Ciao work week: 12 sweet things to do in Montreal this weekend

As we say “goodbye” to the first full work week of November, Montreal has a bunch of great things to do all weekend long.

From concerts to comedy, a pop-up vintage sale, food and everything in between, there are plenty of events to keep you busy until Monday.

The Pink Floyd exhibition: their mortal remains

What: Since opening to the public on November 4, Montreal’s new Pink Floyd exhibit has drawn a cavalcade of music lovers, art lovers and history buffs to Arsenal Art Contemporary in Griffintown.

Aptly named The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the art retrospective features more than 350 artifacts collected over the band’s career.

Organizers call the exhibition, which was produced in collaboration with original band member Nick Mason, “an audiovisual and sensory journey through more than five decades of Pink Floyd”, starting with the group’s debut in 1967 on the underground scene.

When: By December 31
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; from Friday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday to Thursday; closed on Mondays
Where: 2020 William Street, Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal
Price: $25 to $55 (depending on age and time), available on line

Engelbert Humperdinck

What: The legendary singer (and TikTok sensation) returns to Place des Arts after rocking the house in May. Don’t miss your chance to hear “A Man Without Love” and “Spanish Eyes” live.

When: friday november 11
Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Maisonneuve Theater
Price: $72 to $113.50, available on line

Dancing lights that flew out into the universe

What: Montreal is having a fascinating experience free infinity room exhibition since the summer of the famous 93-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

This may be the most sought-after exhibition in town, so it’s hard to get tickets. But if you’re lucky enough to catch a few, it’ll cost you zilch.

The exhibit, which is housed at the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art through January, features highly photogenic “infinity mirror rooms.”

Around 5,000 tickets are available each month and we have some tips to make sure you can find them. Check well here.

When: From now until January 15, 2023
Time: Wednesday to Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: PHI Foundation — 451 Saint-Jean Street
Price: FREE


What: Calling all table d’hôte fans: a gigantic, city-wide food festival has taken over Montreal, showcasing over 140 Montreal restaurants.

MTLàTABLE is back to its former glory for its 10th edition, hosting an 11-day food festival spread across the island – which wraps up this weekend.

An ode to gastronomy this year, each restaurant offers three or four-course meals for $35, $45, $55 or $75. From classic French and Italian cuisine to trendy Mediterranean and Japanese cuisine, dozens of restaurants across the island will bring something to the table (literally) to please any Montreal foodie.

When: By November 13
Time: Varies by restaurant
Where: 141 spots across Montreal (full list on the right here)
Price: $35 to $75

Montreal Arab World Festival 2022

What: The Montreal Arab World Festival (FMA) is a two-week event dedicated to bringing together Arab and Western culture through performance art, culture forum and film.

It started earlier this month and will complete its 14-day run this weekend.

When: From now until November 13
Time: Several times
Where: Entertainment district
Price: Different prices, specificities available on line

Mega pop-up

What: Almost every month, the vintage shop Turquoise Treasures hosts a pop-up, allowing locals to discover new small local businesses.

And guess what?

It’s happening this weekend.

Check out Turquoise’s Treasure all weekend to find a vintage sale on home decor, furniture, clothing, kitchenware, and more. On the personal care side, you’ll find jewelry, beauty products, flowers, plants, clothing, candles, and more.

When: November 12 to 13
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Saint-Jean-Berchmans Church, 5945 rue Cartier

Montreal Book Fair

What: Hey people, remember BOOKS?

The Salon du livre de Montréal is an annual event that promotes everything related to reading. The event brings together authors with the public, publishers, booksellers and librarians.

This weekend’s event will take place at the timeless Palais des Congrès

When: November 11 to November 25
Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Congress Palace
Price: $7 to $16, available on line

See strong: Basquiat and music

What: See Strong: Basquiat and Music, which made its debut at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) on October 15, is the first exhibition devoted to the role of music in Jean-Michel Basquiatthe artistic practice of.

It includes 100 of the legendary artist’s original works on display.

When: Until February 19, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on Mondays)
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Price: $24

VAN GOGH – Distortion

What: Have you wondered what it would be like to browse a masterpiece?

The wonderfully colorful world of Vincent Van Gogh is brought to life at OASIS, and visitors can wander freely through animated renderings of classic works like almond blossoms, Starry Nightand much more.

Due to its popularity, it was extended until January.

When: By January 2023
Time: Noon to 9 p.m.
Where: Immersion OASIS — 301 Saint-Antoine
Price: $24 to $32, available on line

Scott Faulconbridge – The Comedy Nest

What: As seen on NBC Last comic standing, just for laughsShowtime, CTV’s Comedy Channel and movies like The greatest game ever played with Shia Laboeuf, Scott Faulconbridge is an internationally recognized force for the funny. From shopping to parenthood, takeout to TikTok, he finds comedy in every corner of life and he’s at The Nest all weekend.

He’ll be headlining shows with local comics that will also be a laugh. Have fun this weekend, you deserve it.

When: November 10 to 12
Time: 8 p.m., Thursday; 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday
Where: The comic nest
Price: $6 to $12, Thursday; $10 to $17.50, Friday and Saturday, available on line and on site


What: The timeless Notre-Dame Basilica will host another wave of its breathtaking immersive light show, AURA, a sight not to be missed.

It is truly breathtaking.

When: November 10 to 14, 17 to 21, 24 to 28 (closed on Sundays)
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (varies depending on the day)
Notre-Dame Basilica — 110, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Price: Varies from $21 to $32, available on line

ABBA – Candlelight Concerts

What: How about a “Dancing Queen” surrounded by candlelight in a timeless Montreal church?

A string quarter will play all the ABBA classics, including “Mamma Mia”, “SOS”, “Fernando”, and more.

When: friday november 11
Time: 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Where: Church of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows
Price: $50 to $70, available on line

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