Written by David Marrone on 02.05.15

Spring is really starting to take hold in Montreal, and the city is truly celebrating. What better way to enjoy a night out than enjoying the amazing talent Montreal has to offer.

Altsys Jazz Orchestra – 30th Anniversary Concert

Altsys-Jazz-Orchestra-30th anniversary concert montreal

Type of Event: Concert – jazz
When: May 3rd, 8:00pm
Where: Segal Centre
Tickets: Start at $20 [Buy Tickets]

Part of the Segal Centre Power Jazz Series, the Altsys Jazz Orchestra – 30th Anniversary Concert will be sampling their finest works and collaborations for this one-night anniversary special. Led by saxophonist Jennifer Bell and trumpeter and arranger Bill Mahar, Altsys will be showing off their contemporary jazz repertoire mixed with a programme that includes collaboration favourites such as Kenny Wheeler, Gil Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, and George Russell.

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives

The Tashme Project- The living archives montreal

Type of Event: Play – historical drama
When: May 7-17, 3:00pm or 8:00pm (check listings)
Where: MAI (Montréal, arts interculturel)
Tickets: $25 (reduced rates for seniors, students and groups) [Buy Tickets]

Tashme was an internment camp just outside of Hope, British Columbia during post-WWII, where over 2000 Japanese Canadians were interned. Presented by the MAI, The Tashme project is an enlightening look into a dark part of Canadian history. Creators Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa take on the stage as well as the voices of the 30 second-generation Japanese-Canadians (Nisei) from all over Canada whose verbatim experiences of childhood in internment camps post-WWII were uncovered through lengthy interviews during the five years it took to put this project together. Directed by Mieko Ouchi, the stories told by the, now senior, Nisei are seamlessly woven into a narrative that starkly contrasts experiences of grief and suffering with joyous childhood memories.

COVERS

Covers Montreal Segal Centre

Type of Event: Play
When: May 9 – 10, 8:00pm and 2:00pm (respectively)
Where: Segal Centre
Tickets: Start at $13 [Buy Tickets]

Performed by New York City docu-theatre troupe the Lost & Found Project, COVERS is the story of a strange family’s discovery of past choices leading to future influences in their lives. The story is told using the performers’ own family stories and is a psychological performance that explores family bonds and tough decisions that could impact their future. Conceived and produced by Anna Zicer and directed by Russian theatre director Alexandre Marine, COVERS is funny yet moving, and will help you discover yourself as you get to know the characters.

Summersett

Summerset Act One Montreal

Type of Event: Concert – Indie folk pop
When: May 12, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Casa del Popolo
Tickets: Free!

Summersett is an indie-folk pop duo that is bringing its eclectic musical style to Casa del Popolo for a free CD-launch of their new album Act One. The piano-voice duo, consisting of Nick Carpenter (on piano) and Patricia Summersett (on vocal), is accompanied by seasoned Montreal jazz and classical musicians. Lyrics and melody intertwine in a clever and beautifully crafted 10-song LP that is sure to entertain on Tuesday night’s 5 à 7.

Just for Him – Men’s Fashion Festival

Just for Him Mens Fashion Festival ArtMtl Montreal

Type of Event: Fashion show
When: May 26-28
Where: ALT Hotel (7th floor) & Place Ville Marie (19th floor)
For more info: info@artmtl.com or 514 224-7430

Just for Him is the first of its kind men’s fashion festival by Hamza Mejri, founder of online artist community ArtMtl. This show, which has something for your ears to do (live music) while your eyes are busy, is a true celebration of visual arts. There will also be two visual arts exhibitions, painting, and photography added to the mix. No matter the visual medium, artists will be looking to convey the importance of image in the representation of masculinity.

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