Bon Bon Bombay
Wondering what’s open and closed today? All government offices and banks are closed. SAQs, most supermarkets and shopping centres are also closed, while the majority of restaurants, deps, pharmacies and retail stores are open — though it’s probably best to call ahead in case of reduced hours. Bus routes may be altered (certainly around the parade on Ste-Catherine between Guy and Bleury downtown, beginning at 1 p.m.) and holiday hours are in effect. Post offices are closed, there’ll be no mail delivery or pick-up, whereas garbage pick-up is happening (except in the boroughs of Lachine, Ville-Marie and Parc Ex-Villeray-St-Michel). The city-run “Space for Life” museums are open, while others vary — check their websites for details.
Mile End’s Marché des Possibles fetes St-Jean with a daytime and evening program, featuring meditation, a water fight, a garaga sale and music by RaRa Jazz and Rakam between noon and 6 p.m., and, between 7 and 11 p.m., music by Tignasse, Fwonte and DJ Windows 98 (the #1 Best DJ according the Best of MTL readers poll). As usual, there will be food trucks, coffee trucks and bars on site. See all the programming details for today and the rest of the weekend here. 5635 St-Dominique, 12–11 p.m.
Those who want to celebrate today’s holiday, the Fête National du Québec, have several options with free events in every neighbourhood (see full programming here) including Villeray’s party with Bernhari, Pierre Kwenders, Joseph Edgar, Kilojules and Yann Perreau. Place de Castelnau, de Castelnau E. between de Gaspé & Drolet, 6 p.m.– 1 a.m., free
St-Henri’s BBAM! Gallery hosts a vernissage for Bleach, a new exhibition by New York based artist Zofia Bugusz featuring her bold figurative paintings rendered directly onto hand-cut wood. 3255 St-Jacques, 7 p.m., free
Montreal burlesque royalty Bon Bon Bombay will be leaving the city “to follow her heart,” and some of the artists she’s taught and supported over the years have organized a going-away tribute show in her honour, among them the Foxy Lexxi, Sugar Vixen, Ruby Rhapsody and the Lady Josephine. The Wiggle Room (3874 St-Laurent), doors 7:30 p.m. (happy hour till 8:30 p.m.), show at 9 p.m., $20/$25
Head to Théâtre Sainte Catherine for tonight’s Pretty Feminist Comedy Show, hosted by Natalie Willett and featuring sets from Kirsten Finch, Jason Hatrick, Amanda McQueen, Steve Patrick Adams, Chris Sandiford and Olivia Shepson. 264 Ste-Catherine E., 10:30 p.m., $10