25 Jul 2016

July 25th, the midnight movie starts at 9:00, when Bar le Ritz PDB presents Carnival of Souls (1962).

After surviving what should have been a fatal car accident, Mary Henry resolves to move on and start a new life as a church organist in Salt Lake City, Utah. Soon after moving in, Mary is plagued with visions of a mysterious man (played by director Herk Harvey) and drawn to an abandoned carnival on the outskirts of town.

The influential horror classic was made with boundless love by filmmakers who cut their teeth on industrial film and recently restored with just as much. Come over and see, this creepfest hasn’t aged a day!

GA / 18 +



27 Jul 2016

Participez à une conversation dynamique à propos du revenu de base

Quel impact aurait le revenu de base sur vous et votre communauté ? À quoi ressemblerait une vision significative du revenue de base ici au Québec ?

Vous êtes conviés à un rassemblement citoyen d’artistes, chercheurs et militants montréalais autour d’une conversation dynamique articulée en collaboration avec Revenu de base Québec et L’université autrement : dans les cafés (Université Concordia), une série de conversations publiques et bilingues se déroulant dans divers cafés et espaces communautaires montréalais.

L’événement est gratuit et ouvert à toute personne intéressée. La soirée comprendra une brève discussion animée entre les conférenciers et le public au sujet du revenu de base, un jam d’affiches et des possibilités de réseautage.

(Here is the event we’ve put together! This is just the private invite for the group, there will be another public one, feel free to let me know if you catch typos! Hope to see you out for a beer and and interesting conversation! La français suit, merci à Patricia!)

How might a basic income for all affect you and your communities? What would an empowering version of basic income look like here in Quebec?

Local Montrealers, artists, researchers, and advocates are coming together for a creative conversation about basic income organized in partnership with Revenue de Base Quebec and the University of the Streets Café at Concordia – a participatory series that seeks to reinvent the idea of the university by creating spaces for lifelong learning, critical thinking, and community engagement in local neighborhoods.

All are welcome at this free event which will consist of a short moderated discussion about basic income among panelists and attendees, a poster jam, and networking opportunities.



27 Jul 2016


GA / 18+

FEMMES FEMMES (formerly 3 Women) is a series of monthly film screenings presented by Anika Ahuja and Rebecca Ladds, which aims to highlight strong female presence in cinema in relation to the historical definition of “hysteria”, a dismissive and broad diagnosis exclusively used in regarding women’s emotions and mental health. This concept relates with issues of violence and sexuality and is relevant to the stigmatization of mental health in modern relationships and in explorations of intersectional feminist discourse.

With each screening we will make a donation with the profits of ‘pay-what-you-can’ admission to benefit local charities that aid women and children.
Suggested donation is 5$.

Selected short films followed by –

Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA (1977)
98 min.


Head & Hands’ mission is to work with youth to promote their physical and mental well-being. Their approach is preventative, inclusive, non-judgmental, and holistic, with a fundamental commitment to providing an environment that welcomes youth without discrimination. Head and Hands facilitates social change and the empowerment of youth based on their current needs within our community and society at large.


29 Jul 2016

Brought to you by your friendly neighbourhood DJs, Alfred Borden and Erik Faulkner, Hell In Paradise is a love letter to the leftfield, a riotous ode to the subversive, the odd, and the experimental side of underground dance music from the past to the present. We cordially invite you to dance with us as the edge of reason and good manners!


GA / 18 +



06 Aug 2016

POSTER AND DETAILS TBA / save the date, grave the date

Prison (Copenhagen)
queer migrant synthwave witchygoth postpunk

Psychic Hotline (New Orleans)
occult cyberpunk industrial postpop on rage & resistance

DJ Shamama / Tovah

DJ Exghoulfriend

5$ b4 the witching hour, aka midnight, $10 after
(noone turned away 4 lack of funds)

GA / 18 +


15 Aug 2016

Part of Music and Müller a series foregrounding the contributions of Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller to movies loved for their soundtracks. Other screenings in the series include Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Repo Man, and 24 Hour Party People.

Monday, August 15th, Bar Le Ritz PDB presents Peter Bogdanovich’s indelible screwball comedy They All Laughed (1981), a film about love and detection in New York City.

Say what you want about their moral fibre, the private eyes at Odyssey Detective Agency are the best in the business. They’re smooth, undetectable, professional, and completely incapable of managing their personal lives. What begins as a routine investigation for P.I.s John and Charles into two different women for infidelity is almost immediately compromised by the detectives’ having fallen hopelessly in love with their assignments. Their pursuits become less and less about the job and all about a shot at something real until, in typical screwball fashion, the women they thought they’d gotten the best of turn the tables on them at the film’s close. It’s really funny.

