Forget The Box’s weekly Arts Calendar is back for its last November edition. Take a look at these excellent events if you’re looking for fun and inexpensive things to check out!

As always; if you’re interested in going to one of these events and want to cover it for us, send a message  or leave a comment below.

Beaux Dégâts #45 – Tap Water Jam MTL + Ella Grave showcase

Beaux Dégâts is a time-honoured Montreal tradition that combines improvisation in musical and fine arts to create a unique organic event space. From their Facebook page:

“Beaux Dégâts tries to make a parallel between the reality of street artists and the Fine Arts. It is here to bring back what has been ignored for too long by art institutions and return to the street artist’s reality: the importance of community, sharing, accessibility and uniqueness.

For two hours, six teams of artists will improvise 8ft X 8ft murals on different themes given on the night. Each team will have to research and find visual references to create a production in front of public. All mediums except spray cans are allowed. During the evening, the public will vote for it’s favorite mural using their empty Pabst beer cans. The team that will collect the most cans will win the right to paint over the other artists work if they wish.”

Beaux Dégâts #45: Live Improvised Painting and Music – Wednesday, Nov 30, Foufounes Electriques, 8pm-1am. Entrance: 5$

The Crossing presented by Cinema Politica Concordia

Cinema Politica is a media arts, non-profit network of community and campus locals that screen independent political film and video by Canadian and international artists throughout Canada and abroad. It is volunteer-run and all screenings are by donation.


The film that Cinema Politica is screening this Monday, The Crossing, “takes us along on one of the most dangerous journeys of our time with a group of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, crossing a sea, two continents and five countries, searching for a home to rekindle the greatest thing they have lost – Hope.”

The Crossing screening @ Cinema Politica Concordia, 1455 de Maisonneuve Boulevard W, Room H-110, Monday, 7pm. Entrance by Donation

50/50 presented at Mainline Theatre

50/50 is a novel concept; a half-scripted, half-improvised live comedy show! This show was a major hit at Just For Laughs 2016 and will not be back for four months – definitely catch this if you can at the Mainline Theatre.


Coming off a sellout show at OFF-JFL/Zoofest this past July, 50/50 returns with a new cast blending talented actors and hilarious comedians. In each of the show’s nine scenes, a prepared actor who has learned lines off a real script is paired with an improviser who has no prior knowledge of what the actor has rehearsed.

50/50 @ Mainline Theatre, 3997 boul St-Laurent. Wednesday, November 30th, 8pm. $15 (students/seniors/QDF Members $12)

Is there an event that should be featured in Shows This Week? Maybe something FTB should cover, too? Let us know at We can’t be everywhere and can’t write about everything, but we do our best!

Jason is back for a new season of the FTB Podcast! Panelists Mirna Djukic and Cem Ertekin discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline, the problems happening within the Canadian Green Party with an interview from Quebec Green Leader Alex Tyrrell and our News Roundup segment. Plus the Community Calendar and Predictions!

Host: Jason C. McLean
Producer: Hannah Besseau
Production Assistant: Enzo Sabbagha


Mirna Djukic: FTB News Contributor

Cem Ertekin: FTB Managing Editor


*Alex Tyrrell interview and Pipeline Report by Hannah Besseau

Microphone image: Ernest Duffoo / Flickr Creative Commons

Panelists Cem Ertekin and Josh Davidson discuss Trudeau’s ElbowGate, the failure of the caleche ban in Montreal and banning smoking on terraces. Plus the Community Calendar and Predictions!

Host: Jason C. McLean
Producer: Hannah Besseau
Production Assistant: Enzo Sabbagha


Cem Ertekin : FTB Managing Editor

Josh Davidson: FTB Food Columnist


*Reports by Hannah Besseau

Microphone image: Ernest Duffoo / Flickr Creative Commons

Panelists Der Kosmonaut, Cem Ertekin and Jerry Gabriel discuss the Mayday March protests and the violent police reaction in downtown Montreal, an update on the US Primary elections, Prince leaving us too soon and Peter Sergakis’ lawsuit against Peter McQueen. Plus the Community Calendar and Predictions!

