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WINTER SPAS IN MONTREAL

Your shoulders and neck are throbbing under the weight of those holiday shopping bags, your skin is drying up as the mercury slips below zero, and stretching your mental capacity to 2013 sounds like pure science fiction. Sounds like you need to take a Montreal winter spa day… 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S SALTIMBANCO TAKES A FINAL BOW IN MONTREAL

In 1992, Cirque du Soleil premiered Saltimbanco in Montreal. It would go on to be their first and longest touring show: 20 years and 6000 performances for more than 200 cities in 48 countries. From December 19 to 30, Cirque du Soleil will stage Saltimbanco at the Bell Centre for one last grande finale before retiring it to the history books…

6 FABULOUS LGBT GIFS FROM MONTREAL

Gays love Gifs, and Gifs definitely love Gays. Here are 6 Fabulous Gifs that highlight the best of Montreal’s LGBT events, drag queens, and spirit. Note: Let the full page load before scrolling.

MONTREAL’S CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PREMIERES NEW 3D MOVIE WORLDS AWAYS

One of the world’s biggest entertainement franchises – Cirque du Soleil – has its headquarters in Montreal, the hometown of many of its top talent and management. That’s why the city was chosen to host, last week, the North American premiere of the Cirque’s first 3-D movie, Worlds Away, co-produced by Hollywood behemoth James Cameron of Titanic and Avatar fame.

A DOUBLE-DECKER BUS TOUR OF MONTREAL

The Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is a unique way to see the landmarks of Montreal. Running from May through October, the bus tour has 10 stops along its route you can disembark, explore, and then rejoin at the next bus passing. The tour is narrated by a professional guide that paints a nice picture of Montreal history and joie de vie. From Habitat 67 to Saint Joseph’s Oratory, the tour spans much of downtown, bits of the Plateau, Mount-Royal and the Old Port. Tickets are $55 but combined with the tour guide and the hop-on hop-off style that allows you to explore all day makes the price well worth it. Tickets available at Tourist Information Center (1001 Dorchester Square)

LGBT NEW YEAR’S EVE 2013 IN MONTREAL

When the clock hits the stroke of midnight on January 1st, 2013 – you want to be somewhere you can start the new year off with positive energy, surrounded by some people you adore. Spending an LGBT New Year’s in Montreal, I can almost guarantee you’ll get that all important kiss when the ball drops at the climax of countdown. 

A MADE IN MONTREAL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

We all have that one person on our holiday shopping list that is extremely frustrating to by for. If you’re in town during this winter season and want to take a gift back home for that special someone, support local artisans and give a gift with true “Montrealais” attitude…

WINTER SPORTS IN MONTREAL: SKATING, SKIING AND MORE

With Montreal’s official winter sport and pass time locked up behind the closed doors of the NHL, we look towards the sky of falling flurries for answers. And there it is, white powdery snow. Grab your tuque, mittens, and child-like wonder and check out some of the winter sporting activities in Montreal:

8 COOL MONTREAL GIFS

The Oxford American dictionary has chosen “GIF” as the 2012 Word of the Year. To celebrate this word’s return from digital antiquity to pop culture staple, here are eight cool Montreal Gifs for you to enjoy. Note: Let the page finish loading before scrolling!

CHEF DEREK DAMMANN OPENS MONTREAL GASTROPUB MAISON PUBLIQUE

Probably the last thing chef Derek Damman would like to hear about his new restaurant Maison Publique, in the Plateau neighbourhood, is that it’s co-owned by British celeb-chef Jamie Oliver. Rightly so: the welcoming pub-like décor and the highly delicious and hearty dishes are all Damman’s doing. Oliver, his ex-boss and good friend, is a mere financial backer, who only visitted the place – and Montreal itself! – for the first time last Saturday.