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Cultural activities: what to see this weekend

Here are some suggestions for cultural activities to do this weekend.

The book Coffee with Mary by Serge Bouchard


Cultural activities: what to see this weekend

Coffee with Mary, it is a series of texts bearing great truths written over time by the great deceased Serge Bouchard in honor of his wife Marie, who also disappeared. This book can be read one short text at a time, closing it after each short reading (4-5 pages) to meditate on the themes addressed in a way that is always sincere and sometimes raw (time, doubt, self, work, freedom). It’s poetic, touching, inspiring, sad, sweet, instructive and true. Special mention to the prologue in which the author affirms that “the good life is nothing other than this coffee taken with Marie”.

— Sarah-Emilie Nault

The free OSM

The Orchester symphonique de Montréal is offering a free webcast throughout the month of January of the concert Rafael Payare conducts Brahms’ First Symphony. A performance that was recorded on January 10, 2021 at the Maison Symphonique. We can also hear the OSM perform theOpening of the Roman Carnival by Berlioz.

► Where: osm.ca

—Yves Leclerc

Gazebo


Cultural activities: what to see this weekend

Marie-Soleil Dion and Louis-Olivier Mauffette stage a deliciously offbeat – and fictional – version of their reality with Gazebo, a web series of which they are both the stars and the authors. They become here Marie and Loulou, a couple of actors who leave the city to settle “in the countryside” (read: the South Shore of Montreal) with their two children.

In a word: it’s hilarious. And frankly irresistible. The 10 ten-minute episodes are absolutely perfect for furnishing a cozy evening at home. In short, we pray fervently for a second season.

► Where: Available on Tou.tv extra

—Bruno Lapointe

sitka, by Andréanne A. Malette


Cultural activities: what to see this weekend

Following the wave of polar cold that has made Quebec shiver over the past few days, diving back into this very beautiful album, released in January 2021, is essential. Inspired by a trip to Alaska, sitka celebrates Nordicity with impeccable folk-pop tunes. “For me, this album is the boreal forest, the cold,” Andréanne A. Malette told us at the time of the launch. Cold does not mean freezing, however. Despite the rather serious subjects of his songs, sitka was designed to warm hearts. That’s good, we need it.

— Cedric Belanger