This is an event that everyone talks about… the tam tam drummers of Mount Royal Park. Certainly, it is worth checking out on a Sunday afternoon in summer or fall. In the stands near the statue, drummers gather and dish out some great beats while wanna-be drummers lay on the surrounding grass and try to join in. There is a dirt circle where you can dance. (It seems that everyone does this barefoot.) Every so often you get a strong whiff of drugs, but there are lots of families and others about so this is a pretty friendly event for everyone. There are all different kinds of drums and people dressed in definitely unique outfits.
If you want to join in the culture there is a hippy market selling all of the necessary items – skirts, shirts, scarves, hacky sacks, drug paraphernalia, artwork, jewellery, drums, posters, mirrors, etc. You can even have your fortune told. Nearby, ice cream, pop and water are sold.
If you want to make a day of it and you need something more filling to eat, take a walk down Rachel and grab some of Montreal’s best Portuguese chicken at either Le Roi du Plateau (51 Rachel W.) or Rotisserie Portugalia (34 Rachel W.).
For all other Tam Tam reviewers, I have one question… How did you miss the fact that there is a medieval battle going on the hill behind the Tam Tams??? See Montreal Foam Fighters.
Meets Sunday's starting around 12:00 and going untill sunset or until there are no more drummers. Early May to Late September.
Pictures from the Montreal Tam Tams
Above: "Rotisserie Portugalia" - the best Portuguese chicken in Montreal!