Just For Laughs isn't only about comedy, no, no, now there's an entirely new (and arguably more appealing) aspect to the festival: an epic open-air club right in the Place des Arts esplanade. Soon to be known by all as "Le Melting Pot," this is an all new feature of JFL with bars, burlesque, and world-class DJs all set up to make one helluva party.
Le Melting Pot will transform Place des Arts into a nightly club out in the summer air, exclusively for adults. Starting July 12th, the club-zone will have an open-air bars for les dranks, shows by local DJs, and burlesque shows to get things a little more sinful. Well known talent like Black Tiger Sex Machine, Vilify, Shaydakiss, and Jay London (among many others) are on the nightly set list, making Le Melting Pot a solid choice any day of the week.
Two extra-special Le Melting Pot events will be held, featuring some pretty epic DJ-talent, on-site food trucks, and a legit light-show, running from 11pm to 3am. If you were to check out Le Melting Pot on any day, it'd be on:
July 17th w/ Josh Wink, Nymra & Sofisticated and ROUX Soundsystem
July 24th w/ Just Blaze, Lunice and High Klassified
If there's one downside to Le Melting Pot, it's that the headlining shows won't be free. July 17th & 24th will cost you a cool $20 (which isn't the most we've paid for a 3-tier show) but the nightly shows (featuring burlesque and comedy performances) are only $10. No need to pay for the nightly DJ sets though, which is awesome news.
Le Melting Pot, the Place des Arts open-air club will begin on July 12th, with the biggest shows going down on July 17th & 24th.
Picture above High Klassifeid
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American game show, talk show and pageant host Steve Harvey shared the inspirational story of his rise from homelessness to fame in a clip posted to Twitter on Wednesday.
The clip, which appears to show Harvey speaking to an audience during the taping of the game show Family Feud, shows him describe how a visit to Montreal and a performance at Just For Laughs changed his life.
I had been living in my car for 3 years, I was struggling... I went to the Montreal Comedy Festival and I entered t… https://t.co/hZ4Zk3IWlo
"I had been living in my car for three years," Harvey says in the video. "I entered this Just For Laughs comedy festival and I killed, I mean I killed, man. First night up, I had these Canadians f****** screaming."
The show was so successful, in fact, that representatives from ABC approached Harvey after the show with a performance deal, which he accepted.
The ABC reps then handed Harvey a check for $50,000. "F***," he says in the Twitter clip. "I left the festival that afternoon."
Harvey explains that he went on to buy an airplane ticket to Dallas and secure an apartment.
"Don't give up on your dreams!" Harvey captioned the video on Twitter.
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.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
Ah, Expo 67. In my opinion, this event - which went down in the city exactly 50 years ago, BTW - was pretty much a shining star in the history of Montreal, and in Canada as a whole, if we're being honest.
Why? Well, think about it. Many of the things built for and featured in Expo 67 are still huge parts of our lives in Montreal to this day. The Biosphere? La Ronde? Habitat 67? Parc Jean-Drapeau? All thanks to Expo 67. (Sidenote: I guess that also means Osheaga and Ile Soniq are all thanks to Expo 67, too!)
And even though a lot of us weren't even alive when this event went down, we all still kind of know about it. I mean, for good reason: Expo 67 was seriously cool. It had it all. Live music (The Supremes played live, guys), an amusement park (looking at you, La Ronde), entertainment, celebrities, IMAX films, expositions, and a whole lot more!
Just like those of us who weren't there for sure want to experience the awesomeness of Expo 67 for the first time, those of us who were there highkey wish to relive every single moment of this epic event.
Featuring giant, immersive screens that'll take you back fifty years to vibe and atmosphere of Montreal's Expo 67, this event relives the best moments of the event - in a way that can only happen in 2017.
For example, you can take a minute walk through Expo 67, listen to the music of the '60s, and check out the USSR Pavillion, the Monorail, the American Pavillion, Habitat 67 and more, all without ever having to leave Place Des Arts thanks to Karine Lanoie-Brien and her team.
For more information, check out NFB's special online programming celebrating the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 right here and make sure to subscribe to their newsletter. You can also share your Expo 67 Live experience with the world by using the hashtag #Expo67Live!
Alright, I’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately about summer basically being over but I don’t know where people are getting this from. Yeah, the weather might not be the greatest this year but when it comes to things to do, Montreal is jam packed with fun activities all season long.
So yah, it will probably continue to rain this summer but let me try and shine some light… Montreal is home to an abundance of festivals, the most popular of those being Just For Laughs.
And in case you didn’t catch any of the shows this year, you’re in luck because there is still one week left for you to see your favourite comedians!
Here are some of our all time favourites who will be gracing Montreal this week before JFL is over:
Featuring performances by hip hop greats Naughty By Nature, the legendary MC, Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, freestyle icon Lisa Lisa of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, as well as the classic duo Nice & Smooth and Positive K, Russell’s own DJ’s, New York City’s DJ Spinbad and Toronto’s DJStarting From Scratch, and other special Just For Laughs comedians!
This sharp-tongued French kiss to our fair city features a hilarious lineup of celebrated comedians including Rachid Badouri, Caroline Rhea, Jimmy Carr, Alonzo Bodden, Mark Critch, and DeAnne Smith. The show stopping, closing night gala will feature a series of special guest presenters, each introducing a comedian, short film, or comedy segment. The presenters include Jay Baruchel, Corey Hart, Brittany LeBorgne, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Drouin, Vanessa Grimaldi and more! And even more surprises!
What’s better than a night with the cast members of your favourite show? Nothing, guys, absolutely nothing. Make sure to catch this special night featuring Jim Carrey and cast members Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Erik Griffin, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler and Michael Angarano.