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TAKING THE FAMILY ON MONTREAL’S METRO

The STM’s Family Outings package is a great way for you and your family to explore Montreal. Not only does it allow up to 5 children under 12 to travel for FREE on weekends and holidays, but it offers discounts on all sorts of family-friendly activities (like taking a trip to the Biodome). Plus, as you can tell from this video, kids kind of love riding on the metro.

MOBY PLAYS MONTREAL’S C2-MTL CONFERENCE

C2-MTL, which brought together many of the best and brightest minds in business, entertainment, technology and new media in the hopes of reinventing the business conference, has just wrapped up. In the spirit of going out with the bang, the one and only Moby brought the roof down and, judging by the bass levels in the video above, possibly those of several surrounding houses. Though C2 is over, on May 26 you can check out the interactive and immersive E-merge exhibition, which is something you should totally do.

SUMMER IN MONTREAL 2012

Though summer doesn’t officially start until mid-June, here in Montreal we’re ready to get this party started NOW. The sun-soaked afternoons, the late nights that last forever, the food and the festivals, like every summer in Montreal, we’re betting that 2012′s is one that you’ll be thinking about all year. Hope to see you here.

MONTREAL’S COMPLETEMENT CIRQUE CIRCUS FESTIVAL

Montreal is both a city of circuses and of festivals, so the only suprise about Montréal Complètement Cirque is that it’s only in its third year. From July 5-15, 2012, see Cirque du Soleil and some of the world’s best circus troupes performing in indoor and outdoor venues all over the city. If you need more convincing, check out our our cameraman Guillaume Langlois‘ video preview featuring some of the fest’s featured guests.

SPRING IN MONTREAL

Spring has sprung in Montreal and we sent our cameraman Guillaume Langlois out to take it all in. From sight-seeing on Mount Royal to biking on Parc Jean-Drapeau, from surfing the Saint-Lawrence to shopping on busy Sainte-Catherine, Montreal has put away the winter coats and is ready revel in spring and look forward to another amazing festival-filled summer.

MONTREAL FASHION WEEK 2012

Montreal Fashion Week (Semaine de mode de Montréal) just wrapped up at Marché Bonsecours, but not before the Montreal Buzz managed to take in shows by Tavan & Mitto, DUY, Mélissa Nepton, Marie Saint Pierre and many more. The Festival Mode & Design takes over the city in early August, but no reason you can’t start your shopping for these local designers now.

MONTREAL’S SNOW VILLAGE TAKES OVER PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU

Until March 31, Parc Jean Drapeau will be home to Montreal’s most wonderfully wintery attraction, the Snow Village. In fact, the Snow Village is an hommage to the city itself, boasting icy reproductions of Montreal’s building and monuments, not to mention a hotel, restaurant, bar, convention centre, chapel and, fittingly, a whole bunch of igloos. An obvious must-see for locals and tourists alike. To make reservations, visit the Snow Village website or call (514) 788-2181.

A-TRAK DJS MONTREAL’S IGLOOFEST

A full day of snowfall did not deter thousands of Montrealers and tourists alike from showing up for the kickoff of Igloofest, which continues until January 28. People showed up in their best winter wear, explored the fest’s many fun and frosty features, and, of course, danced the night away to Montreal expat A-Trak. There’s plenty more to come, so make sure that this is the year you figure out what all the fuss is about.

NEW INSTALLATIONS LIGHT UP QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES

With our short winter days in Montreal, who couldn’t use a little light therapy? Luminothérapie (“Light therapy”), a series of interactive light shows in the Quartier des Spectacles, uses the city as its canvas and turns the area into one big gallery. At Place Émilie-Gamelin’s Éclats de verre, you’ll find a field of deconstructed stained-glass windows controlled (by you) via two spring-mounted cubes, while over at Place Pasteur you’ll find 12 different takes on illuminating the UQAM bell tower. Near the St-Laurent metro station is Forêt Forêt, a modern birch forest filled with the sound of your voice, while last, but certainly not least, is the amazing Nuage de givre, which is made up over 5000 containers filled with 100,000 water droplets, which create a light show which changes based on the day’s weather. Nuage de givre is open until February 2, the rest until February 26, 2012.