I hope you don't mind that I put down in words how awesome Love Lies Bleeding was!
These weren't just jesters playing Shakespeare!
Looks like the spotlights hitting something that's been known to change the weather, though...
And my attempt to sum up this whole show entirely in Elton John quotes ends there.
In a city where the finer arts and gay culture are both wildly sung of it was no surprise to see the huge turn out the Alberta Ballet's performance raked in, but it was great to see so many of our young and fashionable milling around the lobbies of Place des Arts.
The show opens with our young "Elton Fan" watching a little boy spin circles on a bicycle. The enduring and awe inspiring Yukichi Hattori threw himself all over the stage as the lead role throughout the entire performance. As with any ballet it has a loose narrative of the aspiring artist becomes the glorified rock star who descends into has-been status and rises from the ashes in the end as a legend.
Adam Larson was the genius video designer behind a huge crooked screen that made up the only ever-shifting set piece. Projections of media images summing up the freedom movements of the 60s, layers of Warholian and cartoon patterns fly about but you can never take your eyes off the tiny dancers beneath it.
Revamped versions of John's classic anthems Rocket Man and Bennie and the Jets are sewn artfully into the hope inspiring ballads like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Someone Saved My Life Tonight. The greatest act of dancing was when "Elton Fan" is being tormented by four or five "demons" dressed in Clockwork Orange-inspired harnesses and bowler hats just torture him and bring him up only to throw him down again to the harrowing beats of Have Mercy On The Criminal.
The real star of the show would have to be Martine Bertrand who's costume designs bear such details you can't even see from the audience but sparkle under every light. Great big shirtless tranny Marie-Antoinettes with great big french skirts and wigs shuffle by a few times, the space suits duringRocket Man are complete with goggles, which you need if your ballet tights have rockets booster sparklers firing you forward on roller skates.
Love Lies Bleeding really displayed what the future of ballet could look like, more than a tribute act to a legend but also a moving painting brought to pulsing life by beautiful bodies.
Walk Walk Danceis a "brand new project imagined for the cities of the world hoping to quickly revive public spaces after the vacuum created by the pandemic," according to a press release. You can walk, jump, roll, or dance on carpet to trigger beautiful music.
"The pandemic and lockdown isolated people inside their homes, cities and public spaces were deserted, sad and lifeless. We wanted to create an opportunity to meet each other and reclaim our cities, no matter where we live, " said Mouna Andraos, co-founder of Daily tous les jours.
Walk Walk Dance premiered in Toronto in June 2021.
"The purpose of this project is to surprise people by creating spontaneous moments of joy, safely, " added Melissa Mongiat, co-founder of Daily tous les jours.
The installation will be in Quartier des Spectacles until September 6, 2021.
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Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.
Ca Lem's owner, Stephanie Le, told MTL Blog that clients just need to download the TikTok app and show their account to the cashier in order to receive free pancake cereal sundaes — which are, of course, topped with maple syrup.
"We encourage users to take video and pictures of their visit to Ca Lem and post on Instagram, Facebook & TikTok platforms," she said.
There are limited quantities each day but the offer is valid at two of Ca Lem's locations — in NDG and the Plateau — so you can double your chances of getting a free sundae.
Free Pancake Cereal Ice Cream Sundaes
When: July 16, 17 and 18
Address: NDG - 6926, rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC; Plateau–Mont-Royal - 4223, rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It's free ice cream, that's why!