Summer’s off to a busy start: two long weekends, Saint-Jean Baptiste Day, Canada Day, a Euro Cup and, for many of us, moving day. The city won’t be slowing down any time soon so if you’re trekking out, know that there’s quite a bit happening this week, especially for the musically inclined!
This year marks the 75 anniversary of the passing of French organists Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) and Louis Vierne (1870-1937). Paying tribute, the Notre Dame Basilica will be performing their compositions on its stunning pipe organ, every night between 7pm and 8pm. Entry fee is only $5!
The world’s greatest jazz festival runs until Sunday with countless outdoor performances. Closing this year’s fest, Saturday at 9:30pm, Chromeo(!) hits the stage at the corner of Maisonneuve and Jeanne-Mance. For a more intimate evening, check out the many indoor shows, or swing by a local jazz bar.
M.J. fans congregate to the Bell Center this Friday, July 6, to witness Cirque de Soleil’s acclaimed production. Delving deep into the The King of Pop’s genius, the show pairs his famous tunes with the Cirque’s cutting-edge stage design and signature acrobatics!
Speaking of the grandiose, this year marks the city’s third annual circus festival. From July 5 to 15, indoor and outdoor events dot the island as the world’s most celebrated performers mingle with local up-and-comers. If you’re heading to the Old Port, check out Cirque Carpe Diem. Running for the duration of the festival, the free trapeze performance runs every day from 2pm to 8pm and even offers passers-by some high-flying trials!