Montreal's 31st annual First Peoples' Festival is on this week to showcase some of the best local Indigenous talent.
A program of music, dance, cinema, and art will occupy the Place des Festivals for an "exploration of risky areas, where the buried traces of an immemorial past are not yet erased and where the artists boldly highlight, in the fog of the present, the paths of a luminous future," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
Starting on the evening of August 4, the city will reverberate with the sounds of new and traditional music from influential artists like Pow-Wow singers group the Buffalo Hat Singers, Oji-Cree artist Anachnid, the iconic Laura Niquay, an Atikamekw artist from the community of Wemotaci in Quebec, and legendary group Twin Flames.
In addition to the incredible music on display, more than 60 films will be shown as part of the festival's Mattiusi Awards.
Get the details below. Tickets can be purchased or reserved online.
31st Annual First Peoples' Festival In Montreal
Maude Touchette | Handout
Price: Free outdoor shows; film ticket prices vary by event.
On October 27, 28 and 29 Place des Festival will be getting a creepy, haunted makeover as it prepares for 3 whole days of costumed celebrations.
According the old Montreal legends, there is an evil creature sleeping in the depths of the St. Lawrence River. And when we illuminated the Jacques Cartier Bridge, we woke it from it's slumber. Now it's coming back to terrorize Montreal during the last weekend of October.
There will be free entertainment, free activities, pyrotechnical artists, fire breathers, candle lighters, marionettes, visual artists, spooky tales, a carnival-like ambiance, face painters, a gothic choir, a funeral march, contests and 3 big events:
More than 40 skeletons, demons and diabolical creatures bearing fire will be there when the Trouble-Fête starts to stir. And once it is fully awake, Montrealers have no choice but to… celebrate, for better or for worse!
We've pretty much got it all - big ticket events, fun local festivals, sidewalk sales, parades; and that's not even mentioning all the little things there are to do, like grabbing some sangria on your fave terrasse, or chilling in a park and soaking in the good vibes.
No worries, though: the Concerts Campbell shows will still be super intimate, and a super good way to bring people in the city together! Plus, even though the majority of shows are in English, there'll still be a good mix of both English and French shows.
Curious as to who's playing when, and where? Well, don't worry - I've got your back! You can check out the Ville De Montreal's free outdoor summer concert lineup right here:
Honestly, this sounds like a super fun way to chill with some friends, meet some new people, enjoy a good show, and celebrate the summer! Plus, it's free, so look no further for your new favourite summer passtime in the city.