Our city is home to over 100 festivals year round. We don’t just hibernate come winter but come summer we take to the streets, the parks and public squares to soak up every last bit of culture in the sun. The majority of these events are squeezed into the warmer months leaving the impression on visitors that nobody works during our dog days, and with reason.
Each year in Spring I grab the old agenda and compile a list of every single party Montréal is hosting, both to keep my customers informed with what’s happening and for my own enjoyment. The problem; and there could be worse ones to have, is there are sometimes six or more festivals worth checking out on a single evening and planning is crucial. I find myself racing the streets by bike to catch what I can. The upside; the programming often has two or three times the amount of indoor shows one pays for, outside, for free, which means culture is accessible to all and not just those who have the means.
This year I decided to share my favourites, in order from when they kick off. Here’s to hoping mother nature doesn’t bite us in the ass once more before they begin but after this weekend it seems like sweet sweet summer is not too too far away. Enjoy!
Chromatic May 19-22, 2016