Ongoing through January 22, 2017 at the MMFA. Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) gained renown for his masterful compositions and subjects that have compelled new reflection on questions of gender, race and sexuality. The first major North American retrospective on Robert Mapplethorpe’s œuvre since the landmark exhibition The Perfect Moment, organized in 1988 by the Philadelphia ICA.
February 1-11, 2017, 8pm, Cinquième Salle. Joan-of-Arc-inspired choreographer Dave St-Pierre pursues the absolute: forces of instinct, courage and faith. Ordeal and transcendence are at the heart of this explosive, intimate, engaging work, as 3 performers, covered in digital tattoos (by Alex Huot), summon a supernatural world. Lighting: Marc Parent. Music: Stéfan Boucher.
February 11, 2017, 10pm - 3am at Club Unity. A new party for men - bears, cubs, of all shapes and sizes, hairy or not. And of course their admirers. Suggested dress code: Leather + RED. DJs Stephen D Wallace + Alberto Pérez (Brussels). Advance tickets 15$ at Armada Par Men's Room, Montreal, The Men's Room, Toronto, or online. 20$ at the door, if available.
Ongoing through March 26, 2017, McCord Museum. The first Canadian photographer with an international reputation during the nineteenth-century. Exhibit demonstrates how Notman owed his success to the modernity of his approach to photography, founded on principles of communication and innovation. Some 300 photographs and objects; vintage prints and multimedia/interactive installations.
April 6-9, 2017. Annual Thu-Sun events for bears, cubs + friends: Welcome Party, Sauna Bear Beach Party, dance event, Saturday bus to Sugar Shack Brunch w/ hot maple taffy on snow, Lumberjack Night +more. Sunday farewell brunch. Club venue: The STUD Bar. Guesthouse: La Conciergerie.
April 16, 2017 (TBC), 10pm, at Palais Des Congres. Easter White Party, 18+ Sunday night mainstream mega-event --one of the most important electronic dance music events in North America + various activities related to new urban culture, music, fashion, dance and design. See previous years' videos on the website.
June, 2017 annual leather/rubber four-day weekend - M. Cuir Montréal, and M. Rubber Montréal contests and celebrations of Montréal's gay fetish environment featuring selections of the 26th M. Cuir Montréal, the 12th M. Rubber Montréal, and the second Pup Montréal.
June 29 - July 8, 2017. Gigantic summer music celebration, the 38th edition, with 10 days of non-stop entertainment on 10 free outdoor stages in downtown Montreal. See website for previous years, the artist line-ups for 2017, along with more performances throughout the year.
June 8-18, 2017 at Métropolis, Théatre Maisoneuve, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Club Soda, Gesù, Centre Bell + more Quartier des Spectacles Montréal venues. Music en français, 60 shows music style variety; solo artist chansons/ hip-hop/ rock. Sophie Cadieux, Étienne Lepage, Frédérick Gravel, Alexandre Péloquin, Jean-Willy Kunz.
June 23-24, 2017. Annual Québec statutory holiday. Pagan festivals long celebrated Summer Solstice longest day with bonfires. In Catholic countries the rites became associated with St John the Baptist. In Quebec it is their National Day, celebrated with enthusiasm and joy throughout the province. Montreal festivities are centered in parc Maisonneuve, with entertainment.
June - July, 2017. Five day long annual weekend. Young and upcoming artists exhibit the first two days in booths and tents along Sainte-Catherine E in the Village (between St-Hubert and Papineau) - followed by exhibits by more established artists for the final three days of the event.
July 14-30, 2017, at 30+ venues around the city, most within walking distance of Metro stations Place-des-Arts, Saint-Laurent and Berri-UQAM. The Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal is the largest comedy festival in the world, attracting 1.25 million visitors every summer -- celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2017!
July through August, 2017. For eight summer Saturday nights the skies over Montreal are filled with fireworks displays each year from La Ronde on Île Sainte-Hélène - pyrotechnics by the masters of the art from countries around the world, each based on a theme.
August 10-20, 2017, annual festivities over 7 days: SAT: Village Community Day, Ste-Catherine E. SUN Pride Parade, from 1pm on René-Lévesque Boulevard West, from Guy to Sanguinet, in heart of downtown Montréal; shows and activities usually take place at Place Émilie-Gamelin; conference, mega T-dance, parties and a play -- at various venues.
August, 2017 (TBC), usually a Friday, 11am- 9pm, at La Ronde, 22, chemin MacDonald, Île Sainte-Hélène. Showing the rainbow colors for Pride Day -jump on rides/ feel the excitement! Shows at Fort Edmonton Saloon.
August - September, 2017 (TBC) at: Théâtre Maisonneuve, 175 Ste-Catherine W; Cinéma Impérial, 1430 de Bleury; and Cinéma Cineplex Odeon, 350 Emery. Cultural diversity and understanding between nations, quality cinema and innovation from all continents, discovering/ encouraging new talents, and facilitating meetings between cinema professionals.
August - September, 2017 (TBC) in the Gay Village of Montréal. Six days/nights, fantasy-filled pan-sexual adventures/ fabulous international fetish holiday. Movie-themed events/ activities, after-parties, dining, shopping, performances, fashion show, street fair, Expo Kink + crazy fetish photo tour. Hosts: Hotel Gouverneurs, 1415 St-Hubert; Hotel Lord Berri, 1199 Berri.
October 3-9, 2017 (TBC), 27th edition dance events, Canadian Thanksgiving/ US Columbus Day Weekend. Internationally renowned DJs/ artists, performers, interactive art event. Main event SUN Oct 8. BBCM Foundation has organized the festival for 27 years to support organizations providing direct assistance to people with HIV/AIDS. Details at website:
November 23 - December 3, 2017 (TBC), at: Impérial, 1432 rue de Bleury; MBAM, 1379a rue Sherbrooke; laïka, 4040 boulevard St-Laurent; never apart, 7049 rue Saint-Urbain; L’un et L’autre, 1641 rue Amherst; Centre Phi, 407 rue Saint Pierre; Cinémathèque Québécoise, 335 boulevard de Maisonneuve E + other locations. See website details: