Le Weekend Guide | Montreal’s Top 5 Free (June 14-17)
Your Latest Weekend Of Free Montreal Events!
Keeping track of all the glorious free events punctuating Montreal summers is an impossible task – that’s where we come in. We’ve compiled the best upcoming free events for your weekend. This week’s edition takes us from music to film screenings to cultural celebrations to more music – enjoy.
Obey Giant screening (June 14)
Mural Festival engulfs Saint Laurent street each year in a celebration of public art, quality music and lively street vendors. There are a number of free events available, including the Sketch Show and Canadian Tuxedo exhibits and IleSoniq x Mural block party. Out of all of these, the screening of legendary Obey Giant street artist Shepard Fairey’s documentary caught our eye, taking place in Parc du Portugal. Graffiti and mural artists like Shepard Fairey hold a huge influence over popular culture, but often remain in the dark due to the secrecy surrounding their creations – here’s your chance to find out more.
Party Phi x Station F-MR: karaoke, DJ sets and more ! (June 15)
Have you heard of Station FMR yet? It’s about to be the summer venue on everyone’s lips. The sustainable architectural project made out of recycled STM cars based on the Lachine Canal features the best in Montreal food, art and design. Here, they team up with the Phi Centre for a recording of the Music is My Sanctuary podcast, which weekly delves into impactful and often overlooked music from all genres. This will be followed by a 90s karaoke animated by local legend Tranna Wintour & Thomas Leblanc, covering the intersection of community, culture, gender and sexuality. To wrap things up, Station FMR will host Fred Everything’s album launch with live performances from The One Tash and Lexis. This event will also be the last call to check out the Design Boutique Wagon of the new ephemeral village of MR-63 Montreal.
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Francofolies (June 7-16)
What better way to indulge in Francophone musical heritage than its annual acclaimed celebration? For 30 glorious years, the Francos have been showcasing francophone music on every part of the musical spectrum. Some free shows include Amé (Thursday), Dead Obies, Mudie (Friday), Vincent Vallières (Saturday) but make sure to catch the full schedule here as there’s music for every taste happening all weekend.
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Afrotonik at Village au Pied-du-Courant (June 16)
For the third consecutive year, the dazzling Afrotonik team will be taking over Village au Pied-du-Courant for some African dance shows, music and food, in a family-friendly setting featuring games, hamacs and good vibes. On the menu: 6 dance crews and three local performers: No Kliché, Afrotonik, and a DJ set by Lou Phelps, Kaytranada’s talented sibling.
Festival Classica Pianothon at Phi Centre (June 14)
The Phi Centre’s always bursting with quality, immersive and avant-garde events. This Thursday, they dive into the beautiful depths of classical music with a pianothon delivered by five musicians. These virtuosos will be honouring to body of work of Québec classical composer André Mathieu over no less than six hours. Keep Festival Classica on your radar for continuous indoor and outdoor celebrations of classical music – we know we will.