Host: Jason C. McLean
Producer: Hannah Besseau
Production Assistant: Enzo Sabbagha


Cem ErtekinFTB Contributor and Managing Editor

Der Kosmonaut: Poet, writer, spoken word artist, DJ and blogger at The Adventures of Der Kosmonaut

Jerry Gabriel: Podcast regular and FTB Contributor

* Reports by Hannah Besseau

Microphone image: Ernest Duffoo / Flickr Creative Commons

Looks like there’s finally a chance to catch your favourite DJ live before heading to work – without staying up the entire night. Morning Gloryville is a relatively new phenomenon to hit the Montreal rave scene, but it promises to be different from your typical rave party.

Morning Gloryville is a sober rave event that describes itself as “an immersive morning dance party.” It currently hosts dance parties all over the globe with the intention of spreading positivity through dance and fun.

These pioneers of sober morning raving offer more than just a dance party. The event also provides yoga, massage, and breakfast.

The next Montreal edition, number six, is tomorrow morning, starting at 6:30am and running until 10:30 am at Le Salon 1861, 550 Richmond. It’s called Kittyween. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Animal Adoption Montreal and Chatopia.

You can order your tickets via Picatic (and please make sure to use the promo code FTB-MGV -15).

Oh, one more thing: FTB is giving you a chance to win two free tickets to the event. Just share this post on Facebook or Tweet it and tag @forgetthebox and we’ll draw a winner from the entrants.

What better way to spend your morning!


Subaru Forester Family Rally
Click to enter!

Subaru Canada and Forget The Box want to give you a brand new 2014 Subaru Forester. But it’s not quite that simple, to win the car you also have to win the race. Subaru Canada will fly five qualifying families to Mont-Tremblant, Québec for an all-expense-paid, action-packed, rally-themed competition. The families will collect points throughout the race by properly maneuvering through obstacles and using the Forester’s one-of-a-kind features to complete the course with the most accuracy. The winning family will be taking home a brand new 2014 Subaru Forester.

Does that sound like fun? Enter the Subaru Family Rally Contest HERE, but hurry contest closes June 9th at midnight.

This is a little example of what you can expect on the Rally Course:

A little more information about the 2014 Subaru Forester for those of you wondering how this baby’s gonna help get you through the mud.

Tech specs

2014 Subaru Forester

Engine: 2.5-litre normally aspirated and 2.0-litre turbocharged flat-four

Horsepower/torque: 170 hp/174 lb-ft normally aspirated; 250 hp/258 lb-ft turbo

Transmission: Six-speed manual/CVT

Drive: All-wheel

Fuel economy (litres/100 km): 8.3 city/6.2 highway (2.5 litre with CVT)’ regular and premium gas

Price Range: $25,995-$37,995

Contest closes June 9, 2013 and winning families will be chosen June 17, 2013. Please find rules and regulations HERE.


SlutdriveLooking to get in trouble tonight? I think the answer to your party needs is to make your way to Divan Orange to catch Douce Angoisse and Slutdrive. Here’s an introduction to these two bands for those unfamiliar with them.

Douce Angoisse is an electro act coming from France. Well, it’s a little bit more complicated than that. The project started in France but Adeline, the front woman, was looking for a change of scene and soon packed her luggage to take London by storm. Unhappy after a couple of years, she decided it was time to move again and now lives in Montreal. The band changed a lot since arriving and I must say it’s for the best. She’s now playing with a very talented guitar player, Olivier Gourde, and a new drummer. With a slogan like “We’re all born in the same shit”, I can guarantee you that toilet paper rolls will be flying and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Adeline jump on the drum and make sure that everybody in the room is shaking their asses off. Check out some of her videos, she’s awesome!

I met Slutdrive at a loft party I was djing at last May. Everybody was encouraged to wear jeans short and it brought a crazy atmosphere to the event. If Douce Angoisse is the electro queen, let’s say that Slutdrive are the dirty punk rockers. Their live show is the best answer to a stressful end of semester. Not convinced yet? Have a listen to their bandcamp :

The show is taking place at Divan Orange tonight. It starts at 9pm and 8$ is all you need to see these wonderful bands. Remember, soon you’ll be stuck in doors with your family dealing with some Christmas drama. Get your dancing fix before it’s too late.

