About Town: August 2016

August Listings!
Learn about the latest events taking place in Montreal:
(This list is constantly updated throughout the month)

//Under Pressure XXI
//Blues du Centre-Sud : Hommage à Josée Yvon
//Ho Tam: Artist as Publisher
//Sommet Noir
//Salon du livre Queer entre les couvertures
//Fierté Afro Pride : Come make your statement
//Art Hives Summer Institute
//Writing While Black
//City Farm Market
//Workshop: Beekeeping!
//TransHackFeminist 2016
//Collective Culture Montreal
//Marché au troc 2016
//South Boogie – Vernissage des oeuvres de Sentwo Figueroa
//Buy & Sell Used Textbooks Consignment Style! [Fall 2016 Edition!]
//Festival des savoirs partagés
//Charmaine A. Nelson Book Launch
//TOTUM Zine Exhibition No.2
//Painting Meet-U


under the pressure

Under Pressure XXI
August 10 to 14

Under Pressure is the largest and longest running event of its kind all across North America.  Under Pressure is a graffiti festival which focuses on community development, artist empowerment as well as positive youth development through ownership and responsibility of a shared space. Currently heading into its twentieth year, this festival is the longest running graffiti and hip hop festival in existence. The main reason it has been able to be sustained for so long is because it is an event done by the community for the community, everyone who works on keeping it alive does so on a volunteer basis. more



Blues du Centre-Sud : Hommage à Josée Yvon
12 août

Pour sa 19e édition, le FestiBlues International de Montréal vous convie au Blues de Centre-Sud, un 5 à 7 mettant à l’honneur la poésie de Josée Yvon (1950-1994) poète culte de la contre-culture. La «Fée des étoiles» a donné voix aux junkies, aux danseuses nues, aux travesties, aux tuées trop belles pour partager la quotidienneté d’une voix de sax , aux Thérèse goddess de la rue Panet et à toute une galerie de filles du ciel et de la mort, prisonnières trop longtemps dans les paliers de pisse.

Pas moins d’une dizaine de poètes et des chansonniers rendront hommage à Josée Yvon par des lectures de poèmes ou de courtes performances acoustiques : Daphné B., Kebert Bastien, Catherine Cormier-Larose, Jean-Paul Daoust, Robert Fusil, Gabrielle Giasson-Dulude, Béonard Monteau, Alain-Arthur Painchaud, Mia Poirier, Emmanuelle Riendeau et Chloé Savoie-Bernard. La libraire Caroline Scott assurera l’animation du 5 à 7. plus d’info


Ho Tam

Ho Tam: Artist as Publisher
August 12

The Artexte team is pleased to host an artist’s talk by Vancouver-based artist Ho Tam, who will give a talk on his serial artist’s publication projects. This artist’s talk is presented in collaboration with the Queer Between the Covers Bookfair and Qouleur.

Ho Tam was born in Hong Kong and educated in Toronto. He is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program, Bard College (MFA) and the recipient of various fellowships and artist’s grants. Tam works in a diverse mix of disciplines including painting, video, photography and print-based art and has exhibited in various cities across North America. He has been working with artist’s books since 1993 (‘The Yellow Pages’). His recent publishing projects include two series of artist’s zines – 88Books (works by artists from China), XXXzines (queer zines by international artists) – and his own magazine/book series hotam. Ho Tam will be taking part in the 2016 Queer Between the Covers book fair on August 13. more



Sommet Noir
13 août

Le Sommet Noir est la 3e édition de Hoodstock, un événement visant à mobiliser les forces des communautés culturelles avec des ateliers, des spectacles et des moments d’échange par, avec et pour les membres des communautés noires et racisées. Hoodstock se déroulera à Montréal-Nord, constitué d’ une population de plus de 60% de citoyen-ne-s issu-e-s des communautés racisées. plus d’infos


queer bookfair

Salon du livre Queer entre les couvertures
13 août

Le collectif du salon du livre Queer entre les couvertures (QELC) vise à faciliter l’accès à la littérature queer à Montréal, en priorisant une variété d’expériences queer et les voix des personnes qui sont traditionnellement marginalisées. Les événements que nous organisons et la façon dont nous fonctionnons à l’interne sont en continuité avec nos politiques anti-racistes, anti-capitalistes, anti-colonialistes, anti-capacitistes, féministes, d’auto-détermination du genre et de la souveraineté des individus sur leurs propres corps. plus d’info



Fierté Afro Pride : Come make your statement 
August 14

Are you ready for the HOTTEST ✚ the BIGGEST ✚ the most MILITANT ✚ the FUNNIEST float with African Rainbow ?




