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5 MONTREAL BURGERS YOU NEED TO TRY

To study the tao of burger would take a lifetime and one cannot live on burgers alone, but you also can’t call it living without trying some of these awesomely unique Montreal burgers…

ART GOES WILD AT ZOO

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s summer blockbuster exhibition is here, and it’s wild. Zoo was organized to address the theme of animality in international art today. Or did I just let the cat out of the bag?

THE MONTREAL BUZZ JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012

The seasonal debate surrounding the lineup of the annual Montreal International Jazz Festival is as dependable as the arrival of the summer solstice, though this year the discussion is likely to be a lot less heated. The artist roster at this 33rd edition of the legend-making fest is, hands down, one of the best and broadest they’ve ever put together, featuring appearances by musical A-listers like Liza Minnelli, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Wayne Shorter, Bill Frisell, Oliver Jones, Johnny Clegg and, in a fitting kick-off to the festival, Montreal’s very own and much-loved Rufus Wainwright…

NEIGHBOURHOOD PROFILE: LITTLE ITALY

Home to the bona fide quaintest strip of St-Laurent Boulevard, Little Italy is everything Italians are famous for being: festive, fast, gourmand, familial and handsome. In short: Little Italy does it better…

KEITH BELLOWS: I HEART MONTREAL

National Geographic Traveler just launched a free iPad app, A Taste of Montréal, with a gorgeous new photo gallery to match (two must-haves before visiting this foodie paradise), so we asked the magazine’s editor-in-chief Keith Bellows to give his take on the best sites and scenes in his hometown of Montréal. In addition to running the magazine and writing “One on One,” a regular Traveler interview column, this proud Canuck has written for Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Parenting, among many others. Check out Keith’s recommendations for making the most of the city of a hundred steeples, then add your own two cents by leaving a comment…

EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH JEAN-TALON MARKET

The Jean-Talon market is the Mecca of all things delicious in Montreal. Chefs, foodies and amateur gourmets flock to this culinary Disneyland to satisfy all their food needs. In this “largest open air market in North America” you will find fishmongers, butchers, local cheese artisans, Quebec farmers and foragers, duck, turkey and quail eggs, flowers and fresh herbs as well as more exotic fare like Moroccan pastries, Eastern European-style sausages and even a taco “king”…

STREET PROFILE: SHERBROOKE

It stretches pretty much the length of the island, and goes from quaintly residential to commercial to residential again. It’s home to hotels, museums and colleges, not to mention the city’s central financial strip – it’s no wonder Sherbrooke Street bespeaks the city’s history.

GRAND PRIX MONTREAL 2012

Montreal’s internationally infamous “Wall of Champions” is waiting for German F1 driving sensation Sebastian Vettel at this year’s edition of the Canadian Grand Prix, June 8-10…

ICEHOUSE: BBQ AND BOURBON LEMONADE

When you think southern BBQ and comfort food, Montreal may not be at the top of your list. But just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Saint-Laurent Boulevard is Icehouse, the result of Texas native and now Montreal based chef Nick Hodge bringing a little bit of the deep south to the far north…

MONT-ROYAL AVENUE BECOMES FAMILY-FRIENDLY ART GALLERY

From June 7-10, paint the town red, blue, yellow and purple at an outdoor event like only Montreal can put on: Nuit Blanche Sur Tableau Noir, which sees a 2.5-kilometre stretch of Mont-Royal Avenue turn into a giant open-air canvas…