Things to do in March 2023

Robyn Fadden

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.

This article was updated on March 8, 2023.

In March, Montréal starts to switch from winter to spring, so there’s still time for ice skating and winter food-and-fun festivals like MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and Happening Gourmand, as well as spring break activities, the city’s massive St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and sugar shack season event Cabane Panache. See the city sights by day and night, catch new international films at film festivals, experience world-class theatre and dance performances, contemporary art and immersive VR, symphony orchestras and rock shows, and so much more this month in Montréal!

March winter-meets-spring festivities!

Outdoor winter activities – and spring break activities! – continue in early March, especially at Montréal’s signature winter food and culture festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, on until March 5. At the outdoor site, skate on the raised Ice Skating Loop above Place des Festivals, ride the Ferris wheel, zoom down slides on the Place des Arts stairs, play with light and sound art installations, and try tire d'érable (maple syrup taffy on snow!) Meanwhile, guest chefs and acclaimed local restaurants serve up seasonal food and wine, while Montréal culture takes the stage at theatre, dance and music venues. For more music, film and cultural festivals and events, scroll down to the stage, screen and music sections.

Also right downtown, the Esplanade Tranquille is much more than a typical skating rink, with lighting displays, live music, performances, storytelling and sports activities, along with ice skating for all ages and levels – rent skates or bring your own, learn a few moves from instructors, and go “dancing” on DJ nights! At the rink and throughout the Quartiers des spectacles, experience illuminated artwork, activities and more as part of Les Moments lumineux du cœur de l'île, which includes this year’s Luminothérapie outdoor exhibition of illuminated interactive art along Sainte-Catherine Street, in Place des Festivals and projected on building facades in the Quartier des spectacles until March 5. And there are more free spring break activities for families inside Place des Arts Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, at museums and elsewhere in the city.

New festival Soleil d'hiver brings sunny vacation destinations to Bonsecours Market in Old Montréal, warming us up with dance, fashion, music and gastronomy from the south, from March 3 to 5. In the Latin Quartier downtown, APIK transforms Saint-Denis Street into a ski and snowboard park until March 5! Bring your own equipment for the park, or try snowskating, bouldering and an obstacle course for all ages. In Chinatown, see outdoor exhibition Dragons Chasing the Moon by artist Karen Tam – a multitude of floating panels inspired by traditional Chinese paper cutouts on De La Gauchetière Street at Sun-Yat Sen Park. Also downtown, see The Ring installation aglow above Esplanade Place Ville Marie.

Wear green and cheer at the Montréal St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the biggest in North America, this year making its grand return to Sainte-Catherine Street downtown on March 19 starting at noon – expect floats, marching bands, community groups and likely a few leprechauns along the way. And from March 23 to 26, experience the Québécois tradition of sugar shack season, not only at restaurants and sugar shacks in and around Montréal, but at Cabane Panache: the mini-festival turns Wellington Street in Verdun into a winter lumberjack village full of family-friendly activities, live music, and restaurant vendors dishing up maple-inspired creations.


March city sights

In Old Montréal, walk the cobblestone streets to the Saint-Lawrence River and visit the peacefully illuminated square outside Notre-Dame Basilica – inside, see gorgeous multimedia show AURA. In the Old Port of Montréal, you can see incredible city and river views from the Observation Wheel and boost your adrenaline while seeing an incredible view on the MTL Zipline, reopening for the season in March! And you can’t miss the wintery sight of the Old Port of Montréal ice skating rink, where you can rent skates and glide next to the Saint Lawrence River under twinkling lights until March 5. Nearby, explore the Montréal Science Centre: see new interactive exhibition Dinosaurs Around the World, with 20 life-sized dinosaurs that move and make sounds, plus other hands-on activities and exhibitions, until March 12. And Festival Montréal Joue! invites kids to play games at libraries around the city.

Discover the city with expert guides on Montréal tours, set your own agenda with private walking tours, and take a free walking tour of the Quartier des spectacles too! MURAL Festival may be over, but you can still see murals from this year and years past on Saint-Laurent Boulevard and throughout the Plateau, downtown and Old Montréal – find the murals and hear more about the artists on a street art tour with Spade & Palacio.  Another option would be MTLDétours, a company that specializes in small group walking tours; each visit is carefully curated so you can enjoy a stroll just like a local. By night, look for the history-illuminating tableaux projections of Cité Mémoire in Old Montréal. And for ultimate relaxation any time of the day, visit Bota Bota, spa sur l’eau on the Saint-Lawrence River in the Old Port and other world-class spas like Scandinave Spa Vieux-Montréal, Avie Spa & Coiffure, Rainspa and Strøm Nordic Spa.

