Starting this Tuesday, July 8th, Nuits D’Afrique will send its exotic sounds through the heat stricken city. Not by any means a strictly African event, the festival’s impressive lineup also features musicians from Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and Australia. The opening night at the Spectrum debuts with a bang, lead by a pioneer of modern African music, Manu Dibango, and fellow Cameroonians Macase. Concert goers will be captivated by this array of new world sounds, Soul, Jazz, and folkloric traditions. Continuing further into the next two weeks, there will be a number of indoor shows taking place at Club Balattou, Kola Notte and the Spectrum. Then, starting on Friday 18th, the hot pavement will be vibrating to the percussion-heavy beats of this multi-faceted musical event. Free outdoor shows are scheduled at Place Emilie-Gamelin, from the 18th till the end of the festival.
For more info check out the official website www.festnuitafric.com
Just for Laughs
Brought to life 20 years ago in 1983, the world’s largest comedy festival is back! Now an event of immense proportions, the Just for Laughs Festival is keeping the city in a chuckling frenzy. Once again we will be able to join almost 2 million visitors in genuine and not-so-genuine laughter.
While the official start may only be on July 10th, there are already some shows that are scheduled for tonight, and the two following days, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th. Then, beginning on Thursday, Festival goers can enjoy this year’s entire stunning cast, including well-known comedians such as Christopher Titus, Kathy Griffin, Rick Mercer, and Paul Rodriguez. For ten days, Montrealers and tourists alike can watch over 2,000 shows at 19 venues spread across the whole city. Even though some of the events are already sold out, there are still some tickets available at www.admission.com
For more info check out the official website www.hahaha.com
NEW this year at the festival, see the likes of the well known Kardinal Offishall (July 19), Mtl's veteran outfit Shades of Culture (July 17), newcomer Bless (July 20), Vai (July 12 and 18) and tons of other great local and international acts, all for FREE, so you have no excuse of missing them (@ the Hip-Hop stage, on the corner of Berri-Ontario, in the heart of the Quartier Latin). Get more info on the free live shows at the Just for Laughs web page.
And if these commercial venues are not for you, you can always head north - north to Little Italy to live the Kalm-Munity experience. Because as the sun sets on the neighborhood, something of a phenomenon is developing on every Tuesday nights at Sablo Kafé (50 Saint Zotique E.). A plethora of artists of various backgrounds come together in what has come to be known to the regulars as Kalm-munity. Under the dim lights and laid back atmosphere of the Kafé the audience is treated to a few hours of poetry, spoken word and singing by the group Arch of Infinity and their weekly guests.
In this dog-eat-dog world of cubicle incarceration, Kalm-munity offers a refreshing and oftneeded break. The talented young artists do their best to keep you in their mist of relaxation. And people have come flocking - the little Café is packed to the brim on every Tuesday. The show starts at 8pm, but get there early and enjoy the drinks and great food. As Arch of Infinity take center stage let yourself go and indulge in what may be one of your more peaceful experiences.
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