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.
Posts by Brendan Murphy
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 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 (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.
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 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.
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.
Over the course of 2011, we produced a series of videos in an attempt to document all the amazing things that were happening in Montreal. From festivals to food to gay montreal, from things to see to things to do, we were there. Check out all of the videos on Tourisme Montreal’s Youtube channel. As editor of this blog, I’d like to take a moment to thank our totally boss bloggers and our amazing cameraman Guillaume Langlois, who shot and edited all of these videos. See you all in 2012!
The holiday season is special everywhere but, though we’re a bit biased here at the Montreal Buzz, we’re pretty sure it doesn’t get much more special than this. From skating on the The Quays Skating Rink to the wonderful Christmas village found at the Old Montreal Extravaganza Festival, from Mile End’s Noël dans le Parc to shopping on St-Denis, McGill & Sainte-Catherine, and finally the wonderful night sky artistry of TELUS Fire On Ice, if this video doesn’t put you in the festive spirit then you’re probably a grinch. But you’re not, so enjoy.
Another great M for Montreal has just wrapped up and we got to the opportunity to see everyone from up-and-comers like Karim Ouellet to locals-done-great like Karkwa. M for MTL continues to be both a way for local bands to gain international exposure and for audiences to see a million (my estimate) bands in a couple days. Though 2011 still has plenty of great concerts on the way, our next big music fest here in Montreal is January’s Igloofest. See you there.