Meanwhile, in pro sports spectating: cheer on the Montréal Canadiens at home at the Bell Centre throughout the month, playing the Hurricanes on March 7, the Rangers on March 9, the Devils on March 11, the Avalanche on March 13, the Lightning on March 21. Blue Jackets on March 25 and the Panthers on March 30. For fun on the court, see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Bell Centre on March 31. If you can’t be at the games, watch hockey and other sports at Montréal’s sports bars. And for fans of extreme and urban sports, check out Jeux Urbain at Eaton Center from March 23 to 25, with over 80 professional athletes in competitions and demonstrations of BMX, freestyle soccer, karate and more.

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Outdoors in the city

Visit Montréal's parks and cultivated gardens to experience an abundance of nature in the city. Among the many free things to do this winter, see incredible city views of the city from Mount Royal Park: bundle up for a walk through the park and up the stairs to the lookout or bus or drive up to Beaver Lake, where you can also go ice skating in the beginning of March before the season changes. Another picturesque sight, Parc La Fontaine in the Plateau neighbourhood is perfect for taking a stroll after shopping or after a great meal on Mont-Royal Avenue, St. Denis Street or Rachel Street.

Cross the river to Parc Jean-Drapeau for a riverside walk and an eastern view of Old Montréal – while there visit the Space for Life Biosphère too for environment-focused exhibitions, the interactive Ecolab and more. And on snowy days, enjoy snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing and more outdoor winter activities along Parc Jean-Drapeau’s trails and skating paths, through the expanse of Frédéric-Back Park, and in many other city parks. Or try skating indoors at Atrium Le 1000 downtown!

At the Space for Life museums: stroll the Montréal Botanical Garden grounds and sprawling tropical greenhouse; experience several wild ecosystems at the Biodôme, where you’ll see penguins, otters and more; explore the mysteries of the universe in immersive 360° films and exhibitions (like new films Worlds of Ice and Quest for New Skies) at the Planetarium Rio Tinto Alcan; and learn about the thousands of butterflies, moths and other insects at the Insectarium. Or walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski around Parc Maisonneuve right next to the Botanical Garden. Visit the West Island’s Ecomuseum Zoo to glimpse local wildlife in their natural outdoor habitats. And if you’re up for an off-island adventure, go for a spring break getaway in the nearby Montérégie.


Seasonal food and drink

Montreal’s many food festivals happen throughout the year. This month, don’t miss: MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE’s gastronomy programming at over 40 Montréal restaurants and venues with international and local chefs and producers; Old Montreal's Happening Gourmand, featuring the nine restaurants of Experience Old Montréal, from Japanese and Italian to Québec terroir and steakhouse, with special table d’hôte menus; Montréal centre-ville brassicole culturel gourmand, beer tasting activities paired with lodging and dining options at a variety of establishments; Salon des vins Le printemps dézIPpé, a spring wine fair where you can bring home privately imported wine and other products.

The Québec tradition of sugar shack season begins in March and extends through April. For a real Québécois experience, visit some of the best sugar shacks in and around Montréal, including Un Chef à l’érable, an upscale spin on a “cabane à sucre” or sugar shack, taking place in the Old Port of Montréal at La Scena, where Chef Laurent Godbout offers up his interpretation of sugar shack classics.

Whether for romantic dining or something fun to do with friends, experience a boreal meal in a translucent dome on Restaurant Bivouac’s winter terrace: each dome has a speaker to play music, is heated, and offers a magnificent view of Montréal's urban effervescence. Warm yourself to the core with the best hot food for cold days, from Indian dishes to Japanese ramen and Vietnamese pho. Discover Montréal’s newest restaurants and “buvettes” and don’t miss a classic Montréal brunch, whether you’re looking for elegance or comfort food! Also try some of Montréalers’ favourite lunch restaurants, from Old Montréal and downtown to Villeray or the South-West. Dig into long-time Quebec classics like smoked meat, poutine and Montréal bagels. And check all the boxes on your “must-eat list” with these musts for foodies in Montréal. Any time of day, warm up with the best hot chocolate in Montréal and add more sweetness to your life with treats from Montréal’s best chocolate shops.