Fetish weekend

Fetish weekend
Eric Paradis, one of the organizers of Montreal’s Fetish Weekend

One of the things I love most about Montreal is the abundance of unique ways to spend your weekends. With all the standard pubs, bars and clubs that proliferate throughout the city, party planners are challenged to come up with fun and interesting ways to draw crowds to their events. Here are two of the sexiest ways to spend the subsiding, not-quite-as-sweltering nights of the Labour Day long weekend:

No Pants, No Problem

I am a huge fan of underwear dance parties. They frequently happen in the comfort of my living room, dancing wildly to everything from the Kinks to Boney M spinning on my turntable. This Saturday, I can enjoy all the fun of a pantless dance party in public as the infamous No Pants, No Problem night returns to Montreal.

The concept is simple: head on down to Il Motore (179 Jean-Talon W), check your pants at the door and dance it up for a good cause. The cost is $5, and the funds raised from the night will go to benefit Aids Action Now, who will be hosting a community table with provocative goodies. Also, Cactus, will be on site handing out condoms and other goodies promoting safer sex and harm reduction.

The night was born in 2003 as a place for like-minded people to come together and challenge the conventional ways of approaching sexiness. This involves creating a safe space for people of all persuasions and orientations to question binary norms on gender and sexuality, and engage in constructive dialogues about body image and self esteem… and have some fun while doing it!

DJs Hungry Like the Wolf and Bratface will be keeping the booties shaking til the wee hours of the morning. As well, there will be burlesque performances by Toronto’s Mikiki and hometown favorites Glam Gam Productions. There will also be a Kissing Booth on site for you to practice your lip-locking skills.

For those who are a little shy about revealing too much at this cheeky night, there is an option of leaving your pants on for a $5 penalty.

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

Explore Your Fetishes

Montreal Fetish WeekendFor those on the slightly more adventurous side, there’s the 8th annual incarnation of Fetish Weekend. Members of the fetish community from around the world congregate in Montreal for an unforgettable weekend of kinky parties and enlightening workshops. Let your imagination run wild within a sensual playground of deviancy and delights!

The key events are Saturday night’s Latextacy retro fetish extravaganza, where renowned entertainer Jean Bardot offers a thrilling sideshow-inspired experience for watchers and worshipers alike and Sunday’s sensual Steampunk masked ball, where the anonymity of a mask allows participants and voyeurs alike to indulge their wildest dreams. Both take place at the gorgeous L’Olympia Theatre (1004 Ste-Catherine E), completing the sensual experience with its vintage glamour.

If you’re interested in exploring the cerebral side of the underground, try one of the weekend’s workshop at the Hotel des Gouverneurs (1415 St-Hubert). On Saturday, you can learn about kinky drumming and percussive play with Gaia, or get an insight into the D/s relationship from the submissive’s perspective with Slave Petal. On Sunday, Viktor and Sasha can teach you about basic bondage for beginners, or explore the wonderful world of wax play with Contessa Alura.

For more information on either of the parties or the workshops or to purchase tickets, please visit the Fetish Weekend website.

Fetish Weekend pics by Chris Zacchia for more visit Forgetthebox on FB

If you are a young mover ‘n shaker in Montreal there is one hot ticket event you should know about. Les Jeudi D’Apollo is a monthly event thrown by Eric Sicotte and l’Agence Apollo and it’s a networking event unlike any other in Montreal. The evening features local up and coming Montreal artists and entrepreneurs and gives them the opportunity to present their latest projects to a room full of other young affluent Montrealers. This Thursday’s event marks the 1 year anniversary of Les Jeudis D’Apollo.