Art Hives Summer Institute
August 14 to 17

A 4-day experiential intensive teaching the theory, methods and materials to create inclusive public home places which bring multiple opportunities for community building and healing through art making, dialogue and skillsharing into neighbourhoods. more

Writing While blog

Writing While Black
August 16

Writing While Black is a community centre, people-powered workshop series is tailored to black writers at all stages of their writing journey (beginner, emerging, mid-career, established) writing in any genre or discipline (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, journalism, dramatic writing, spoken word etc.). The main goal of the workshops is to create a safe space and develop a community of black writers who can provide support to one another’s artistic projects. more

city market

City Farm Market

August 16 (Every Tuesday until October)

every Tuesday (until October) from 5-7pm, head over to the Concordia Greenhouse‘s City Farm School‘s market stand at the Loyola campus in NDG for delicious freshly harvested vegetables, herbs, fruits and more!



Workshop: Beekeeping!
August 17

We welcome Shona Watt from Le TinyHomestead for an interactive presentation about the fascinating lives of honeybees! Beekeeping and urban apiculture is a hot topic today in urban agriculture. (..) We’ll discuss how a beehive functions and the basics on how to take care of them. Participants will also learn what they can do to help support healthy bee populations. Honey sampling will be included, and participants will make their own native bee house out of recycled materials. more



TransHackFeminist 2016
August 18 to 22

he third iteration of the THF! will be held on unceded Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) territory (Tio’tia:ke a.k.a island of Montreal) from August 18 to 22, 2016, more precisly at Studio xx (a big thank for their support)

This year the THF! will focus on four main streams, namely: Decolonizing Technologies, Autonomous Infrastructures, Queer and Feminist Pedagogies and Hacking with Care. more



Collective Culture Montreal
August 19 – 20 – 21

Geodesic Media presents CC:MTL (Collective Culture Montreal), an all access weekend that celebrates the voices of innovative BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) in Canada. CC:MTL brings creatives together for conversations, hang outs, performances and parties. This festival is a chance to kick back, relax, inspire and be inspired. Arts, academia and popular culture will come together for an unforgettable weekend! more


marche au troc

Marché au troc 2016
20 août

Éco-quartier Saint-Jacques, le Marché Saint-Jacques et la Coop Le Milieu organisent le Marché au troc 2016. Au programme : le marché des artisans récupérateurs, l’échange de vêtements et objets réutilisables, le vélo-smoothie, une collecte de produits électroniques et informatiques destinés au recyclage, le kiosque de l’Écomusée du Fier-Monde. Le Marché au troc vise à promouvoir la réutilisation et le réemploi d’objets pour ainsi leur offrir une seconde vie en les détournant des sites d’enfouissement. plus d’infos



South Boogie – Vernissage des oeuvres de Sentwo Figueroa
21 août au 18 septembre
Vernissage: 21 août



Buy & Sell Used Textbooks Consignment Style! [Fall 2016 Edition!]
August 22 to October 17

Consign your unwanted (possibly unread) textbooks, course packs, literature, Manuals, CD-ROMs, Lab Coats, etc! (anything used in an Academic setting is a-okay).

Four (4) Easy Steps!

Step 1: Select and pack your unwanted reading material.
Step 2: Bring them to the Co-op Bookstore, fill out a Consignment Form, listing each book and the amount ($$$) you want for each.
Step 3: Keep your copy of the form, and let us sell your books.
Step 4: Come back to the Co-op Bookstore, with your copy of the Consignment Form, anytime between the day you consigned your books, up until the deadline. Claim the money ($$$) for the books that have sold, and take back the ones that didn’t. more



Festival des savoirs partagés

24 au 27 août 

Le Festival des savoirs partagés, c’est 4 jours d’ateliers dans le Parc Edmond-Hamelin.

L’animation des ateliers est entièrement soutenue par des citoyen.e.s et organismes du quartier, selon les savoirs-faire de chacun.e. Une attention particulière va à la mobilisation des résidents de l’habitation HLM adjacente au Parc Edmond-Hamelin. Plus d’infos



Charmaine A. Nelson Book Launch
August 25

Join us as we launch “Slavery, Geography and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica” by McGill Professor Charmaine A. Nelson. more


Street Vibes 13th Edition
August 25

Street Vibes is a night of urban arts showcasing local artists and our youths. Taking place during and in collaboration with NDG Arts Week, Street Vibes is a fundraiser that engages NDG’s youth community with eclectic artists coming together to support Jeunesse 2000 (J2K), Head & Hands’ teen drop-in centre.

Join us once again for an evening of beats, dance, magic and for a great cause! more at



TOTUM Zine Exhibition No.2
August 25 to 28

TOTUM is a group-oriented art zine collecting the works of up-and-coming Montreal illustrators. The idea behind it is to create a book with a rich variety of voices and visions, a place to take these individual pieces and to create a whole with them.

With the 4th issue now in the process of completion, we’ve decided to celebrate and put together an exhibition showcasing over two dozen contributions made by the diverse set of artists involved. Exhibiting works spread through both the third and fourth issues, you’ll get the chance to see all the illustrations in person, as well as the official launch of TOTUM No. 4.  more


painting meet-up

Painting Meet-U
August 27

Join for free last sunday of July and every Sunday in August from 4-6pm.
A friendly space to hang out with other artist and paint like if you were at home. These are not classes. Any medium and technique is welcome (watercolour, acryclic, oil, etc.), bring your own materials. more