What’s going on and what have you missed in Montreal
If you are a soccer enthusiast and would like something fun to do this Canada Day Weekend – and for a good cause, too – then check out the 8th edition of GOALMTL – Lions Cup Soccer Tournament on July 2, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Percival Molson Stadium.
20 teams representing different restaurants and pubs across Montreal – plus a team comprised of Montreal media stars and celebrities – will compete in the tournament to raise vital funds for several non-profit organizations that benefit youth, families, social activities and education, such as Global Citizen, the Montreal Community Cares Foundation and Share the Warmth. So far, over $250,000 has been raised at this event.
Ihere will plenty of attractions and activities for spectators of all ages. They include a Kids Zone, free yoga classes courtesy of Lululemon, a video game lounge, free haircuts provided by Maison Privee, a jerk chicken competition, a passion soccer boutique, entertainment provided by the Red Bull DJ Team, guest appearances by Montreal Impact captain Patrice Bernier and forward Dominic Oduro, and plenty of food and drink.Admission to GOALMTL is free.
7th annual Montreal
The 7th annual Montreal Community Cares (MCC) Awards tooke place on June 22 at Club Soda, which honoured 13 individuals and organizations who are making a difference across the island of Montreal.
Hosted by Chantal Desjardins, Caroline Van Vlaardingen and Derek Aucion, with Just For Laughs COO Bruce Hills as Honourary Chairperson, the Montreal Community Cares Awards paid tribute to the following recipients in five diverse categories. Community Leadership: Katherine Velan, Corey Fleischer, Svens Telemaque and Vimal Patel; Community Organization: Head and Hands, CKUT, A Promise for Prom, and Eva R. Gsum Foundation; Youth Leadership:Alexis Lahorra and Milton Calderon Donfer; Pro-Athlete Community Engagement: Patrice Bernier; Lifetime Achievement: Nalie Agustin and Robert White. The evening also featured performances by Joey Elias, Faye Cummings and Ana Stasia.
Lakeshore Civitan, a service club that has been aiding the West Island community for more than 60 years, distributed over $16,000 to 10 local community groups at its annual Distribution Dinner, which was held on June 14 at the Casa Grecque reception hall in Pierrefonds.
According to Lakeshore Civitan President Ricky Held, the distributed monies were raised throughout the year via its many fundraising efforts, including the sale of 150 cases of its famous Claxton Fruit Cakes in over 40 locations.As well, money was donated to victims of the West Island floods this spring, and the Foundation of Stars; plus they gave out 30 Easter food baskets.
The organizations that received cheques from Lakeshore Civitan at this year’s Distribution Dinner were AVATIL (Training for Independent Living), Citizens Advocacy, Concordia Centre for the Arts in Human Development, Friends for Mental Health, Generations Foundation, Kizmet, Light A Dream, Lucky Harvest, West Island Association for Intellectually Handicapped (WIAIH), West Island Quebec Special Olympics, and the Civitan Research Centre, which is located at its international headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama and is dedicated to researching cures for developmental disabilities.
St. Ambroise Montreal
The 27th edition of the St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival wrapped up in their own inimitable style on June 18 with the annual Frankie Awards ceremony, which was held for the first time at Club Soda.
Hosted by festival executive and artistic director Amy Blackmore and associate director Kenny Streule, the Frankie Awards honored some of the festival’s favorite productions in 14 different categories, and were handed out by a number of Fringe Festival partners. The awards were named in honour of Frank Hopkins, a major benefactor of the Montreal Fringe Festival during its early years, who died in 2015 at the age of 93.
Some of the Frankie Award winners were: “The Morning After The Life Before” (Best English Production), “The Ballad of Frank Allen” (Best English Comedy), “The Merkin Sisters” (Montreal Clown Festival Award), Glam Glam Productions (Spirit of the Fringe Award), and “Precinct: An Improvised Cop Story” (Best Visual Identity Award for its poster artwork).
Also, Ms. Blackmore announced to the full house crowd about two special Fringe-related events: World Fringe Day on July 11, which will be simultaneously observed by every Fringe festival around the world; and during the first week of October, a special remounting of several popular shows not only from this year’s Fringe Festival, but from past festivals as well.
Shane Adamczak (left) and Al Lafrance accepting their Best English Comedy Award for "The Ballad of Frank Allen" at the Fringe Festival's Frankie Awards ceremony