8-9. Cinémathèque québécoise presents its 20x5 program, a tour through cinematic history from Charlie Chaplin to Lars von Trier. Immerse yourself in the Lucid Realities VR exhibition at the Phi Centre. Explore space in double feature KYMA – Power of Waves and Edge of Darkness at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. And among this week's outdoor film screenings, see Angry Inuk on August 7 and Raving Iran on August 10 at Place de la Paix, Freelancer on the Frontlines and short films on August 9 at Parc Laurier and noir film Les Diaboliques at Film Noir au Canal on August 6.


Urban art

Lose yourself in the haute couture wedding world of Love Is Love by Jean Paul Gaultier and fashionable 1960s realm of Revolution at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Interact with the colourful creations of famed artist Olafur Eliasson at the Musée d'art contemporain alongside new contemporary art inspired by Expo 67. See fascinating work by British artist Ed Atkins in Modern Piano Music at DHC-ART. In Mile-Ex, drop by gallery Never Apart to see the Femme Realness summer exhibition. Marvel at the technological innovations of EXPO 67: A World of Dreams at the Stewart Museum and architect Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67 in The Shape of Things to Come at the Centre de design de l’UQAM. Cheer for baseball history at the Grévin wax museum's Montréal, City of Baseball and at City Hall's Montréal à coup sûr! And music, live painting, dancing and more make the Under Pressure Graffiti Festival stand out on Ste-Catherine Street E. August 9-13, starting with the Beaux Dégâts competition on August 9 at Foufounes électriques.

More live music

Osheaga after-parties also pop up at L'Escogriffe on Friday night with rockers Mundy's Bay and Silver Dapple while Men I Trust plays Divan Orange and Harrison and Ryan Playground bring the dance party to Le Belmont. On Saturday, Osheaga also presents the after-party sounds of Cherry Glazerr and She-Devils at Le Belmont, Bibi Bourelly and Liana at Divan Orange, and Darius and CRi at Newspeak. Classic rock hits, lasers and a giant inflatable pig make The Australian Pink Floyd Show spectacular at Place des Arts on August 6. The 40th Festival de Lanaudière, one of the biggest classical music festivals in the country, continues to August 6 in nearby Joliette. Coldplay plays two huge shows August 8-9 at the Bell Centre. Chill with soulful singer-songwriter Khalid and opener Odile Myrtil at Métropolis on August 8 or rock out to NYC art-grunge trio Slothrust on August 9 at Bar le Ritz PDB. French producer MØME plays Théâtre Fairmount August 10 while electronic music festival ÎleSoniq throws free pre-festival party Sessions 375 X îleSoniq En Ville outdoors at Peel Basin on the Lachine Canal.

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden, blogger

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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