The 28th edition of Montreal's Italian festival runs from August 6 to August 22 and features concerts, comedy, culinary capsules, an opera evening and a drive-in event.
What's on at ItalfestMTL?
Most of the events will take place virtually, but there will be a two-night drive-in theatre event in Kirkland and guided tours of Montreal's Little Italy.
The first day of the virtual events, on August 7, will broadcast a recurring children's event called Storytime in Italian. Read by Sara Ottoboni in Italian and interpreted by Tina Mancini, the first story, Ti Ricordi La Pioggia, is a tale about a girl who's sad that she can't see her friends and family, but uses her imagination to feel better about being socially distant.
On August 14 and 21, the festival will host guided tours of Little Italy, which begin in front of Casa d'Italia on Rue Jean-Talon. The tour, over two hours long, consists of a "historical introduction about the Italian community in Montreal," a tour of Little Italy's attractions, with a stop for Italian pastries.
The tour will also consist of stops on Rue Dante and Boul. Saint-Laurent, La Madonna della Difesa church and Dante Park.
The recurring drive-in theatre event will take place on August 14 and 15 in Kirkland. On August 14, the festival will host a viewing of The Chain,an English-language play by Vitorio Rossi, and August 15's showing will play Ma cosa ci dice il cervello by Riccardo Milani, an Italian-language film with English subtitles.
Reservations are required for many of the events. You can consult the full festival event schedule here.
Montreal's Mile End skatepark is set to host a huge nighttime block party this September as part of MAPP_MTL's sixth edition.
The event, billed as "Montreal's projection mapping festival," is a celebration of digital art. The block party will feature monumental digital creations cast on the surrounding buildings, illuminating the skatepark as electronic music plays.
Local restaurant Nakamichi will be serving Japanese fried chicken and pastries over the course of the electric event.
In a press release, MAPP_MTL says there will also be a "small shopping area" showcasing local businesses.
Digital artworks will include work by artist Delphine Dussoubs (Dalkhafine) and minute-long projections by artists from Quebec and around the world, as well as what the festival describes as "works improvised by creators and members of the public [unfolding] in real-time."
Located in the heart of the city, the rooms in this horror escape room game in Montreal may give you more chills than your favourite scary movie and one of them is so disturbing that it's only for people 16 years and older.
Among the themes presented are The Unknown for ages 16 and up, Insomnium, which is reminiscent of the famous Stranger Things series, The Cabin in the Woods and the Haunted Pirate Ship.
The Unknown is rated at a difficulty level of four out of five and is done in groups of two to four. The room is described as a social experiment that turns into a nightmare when the line between game and reality is not completely clear.
The cost is $25 per person and, depending on the theme you choose to discover, you can be from two to eight people to solve the puzzle and escape the room.
To book your immersion into this creepy setting, you can go to its website and choose the time that suits you and your gang best. It's advisable to make a reservation as soon as possible because places get filled up quickly!
Find The Key Montreal
Cost: $25 per person
When: Tuesday to Sunday
Address: 1000, rue Atateken, Suite 101, Montreal, QC
Marvel At Hot Air Balloons Filling The Sky Near Montreal
Price: Mostly free entry, but prices vary
When: Every weekend throughout the month of August — dates for each activity vary
Address: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
Why You Need To Go: Less than an hour out of town, it's hardly a drive but you'll still feel like you're far far away. Check out the last weekend of this breathtaking hot air balloon festival before it's too late.