What to see, what to do this week? Here are the cultural suggestions of our journalists.
Posted at 10:00 a.m.
Alanis Morissette celebrates 25 years of Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette will finally be able to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her legendary album Jagged Little Pill with Quebec audiences, in Montreal at the Bell Center on July 12 and on the Plains of Abraham at the Festival d’été de Québec on July 15. As long as we dive back into the good old days of nineties, the first part will even be provided by Garbage. The public will be able to hear the surly anthems All I Really Want and You Oughta Knowand also more recent songs, including Nemesis (but fortunately little from his new meditation album). We should certainly expect a tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, with whom Alanis toured during the golden cycle of Jagged Little Pill. Epic it will be, hopefully.
Tiken Jah Fakoly at African Nights
The famous Ivorian reggaeman Tiken Jah Fakoly arrives at Nuits d’Afrique with a handful of singles that will appear on Government 20 years, soon-awaited album. New releases added to a rich anti-globalization repertoire, from the inaugural mangercracy (1999) to most recent The world is hot (2019). The “party” promised by Fakoly, who will launch the festival, will take place at the MTelus on July 13 at 8:30 p.m. , which rewards each year “an artist with international influence who embodies a unifying vision of the Francophonie and the diversity of cultural expressions”.
OM in the open air
After two years of pandemic, the Orchester Métropolitain is happy to resume its summer season concerts and reconnect with the public of Montreal. A tradition that has been going on for 40 years and which offers several musical events this year. In the program : Symphony noh5 by Beethoven and Symphony noh3 by Louise Farrenc, Parisian composer of the Romantic period. All under the direction of Mélanie Léonard.
July 8, 8 p.m., at Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain Park (LaSalle), July 9, 8 p.m. at Saint-Jean-Baptiste Park (Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles), July 13, 8 p.m. at Ahuntsic Park, July 15 and July 16, 8:30 p.m., at the Théâtre de Verdure.
The Essentials cycle at the Cinémathèque
From Chaplin to Welles, from Carné to Varda, the Cinémathèque québécoise’s summer will be that of (almost) all the classics of the 7e art. Until August 31, moviegoers will be able to see or re-watch some of the great films that have marked the history of cinema – from 1916 to 1960 – in the beautiful hall on boulevard De Maisonneuve. This dive into the XXe century through 80 films begins with the birth of the fiction feature film (Nosferatu, Doctor Caligari’s Cabinet) and ends with the emergence of new cinemas (The bicycle thief, children of paradise, Rashomon), without forgetting the New Wave (The short tip, Breathless).
Montreal Comiccon is back in force this year, after a two-year forced break. Among the hundred activities on the program at the Palais des congrès from July 8 to 10, we must highlight the presence of director Édouard Tremblay and actors Catherine Brunet, Éric K. Boulianne and Lucien Ratio, who will give news of the filming of The Battle of Faradora highly anticipated film inspired by the cult short film Tom and his friendshandcrafted by Tremblay in 2005. Among the guests of honor, we also note the presence of Bonnie Wright and Matthew Lewis, interpreters of Ginny Weasley and Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter saga, as well as Malcolm McDowell, who immortalized Alex DeLarge in Clockwork Orangeby Stanley Kubrick.
Need to improve your Italian? Every Wednesday until August 31, Dante Park, in Montreal’s Little Italy, will turn into an outdoor cinema. A dozen Italian films are on the programme, including Ennioa documentary by Giuseppe Tornatore on the career of Ennio Morricone (August 24), Lasciarsi a day in Romaa romantic comedy by Edoardo Leo (July 27), and Troppa Familyscheduled for July 13.