Montreal Festivals: November 2017 Must-Sees

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    Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This November 2017

    Montreal festivals in November 2016 include the following must-see events, concerts, museum exhibits, and more.
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    Montreal festivals this November 2017? Well, the month starts off a little darker, par for the course of winter's annual herald. And then come the festivities. So what's your November pleasure? Food? We've got that one covered. Cultural discoveries? But of course. A tad of Christmas spirit? You know it. 

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Fall Back

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include turning back the clock at the beginning of the month.
    Above: inside the face of Old Montreal's Clock Tower. Hisham Ibrahim / Getty Images

    Planning for an incredible November? Just​ make sure you've got the right time down, eh? The time change happens early in the month.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Free Things to Do

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include these free things to do in Montreal.
    Above: the Montreal Biosphere as ostensibly seen before winter fully takes hold. Biosphere admission is always free for ages 17 and under. Doug McKinlay / Getty Images
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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: The Concerts

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include these must-see concerts.
    Above: Joe Bonamassa performing at The Royal Albert Hall on April 20, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. The blues rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist plays at the Montreal Bell Centre November 20, 2017. Brian Rasic / WireImage / Getty Images

    Who's playing in Montreal this November? There's a little something for everyone in my Montreal Concerts November 2017 hit list.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Museum Exhibits

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include these museum exhibits.
    Above: Leonard Cohen, the subject of the city's most anticipated museum exhibit of the year. Photo courtesy of Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

    Got some great museum and science exhibits in Montreal this November, exhibits featuring a touch of international flair and relevance that makes them worth the detour for both visitors and locals.

    The Montreal Science Centre highlights Indigenous Ingenuity, an exhibit which "through an interactive quest" help you "discover how indigenous science is timeless. With a bear and a trickster as your guides, take part in a virtual canoe race, build an igloo, test a kayak’s centre of gravity, and discover interactive frescoes."

    The Musée d'art contemporain debuts A Crack in Everything, an exhibit of all things Leonard Cohen approved by the Montreal icon himself before he passed away in November 2016. The much-anticipated exhibit debuts November 9, 2017.

    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts features  Once upon a time... The Western - A new frontier in Art and Film, "the first exhibition to consider the Western and its attendant myths in the context of painting, photography,...MORE literature and film from the mid-1800s to the present, in the United States and in Canada. It establishes a dialogue between film and the fine arts through 450 paintings, sculptures, installations photos and numerous film excerpts."

    For an assortment of virtual reality experiences, drop by PHI Centre all month long.

    Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal's history and archaeology museum, looks at the history of telephones.

    And of course, for a natural science history lesson tinged with a teeny, weeny taste of Ancient Egyptian history –apart from what's on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' permanent collection, this is the only location in the city where you can hope do that– make it a point to visit the Redpath Museum located on the McGill University's downtown campus.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Christmas Shopping

    Montreal festivals in November 2017? Consider wrapping up your Christmas shopping before December hits.
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    One of the best feelings of the season? Wrapping up Christmas gift shopping before the calendar hits December, avoiding all the stress and frenzy. On topic, here's my shortlist of Montreal's best Christmas fairs, bazaars, sales and assorted shopping events.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Cinemania

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include French film festival Cinémania.
    Above: still of Au Revoir Là Haut, Cinemania's closing film in 2017. Still courtesy of AZ Films

    Cinemania, running November 2 to November 12, 2017 at Montreal's Cinéma Impérial, is an annual ode to the best French films released over the last year or so, all with English subtitles. Admission varies from $8.50 to $20. Festival passports available.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: The Harvest is NOW

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include enjoying fall harvest at these Montreal public markets.
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    It's no secret I'm crazy about Montreal's public markets, especially during harvest season. The prices are unreal if you buy in bulk. 

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: MTL à Table

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include restaurant week MTL à Table.
    Above: tuna sashimi signed Mercuri, one of MTL à Table's participating restaurants. Photo courtesy of Mercuri

    Running until November 2 through November 16, 2017 is MTL à Table, Montreal's answer to restaurant week. No less than 175 participating restaurants propose table d'hôte menus specially conceived for the event ranging from $21 to $41 plus taxes, tip and wine (unless a given restaurant is a bring-your-own-wine establishment).

