8 toasty-warm January outings

January 12, 2018

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This winter is a cold one, so we’re here with some ideas for outings and activities that will keep you warm and dry. Movies, dancing, games – there are countless ways to enjoy even the most frigid Montreal winter without suffering!

Big-screen treasures

SAT fest 2018 presents a selection of immersive short films that show off the quality and range of the very latest cinematic innovations. Take your pick of a dozen screenings from now until February 12, including Mémoire concrète by Canadian directors Johan Baron Lanteigne and Louis André Rousseau.

The Cinémathèque québécoise regularly screens historic movie gems. Every Friday at 7 p.m., relive the silent-film era as if you’d been there, with classic Laurel and Hardy movies featuring live musical accompaniment by pianist Roman Zavada. The kids are guaranteed to love it!

Stay warm with dancing and games

When the polar vortex comes to town, the absolute best way to stay warm is to keep moving! You can practice your favourite steps with a special dinner-show at Le Balcon. On January 18, Spain is the country of honour with a Flamenco night featuring Mirada Flamenco, followed by Cuba with The Cuban Martinez band on January 26.

Get together with your friends at Randolph, the gaming pub where expert facilitators will set you up with just the right game to make your night a memorable one.

Because it’s good to get some fresh air even when it’s cold, Luminothérapie includes a new rest area with braziers, fireplaces and benches. Every weekend in January, families are invited to toast some free marshmallows! And don’t miss out on the super-fun seesaws of Impulse, in Place des Festivals until January 28.

3 new exhibitions

Everyday objects, materials, food and plants are some of the subjects seen in Michelle Bui’s photographic series Pool of Plenty at the UQAM gallery until March 3.

Caroline Boileau art runs the gamut from drawings to installations, videos and performances, as she explores connections and interfaces between the body and its surroundings. Head down to the Centre des arts actuels Skol at The Belgo to see what happens with the writings of Chantal Neveu in the mix.

Galerie Projet Pangée (located in The Belgo) also has a new free show, titled All Hat No Cattle, with ceramics and paintings by Trevor Baird and Simone Blain. The theme: the appearance of beauty in outsider art.