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Chill Out in the Park at the FestiBlues Festival

August evenings in Montreal may be some of the most relaxing times of the year, when the pace of city life briefly slows down and everyone savours the end of summer. Combine the best of two summertime highlights – music festivals and the city’s green spaces – at the 16th edition of Festiblues International de Montreal, August 8-11 at Ahuntsic Park…

VIDEO: Osheaga Music and Arts Festival 2013

Osheaga, the rising star of Montreal’s summer music festival schedule, brought a record-setting 135,000 people to Parc Jean-Drapeau in 2013, setting the bar incredibly high for next year. And while a photo gallery may be worth several thousand words, it’s this amazing video that we think best captures what it was like to be there!

Cocktail time at the Botanical Gardens and Planetarium

The Botanical Gardens and Planetarium have made date night into a science, nay an art. If you’re looking to romance someone in a unique way this summer, then check out this date night itinerary featuring flowers, cocktails, and stars…

VIDEO: Montreal’s Festival Mode and Design

As the video above proves, the 13th edition of the Festival Mode & Design was one of the biggest to date, with four days filled with over 50 fashion and music shows in downtown Montreal centered around the massive outdoor runway that has become so synonymous with this event. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014..

VIDEO: Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman and more at Just for Laughs 2013

With the another Zoofest and Just for Laughs in the books, we’re left to look back at the LOLs that were. Thankfully, when Joan Rivers, Sarah Silverman, Kyle Dunnigan, Jimmy Carr and Wil Anderson come to your comedy festival, there’s plenty to LOL about. Can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their weird sleeves for 2013!

VIDEO: Nuits d’Afrique Festival in Montreal

The 27th edition of the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique de Montréal has just ended after 12 days filled with 500 artists from over 30 countries performing in 90 shows, events and parades, not to mention the nonstop activity of the lively Marché Tombouctou and Village des enfants. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014!

Montreal’s Best Indian Food

Montreal’s gastronomisphere shines with an ethnic diversity that represents the bright faces and eclectic cultures that makes our city truly unique. With tastes and flavors as complex as our parking signs, using a plethora of spices and herbs, there is nothing more colorful than Indian cuisine. Here are a handful of places that will sure set your taste buds sizzling…

VIDEO: Fireworks in Montreal 2013

The Montreal International Fireworks Competition, known officially as L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec, takes over the night skies every summer from June to August. This year, the competition’s 29th, culminates with a non-competition “Tribute to U2″, sure to be a literal highlight of the summer!

VIDEO: Feist performs at free outdoor Montreal Jazz Festival show

The 2013 edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is now in the books and while shows by Amadou & Mariam, The Cat Empire, Ravi Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Oliver Jones, Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak and Mother Mother had people talking, it was, without question, the free outdoor show put on by Feist in the Quartier des spectacles to open the festival that buzzed brightest. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014!

VIDEO: Mondial de la bière 2013

2013 was the 20th edition of the Mondial de la Biere, Montreal’s premier event for beer lovers, held at the Palais des Congres. As the video proves, there’s clearly something about sampling beer from around the world that puts people in a good mood (it’s probably the beer). See you there in 2014!