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5 Things to Do in Montreal This April

From new art exhibitions to an African festival, discover the top activities in Montreal this month.

Food & Drink

Bar St-Denis

Photo: Félix Michaud for APPAREIL Architecture

Next Round

The dramatically backlit bar at Bar St-Denis – a new Petite-Patrie hangout from Au Pied de Cochon alums – slings perfectly calibrated classic cocktails alongside sharing plates of lamb tartare, crispy falafel and smoked sturgeon.


Haida Art Exhibition

Photo: Artist unknown, Haida mask, 1800-1850, McCord Museum

Haida Art Exhibition

This expansive celebration of Haida culture highlights the work of contemporary artists and historical artifacts, creating a conversation between past, present and future.

From April 26,


Papier 2019

Photo: Jean-Michel Seminaro

Papier 2019

For its 12th iteration, the smartly curated contemporary art fair expands its scope beyond works on paper, delivering a dizzying selection of multimedia projects to collectors and aficionados.

April 25–28,



Photo: Arseni Khamzin


A community-oriented project from design studio Lambert & Fils, this new gallery creates initiatives, including workshop labs where visitors can explore using materials like concrete, leather and paper.


Vues d’Afrique

Photo: courtesy of Vues d’Afrique

The Long View

Now in its 35th year, the Vues d’Afrique festival provides a corrective to mainstream stereotypes surrounding African culture, celebrating creators from the continent and its diaspora. Though the fest has a strong film component – including the award-winning I Am Not a Witch, part of the festival’s spotlight on women last year – its programming also features visual art, music and youth activities.

April 5–14,