Here are the events I know about that are happening in Montreal today, March 8, to mark International Women’s Day. There are probably many more taking place so if you know of an event, please post a comment.
Coop La Maison Verte (in NDG, 5785 Sherbrooke W. between Melrose & Wilson) – all “female identified folks are more than welcome to a free drink today.”
Women walking into any YMCA today will find classes and activities offered free of charge
12:30 p.m. There are two events happening at the same time:
- At the Atwater Library (Atwater, just south of Ste. Catherine) Montreal author Merrily Weisbord (a very interesting woman) will read from and discuss her acclaimed book The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das,
- Or visit the Y des Femmes (YWCA) (René Lévesque & Crescent) at 12:30 for the launch of Urban Life Stories, an art exhibition with images and stories” by 12 women who have experienced issues related to homelessness.” Coffee, cake and surprises will be served at 1 p.m. Women are asked to bring their own photos and stories about inspiring women to add to an Inspiration Mural at the YWCA. Or post a photo of an inspiring woman as your Facebook profile photo today.The Women’s Y friperie, Fringes & Cie, is having a special sale today.
From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Newtown Restaurant (1476 Crescent) non-profit group Artistri Sud is hosting Tales of Triumph:Inspiring Women Share Their Stories
Women, children and supporters (men are welcome) are invited to gather at Norman Bethune Square (de Maisonneuve, just east of Guy) for a family-friendly demo organized by Women of Diverse Origins
There at least four events happening in different parts of town at the same time.
Two Free film screenings, both at 7 p.m.:
- Miss Representation, an award-winning documentary about women’s under-representation in the worlds of power and influence at the D.B. Clarke Theatre in Concordia’s Hall Building (1455 De Maisonneuve W.). A panel discussion will follow this event. presented by The Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Breast Cancer Action Montreal, FemmeToxic, Girls Action Foundation and the Department of Communication Studies.
- You can also put on your activist hat by attending Breast Cancer Action Montreal’s screening and discussion at the NFB (de Maisonneuve & Berri) of Pink Ribbons,Inc., a documentary film directed by Léa Pool and co-written by Patricia Kearns critiquing “pinkwashing” by companies who too often use the pink ribbon campaign as a marketing gimmick to sell carcinogenic products.
Also at 7 p.m.
- Montreal techno-feminist digital arts centre Studio XX (4001 Berri, corner Duluth) is hosting “Meta Wired Women 10, Art and Genders: Trans, Queer and Feminist Perspectives, an evening themed around the launch of .dpi #23.”Free for members, $5 for non-members.
- It’s not billed as an International Women’s Day event but Cyclo Nord-Sud (7235 St. Urbain) is hosting a talk in French by Torrey Pass and Lucie Poulin about an eye-opening experience traveling by bicycle through 13 countries. Free for members, $5 for non-members.