Just For Laughs' Free Money and Chateau Ramezay's World of Desserts
These two events have nothing to do with one another except that you can use your profits from one to attend the other. On April 1st Just For Laughs is hosting "April Serious Day". Leave it to the jokesters to come up with the ridiculous concept of paying YOU. It's not a joke. Then you take the $5 Just For Laughs is going to give you for standing in line at their 50%-Off Cash Booth in the Grand Hall of Place des Arts between 10am and 2pm on Friday and you either mosey on over to the next-door neighbour line where you can get "Pay-What-You-Can" ($5 minimum, aka "administrative fee") tickets for a bunch of the French comedy galas and the English "Ethnic Show" and "Nasty Show" that happen during the July summer festival, OR you can scrooge away your hard-earned $5 until Sunday at 2pm when ITHQ pastry chef Joanne Lacombe will explain the origins and cultural habits associated with desserts from tiramisu to baklava, with some Asian, Australian, and Central American side trips. For $15 you get a 90 minute talk followed by a taste test. What's your education good for if you can't use it?
So the deal with the Just For Laughs thing is that they essentially want you to buy tickets in advance for some of the slightly less popular shows, but the ticket price really is a steal. $5? That's cheaper than all the ticket prices and "deals" they'll offer in the summer for sure. And it's nice to see that the offer is only being made to locals, not tourists, as you need to show up in person in April to get a ticket for July.
Each show has a limited number of tickets being offered, and you can only buy one pair per customer, so waiting in a big line might not be your Friday cup of tea. But who doesn't like free money and cheap laughs? Here are a list of the shows:
The Nasty Show starting July 14th at Club Metropolis
The Ethnic Show starting July 21st at Club Soda
Les Fourberies de Scapin, starting June 16th at The Monument-National
Le Petit Roy, starting July 5th at ThÃ©Ã¢tre Saint-Denis
Torture de Jean Marc Parent, starting July 6th at ThÃ©Ã¢tre Maisonneuve
Les Confessions de StÃ©phane Rousseau, starting July 6th at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
La SoirÃ©e Grande PremiÃ¨re Videotron Just For Laughs Gala hosted by Eric Salvail, July 12th and 13th at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Videotron Just For Laughs Gala ÃŠtes-vous dÃ©primÃ©? hosted by Laurent Paquin, July 14th and 15th at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Videotron Just For Laughs Gala FranÃ§ais, July 16th and 17th at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Party Ã Mercier Videotron Just For Laughs Gala hosted by Jean-FranÃ§ois Mercier, July 18th and 19th at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Bilan Nantel 2011 Videotron Just For Laughs Gala hosted by Guy Nantel, July 20th and 21st at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
SoirÃ©e New York Videotron Just For Laughs Gala hosted by Gregory Charles, July 22nd and 23rd at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts
Ã‰vÃ¨nement Jean-Marc Parent, July 24th at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
The Deal With the Free Money
You'll need to stand in line for awhile (bring a book...) and then pay $5, but then the nice person at the counter will give you $10 in exchange. I love it when cashiers give the wrong change, especially when you try to be a good Samaritan and give it back and they tell you to keep it. That's actually never happened to me, but it could happen to you tomorrow.
The Deal With the Desserts
The idea of giving you free money is that you'll take your hard-waited-for $5 and go stand in the other line for cheap tickets, but you don't have to, and baklava is pretty amazing. Sure, there are other options for your money this weekend, such as music, but Joanne knows her pastry.
As part of the "Savoury Sundays" series at the Chateau Ramezay you get the sweetest (haha...) history lesson ever from this patisserie expert on the evolution of desserts in different countries. This event is for anyone interested in the history of food and/or delicious desserts. Featured countries include Mexico, Greece, Italy, France, China, and Australia so I'm assuming the baklava reference in the press release is for Greece and the tiramisu for Italy, but Mexico could be anything from churros to dulce de leche and China could be anything from orange slices (or a discussion of why dessert isn't traditionally such a big deal) to more modern sweet coconut buns or French-influenced pastry. Maybe some red bean or green tea flavouring thrown in for global fusion fun?
And Australia? All I knew about Australian dessert until I checked the Tourtiere Australienne website was that Australians eat pies, but mostly savoury ones. Turns out there are things called lamingtons, yoyos, and lolly cakes. They also do timtam tiramisu and pavlova. I'm thinking the pavlova is going to be the talked-about Australian sweet, though, since it's apparently of debated origins, so get yourself to 4520 avenue du Parc to find out about the rest.
Les Desserts du Monde with Joanne Lacombe
When: Sunday April 3rd, 2pm
Where: Chateau Ramezay, 280 Notre-Dame East
How Much: $15
RSVP: 514-861-3708, ext. 221
Just for Laughs April Serious Day "Pay What You Want" Ticket Sale
When: Friday April 1st, 10am-2pm
Where: Grand Hall inside the lobby of Place des Arts
How Much: Minimum $5
Just For Laughs April Serious Day "50%-off Sale on $10 bills"
When: Friday April 1st, 10am-2pm
Where: Just For LAughs 50%-off cash booth, also in the Grand Hall inside the lobby of Place des Arts
How Much: $5, but you get $10 change...