What’s on as July
edges into August
Will entertainment in August be subject to sweltering heat or be tempered by a cold wind?
By Byron Toben
July 25, 2023
Will entertainment events in August be subject to sweltering heat? Or will they be tempered by a “COLD WIND IN AUGUST” as predicted in the 1961 low-budget movie of that name? Either way shows go on as listed chronologically below
JUST FOR LAUGHS
Comedy Festival, until July 29
The world`s largest comedy festival which started in Montreal in French In 1983, added English and now attracts promoters and sites seeking to attract new talents to Montreal but has off-shoots in Toronto, Vancouver, and Australia. Galas at Place des Art July 26, 28 and 29
Fantasia Film festival
Until August 9
After 27 years, this genre’s annual festival has become the largest of its type.
Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare by the Lake
Until July 30, at 7 pm, in Hudson
This is a different group than Repercussion`s Shakespeare in the Park
BUYING THE FARM
Upper Canada Playhouse
July 27 to August 13
Live professional theatre in Morrisburg, Ontario (about 95 miles-153 km from Montreal)
Jazz selections at Upstairs Bar and Grill
Rock Opera, in French
Until July 30, at Espace St-Denis
Relive the Age of Aquarius en francais
Ongoing into August…
Repercussion`s Shakespeare in the Park presents Willy`s rarely done but critically acclaimed play at many sites. In Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec (four in Westmount)
Beginning in August…
This annual festival is sort of a curated Fringe so the selections are more often pleasing.
August 5 to 20, in Montreal
Lots of music, food and fun largely in the Little Italy area for this often overlooked street gem
WHOSE UNDER WEAR
August 6 to 23
Upper Canada Playhouse Live Theatre, in Morrisburg, Ontario
August 16 to 20
Hudson Village Theatre salutes the jazz crooners of the 50s-70s who were featured in Las Vegas.
Feature image: Festival Fantasia – Apocalypse Clown
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.