It’s an excellent time to have dinner and see a show at the Casino de Montréal: live music and cabaret shows entertain while incredible seafood and more is on the grill at Le Montréal, there’s a gourmet buffet at Pavillon 67, and quick delicious eats at L’Instant. Explore superb restaurants and cafés along Beaubien Street in the Rosemont-La-Petit-Patrie neighbourhood (also where you’ll find Little Italy). And enjoy dinner and a show at restaurant-cabaret Le Balcon right downtown.

Downtown, explore the wide variety of excellent meals at gourmet food halls, including Time Out Market, Marché Artisans, Le Cathcart Restaurants et Biergarten and Le Central - Manger Montréal. Get your caffeine fix at Montréal's indie coffee shops – and fresh-baked doughnuts to go with it! Add more sweetness to your life with creations from Montréal's best bakeries and pastry shops, best chocolate shops and candy shops.

Eat plant-based with our ultimate guide to vegan eating in Montréal or join the debate over who makes the best pizza in Montréal or the best tacos. By night, discover the city’s 30 top cocktail bars, inventive Montréal microbreweries and late-night eats. Or mix Montréalesque cocktails at home with gin, vodka, rum and more specialty spirits from these Montréal specialty alcohol and spirit makers.


Shopping in Montréal

Go shopping for wardrobe staples and dinner-party glam in Old Montréal’s boutiques, downtown along Sainte-Catherine Street and in the underground city malls, or head to the Plateau and Mile End for unique finds. Keep your eye out for items made by Montréal designers, relaxing self-care staples and plenty of home decor. Add sparkle to your life at the coolest Montréal jewelry stores. Shop local and eco-friendly at the most fabulous vintage boutiques in the city. Pick out the perfect new books for friends and family from Montréal’s bookstores. And dive into a wide world of music at Montréal's excellent vinyl stores.


March exhibitions and experiences

Montréal’s museums and art galleries inspire all year – and there’s always something new to see. At the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, see ᑐᓴᕐᓂᑐᑦ TUSARNITUT! Music Born of the Cold, illustrating Inuit visual arts and musical expression such as throat singing, collections exhibitions Views of Within: Picturing the Spaces We Inhabit, works by one of Quebec’s most  influential printmaker in Revelations: Prints by Albert Dumouchel in the Collection of the MMFA, exhibition Parall(elles): A History of Women in Design, shining a spotlight on the vital role women have played in the world of design (a great destination for International Women’s Day on March 8!), and a new exhibition of works by Indian artist Nalini Malani in Crossing Boundaries, opening March 23.

The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal presents new previously unseen immersive works by Montréal artist Nelson Henricks, including a program of 15 Screen Tests produced by Andy Warhol between 1964 and 1966. Also see a new mural on the museum’s wall at Place Ville Marie: Walter Scott: Open Ended / Painted Shut. On screen at home, explore immersive online exhibition Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, a recreation of the MAC’s monumental show, and comprehensive new digital platform MACrépertoire.

See contemporary art in unexpected places during the Art Souterrain Festival: from March 18 to April 9, the festival exhibits art throughout Montreal’s underground city, from the corridors between office buildings to the malls downtown. At Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal, experience a major audiovisual retrospective of Pink Floyd’s music and the band’s effect on art and culture in The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains extended until March 5.

At the Phi Foundation, don’t miss group exhibition Terms of Use, new works exploring the impact of technologies on the definition, construction, and (re)framing of individual and collective selves online and AFK, opening March 9. Experience award-winning virtual reality at the PHI Centre in Horizons VR, as well as multi-sensorial experience Last Minute, focused on mourning, births and metamorphoses, new exhibitions featuring works from the PHI’s art collection – both until March 5. Starting March 22, see new immersive and virtual reality exhibition Chaos & Memories, featuring works from Taiwan presented at the Venice Biennale. Also see free collections exhibition Figure–Ground and, if you’re walking around Old Montréal, stop to see Water Road, a motion-activated river appears on the PHI Centre facade on Saint-Pierre Street. Be the first to get your tickets for a captivating immersive space experience during the presale of Space Explorers : l'INFINI at PHI Centre that will start May 3rd.

A massive immersive art experience in surround sound and laser light, Oasis Immersion takes over the ground floor of Palais des congrès: don’t miss VAN GOGH-Distorsion, a 360° experience with surround sound, featuring 225 paintings, drawings and sketches by the Dutch-born painter, extended through March – or see new Oasis virtual reality experience transformé! And experience 3D creation Lasting Impressions, inviting us to move into and through the canvases crafted by the impressionist masters, at Espace St-Denis until April 24.

