Theatre and performance
Always a riotous occasion with dozens of affordable shows every year, the St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival looks rather unusual this year, but there's still festival fun to be had at This Is Not a Fringe Festival, featuring theatre, concerts, a dirty storytelling open mic, Crowd Karaoke, Lipsync Bingo with House of Gahd and more antics from June 11 to 21.
Festival Suoni Per Il Popolo brings us underground music, jazz, film and more musical expressions in a virtual format this year, from June 6 to 20, featuring performances by Backxwash, BiG SiSSY, Yves Charuest, Quatuor Bozzini, Silvervest, Pelada, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh’s band Enters, a live DJ set by Marie Davidson, film retrospectives of Alanis Obomsawin and Karl Lemieux, and more. Summer-long electronic music festival Piknic Électronik brings the party into our homes with online live performances – stay tuned to Piknic's social sites for upcoming Sunday shows.
This year’s digital Festival International de Jazz de Montréal goes live online from June 27 to 30 – the high-quality, multi-camera productions will feature Charlotte Cardin, Jean-Michel Blais, The Barr Brothers and many more artists. Québec's Mezzo TV presents classical, jazz, opera and dance during Fête de la musique on June 20 and 21, including performances by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain, Gregory Porter, Béla Fleck and Donny McCaslin. And even if we can't go to shows, we can still shop for records: bring the music home with you at Montréal's excellent vinyl stores.
Make the most of screen time
For fans of indie film, quirky or otherwise, Cinéma Moderne's virtual cinema is a balm for the eyes and mind: the independent Montréal cinema offers rentals of new, hard-to-find and cult classic international and Canadian films. Sign up for the Montréal Science Centre's newsletter to watch new IMAX nature documentaries for free at home every week. If you didn't see it the first time around, watch the first season of Montréal-made TV show Mohawk Girls on CBC Gem this month. Or if you want to be one with your screen, try the Phi Centre's VR TO GO – delivering some of the world's best narrative VR content (and VR headsets to experience it on) right to your door.