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Consequence of Sound writer Sasha Geffen shares her favourite #MTLMOMENTS

At Montreal’s three-day Osheaga festival, the metal stage barriers felt more artificial than any I’d ever been pressed against. I had just spent two weeks connecting with musicians, curators, and fellow fans; suddenly, the physical division separating me from the music I loved felt strange. In many ways, Osheaga was the perfect climax to my adventure through Montreal’s music community. I saw locals like Stars and Groenland perform and got to enjoy the work of the city’s visual artists around Parc Jean-Drapeau. But in another sense, the festival felt so much bigger than the place I had just immersed myself in. It was the meeting point of Montreal’s music and the music world at large…

Spring and Summer Guided Tours of Montreal

Whether Montreal is familiar ground by now or it’s your first visit, taking a guided tour can be one of the best ways to get to know the city better and learn more about its history and the people who live here. Locally-run Montreal tour companies have been updating their tours to suit the desires of all kinds of visitors, especially when it comes to seeing the city on food or by bike…

OPRAH SWINGS INTO MONTREAL

Like much of the world, Montreal loves Oprah – and now the feeling is mutual as the talk-show star and humanitarian shows Montreal some exclusive love at last in An Evening with Oprah, happening April 11 at the Bell Centre…

Spring into the MACM

The power to make art is yours these days at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM), right in the heart of the city’s bustling Quartier des Spectacles…

SPRINGTIME WITH THE MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Slowly but surely spring is making its way into the air in Montreal, and along with it the inspired music of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra – just as April and May showers and flowers come and go, the Orchestra chooses a musical program of both light and heavy compositions to see us into summer. These last few months of the Orchestra’s season are also buoyed by celebratory anticipation of the upcoming 2013/14 season, marking 80 years as a Montreal arts and cultural staple…

MONTREAL MUSIC AND CREATIVITY SHINES AT SXSW FESTIVAL

Music has long been one of Montreal’s most beloved exports and that couldn’t have been more true than this past week at SXSW, the world’s most renowned festival dedicated to music, film and technology…

STICKY & SWEET: SUGARBEAR WEEKEND IN MONTREAL

The bears are emerging from their winter hibernation, and they’re hungry for something sweet! Enter Sugarbear Weekend (March 21-24, 2013) at Stud Bar in Montreal’s Gay Village with a trip to one of Quebec’s historic Sugar Shacks!…

MONTREAL BUZZ HEADS SOUTH TO COVER SXSW

Here I am sitting at Montreal’s International airport, totally stoked to be on my way to Austin to cover Montreal artists showcasing their talents and creativity – such as Quebec’s darling Karim Ouellet, rock band Suuns, and a personal favorite of mine, singer-songwriter Peter Peter – at SXSW, one of the world’s biggest and most important festivals dedicated to music, film and technology…

SPORTS COME ALIVE IN MONTREAL: CANADIENS, GSP, ROGERS CUP, IMPACT AND MORE

[www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HwHD1-A9Vc] From our beloved and storied hockey franchise the Montreal Canadiens to our surging soccer team the Montreal Impact, from hometown UFC hero Georges St-Pierre to the power and spectacle of the Grand Prix and the thrilling athleticism of the Rogers Cup, Montreal is a year-long destination for sports fans. And if you’re coming to town for the big game and you need a place to stay, we can help with that too.

OSHEAGA 2012: BLACK KEYS, SNOOP, FLORENCE, JUSTICE AND SO MUCH MORE

This year’s Osheaga music festival was one of such great scale and circumstance, it might as well be called Osheaga: Extreme. Under unrelenting sun and high temperatures the first two days followed by storms and downpours on Sunday, the crowds this year – over 120,000 people, we’ve heard, a huge leap from last year’s 81,000 – seemed to fill every nook and cranny around and between the five stages that spanned the newly expanded festival grounds. And on those stages, the music flowed non-stop…