Galerie de l’UQAM presents exhibitions Eshi uapatika ishkueuatsh tshitassinu / Regards de femmes sur le territoire with artists Marie-Andrée Gill, Sophie Kurtness and Soleil Launière, and Lynn Kodeih. Effacer voir ou le jour où j’ai arrêté de dessiner. Watch for local artwork in vacant downtown commercial spaces as part of Art souterrain’s Créer des Ponts project. At the MAI, see Migrant Instability by Kevin Park Jung-Hoo and Jin Heewoong, examining displaced individuals of the first generation and those that follow, from March 2 to April 1. And artist Kama La Mackerel presents multidisciplinary exhibition Who Sings the Queer Island Body? at McClure Gallery this month.

Also see new exhibitions at Bradley Ertaskiran (this month featuring Nicolas Grenier’s Esquisses d’un inventaire and Azza El Siddique’s that which trembles wavers) in the neighbourhood of St. Henri, Darling Foundry in Old Montréal, Hugues Charbonneau, Galerie B-312, SBC Gallery (see group exhibition Here Comes the Sun) and Ellephant downtown, at Oboro, MAI in the Plateau, Centre Clark and Dazibao in Mile End, Galerie d'Outremont in Outremont and many, many other amazing art galleries in every neighbourhood – find out more in our Montréal guide to gallery hopping and these affordable places to buy contemporary art. Take a Portrait Sonore sound walk downtown and on the Mountain to discover Montréal art and culture. And hunt for more public art everywhere in the city.

History past and present

Among the Montréal museum exhibitions this season, go to Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex in Old Montréal to learn about the significance of headdresses in different cultures in Headdresses from Around the world: The Antoine de Galbert Collection until March 12; follow the story of Montréal through historic objects in Favourites! Our Collections on Display; see environmentally themed exhibition Frédéric Back: A Passion for the Planet; and kids of all ages can step into history in interactive display Come Aboard! Pirates or Privateers?

Go to the McCord Stewart Museum to witness Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience, see the Canadian wilderness photographs of Alexander Henderson: Art and Nature, as well as Artist-in-Residence Karen Tam’s Swallowing Mountains, a tribute to the women of Montreal’s Chinatown, and at the end of March, the Evolving Montréal series continues with photographer and film director Joannie Lafrenière’s journey of the HOMA neighbourhood in the exhibition Hochelaga-Maisonneuve – Evolving Montréal. At the Canadian Centre for Architecture, see ᐊᖏᕐᕋᒧᑦ / Ruovttu Guvlui / Towards Home, an Indigenous-led exhibition and publication project exploring Arctic spaces, film and exhibition كیف لا نغرق في السراب / To Remain in the No Longer about a failed international fairground in the city of Tripoli, Lebanon, and Visibly Iroquoian, an installation by interdisciplinary performing artist Ange Loft.

Travel back in time as you tour the rooms of Château Ramezay (also hosting temporary exhibitions Inuit Worlds – The Collection of Saladin d’Anglure  and Roald Amundsen – Lessons from the Arctic) and historical site Chateau Dufresne near the Olympic Stadium. Not far from the city, climb aboard railway cars, learn about the history of the railroad and explore miniature railways at the Exporail the Canadian Railway Museum. Take a historic walking tour of Jewish Montréal, with the Museum of Jewish Montréal. Explore the Afromuseum, representing the contributions of Afro-Canadians to the cultural landscape of Canada. Discover the vivid history and present of Québec ceramics at the Musée des métiers d'arts du Québec. And for another slice of Québec history, visit Montréal’s stunning churches and sacred sites.

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On stage in March

Montréal’s cultural calendar is packed this season, with entertainment for everyone on the city’s many stages. Opéra de Montréal presents Ainadamar, about the life of poet and playwright Federico García Lorca through the eyes of his muse Margarita Xirgu, by composer Osvaldo Golijov and librettist David Henry Hwang, with performances from March 18 to 26 at Place des Arts. Circus is never in short supply in Montréal. At TOHU circus centre this month see: Magie d'ombres et autres tours by Philippe Beau, wonderous sequences of shadows, magic and film excerpts, from February 27 to March 4, and a blend of circus acrobatics, dance, theatre and projection art in Passagers by Les 7 Doigts, from March 23 to April 8. And secure your seats for Cirque du Soleil’s brand new show ECHO, celebrating its world premiere in Montréal from April to August 2023!

