Hot Spots 2B in June: OFFTA, Fringe, Hidden Cameras…
June is all off. From the OFFTA to the Off-Fringe, gay folk at Cabaret Mado, and with a visit from two of the queerest musical acts ever to hit the North American stage (the Hidden Cameras and the Scissor Sisters), this month’s bent cultural offerings are OFF the charts!
- Dragonfly of Chicoutimi at the NAC: to Oct. 15
- RGmag 30th anniversary party shakes up the Écomusée
- RG’s 30th anniversary! Special Event Wed Dec 7th
Banner image from Hippolytos (see below)
(e) @ OFFTA
June 2 + 3
A major talent from the past year’s cultural season will be premiering his new French language play at the OFFTA (the counter-cultural kid sister of the FTA). Dany Boudreault (last seen in Éric Noël’s Faire des enfants) presents (e), “A metaphysical cha-cha between the dreamed body and the given body” (June 2 + 3) @Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, 3900 rue St-Denis. Tickets $10-$18. www.offta.com
The Hidden Cameras
The Hidden Cameras return to Montréal for the first time in years on their continued Origin:Orphan tour, and no doubt previewing songs from a new album expected in early 2013. The Hidden Cameras live show has always attracted droves of queers, featuring a motley crew of musicians put together by front man Joel Gibb, enthusiastically playing his underground anthems and heart-wrenching ballads.
@ Il Motore, 179 Jean-Talon Ouest, 8pm. $13-15. www.thehiddencameras.com
June 15, 16, 22 & 23
This “tragedy of forbidden lust” by Euripides features Johanna Nutter (My Pregnant Brother) as Phaidra, the stepmother who likes her stepson too much, and dragster Connie Lingua as the love goddess Aphrodite (Antonio Bavaro). From the gender inversions to the original electronic sound-track and new translation, this promises to be a very updated Greek experience. By Oimoi Productions, dir. Carina de Klerk & Lynn Kozak.
@ le Gymnase 410 rue Rachel est, 8pm. Tickets: 514-849-3378 or www.montrealfringe.ca
Matt Stern @ Mado
Montréal singer-songwriter Matt Stern (What You Want to Hear, 2011) is a young gay voice in the somewhat unlikely genre of heartfelt folk music – most recently heard at the 30th anniversary party for RG in Dec (see 2B Vol 9 No 11 for our interview). Matt joins fellow musician Max Comeau to play songs from their repertoire along with “a few surprise covers” @ Cabaret Mado, 1115 Ste Catherine Est. 9:30pm
Jake Shears is arguably the sexiest gay lead singer in all of American pop – and his disco-salad-toss of a glam rock band is coming to town on their Magic Hour tour! The new album is true to the band’s reputation for danceable sing-along pop, with dramatic synthesizer taking over from their more rock n’ roll prior incarnations. The single “Only the Horses” is up on Youtube already (album out May 28). @ l’Olympia, 1004 Ste-Catherine Est. Tickets: $36.60
Festival international de Jazz
June 27 – July 7
With Rufus Wainwright‘s free outdoor show opening the festival June 28 (the day after Janelle Monáe invades Metropolis), Misstress Barbara at the SAT (July 3), and the legendary Liza Minnelli (July 5, Place des Arts), this year’s Jazz Fest is studded with stars who have a hefty gay fan base. You’ll want to come to the cabaret both to see the shows, and to find all the friends of Dorothy in the crowd! montrealjazzfest.com