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: La Grande Dégustation

    Montreal festivals in November 2016 include wine show La Grande Dégustation.
    Photo courtesy of La Grande Dégustation

    Montreal wine show La Grande Dégustation at Place Bonaventure is a fall season staple in the city, a chance to sample in the upwards of 1,500 different wines from 200 different producers from around the world. Open to the public November 3 and November 4, 2017. Admission $15. Tasting tickets extra.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: South Asian Film Festival

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include the South Asian Film Festival.
    Above: still from Hotel Salvation, one of the South Asian Film Festival's top headliners, an acclaimed Indian art house film set in Varanasi. Photo courtesy of the Montreal South Asian Film Festival

    Catch the last weekend of the South Asian Film Festival at Concordia University's J.A. DeSève Cinema this November 4 and November 5, 2017, screening 19 award-winning films from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, USA, and Canada.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Montreal Vegan Festival

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include the Montreal Vegan Festival.
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    Considering the vegan lifestyle? Already living it? Consider dropping by the Montreal Vegan Festival running November 4 to November 5, ​2017 at Marché Bonsecours. It's free admission.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Salon des Animaux de Compagnie

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include the Salon des Animaux de Compagnie.
    Photo courtesy of the Salon des Animaux de Compagnie

    Considering a new pet or just an all-around animal lover? The Salon des Animaux de Compagnie at Place Bonaventure beckons this November 4 and November 5, 2017 with its feline expo featuring cats, ponies, rare animals, dog agility shows and more.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Rencontres du Documentaire

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include Les Rencontres du Documentaire.
    Above: still of Baronesa, a Brazilian documentary in competition at Les Rencontres du Documentaire, following the lives of two women surviving life in the favelas. Still courtesy of Les Rencontres du Documentaire

    Running November 9 to November 19, 2017 is Montreal International Documentary Festival Les Rencontres internationales du Documentaire, a film fest featuring 142 films from 47 countries. Screenings range from $9.50 to $12. Festival passports available.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Lest We Forget

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include Remembrance Day,
    Above from left to right: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt meeting in Quebec City in 1944. The allied leaders often met during World War II to coordinate their efforts. In this case, Churchill and Roosevelt met in Quebec after the successful invasion of Normandy in June 1944 in order to agree on how to proceed with the Nazis now that their bid for European domination was thwarted. Print Collector / Contributor / Getty Images

    I make it a point to honor the lives of the men and women who sacrificed their wellbeing to protect ours on a regular basis, and I say this as someone who, like everyone, wants to live in peace. It's almost unfathomable to me to think of what they gave up just to protect a bunch of strangers, be it a lost limb or their very sanity, the horrors they've seen and endured, all on our behalf. One minute of my time feels like the very least I can do come Remembrance Day this November 11, 2017 to commemorate the memories of these Canadian heroes, be it veterans of World War I or the Forces of today risking life and limb (and their families) for us.

    Full disclosure: one of those men and women was my mother. I'm currently waiting for the bulk of her military files to be reopened in order to understand the extent of her contribution as a military police office. It's a long story but her career history was grossly downplayed and misrepresented to me. To quote what I was told, she...MORE was a ''loser.'' But what I discovered is rather than a career as a ''loser,'' she held a leadership role in national security, notably interrogation, and investigation. She was an airport security chief promoted to a national security executive role overseeing several airports across Western Canada before she died at age 45.

    And sacrifice, she did. Her life story is devastating and disturbing, and may in some way be the reason she passed away so young. My health would probably give out on me too if my reputation was smeared and was bullied out of my daughter's life. But what I want to share with you today is how proud I am of the millions of lives she protected on behalf of Canada and what she achieved as a leader in what was at the time (and still is) a male-dominated profession.

    Fluent in 5 languages and in possession of a PhD as per her obituary and former employer Intelicom, a private national security firm, she worked as an English professor prior to her homeland security career.

    As long as I live, her contributions and achievements will be honored and acknowledged.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Festival du Monde Arabe

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include Festival du Monde Arabe.
    Photo courtesy of Festival du Monde Arabe

    You've got until November 12, 2017 to experience one the Festival du Monde Arabe, one of the largest celebrations of Middle Eastern cultures in North America.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Mundial Montreal

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include Mundial.
    Above: Toronto artist Kaia Kater is a headliner at Mundial's 2017 festival edition. Photo courtesy of Mundial

    World music festival Mundial Montreal runs November 14 through November 17, 2017, proposing a cross-section of local, national and international talent.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: M for Montreal

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include M for Montreal.
    Above: rapper Flawless Gretzky headlines at M for Montreal in 2017.