Kids will also love the characters, music and on-ice feats of Disney on Ice Frozen & Encanto, with English and French shows at the Bell Centre from March 2 to 5. The puppetry of Festival des Casteliers entertains all ages, with performances, workshops, films and more from March 1 to 5. And Paul Looks for Happiness is a bilingual musical storytelling event made for kids, on March 18 and 19 at the Centaur Theatre.

In theatre, Centaur presents Steve Galluccio’s new play At the Beginning of Time, from February 21 to March 12, an autobiographical story of a gay man in his late 50s who must reimagine his life. Also at Centaur, see the English language premiere of Alexandre Goyette’s King Dave, a charged story of an impressionable young Haitian man living in Montreal North and confronting clichés, gun violence and revenge, from March 28 to April 16. And see Theatre Ouest End and Tantalus’s production of What Rough Beast, the story of what happens when a controversial professor is invited to speak at a progressive college, on the Centaur stage from March 2 to 11. The Segal Centre for Performing Arts presents award-winning playwright Sanaz Toossi’s English, following a group of adults in Iran preparing for the Test of English as a Foreign Language, from March 19 to April 2. And Imago Theatre and Tarragon Theatre present  Redbone Coonhound, a satire on race, systemic power and privilege, at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier (in English with French surtitles) from March 21 to April 1.

In contemporary dance, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens presents Requiem, a double bill of Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem choreographed by Andrew Skeels, and Jeunehomme by Uwe Scholz, at Place des Arts from March 23 to 26. Danse Danse presents Stephanie Lake Company’s Colossus, featuring 64 performers in a joyous collective experience that changes with every city it’s performed in, from March 8 to 11 at Place des Arts. Danse Danse also presents Tentacle Tribe’s Prism, a performance merging street styles, martial arts and contemporary dance with a quintet of dancers choreographed by Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund from March 21 to 25 at Place des Arts.

See James Gnam and Plastic Orchid Factory production Entre chien et loup, a playful performance that taps into early pandemic experiences and insecurities, from March 29 to April 1 at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels). And at La Chapelle, see: Audrée Lewka, David Emmanuel Jauniaux and Guillaume Létourneau in wild interdisciplinary performance Plaisirs Partagés from March 6 to 8; and Nien Tzu Weng and Camille Lacelle-Wilsey’s dance-meets-gravity-meets-circus show She's Late // A Circus Show, from March 15 to 18. Discover new contemporary dance and interdisciplinary performances presented by Agora de la danse (including works by Margie Gillis, Dana Gingras and Catherine Gaudet), Tangente, and Danse Cité.

At Le Richmond, there is going to be live Jazz music and Soho Thursdays with the singer Shaharah on March 23rd starting at 7pm.

On screen in March

Art in all its forms comes to the big screen at the International Festival of Films on Arts, presenting over 200 shorts, documentaries, animated films and features, including opening film Saskia Boddeke’s Inside My Heart, as well as discussions and workshops, from March 14 to 26 in person and from March 24 to April 2 online. Film festival Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma brings together film lovers with filmmakers and industry professionals to celebrate Québec cinema from February 22 to March 4: see feature films, shorts, documentaries and more, as well as talks and special events.

Experience the wide world of cinema made especially for children and families at the Montréal International Children’s Film Festival, featuring animated and live action films in several languages, from February 25 to March 5. And Festival Filministes screens several features and dozens of short films from March 8 to 16 in person and online on Të

Multidisciplinary art project OPTIMISTA celebrates the human spirit in times of change: the project wraps up the season on March 4 at Verdun Cultural Centre with an art exhibition by Quang Hai Nguyen, music by jazz and soul vocalist Aliah Guerra, film screenings of documentaries The Swimming Club and Summer of Soul, and a cocktail party, all hosted by broadcaster Duke Eatmon.

In the Society for Art and Technology’s 360° Satosphere dome, immerse yourself in Parallèles, a program of immersive short films, from microscopic views to cosmic landscapes that invite you to discover the limitless possibilities of the mind and the universe. Electronic artist and music producer Max Cooper performs an audiovisual 3D set at the SAT on March 4. See independent features, family films, documentaries and more at Cinéma Moderne in person and online. See the art world in a whole new light thanks to the International Festival of Films on Art year-round ART FILM program. See Bond movie Skyfall with the original score played by an orchestra on March 17 at Place des Arts, and Jurassic Park in concert on March 18 at Place des Arts.