Filmed in the streets of New York without permits or much of a crew to speak of, They All Laughed is one of the defining pictures of New Hollywood, so much more so because it arrived at the very end of the era, as Raiders of the Lost Arc would come out earlier the same year and cement the supremacy of the Hollywood Blockbuster…

While programmed here for Robby Müller’s cinematography and its Sinatra/Country soundtrack, They All Laughed features one hell of an ensemble cast, starring Audrey Hepburn in her final leading role, Cassavetes favourite Ben Gazzara, Three’s Company’s John Ritter(!), Colleen Camp, Patti Hansen, and the late, surprisingly great Dorothy Stratten, who died before the film’s release and to whom the film is dedicated.

Gratuit! Free!

GA / 18 +




16 Aug 2016

Bar Le Ritz PDB et Prospector Films présentent:

Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013) au Bar Le Ritz PDB

Eye-catching feature about a teenage. Aboriginal. Revenge-seeking drug-dealer.

Red Crow Mi’g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that meansimprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.

At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her “truancy tax”, keeping her out of St.Ds. But when Aila’s drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed.
Her only options are to run or fight… and Mi’gMaq don’t run.

Pay What You Can with a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds will go to Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal/Foyer Pour Femmes

GA / 18 +




22 Aug 2016

traduction française à vénir!

Thanks to the support of those who came to see Beau Travail 35mm (1999) July 11th, Bar le Ritz is moving forward on a plan to host 35mm film screenings monthly!

August 22nd, Bar le Ritz screens John Woo’s FACE/OFF (1997), with projection by Robert Film Services.

Nicolas Cage is domestic terrorist Castor Troy. John Travolta is Special Agent Sean Archer. Six years earlier, Troy killed Archer’s son during a botched assassination attempt. When an airplane showdown leaves Troy unconscious, possibly dead, Archer commits the ultimate sacrifice. In order to discover the whereabouts of a bomb hidden somewhere in Los Angeles, Archer undergoes a highly experimental surgery. His face is surgically removed and replaced with that of the man responsible for the death of his son. What Archer didn’t count on was Troy ever waking up, much less then grafting Archer’s face onto his head. Now it’s personal and the two will… face off. It’s called FACE/OFF… $10.

35mm screenings cost a little bit more than our other movie nights in order to cover any combination of promotion, print rental/preparation, screening rights and projection services.

Print courtesy of Professor Peter Rist.

Order some pizza + bring a date!


*feel free to order some pizza or bring other snacks to this event.
Sit back, relax and enjoy! we will have Popcorn to give away with any purchase!

*****le ritz pdb is wheelchair accessible, with a metal ramp on the inside of the front entrance. The bar is located on the ground floor, its entry facing directly onto Jean-Talon Ouest. Washrooms are also wheelchair accessible and gender-neutral.**

please post any questions below this post!

à bientôt et merci!

– bar le “ritz”

GA / 18 +





26 Aug 2016

Ho! Ho! L’amour arrive au Ritz.

Vendredi le 26 août, venez à notre Talking Heads Low-Watt Dance Party!

La soirée s’ouvrira par la projection du superbe Stop Making Sense (1984) de Jonathan Demme, un film qui accompagne à merveille l’album live du groupe.

La soirée se poursuivra avec le dancing party où nous ferons jouer tout ce que nous avons de Talking Heads jusqu’à l’étrange collaboration Eno/Byrne et Modern Lovers.

Un Low-Watt Dance Party signifie un nombre crissement élevé de petites lampes, donc envoyez un message à Adam pour soumettre votre lampe afin qu’elle fasse partie de la soirée. Si la soumission est acceptée, il ira lui-même la récupérer et, pour vous remercier de nous laisser emprunter votre lampe, l’entrée sera gratuite pour vous.


Uh-Oh, Love Comes to the Ritz.

Friday August 26th, come out for our Talking Heads Low-Watt Dance Party! The night kicks off with a standing screening of Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense (1984), the influential concert documentary and companion to the beloved live album.

Afterwards, stick around for a once in a lifetime dance party where we’ll be spinning all the Talking Heads we can get our hands on with the odd Eno/Byrne and Modern Lovers thrown in. When True Stories (1986) starts, it means it’s time to clear out!

Our Low-Watt Dance Party wouldn’t be complete without a s*load of low-watt lamps. PM Adam with lamp submissions. If yours is accepted, he’ll come by to pick it up and you’ll get free admission as thank you for letting us borrow it. We’ll worry about getting the bulbs.

See you there! Lend a lamp and wear a giant suit!

GA / 18 +





02 Sep 2016

don’t stop thinking about fleetwood mac.
you feel that their music follows you everywhere.
it could be monday morning, in the bermuda triangle, and you still can’t get them out of your dreams.

just tell yourselves some little lies and come see one of the seven wonders, bar le ritz pdb.


$5 – $10 PWYC nobody turned away

GA / 18 +