Haunted Downtown Montreal – a new ghost tour for the 2014 Hallowe’en season!

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

This Hallowe’en season, Donovan King is pleased to offer Haunted Downtown Montreal, a new ghost tour for 2014! Downtown Montreal is a very busy and bustling place. With towering skyscrapers and a professional workforce that empties out by 5 p.m., it’s the last place one would expect to encounter the paranormal. However, just beneath the veneer […]

“Critical Report from the World Fringe Congress” to hit Europe’s Fringes!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

When infringement festival founder Donovan King was invited to the first-ever World Fringe Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, he thought there had been a mistake! After being kicked out of the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2001 for criticizing a corporate sponsor, King has made a point of crusading to protect Fringe Festivals from excessive corporate interference in order […]

Haunted Mountain returns for 2013 Halloween season!

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

To celebrate Montreal’s festive, yet creepy 2013 Hallowe’en season, the spine-tingling Haunted Mountain Walking Tour is back! Several dates are being offered to the public, for the first time private tours are available, and a new website has been launched at www.hauntedmountain.com ! Public Dates: The Haunted Mountain tour is open to the public on the […]

OTL hits the road for Buffalo infringement with 2 shows!

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Optative Theatrical Laboratories is going to the Buffalo Infringement Festival, easily Western New York’s largest and most popular arts festival, and arguably the world’s most independent and authentic one! With absolutely no corporate interference, artists can breathe freely and get  important work done within a supportive community. It’s an artistic paradise that doesn’t normally exist under the […]

10th infringement festival is here and OTL is offering 4 shows!

Friday, June 7th, 2013

When Montreal artists protested the trademarking of the word “Fringe” in 2004 with a cheeky-sounding “infringement festival”, they never expected their activist gesture would blossom into the international movement of rabble-rousing festivals it has become today. Rejecting corporate models that co-opt culture to reduce artists to advertising and spectators to consumers, the infringement festival promotes […]

October 28 – Haunted Mountain – A Hallowe’en Walking Tour Up Mount Royal

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

This Hallowe’en season, on Sunday, October 28, horror-experts Donovan King and Karen Spilak are pleased to offer Haunted Mountain, a spooky walking tour up the slopes of Mount Royal. Beginning on the Plateau at the rumoured-to-be-haunted Barfly, the ramble visits various haunted sites on the mountain, including locations where ghosts have been sighted.  Theatrical guides will […]

World Fringe Congress to welcome infringement festival

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

The Montreal infringement festival, sometimes described as “the anti-Fringe”, has been invited to the first-ever World Fringe Congress, a gathering of the leaders of 40 Fringe Festivals  – and one infringement festival – from 13 countries across the globe. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, now the largest arts festival in the world, will be hosting the unique event this year from […]

Montrealers react to demolition of the Lower Main National Historic Site – with a dramatic funeral!

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

  A dramatic funeral for a prominent National Historic Site, presently being demolished, was held in Montreal on Sunday, May 27, 2012.  There was an outpouring of grief by over 40 mourners and funeral-goers for the Lower Main, an irreplaceable part of The Main National Historic Site, one of Canada’s most endangered heritage zones. Led by […]

A funeral for Montreal’s heritage, culture and Lower Main National Historic Site (May 27, 2012, at 3pm)

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

  A funeral for will be held on the Lower Main, beginning in front of Cafe Cleopatra, on Sunday, May 27th at 3pm. It’s being planned by artists, heritage activists and community stakeholders to lament the loss of unique part of Montreal’s heritage and culture. The dramatic funeral is in response to a cultural disaster that has been unfolding on the Lower Main over the […]

Haunted Mountain: a Hallowe’en Walking Tour on Mount Royal

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

This Hallowe’en, horror-expert Donovan King is pleased to offer Haunted Mountain, a spooky walking tour up the slopes of Mount Royal.