A guide to a crazy Montreal summer
For 4 short months of non-polar temperature, Montreal girls wear their shortest skirts, guys show-off their worked-out muscles and everybody mixes at eclectically different events: from electronica shows to film fests, and whatever else might be happening in this beautifully weird town of ours.
For all those of us who have been living under a rock, and are now emerging outdoors, blinded by the strong sun, Montreal-Clubs.com has compiled a (partial) list of events happening in Montreal this summer.
Fantasia (www.fantasiafestival.com/2010/en/ July 8-28)
For years now, the Fantasia Festival has tickled our imagination, by screening rare independent, horror, sci-fi, anime or other specialty niche cinema. Take a walk on the wild-side of movies. And don't miss the special screening of Metropolis.
Heavy Mtl (www.heavymtl.com/en/ Juli 24-25)
Montreal is a city that still likes its Metal, loud and fast. Heavy Mtl is a huge two day metal slug fest on the Notre-Dame Island, headlined by Korn, Megadeth and legendary Slayer. I am not aware of any other metal festival with so many big names happening anywhere else in the eastern side of North-America. To top it all, our friends Mad Parish will also play.
Osheaga (www.osheaga.com/en/ 31 July, 1 August)
Osheaga is the one-speed-bike response to Heavy Mtl. Osheag is Montreal's very own Lollapalooza. What's best, Osheaga will feature Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Pavement and other alternative music jewels.
Piknic Electronik (piknicelectronik.com/en every Sunday, until October 3)
The Piknic is the electronic/commercial version of the Tam Tams: it's outdoors, on Notre-Dame Island again, it is every Sunday, and you can bring your won alcohol and food.
The Tam Tams (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamtams every Sunday until the winter)
I've kept the best for the end. The Tam Tams embody what Montreal is all about (or should be about anyways). It's outdoors, it's in the park (Mount-Royal park, around the monument on Park Avenue), it's free, it's spontaneous and it has no official organizer, or leader of any kind. If you're never been to the Tam Tams you're missing out on life, and on tons of drum beats and medieval fighters along the way. Bring some food and drink, a blanket, and spend the day in the sun.
The list here is no means complete. The coolest events might be missing, but that's what makes an event special; the joy of discovering it and the thrill of experiencing it. Keep your eyes open, look at posters, newspapers, other websites. If you discover anything magical happening in our city, please post it on our message boards.
Photo Credit: Chris Denbow
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