September sounds events
as August wanes

Lots of entertainment indoors and out as the month begins

By Byron Toben

August 31, 2023

The classic chant, September Song, is about an aging elder hoping to unite with a youthful object of desire. The only song properly reflective of the changing seasons as August fades into the fall is Autumn Leaves, which I reserve for my October previews of events.

And yet, some relevant notes are sounded with the line-up of the first half of September as witnessed below in chronological order:

Continuing into September (started August 26)

Festival FAR

Image: courtesy of FAR Festival

FAR – Festival of alley performances
September 1 – St-Léonard, 6:30 pm
September 4 – Rosemount/La Petite Patrie, 5 pm
September 5 – Sud-Ouest, 6:30 pm
September 8 – Sherbrooke East
September 9 – Between Dandurand and Holt
Sept 10 – Between Chambord and St-Zotique E


September 2

OWTA Island Fête Caribbean Food and Arts Festival
The West Island gets its own Caribbean festival as its first annual edition is inaugurated at the Patch, 13335 Pierrefonds Blvd.


September 2 to 29

A one-hour show in French, consisting of four presentations of 15 minutes each, set in a house at 1995 Fullum, redesigned to be a brothel in the past century. Five actresses portray the women, each sort of prisoner of their own desires, hence the title. Actresses include occasional Westmount Mag contributor Jacqueline van de Geer.



Deseo – Image: courtesy of Singulier Pluriel

September 9

Mary Ann Lacey Jazz Trio

Ms. Lacey and her rotating trio of instrumentalists have kept jazz alive locally during the interim between the International Montreal Jazz Festival and the local Off-Jazz festivals. This pitch-perfect singer performs once again at La Petite Marche restaurant (no cover or minimum), but pass the hat donations welcome.


Cedars CanSupport Dragon Boat Race

Image: courtesy of Cedars CanSupport Dragon Boat Race

Cedars Can Support Dragon Boat Race
This is the 18th edition of this annual event which has raised lots of money for cancer research and treatment. Held at Promenade Pierre-Marquette, 2105 Blvd St-Joseph, Lachine.


West Island Blues Festival
This open-air free admission show at Chemin Bord du Lac features five different groups during its 8-hour length from 3 pm to 11 pm. Voluntary donations support the West Island Women’s Shelter and the West Island Black Community Association.


West Island Blues Festival

Image: courtesy of West Island Blues Festival

September 13 to 24

Hudson Village Theatre – The Greatest Play in the History of the World
A must-see if only for the title, but would be one regardless, as it stars Shakespeare in the Park director Amanda Kellock and is directed by Dean Patrick Fleming.


Feature image: courtesy of the West Island Blues FestivalBouton S'inscrire à l'infolettre – WestmountMag.ca

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Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been WestmountMag.ca’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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