Here are Pierre's picks for June 21, 22 and 23.
1. To list all of the St-Jean-Baptiste Day events would take up more space than this column can handle. Thankfully, the Fête Nationale website has everything you need to know to plan your long weekend celebrations.
2. Gregory Charles' festival, Mondial Laval, presents a wide number of choral ensembles from around the world. This Sunday at 8pm, tenor Marc Hervieux will give a free outdoor concert at Espace Montmorency with the Laval Symphony Orchestra.
3. Local rocker Sam Roberts will warm up the crowd on Satuday night at the Centennial Esplanade in Lachine (corner of St-Patrick Street and Pitt Street). If that's not awesome enough, The Tragically Hip will close out the night.
4. Les FrancoFolies de Montréal wind down this weekend. Sets by Les soeurs Boulay, Louis-Jean Cormier, Radio Radio,Yann Perreau, and Roch Voisine will close out this 25th edition.
5. It's your last chance to catch performances at the Montreal Fringe Festival, which wraps up on Sunday. The Fringe is one of the best examples of audacity, creativity, and fun that this city has to offer!
6. As an exception, I'm adding an extra pick, a personal one. On June 21, 1996, I became the very first host of Bande à part, an alternative music show on Radio-Canada. Seventeen years later, the show is bidding farewell with a free three-hour concert at Le National. Come raise a glass to all those who made it happen, Friday at 9 p.m.