The evening takes place at the offices of L’Agence Apollo (in old Montreal) which doubles as an event space as needed. The setting itself is absolutely stunning, as the open air loft is illuminated by about 25 chandeliers and the exposed wood and brick really bring character to the space. The food and drinks are kept flowing by local sponsors while people are given the oppourtunity to mingle between musical performances and presentations. There are tasting stations set up featuring delectable treats as well as make-up and styling stations to help you look your best!
Last month ForgetTheBox members Jason C. Mclean and myself were there with our newest partner in crime, Jordan Arsenault (editor to present our latest project, Our new website is a single serving site dedicated to fighting the Conservatives Crime Omnibus Bill. We managed to stir up some great awareness against the bill and are still fighting to stop it, but will soon be taking up other causes, and will be acting as the activist wing of the FTB network.

This anniversary edition of Les Jeudi Apollo is about bringing together many young artists, entrepreneurs and even activists so that we can talk about our projects, and meet other young doers. At this month’s event we will be treated to presentations by Marc Andrew, Zwerg, Eric Santerre, Dan Green and DJ Justin Adler AKA James Krown among many others. Below is the flyer for the event with too many names to list off here. Hope to see you there!


Jeudi Apollo

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So much going on, so much to do, what’s a boy to do? Well here are some suggestions.

There’s a lot going on in Montreal this evening, a lot of big things. It’s Nuit Blanche, as well as the MONTREAL EN LUMIERE festival, Smoke N’ Mirrors, The 13TH FLOOR with Daniel Bell, the WAWA show and the list goes on. Every year I try to go out and check out some of the most exciting & interesting events presented throughout the course of Nuit Blanche. I would like to share with you my philosophy in the hopes that you will have as much fun as I will tonight. I usually select a few events that I don’t want to miss and then chart out a circuit that will allow me to reasonably make it from one venue to the next. I then walk from one spot the the next catching as many interesting things in between as possible. (note: I like shiny things so my tendency to get distracted and horribly off track is quite likely)

For those of you who get easily distracted, Nuit Blanche also has an iphone app that will give you the down-low on where & when specific things will be going on. I imagine it will also be quite useful when you’re lost to find the closest warm arts shelter.   The sheer volume of great shows can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned Montreal veteran, and I’m sure I won’t be able to cover even a fraction of the events you should check out tonight but here are a few suggestions.

1. ART SOUTERRAIN is a variety of art exhibits & shows all taking place in “Montreal’s Underground City” (Which is really just a network of tunnels & Malls connecting the majority of the Downtown Core). I toss this on the list even though most of you will surely stumble into some part of this extravaganza, mainly because it’s a great way to travel from one venue to the next and catch several other shows in between. If there is only one thing you check out in the Underground city this Nuit Blanche, I would highly recommend 2fik. 2fik is a interdisciplinary artist who mixes dance, hip-hop, religion & culture in a creative & up-beat way. Check it! 6-3 am

2. Every year I hit the Belgo building, which houses 5 floors of artists. The Belgo building plays home/studio to many Montreal artists who use its lofts to create, experiment & share. Stopping at the Belgo building allows you to take in at least a dozen art spectacles in one spot. Very important if you’ll be running from one spot to the next trying to take it all in. One of the artists you should make a point of visiting is PapirMasse produced by Kirsten McCrea & JP King. They will be releasing a zine an hour for a dollar! check it out! Belgo Building: 372 Ste. Catherine Ouest, #408

3. If you make it to the old port I would definitely suggest checking out The AXA Sphere (or as I like to call it, the giant Bubble). Inside DJs and VJs await you with an out-of-this-word musical and visual experience. This evening DJ Prince Club will be spinning along with VJ Simply Complicated. 9pm to midnight at the giant bubble in the old port.

other stuff to check out:

For those of you into or TedX events Uqam will be holding an all night Ted event too!

The Montreal Architecture Museum

The SAT (Société des arts technologiques): Touch the night at the SAT with Création Ex Nihilo and their 15th anniversary architectural mapping video projection onto the city’s walls.

The Contemporary Arts Museum

The Flexigloo at the entrance of the Mount Royal Metro station

Have fun and stay out of trouble (just kidding about the last part) 🙂

And a special thanks to my friend Tim Webber for pointing some of these events out to me!