A shower of events
in the last half of April

Plenty of theatre, film, dance, talks and live entertainment

By Byron Toben

Updated April 17, 2023

Mid-April was disrupted by “Ice Storm 2”, not as bad as or long as the Great Ice Storm of 1998, but harsh enough to cancel several events I was looking forward to, like Felix Stussi’s free Nova 4 jazz quartet on April 5 at Victoria Hall and Mary Ann Lacey’s Jazz trio at Bistro Sofia on April 7. Ms. Lacey did, however, proceed at La Petite Marche on April 8 and Mr. Stussi at St-Jax on April 12.

As we ease into the last half of April, welcome the warmer weather by considering the following events, listed by opening date:

April 14

Ciné Gael Irish Film series screens Arrecht at 7:15 pm at the J.A. DeSève Cinema, Concordia University

April 14 to 16

New York’s Irish Repertory Theater is streaming worldwide anywhere Samuel Beckett’s play End Game.

April 15

Festival de la Voix 2022, 9e Édition

Ranee Lee – Image: courtesy of Ranee Lee

St. James Anglican Church in Hudson hosts Ranee Lee’s Dark Divas, part of the Festival de la Voix, at 3 pm.

Centaur Theatre presents Confabulation Presents: Blockbusters at 7:30 pm.

Oscar Peterson Hall, Concordia University hosts Oldies but Goodies from the 60s and 70s – 23rd Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert at 7:30 pm.

April 17

St. James Theatre hosts Margaret Atwood on Old Babes in the Woods world tour, part of the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, at 7 pm.

April 19 to 22

Agora de la Danse presents Kin La Tresse.

Reefer Madness: The Musical

Reefer Madness: The Musical promo detail

April 20 to 29

MainLine Theatre presents Reefer Madness: The Musical.

April 23

Shakespeare’s Birthday! The Gingold Theatrical Company in NYC streams open mike Shakespeare Sonnet Soiree.

April 23 to May 14

The Segal Centre hosts Prayer for the French Republic.

April 26 to May 6

Hudson Village Theatre hosts Norm Foster’s A Clean Brush.

April 27

La Petite Marche hosts the Mary Ann Lacey Quartet (jazz) at 5 pm.

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival promo detail

April 27 to 30

The 25th annual Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival offers 140 mainly live and some online events, with most live events occurring at Hotel 10. Included in the overall number is the TD-Blue Metropolis Children’s Festival, with both live and online events. In English and/or French, some with Spanish, Italian, Hebrew and, for the first time, Welsh.

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April 28 to May 7

The Cinématheque Québécoise hosts the 12th annual South Asian Film Festival. All 58 films are subtitled in English and French.

April 28

Ciné Gael Irish Film series screens its ever-popular Irish Short Films, with the audience voting for the top three, at 7:15 pm.

Feature image: frame from All That Breathes, a film presented at the South Asian Film Festival

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Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been’s theatre reviewer since July 2015. Previously, he wrote for since terminated web sites Rover Arts and Charlebois Post, print weekly The Downtowner and print monthly The Senior Times. He also is an expert consultant on U.S. work permits for Canadians.


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