    Catch local artists playing at​ M for Montreal November 15 through November 18, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Salon du Livre

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include Le Salon du Livre.
    Photo courtesy of Le Salon du Livre

    One of North America's most important French literature gatherings, Le Salon du Livre runs at Place Bonaventure November 16 through November 21, 2017. 

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Bach Festival

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include the Bach Festival.
    Above: illustration created circa 1870 depicting Johann Sebastian Bach performing for Frederick the Great of Prussia. De Agostini Picture Library / Getty Images

    Everything from Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations to the Leipzig native's Christmas Oratorio are on the bill of Montreal's annual Bach Festival running November 17 to December 23, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Restaurant Day

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include Restaurant Day.
    Photo courtesy of Restaurant Day

    Anyone can open a restaurant on Restaurant Day. With 30 participating countries and hundreds of pop-up restaurants opening this November 18, 2017, check out who is serving what in Montreal. Prices are delightfully affordable.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Santa Claus Parade

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include the Santa Claus Parade.
    Photo © Clint Lewis

    Montreal's most popular parade of the year, the Montreal Santa Claude Parade runs November 18, 2017. And if I were you, I'd prepare a game plan. Or follow mine.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Le Salon des Artistochats

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include the Salon des Artistochats.
    Image courtesy of the Salon des Artistochats

    Drop by the Centre Pierre-Charbonneau November 18 and November 19, 2017 for the Salon des Artistochats, a 100% immersive feline experience. Every direction of the expo floor features a cat. Or hundreds of cat-themed goodies made in Quebec: jewelry, clothes, accessories, illustrations and so forth. Just don't bring your own cat. Only invited guest cats are allowed in (it's an insurance thing). Free admission.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Leaf Peep While You Can

    Montreal festivals in November 2017? Try some leaf-peeping while you still can.
    Above: the sheer variety of trees at the Montreal Botanical Garden is reason enough to cough up admission for an afternoon stroll. Ellen Rooney / Getty Images

    It's been a glorious leaf peeping season in Montreal. Started late this year too courtesy of an extended summer season well into fall. You've got two, maybe three more weeks in November this year to catch what's left of the leaves before they all fall down.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Image + Nation

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include image+nation.
    Image courtesy of image+nation

    Don't miss Montreal LGBT film festival image+nation running November 23 through December 3, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Annual Gem and Mineral Show

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include the Annual Gem and Mineral Show.
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    Held at Place Bonaventure, the Annual Gem and Mineral Show runs November 24 to November 26, 2017 selling semi-precious gems, jewelry, sculptures, pearls, beads, fossils, tools, and minerals involving more than 100 dealers on site. Admission $6 to $8, free for kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Tibetan Cultural Fair

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include the Tibetan Cultural Fair.
    Above: Tibetan singing bowls, one of the many crafts and products for sale at Montreal's Tibetan Cultural Fair. Kimberley Coole / Getty Images

    November 25, 2017 features Montreal's Tibetan Cultural Fair at Santa Cruz Church, a chance to experience Tibetan song, dance, food and culture. Great holiday gift ideas on site too.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Expozine

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include Expozine.
    Photo courtesy of Expozine

    Catch around 300 independent publishers, artists and authors selling their works to the public at ​Expozine November 25 and November 26, 2017 at Église Saint-Denis.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: souk @ sat

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include souk @ sat.
    Photo courtesy of souk @ sat

    Annual Christmas market souk @ sat is one of Montreal's best Christmas shopping destinations. Running November 29 to December 3, 2017 at the Société des Arts Technologiques.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: Nutcracker Market

    Montreal festivals in November 2017 include the Nutcracker Market.
    Photo courtesy of Les Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

    Stock up on holiday provisions on the ground floor of Palais des congrès, and for a good cause, this November 30 to December 10, 2017 courtesy of ​The Nutcracker Market. Free admission.

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    Montreal Festivals November 2017: More

    Montreal festivals in November 2017.
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