October brings a lively
assortment of events

Music and film festivals, plays, an art exhibition and a comedy show

By Byron Toben

September 28, 2023

Jeremy Hotz A host of unique events await as September slides into October.

Closing out on September 30 is acclaimed comic Jeremy Hotz, with his Marquis de Sad Tour at the Theatre Beanfield (former Corona Theatre) 2490 Notre-Dame W. Hotz, who won a Gemini in 1997, has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and Comedy Central. His tours have been on hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, but now, he’s back.

Below are selected goodies for the first half of October, listed by opening date, preceded by events already opened continuing into October.

Until October 1

22nd Pop Montreal Music Festival (opened September 27)

19th Montreal International Black Film Festival (opened September 27)
With 75 movies from 20 countries.

Until October 7

Other Worlds (opened September 29)
At Geordie Theatre.

Montreal Black Film Festival

Scene from The Space Race – Image: courtesy of the Montreal Black Film Festival

Opening In October

October 1 to 6

Avy Loftus solo batik and art exhibit Reimagining Ireland
At the Montreal Art Centre and Museum.

October 4 to 15

52nd New Cinema Film Festival
At eight venues.

October 5 to 15

24th Off Jazz Festival
Thirty concerts at eight venues.

Beautiful: The Carol King Musical

October 11 to 21

Mizushobai (The Water Trade)
Written by Julie Tamiko Manning.
At the Segal Centre.

October 15 to November 5

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
At the Segal Centre.

Feature image: Candi Staton, courtesy of Pop Montreal Music 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 websites 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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