Get in “Le Mood” for the most exciting new festival in Montreal
I know that it may not quite seem like it yet, but despite the weather outside, it is officially summer in Montreal! And, according to yours truly, the best thing about summer in Montreal (or any season in Montreal, for that matter) are the festivals! Just for Laughs, the Fringe Festival, Beerfest, and the Jazz Festival are just a few of the many weekends to look forward to this summer. Whether you like live music, delicious food and drink, or stand-up comedy, this city really does have something for everyone.
This year, another awesome festival has been added to Montreal’s roster. Le Mood, Montreal’s first festival of unexpected Jewish learning, arts and culture, is creating a buzz throughout the city with their impressive line up of presenters, workshop leaders and performers. The concept behind Le Mood was drawn from the Limmud (Hebrew for learning) Festival, a week-long event that has been taking place annually in England for the past 30 years. This year’s festival in Montreal, however, will have a bit of a different spin. While staying true to Limmud’s mission of exploring “lively approaches to Jewish learning,” the grassroots group of Jewish young adults that are behind Le Mood are dedicated to making sure that this festival allows participants to explore and connect to Jewish life in off-beat, unexpected ways.
Explore Jewish life in off-beat and unexpected ways? You’re probably wondering what on Earth that could possibly mean. Well here it is: Le Mood is not just about Jewish learning…it’s about experiencing. Start your morning off right with a “Kabbalah Yoga” class; get your hands dirty learning how to make “The Perfect Jewish Food” at a cholent making workshop; listen to Montreal’s top comedians debate the “Jews and Don’ts,” and explore the world of “Jewish Underground Art.” Curious as to who will be leading these workshops? The growing list of Le Mood presenters has become one of main attractions to this new festival. They include local celebrities like hip-hop sensation Socalled, comedian Robby Hoffman, former Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup winning coach, Jean Perron, and Stephen Bronfman, one of our cities biggest philanthropists.
To make things even more “unexpected,” the Le Mood team has collaborated with POP Montreal to put together a closing concert that will have you moving and shaking to the least traditional Jewish music you’ve ever heard. The Youjsh, the klezmer-punk band from St-Henri, kicks the night off with their eclectic mix of jazz, rock and klezmer music, which has been featured at POP Montreal, Fringe POP, The Montreal Jewish Music Festival and the L’Off Festival du Jazz deMontreal. Next up is uRockaoke; a live band made up of various Montreal musicians playing karaoke songs that aim to get everyone up and singing. Le Mood’s special edition of uRockaoke (which they are cleverly calling JewRockaoke) will feature special guest Socalled performing along with the band. No…this is not your average dance party!
Le Mood is shaping up to be an event not to be missed, so make sure you include it in your June festival schedule. Whatever you’re interested in, there truly is something for everyone here; check out the website for the complete list of presenters and workshops. Don’t miss out on your chance to discover Jewish life, music, cooking, art and culture in an interactive and vibrant way!
The Le Mood Festival takes place on Sunday, June 5th from 11:00am-10:00pm at Espace Reunion (6600a Rue Hutchison at Beaubien). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased before the festival HERE. Tickets for the closing concert are included in the Le Mood day pass, or can be purchased for $10 at the door. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8:00pm.
For more information, how to register to be a volunteer, and the entire list of presenters, check out www.lemood.ca.