Second half of August
events to check out

Lots of entertainment happening before back to school

By Byron Toben

August 16, 2023

As things revert to normal post-COVID, here are a few theatre, film, and music events to consider during the second half of August.

Continuing are:


This festival celebrating Italian music, food, movies, and culture, began on August 5 and continues at various locations until August 20.


Image: courtesy of Italfest

International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

This summer favourite began on August 11 and resumes on August 17 until August 20.

Horror Stories

A tribute to the genre, which began in early August, continues at the Cinémathèque Québécoise on August 16, 17, 19, 23 and 31.

International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Image: courtesy of International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Beginning by date are:

August 16 to 20

Vegas Knights
At the Hudson Village Theatre. Songs of famous crooners – Sinatra, Martin, Darin, Presley, etc. – who played Las Vegas, with a live quartet.

August 17

Noelle Hannibal – Ain’t a Tourist
Album launch of her songs by Noelle Hannibal at Casa del Popolo.

August 18 to 20

Montreal Ribfest
This annual West Island rib festival in Pierrefonds combines barbeque with lively music. Free admission. A fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters organizers.

Marie Chouinard Rites of Spring

Rites of Spring – Image: courtesy of Compagnie Marie Chouinard

August 26

Marie Chouinard – Rites of Spring
A free dance performance by the acclaimed dancer at the outdoor Theatre de Verdure in Parc La Fontaine.

Feature image: Nosferatu, courtesy of the Cinémathèque Québécoise

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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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