First days of May. Want to go out ? Here are some ideas.

Cirque du Soleil presents Echo under its marquee erected in the Old Port of Montreal until August 20. Performances are offered in the afternoon. According to journalist Jean Siag, it is “one of the most ambitious shows of recent years”.

At the end of the semi-final held last weekend, the names of the six finalists of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) were announced by the president of the jury, Richard Rodzinski. The six violinists chosen are Dmytro Udovyvhenko (Ukraine); Nathan Meltzer (USA); Michael Shaham (Israel); SongHa Choi (South Korea); SooBeen Lee (South Korea) and Ruslan Talas (Kazakhstan). They will pass the final rounds over two evenings, May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m., at Bourgie Hall in Montreal.

The Montreal International Music Competition is an annual international event that presents three disciplines (voice, violin, piano) alternately over a three-year cycle.

The 20 second(e)s show will bring together two great Montreal artists of international renown: Dawn Tyler Watson and Matt Herskowitz. This concert will mark the crossroads of their respective musical universes: blues, jazz and classical music. Matt Herskowitz will play solo and in a duo with Dawn Tyler Watson, in a program inspired by film music, on the theme of love and its challenges. The show is for the benefit of the Women’s Center of Montreal, which offers professional, educational, counseling and referral services to help women. All profits from this show will be donated to the organization. May 5 at 8 p.m. at the Gesù.

Theatre, dance, music and song. During the Festival Petits bonheurs, toddlers will have the pleasure of seeing culture unfold in various forms. From May 5 to 14, 12 shows and 20 workshops designed for children aged 0 to 6 will be presented at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum as well as in various venues and organizations in Montreal. To mark the opening of this 19th edition, on May 5, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., families are invited to come meet the author and illustrator Cara Carmina at the Maison de la culture Maisonneuve and discover the inspired exhibition from his book series The Smart Rabbits. Activities are also planned elsewhere in Quebec as part of the festival.

A “cross between exhibition, party and moment of exchange”. Here is what the Isotone studio invites you to this Saturday at the Society for Technological Arts (SAT). To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the collective of creators in digital arts will present an immersive exhibition under the theme of transformation, starting at 6:30 p.m. After 9 p.m., the space will be transformed to make way for the party. DJs Ramzilla, Gene Tellem, Kris Guilty and Mok-T will take turns to make the night owls dance until 3 a.m. under the light of the works which will remain accessible throughout the evening.

The Passage à Découvert exhibition, which each year presents the work of graduates from UQAM’s bachelor’s program in visual and media arts, is back. Until Saturday, the public is invited to discover the inventiveness and talent of these fifty emerging artists at the Galerie de l’UQAM. It should be noted that students Nicolas Maheu, Julien Séguin de Garie, Olivier Roscanu, Mélanie Dumas, Stéphanie Valcourt and Mathilde Varanese each received an award of excellence or a grant for their work.

Certainly, there have been several adaptations of the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas over the years. However, the last French adaptation dates back to 1961. The new version produced by Martin Bourboulon stars François Civil (D’Artagnan), Vincent Cassel (Athos), Pio Marmaï (Porthos) and Romain Duris (Aramis). Louis Garrel (Louis XIII), Éric Ruf (Cardinal de Richelieu) and Eva Green (Milady) are also in the cast. “Despite their very different personalities, the three musketeers are played with nuance by actors of great talent. They remain the solitary dean, the angry bon vivant and the charmer with many contradictions, but we avoid clichés, ”says journalist Pascal LeBlanc in his review published on April 28.

The subject is heavy, but the directors Marya Zarif and André Kadi have managed to offer a feature film imbued with magic. As she sees her house destroyed, Dounia and her grandparents leave for Europe in search of a new home. “It is a poetic quest straddling La vita è bella and Persepolis, fueled by the powerful imagination of a young girl faced with the ordinary horror of a country at war. Dounia and the Princess of Aleppo can be enjoyed by both adults and youngsters, because it is above all a story full of humanity,” said journalist Audrey-Anne Blais in her review published on April 28.