Montreal Halloween 2013: Some Frightful & Fun Events

Wed. Oct. 23, 2013 – Sat. Oct. 26, 2013

Richard O’Brien’s
The Rocky Horror Show

Shayne Gryn & MainLine Theatre

The description for this stage production of Rocky Horror speaks of words colliding in “Richard O’Brien’s musical-theatre masterpiece as camp sci-fi meets sexual exploration, glam-rock, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever.” Richard Burnett wrote a great blog post about it for the Montreal Gazette.

When: The show starts most nights at 8 p.m. but hours vary, check here

Where: MainLine Theatre

Tickets: $20 regular; $15 students

Runs 120 minutes, no latecomers

Note: This is just one of a number of Halloween events at MainLine this week. The fourth edition of the Nightmare Before Christmas plays on Friday Oct. 25, and the same night you can check out Night-Fight – Episode Two Halloween Havoc, billed as “a late night variety/talk show bringing together the earnestness of Charlie Rose and the exuberant insanity of blade-based combat.”

Friday Oct. 25, 2013

Le Milieu Anniversary/Masquerade Party

Crafty skill-sharing studio Coop Le Milieu is celebrating its first birthday with a masquerade party. Bring a costume or make one on site, and enjoy a free creative community celebration complete with birthday cake, drinks, art making, an art exhibition and music.

When 5-8 p.m.
Where 1251 Robin St. (Beaudry & Robin, metro Beaudry)

Saturday Oct. 26, 2013

Siamsa Halloween Ceili

Siamsa (pronounced sheem-sa) promotes Irish culture in Montreal and their ceilis (pronounced kay-lees) offer a chance to try traditional Irish social dancing. There will be music, and food and drink, it’s a party after all, but the difference between the Halloween ceili and regular ceilis is if you come in costume, you can win a door prize for best disguise.

When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, 8 p.m.-midnight

Where: Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier, 2450 Workman

Admission: $12 adults; $7 students, seniors and under 18s. Children under 12: free

Monday Oct. 28, 2013

Help decorate the Melrose Tunnel

Saint Raymond’s residents are especially invited to come prepare decorations to make the Melrose Tunnel as haunted looking as possible on Halloween Day.

Needed: Donations of toilet paper rolls, newspaper and rubber bands

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Saint Raymond’s Community Centre, 5602 Upper Lachine Rd.

Tuesday Oct. 29, 2013

QWF’s Spooky Schmoozer

Dress up as your favourite writer for a chance to win VIP tickets for the November 19th Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards. Meet local writers who have penned crime, mystery and thriller books, including Michael Blair, P.J. Bracegirdle (aka Paul Blackwell), Trevor Ferguson (aka John Farrow) and Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan.

When: 6-8 p.m.

Where: top floor of Brutopia Pub, 1219 Crescent St.

Thursday Oct. 31, Friday Nov. 1 &

Saturday Nov 2, 2013

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball

Do the Time Warp in a fun and crazy way. Watch the original cult classic movie on a big screen while a cast performs live on stage and encourages audience participation. Montreal DJ/singer/nightlife personality Plastik Patrik hosts a contest for most outrageous costume.

Where: Imperial Theatre, 1430 Bleury (metro Place des Arts, Bleury exit)

When: 8 p.m. & 11 p.m.

Tickets:  Cash only in person or online via PayPal (see here for details). Advance tickets: $17.95 (+ tax & service fee). Door price: $19.95 (+ tax & service fee) – limit of six tickets per person. There’s a $5 discount for students for the Oct. 31 shows only. Valid student I.D. is required and there’s a  limit of two tickets per person for Oct. 31 student-discount tickets.

There’s a group discount as well. It’s complicated, but info is available here.





Tonight in Montreal: A Vigil to Honour Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls

Protesters gathered in Montreal on Oct. 4, 2012 for the annual vigil
(Photo: Stephanie O’Hanley)

It doesn’t get much media attention, but if you care about violence against women, Oct. 4th is an important day.

Each year across Canada communities organize Sisters in Spirit vigils to honour the lives of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. Tonight’s vigil in Cabot Square marks the eighth Montreal March and Candlelight Vigil.

Indigenous activists estimate the number of disappeared and murdered aboriginal women is as high as 3,000. Over the past 20 years, the Native Women’s Association of Canada has documented the disappearances and murders of nearly 600 aboriginal women and girls in Canada.

Few cases are solved and few murderers have been brought to justice for their crimes.

I can’t shake the feeling that if these women and girls were white, this would be daily national news. This matter deserves media attention and urgent action from Canada’s federal government.

A quote in the event’s press release from Bridget Tolley, founder of the annual October 4th Sisters in Spirit March and Vigil for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women,  explains the importance of these annual marches and candlelight vigils. Bridget Tolley is the daughter of Gladys Tolley, who was struck and killed by Sûreté du Québec cruiser on her reserve in 2001 and Oct. 4 marks the day Gladys Tolley died:

October 4th vigils have been going on for eight years. Because of grassroots efforts like Missing Justice and Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS), this movement is growing and thriving. We’ve never been idle. Although it pains me deeply to see more and more murdered and missing Indigenous women, two-spirit, youth, and men every day, I still have hope. It’s hope that comes from the real power of uplifting our communities, of families coming together and taking on this work without government assistance or permission. It sends a strong message that: We are still here and we aren’t going anywhere.

When: Today, Oct. 4, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Where: Cabot Square (the park across from the old Montreal Forum building), Atwater metro