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Music, Comedy, and art take over Montreal in July

As summer takes hold of Montreal, the city comes alive with many festivals and events catering to diverse interests. July 2023 promises to be an exceptional month, with a lineup of captivating and entertaining festivals that will awe locals and visitors. From the overwhelming circus acts to the laughter-inducing comedy shows and the mesmerizing arts exhibitions, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Let us dive into the exciting festivals that will transform Montreal into a hub of creativity, laughter, and cultural exploration.

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Prepare to be dazzled by the acrobatic feats and artistic flair of Montréal complètement cirque, a festival that highlights the best of the contemporary circus from around the world. You will see performers defy gravity and logic on stages, streets, and rooftops as they combine humor, emotion, and creativity in spectacular shows. Do not miss the free outdoor events that transform the Quartier des Spectacles into a giant playground for circus lovers of all ages. Some of the performers you can expect to see include:

  • Les 7 doigts de la main is a Montréal-based collective that blends circus arts with theatre, dance, and music.
  • Machine de Cirque is a Québec troupe that mixes circus skills with humor, poetry, and live music.
  • Cirque Éloize is a Montréal company that creates innovative and multidisciplinary shows inspired by urban culture.

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Festival International Nuits d’Afrique (July 11 to 23, 2023)

Experience the diversity and vibrancy of Montréal’s African, Caribbean, and Latin American communities at the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, a musical extravaganza that features over 100 concerts, workshops, and activities. You will discover artists from over 30 countries, including the legendary Angélique Kidjo, who will headline this year’s edition. You will also enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Village Nuits d’Afrique, where you can sample delicious cuisine, browse artisanal crafts, and join in the dance parties. Some of the artists you can look forward to hearing include:

  • Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter from Benin known for her fusion of Afro-pop, reggae, jazz, and funk.
  • Lila Downs is a Mexican-American singer who blends traditional folk music with rock, blues, and hip-hop.
  • Blick Bassy is a Cameroonian singer and guitarist who creates soulful and intimate songs with blues, folk, and bossa nova influences.

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Zoofest & OFF JFL (July 13 to 29, 2023)

If you are looking for some edgy and original comedy, check out Zoofest and OFF JFL, two festivals that display the rising stars and emerging talents of standup, sketch, improv, and more. You will see over 125 shows at affordable prices, ranging from hilarious to outrageous to downright weird. You might even glimpse the next big thing in Comedy before it hits the mainstream. Some of the comedians you can laugh with include:

  • TOKiMONSTA is a Korean-American DJ and producer who mixes electronic beats with hip-hop, R&B, and pop.
  • Carlos Ballarta is a Mexican standup comedian who jokes about his life, his country, and his dark sense of humor.
  • Trixx is a Canadian comedian who blends observational Comedy with impressions and storytelling.

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Just For Laughs (July 14 to 29, 2023)

Speaking of Comedy, you cannot miss Just For Laughs, the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy festival that attracts the industry’s biggest names and most devoted fans. You will laugh your head off at hundreds of shows featuring local and international comedians, from household names to newcomers. You will also enjoy the free outdoor events that fill the streets with laughter and fun, such as parades, pranks, mascots, and more. Some of the comedy stars you can see live include:

  • Russell Peters is a Canadian comedian famous for his hilarious race, culture, and ethnicity observations.
  • Ali Wong is an American comedian known for her raunchy and honest jokes about motherhood, marriage, and sex.
  • Ronny Chieng is a Malaysian-Australian comedian correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and starred in Crazy Rich Asians.

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Comiccon (July 14 to 16, 2023)

Montreal’s annual Comiccon is a three-day extravaganza that brings together fans, creators, and industry professionals. At the Palais, des Congrès de Montréal, immerse yourself in a world of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, and beloved film and TV shows. Engage in conversations with comic creators, meet your favorite authors, and interact with the talented teams behind iconic movies and series. Some of the guests you can interact with include:

  • Tom Felton, the actor who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.
  • George Takei, the actor and activist who played Sulu in the Star Trek series.
  • Neil Gaiman is the author of bestselling books such as American Gods, Coraline, and The Sandman.

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Fantasia International Film Festival (July 20 to August 9, 2023)

For some thrilling and chilling cinema, head to the Fantasia International Film Festival, a showcase of genre films worldwide. You will see premieres and exclusives of horror, action, fantasy, animation, and more, as well as Q&As with filmmakers and actors. You will also discover new voices and visions that challenge and inspire you. The lineup and schedule will be announced soon.

Text or call now at 438-995-6496 and plan your perfect weekend in Montreal.