We are all guilty of barricading ourselves inside with pillows, blankets, and cushions to watch movies throughout the cold and misery that is winter in Montreal. But once that sweet summer heat hits, the city blooms with activity. Residents pour out of their apartments to take advantage of the many outdoor activities designed to make the most of the fleeting warmth. One such annual event is Film Noir au Canal, during which you can enjoy a classic film as well as views of the city in one of its most beloved public spaces.

Every Sunday from July 12 to August 16, 2020, Film Noir au Canal is coming to the magnificent Square Saint-Patrick along the Lachine Canal with — you guessed it — film noir flics as well as some more recent favourites.

The free outdoor screenings bring together locals looking to dive into a cinematic journey under the stars. Live music animates the scene.

Although the event is free, donations are encouraged to keep the popular event going.

Under the glow of the Farine Five Roses, the screenings are ideal for anyone seeking a romantic evening with that special someone or for any group of friends looking to do something outside of the box.

Just be sure to bring your own lawn chair and blankets to ensure your total comfort throughout the evening.

Film Noir au Canal organizers tell MTL Blog that, last year, attendance increased to 517, up from 333 festival-goers in 2018.

"In 2020, we'll try to keep up the momentum, presenting masterpieces of the American and French crime genre, but adding a" mysterious "new country of origin."

Visitors should expect a "summer of police intrigues" with "programming unveiled six days before" every screening.

Winter is not so bad but after a while, I know a lot of us are simply craving the sun. With so many fun and unique activities happening in Montreal this summer, I know I am not the only person counting down the days until the snow melts.

I can't wait to take my movie watching from the house to the great outdoors, it's going to be epic.

Film Noir Au Canal

When: Every Sunday from July 12 to August 16, 2020

Where: Square Saint-Patrick

Cost: Free but donations are encouraged

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