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ARCADE FIRE AT POP MONTREAL 2011: VIDEO

Arcade Fire’s free outdoor Pop Montreal show at Quartier des Spectacles was everything we knew it would be. Over 100,000 fans showed up in downtown Montreal and were treated to one of the best concerts this city has ever seen. Check out the post below for a full review and some great photos by Susan Moss and watch this video and to get a sense of what a special night it was. Wow.

MAGICAL LANTERNS ILLUMINATE MONTREAL

Now in its 19th year, The Magic of Lanterns festival is an absolute favourite of Montrealers of all ages. Hosted in the Montreal Botanical Garden‘s Chinese Garden, it is the perfect way to put a spotlight on one of the city’s most beautiful and serene spaces…

EXPLORING MONTREAL’S INSECTARIUM

If you think insects are just the neatest things scurrying across this wondrous planet of ours, then the Montreal Insectarium is a place you need to visit. It’s the largest insectarium in North America, so if you find bugs kind of terrifying, then…well, just get over it, because your kids totally want to go.

24 HOURS IN OLD MONTREAL

Old Montreal, the Old Port or Vieux Montreal, whatever you like to call it, was established in 1642 and remains one of the city’s defining, iconic neighbourhoods. The cobblestone streets of Old Montreal are an obvious draw for tourists, but it’s not a dry, museum-like area. Montrealers work, eat, drink and explore in this historic milieu. It’s home to spas, art galleries, great wine, fashion designers and much, much more. But also: it’s super pretty and totally old-timey.

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST

As August is a vacation time for many, whether they’re staying in Montreal or headed to a cottage on its outskirts, the city’s pace slows down somewhat – the festival frenzy of the Jazz Fest and Just for Laughs is replaced by more even-keeled cultural events at the Quartier des Spectacles and plenty of free entertainment outdoors in the parks and streets…

ARCADE FIRE PLAYING FREE SHOW IN MONTREAL ON SEPTEMBER 22

Montreal’s Arcade Fire have just announced that they’ll be playing a free show at the Quartier des Spectacles‘ Place des Festivals on September 22, 2011. The show, part of Pop Montreal‘s 10th anniversary festival, is a tip of the cap to their hometown. “Our band couldn’t exist without Montreal,” says the band’s Régine Chassagne. “After having had the chance to tour extensively around the world, we’re very excited to finally come home. And to do so the Montreal way, we hoped to play a free outside show, on the very last day of summer as a big ‘Thank you’ to the beautiful city we love so much…”

OSHEAGA 2011: VIDEO

Osheaga 2011 is in the books and we’ve got the video to prove that it was another success year. The Montreal Buzz Bloggers talked about the expanded Osheaga Arts program, interviewed Cypress Hill and Death Cab for Cutie and filled you in on the Montreal Bands you needed to see. Even though it’s a year away, we’re already looking forward to Osheaga 2012.

ROGERS CUP 2011 IN MONTREAL

The Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament, previously known as the Canadian Open, is one of the premiere events on the WTA and ATP tours and has been held since 1881, making it the third oldest tennis tournament in the world (after Wimbledon and the US Open). The men and women’s events alternate between Toronto and Montreal- this year Montreal plays hosts to the men and is presenting a special award to the legendary Jimmy Connors…

PINKARNAVAL: A JEAN PAUL GAULTIER-INSPIRED PARADE

Montreal’s love affair with designer Jean Paul Gaultier poured out onto the streets when Pinkarnaval, a Gaultier-inspired parade and party, took over downtown. As he did for the premiere of his internationally-acclaimed exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Gaultier himself showed up to join in on the fun…

JOEY ELIAS AT JUST FOR LAUGHS

Montreal comedian Joey Elias has performed at over a dozen Just For Laughs festivals. With two very different shows on the go this year, we figured he was the perfect person to ask about the JFL 2011 lineup and answer the question of what, exactly, makes Montreal so great in the summer…