Discover new art house films and more from Montréal indie cinemas' programming at Cinéma du Parc, Cinéma du Musée at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, and Cinémathèque québécoise in the Quartier des spectacles. The Montréal Science Centre’s IMAX cinema puts nature on the giant screen in all its glory – including Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D. And explore the city through cinema in these Hollywood movies made in Montréal.


Classical music

The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec presents daring and inspiring festival Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques (MNM) with music following this year’s theme of “music and spirituality,” from February 23 to March 5, with solo, orchestra, chamber music and choir concerts, an electroacoustic laboratory, an international colloquium and more.

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) with conductor Rafael Payare performs Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and more at Maison symphonique on March 9. The OSM presents the story of Pinocchio set to works by Bizet, Debussy, Gounod and Kosma in a family concert on March 19 at Maison symphonique, as well as an organ concert set to Buster Keaton film The General on March 23 at Maison symphonique. And on March 28 and 30, experience OSM concert Rafael Payare Gives Us A Hero’s Life at Maison symphonique, also featuring Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva performing Rückert-Lieder by Mahler.

The Orchestre Métropolitain with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin performs concert Symphonic Heights featuring music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Prokofiev played by pianist David Jalbert, and Sibelius’s fifth symphony at Maison symphonique on March 3. The FILMharmonic Orchestra performs The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – In Concert from March 3 to 5 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. Renowned Japanese taiko percussion group KODO presents Tsuzumi on March 16 at Place des Arts. Relaxed and acoustically refined, Bourgie Hall at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts is also a source of beautiful chamber music concerts, choirs, quartets, jazz performances and more.


Move live music

During winter and any time of year, there’s plenty of live music in Montréal. As part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE’s arts program, see NYC’s Too Many Zooz at Le Studio TD on March 1, Parov Stelar at MTELUS on March 2, Zach Zoya at Le Studio TD on March 3, and on March 4 at MTELUS, a flashback to 1960s folk with a multitude of artists including Les sœurs Boulay, Half Moon Run, Elisapie, Matt Holubowski and Jason Bajada.

Catch Alvvays at MTELUS on March 3 while The Damn Truth is at Corona Theatre. See New York City punk rockers Bayside at the Corona Theatre on March 5, Weyes Blood at MTELUS on March 7, Montréal post-rock legends Godspeed You! Black Emperor at MTELUS on March 9, classic rock legends Journey on March 8 at the Bell Centre, Puerto Rican singer Lunay at MTELUS on March 11, Lebanese pop artist Nancy Ajram performs at Place des Arts on March 12, British rock royalty MUSE at the Bell Centre on March 14 and 15, Québec singer-songwriter Paul Piché at Théâtre Outremont on March 17, pop phenom keshi at MTELUS on March 18, and Grammy-winning Afrobeats sensation Wizkid at the Bell Centre on March 18, Chiiild at Corona Theatre on March 29. See these shows and more co-presented by Greenland, Blue Skies Turn Black, I Love Neon, and other show promoters at venues citywide, including Fairmount Theatre, Corona Theatre, Bar Le Ritz PDB, Casa del Popolo and Sala Rossa, L’Escogriffe and elsewhere throughout the month.

In electronic music, artist Max Cooper performs an A/V set at the SAT on March 4, French electronic-pop group M83 plays MTELUS on March 17, Elderbrook comes to Corona Theatre (live) and Newspeak (DJ) on March 18, artist Debby Friday performs from her debut LP and self-directed short film Good Luck with opener Ouri on March 24 at the Phi Centre. Dance the nights away at Newspeak, featuring electronic music by Kasablanca on March 4, Mat Zo on March 11 and more producers throughout the month, and at New City Gas with Madeon, Sultan + Shepard X, Robin Schulz and more in March.

Groove to live Motown, soul, disco, jazz, salsa, Cuban music and more at Le Balcon, where you can have dinner with a show, go dancing, and enjoy a gospel brunch on weekends ‒ or have meal and drinks on Le Balcon’s new terrasse right on Sainte-Catherine Street downtown. Hear live jazz nightly at Montréal’s amazing jazz and blues clubs, like Diese Onze and Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill. And go out dancing late into the night at Montréal's dance clubs.

Robyn Fadden

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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