Montreal knows diversity. With three fantastic festivals happening this weekend, it’s going to be one hot weekend, and not just because of the weather!
For the last 34 years, the Montreal Highland Games have been celebrating the city’s Celtic heritage. The two-day event held in Pierrefonds is the perfect time to immerse yourself in Gaelic culture with performances and competitions. Watch pipe bands and a Highland dancing competition, and the best Scottish athletes trying their hand at seven traditional events including the Heavy Hammer Throw. Ashley MacIsaac, who shot to fame for his unique blend of Cape-Breton fiddling performs on Saturday night along with popular folk Celtic band Salty Dog and the Celtic rock/punk band Mudmen,
Osheaga is the three-day outdoor festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène. This festival offers up over 80 bands with performances by local talent about to be discovered as well as famous headliners. Well organized yet laid-back, Osheaga has concocted a fantastic program that is wide-ranging and eclectic. The beautiful park surrounded by water also adds to the ambience. Eminen opens the festival with a concert on Friday evening. Elvis Costello and the Imposters play on Saturday. The Tragically Hip and the Flaming Lips play on Sunday. Head out to Osheaga to gorge on music!
This weekend also wraps up Divers/Cité festival celebrating the gay and lesbian community of Montreal. This internationally recognized festival has been showcasing arts and music that celebrate diversity and solidarity for 19 years. Prepare yourself for modern dance, drag queen performances, an outdoor cinema, and blues, jazz, pop, Latin, rock, world, funk, ambient, techno, and electronic concerts.
Saturday’s Sunset Party has local DJ Alain Jackinsky and SoCal-based DJ Paulo joining creative forces to take on Ana Paula — Brazil’s Mistress of Spin — and Mexico’s Isaac Escalante. Afterwards is the gender-bending Mascara, La Nuit des Drags, where Montreal’s drag queens perform their glam routines. Mistress of Ceremonies Mado will serve as the High Commander of Fabulousness. La Grande Danse on Sunday is non-stop 10-hours of music and dancing.
So many concerts, so little time.
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