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Star Wars: May the Symphony Be With You

The music from the Star Wars movies has become so well-known that I could write something as ridiculous as “dun, dun, dun, da dun-dun, da dun-dun” and you’d actually know what I was talking about. One huge part of our multi-decade obsession with the George Lucas film franchise is the iconic music that accompanies it and, later this month in Montreal, you’ll get the chance to hear it in person….

Where’s the Nightlife in Downtown Montreal?

In the summer, Montreal’s downtown core is hopping almost every night of the week. From the Jazz Fest to Just for Laughs to Francopholies, you can basically just wander down and find an evening’s worth of entertainment. But when festival season packs up shop for the winter, most people think that the area’s nightlife scene disappears with it. But, with a little digging, Montreal’s downtown reveals that there’s more going on there after-dark than you might think…

Absinthe at Sarah B

Hotel bars seem to renovate at a higher-than-normal rate, though as just one part of a larger space, the changes are often fairly restrained. So when a well-known hotel in Old Montreal, the InterContinental, installed a new bar devoted to absinthe, it caught my attention…

M for Montreal

Now in its 4th year, M for Montreal is the city’s ultimate out-of-town musical schmooze-down. Taking place November 19th-21st, it functions as a showcase for international industry folks, journalists and “taste-makers”, whoever that is exactly. But while it will be a mecca for dudes in leather coats, laminates and Blackberries, for the rest of us it simply means 3 great nights featuring some of the Montreal’s best bands…

Where to find Karaoke in Montreal

As the video above demonstrates, everyone who lives at my apartment takes karaoke very seriously. Though my colleagues Daniel and Tamy have already taken a stroll down questionable-singing-street, I thought I’d give you an overview of what Montreal’s karaoke scene has to offer the late-night visitor to the city…

Montreal Comedy Stands Up

Montreal’s comedy scene is often focused on the summer’s massive international yuks fest, Just for Laughs. But you know that any city that can support that much funny must have a full year’s worth of Hahas in it…

Bodies…The Exhibition in Montreal

Bodies…The Exhibition just opened this past weekend in Montreal and runs until January 15. Described as “the science inside you,” this incredible touring exhibition of human bodies that have been dissected and preserved is currently showing at the Montreal Exhibition Centre, located on the 5th floor of the Eaton Centre. If you haven’t seen this unique and highly unusual exhibit before, now’s your chance. I’ve been before, and I must say, it really is something you have to experience for yourself….

Montreal Canadiens Hockey

Going to a Montreal Canadiens hockey game is an absolute must if you’re in town during our less, uh, temperate months. Because, although Montreal has a distinct nightlife scene, nothing is more deeply ingrained into the consciousness of local Montrealers than the ups and downs of their beloved Habs…

Jay-Z Montreal Concert

Jay-Z plays Montreal on October 30th at the Bell Centre and, by all accounts, half the city is going to be there and the other half is trying to find tickets. Not only is he one of the greatest rappers of all time, but he’s turned himself into one of the biggest, most important figures in the entire music industry. Jay-Z is coming to Montreal to run this town for the night…

Montreal Halloween

Halloween is supposed to be for children. It’s basically about costumes and candy. But adults decided fairly early on that they still wanted both tricks and/or treats on October 31st and Halloween has since become one of the wildest nights of the year. Montreal is no exception…