December 22, 2011

Give gift of entertainment this holiday season


MONTREAL — Need a last-minute holiday gift idea?

Here are a few live performance suggestions playing on the Montreal stage.

Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion," a mystical show where East meets West, plays the Bell Centre through Dec. 30. The space is more intimate than you may think as the venue uses a half-arena stage setup. Tickets range from $62 to $181. The official address is 1909 Avenue des Canadiens de Montreal, which is downtown near the corner of Drummond or Peel streets and Boulevard Rene Levesque.

The Les Grands Ballets Canadiens classic "The Nutcracker" is currently enjoying its holiday run through Dec. 30 at 175 St. Catherine St. W. Adult tickets range from $35 to $100.

"Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales" provides fun for the entire family at Theatre St. Denis, 1594 St. Denis St., with English performances at 6 p.m. Dec. 25 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Tickets range from $27.50 to $97.50.

Ring in an elegant New Year with "Salute to Vienna," an annual tradition held the afternoon of Jan. 1 at Place des Arts. Tickets range from $54 to $98.

"Mamma Mia!" the smash Broadway musical based on the music of ABBA, enjoys a New Year's run at Place des Arts Jan. 3 through 8. Tickets cost $66.50 to $96.50.

Place des Arts also presents "Shen Yun," a colorful performance of traditional Chinese dance and music, Jan. 5 through 8. Tickets range from $86 to $166.

Comedian Demetri Martin brings his "Telling Jokes in Cold Places" tour to Place des Arts Jan. 12. Tickets cost $36 and $42.

Down With Webster plays Metropolis, 59 St. Catherine St. E., Jan. 20. Tickets start at $29.

Machine Head is next to take the Metropolis stage Jan. 27. Tickets start at $25.50.

British singer-songwriter Charlie Winston plays the Corona Theatre at 2490 Notre Dame St. W. Jan. 28. Tickets cost $29.

Arkells play Petit Campus at 57 Prince Arthur St. E. Jan. 28. Tickets start at $14.

Iconic '70s rockers Chicago perform at Theatre St. Denis Feb. 1 and 5. Tickets range from $52 to $82.

Ian Kelly performs at the Corona Theatre Feb. 4. Tickets start at $32.

The Kills play Olympia de Montreal at 1004 St. Catherine St. E. Feb. 5. Tickets cost $30.

Sam Roberts Band with special guests Zeus play Metropolis Feb. 10. Tickets cost $32 and $42.

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires bring a retro soulful sound to the Corona Theatre Feb. 10. Tickets start at $24.

Sibling trio Hanson plays the Corona Theatre Feb. 11. Tickets start at $33.

"Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream" skates into the Bell Centre with English performances March 8 and 11. Tickets range from $25 to $98.

Hedley headlines the Bell Centre March 12. Tickets cost $63.

The Black Keys play the Bell Centre March 13. Tickets range from $53 to $68.

Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden plays Olympia de Montreal March 14. Tickets cost $60.

Cirque du Soleil presents "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" March 20 through 22. Tickets range from $61 to $196.

The Cat Empire plays Metropolis March 30. Tickets start at $34.

"Mythbusters," the popular Discover Channel television program where rumors and myths get put to the scientific test, goes live at Place des Arts March 30. The "Behind the Myths" tour stars TV hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. Tickets range from $47 to $133.

Eclectic German rockers Rammstein play the Bell Centre May 1. Tickets range from $73 to $110.

Men at Work lead man Colin Hay plays Petit Campus May 8. Tickets start at $24.50.

Prices are in Canadian dollars (some prices rounded to nearest dollar; add service charges to each ticket ordered).

Steven Howell is the author of Montreal Essential Guide, a Sutro Media iPhone travel app available at