Ideas for going out without spending a penny

Dance, music, literature, cinema, visual arts… Montreal has something for everyone and every budget. Here are eight suggestions for free cultural excursions in the heart of the metropolis to go out without emptying your pockets.

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Laila Maalouf

Laila Maalouf
The press

Outdoor dance performances

The Quartiers Danses Festival is celebrating its 20th yeare Edition with a series of 30 outdoor shows – and completely free – in addition to its indoor program. From September 7th to 18th, choreographies and performances are planned in various emblematic places of the city (Jardins Gamelin, Place des Festivals, Parc du Bassin-à-Gravier in Griffintown, Avenue Bernard in Outremont, etc.) with artists from here and next.

Rhythms of the open world


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Bollywood evening at L’Art en soi in 2021

From September 15th to 24th, the festival L’Art en soi offers six free dance evenings with musicians live. The outdoor esplanade of the Place des Arts will be transformed into a large open-air dance floor under the direction of Philippe Fehmiu, while dancers and DJs will introduce you to samba, Guinean dance or the rhythms of Bollywood, among others.

Meeting and literary exchange


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Sophie welcome

As part of the next International Literature Festival (FIL), the Diversity Space is organizing a series of five free literary lunches at the Quartier des Spectacles in the Grand Salon of the Esplanade Tranquille Pavilion. Every day, from Monday September 26th to Friday September 30th, at dinner, authors including Jean-Paul Eid, Louise Dupré and Sophie Bienvenu will conduct a dialogue on imagination, love or the ecological crisis.

Make room for emerging artists


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Three films about the diaspora will be shown free of charge at the Cinéma Moderne as part of Pop Montréal.

The Pop Montreal Festival is a must with its low priced shows and many free events in the Mile End sector from September 28th to October 2nd. Activities with free entry include an evening of readings at the Rialto, highlighting Montreal’s French and English publishers, the opening of the exhibition At a distance – from the inside or the screening of three films about the diaspora at the Cinéma Moderne.

Cinema in the Grande Bibliothèque


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The Great Library

Every Friday night is movie night at the Grande Bibliothèque. Films of all genres are shown free of charge as part of the Big Views series. One Sunday afternoon a month is also P’tites Vues time with the screening of children’s films. Please note that we cannot make reservations (first come, first served). We don’t want to miss the lectures in the series either paper memorynotably at the Molière theater in Quebec, 1ah November (free with reservation).

Nordic culture in the spotlight


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Icelandic writer Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir will be at the FIKA(S) Festival.

The Immersive Festival of Culture and Scandinavian and Nordic Art – FIKA(S) – returns to Montreal after a three-year absence. From October 17th to 23rd, the multidisciplinary event offers several activities where the participation fee is a voluntary contribution (5 or 10 US dollars) – like the discussion with the Icelandic writer Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir in the Gallimard bookshop, Boulevard Saint-Laurent , or the concert of traditional Swedish music followed by a workshop, at the Center de creation O Vertigo on the Place des Arts.

An exhibition by Michel Tremblay


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Michael Tremblay

Until October 9th, the Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal invites us to discover the watercolors of the writer Michel Tremblay for free. The exhibition Michel Tremblay – The Painter of Solidarity brings together 38 of the works he painted during his stays in Key West, which he donated to the non-profit organization Center for Lesbian Solidarity. An ideal opportunity to discover this native of the plateau differently.

When drawing meets circus


PHOTO KATHLEEN FINLAY PROVIDED BY ONIRA LUSSIER

The artist Onira Lussier

TOHU regularly offers free activities of all kinds. The Espace Cascades exhibition will be held here from September 7th to October 16th contortions, which was conceived as part of a three-month residency at their premises this summer. Artist Onira Lussier drew inspiration from her forays into rehearsal studios and circus performance halls to create designs that pay tribute to circus artistry.

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