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Printemps Numérique as experienced by a shallow Torontonian

Montreal is one of those cities I always enjoyed growing up. It really is one of the only cities in North America with a rich history, which I find rather thrilling as a History nerd. But for all the times I traveled to the city to tour the museums, marvel at the architecture and enjoy their lower drinking age I never got around to experience the art scene. Now I would never call myself an ‘art person’, so when I was told I was traveling to the city to cover a Digital Art festival I was slightly terrified. I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to understand the art, let alone review it, but never one to reject an opportunity to visit one of favourite cities in the world I jumped at the opportunity before someone else snatched it up…

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.