See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the Montreal area at the link below, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
March 5, 2016. Final Edgy Redux edition, ever fierce, feminist condensed incarnation of the Edgy Women Festival. In keeping with tradition, the program is imbued with a love of experimentation and a thrill for emerging practices in performance art that will spark conversation and mesmerize audiences. March 12th Wiki-Thon at Studio digital interment to archive Edgy’s 23-yr history.
March 16 - April 9, 2016 at L’Usine. The Marquis de Sade, played by Robert Lepage, sequestered in the asylum of Charenton under the watchful eye of the Abbot of Coulmier, continues to publish his erotic stories. Napoleon sends Dr. Royer-Collard to silence him with repression and censorship. How far must he go? A controversial work about freedom of expression.
March 17-20, 2016. Thusday through Sunday events for bears, cubs and friends - typically include: Welcome Party, Sauna Bear Beach Party, dance event, Sat/Sun brunch + more parties, Club venues include: STUD
March 27, 2016, 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.
March 27, 2016, 10pm-3am at Club Unity, 1171 rue Ste-Catherine Est. Easter Sunday dance for bears, cubs and friends with DJs Alberto Pérez (resident BlacKKnighT MTL) + MANUE G.(resident Beardrop-Paris). Visual performances. Exclusive set up by the KinKy Kats + SCRUFF dancers and VIP lounge.
April 12-15, 2016, 8pm, at La Chappelle. Contemporary, tragic love story of two star-crossed Anishinabe boys from neighbouring reserves. Courageous, honest, wildly humorous multi award-winning one-man show addresses consequences of bullying, homophobia, social isolation and a community struggling to reclaim its lost traditions. Developed/produced at Buddies in Bad Times Toronto, 2008
June 9-12, 2016 annual leather/rubber weekend - M. Cuir Montréal, and M. Rubber Montréal contests and celebrations of Montréal's gay fetish environment.
June 9-18, 2016 at Métropolis, Théatre Maisoneuve, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Club Soda, Gesù, Centre Bell and other venues in the Quartier des Spectacles Montréal. For fans of music en français, sixty shows featuring a variety of music styles from solo artists' chansons to hip-hop and rock. See the full lline-up at their website:
June 20 - July 9, 2016. Gigantic summer music celebration, the 37th 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 2016, and other performances throughout the year.
June 24, 2016. 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.
Early July, 2016. 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.
Early July, 2016, 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 34th anniversary in 2016!
July through August, 2016. 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, 2016, 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 the heart of downtown Montréal; shows and activities will take place at Place Émilie-Gamelin, in addition to a conference, a mega T-dance, parties and a play at various venues.
August - September, 2016 (usually) at: Théâtre Maisonneuve, 175 Ste-Catherine W; Cinéma Impérial, 1430 de Bleury; 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.
Early-September, 2016 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. Host in past years: Hotel Gouverneurs, 1415 St-Hubert.
Late-September, 2016 (TBC) Parterre du Quartier des spectacles. Dance. Walk. Move. Join us in a parade through the streets of downtown Montreal – the largest fundraising campaign for HIV/AIDS in Quebec. The Farha Foundation, in partnership with ALDO FIGHTS AIDSTogether, provide support to those living with HIV/AIDS across Quebec through an event celebrating life and solidarity.
October 6-11, 2016 (TBC), 26th edition dance events, Canadian Thanksgiving/ US Columbus Day Weekend. Internationally renowned DJs/ artists, performers + interactive art event. Main event SUN Oct 9th. For details see website: