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Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.


Extreme sports lovers, Montréal has got you covered this winter!

There’s nothing more extreme than winter in Montréal, and we celebrate every minute of it with epic sporting events ¬– especially this year, during the city’s 375th anniversary. On produit Motoneige MTL Xtrem pour @375mtl ! Les 4&5 février 2017 au coin de la rue Union et Ste-Catherine 👊🏼❄️ BE READY !!! Photo par @maximeriendeauphoto Athlète: Pier-Luc Trépanier #motoneige #freestyle #snowmobile #yay #xtrem #mtl #downtown #375mtl #hivernales Une photo publiée par Tribu Expérientiel (@tribuexperientiel) le 14 Déc. 2016 à 14h37 PST Snowmobiles gone wild For one of the most unbelievable experiences you’re ever likely to see, look no further than the premiere of Motoneige MTL Xtrem, where world snowmobiling champions perform jaw-dropping aerial tricks right here in downtown Montréal. It happens on February 4 and 5 at Square Philips – don’t miss it! Mountains of fun Montréal’s most cherished feature, Mount Royal, is a four-season playground in the heart of the city that’s bursting with activities year-round. Explore its every nook and cranny with Les amis de la montagne, who guide snowshoe expeditions, tobogganing outings, hiking tours or skating days, all against a stunning snowy backdrop. Hier je ridais un fou p.i.m.p. vélo pour le tournage de la publicité de… / Read More →

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts opens the Pavilion for Peace

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is already an unmissable stop on any visitor’s itinerary, but now it’s got a fifth pavilion to add to its appeal: the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, as venerable in spirit as it is as a space dedicated to historical art and art education. 🎉 Bonne et heureuse année 2017! 🎉 Le #MBAM s’engage plus que jamais à soutenir des valeurs sociales et citoyennes. #Montréal, ville de la Grande #Paix historique, demeure un havre pour les migrants et les citoyens du monde. ✌ Avec le Pavillon pour la Paix Michal et Renata Hornstein, le #Musée rend hommage à la donation majeure des Hornstein, ces rescapés de l’Holocauste et ces généreux mécènes pour leur ville d’adoption. Prévu pour les célébrations de 2017, il souligne la qualité architecturale de Montréal, Ville #UNESCO de #design, tout en constituant l’un des éléments phares du 375e anniversaire de la métropole québécoise. Au plaisir de vous accueillir au Musée! 🎉 #HappyNewYear 2017! 🎉 The #Museum has been more committed than ever to supporting social and civic values. #Montreal, the city of the Great #Peace, has been a haven for migrants and citizens of the world. ✌ With the… / Read More →

Discover art in Montréal’s underground pedestrian network

Walking tours are a fantastic way to get a sense of the city – and to get crazy good Instagram pics. In addition to the amazing circuits suggested by Art Public Montréal, an organization specialized in Montréal’s public art offerings, we’ve got a suggested tour for you: underground! Montréal’s Underground City is one of its most famous features: it comprises a network of 32 kilometres filled with shops, cinemas, museums and, lo and behold, public art. It’s a perfect cozy place to be on one of Montréal’s infamous cold winter days, when even your thickest parka feels like it’s made out of paper. So c’mon, let’s head underground and get cultured! Here are some art works you won’t want to miss. Arrêt Sur Image (2013) and Arrêt Sur Image 2 (2015), created by Annie Lebel and Stéphane Pratte (in situ atelier d’architecture) These two sculptural installations are some of the most impressive in the downtown core. Arrêt Sur Image (the original) is an abstract creation located right in the entrance hall at 1000 de la Gauchetière that plays on the effects of light on perception, based on the changing shape of the work depending on where the viewer stands. It… / Read More →

Cozy up to these Montréal fireplaces

Montréal in the cold months is like living in a snow-globe. It’s magical, it’s wondrous – and it can get frosty. So, when your parka is seeming a little thin and you need a break from the sparkly white streets, duck into one of these hot spots – roaring fire included. Snuggled up by the fire with a hot toddy @gibbys #montreal #quebec #canada #cometocanada #montroyal #immigration #imigração #narcitymontreal #mtl #200th #florenceandthemachine #howbeautifultour #florenceandthemachineconcert #brunchone #florencewelch #concert #centrebell #montréal #montreall #montrelmoments #montréaljetaime #montrealcity #montrealphotography #montrealphotos #montrealpics #mtlblog #mtlcity #mtllife #mtlpics #mtlmoments Une photo publiée par Joya Dass (@joyadass) le 24 Nov. 2016 à 17h44 PST Gibbys Want to feel like one of the city founders? Come to Gibbys, where the low ceilings, thick gray stone walls and pewter dishware (for the house salad, at least) feel like they haven’t changed since 1764. The working fireplace is an amazing thing to cozy up to on a cold winter evening, as you munch down on prime rib-eye with monte-carlo potato and warm challah bread with cold butter – crown the whole experience with the chocolate profiteroles. (You’ll thank us.) Chaleureux ET confortable. #aubergesaintgab #aubergesaintgabriel #oldmontreal #oldmtl #vieuxmtl #vieuxmontreal #mtlfoodies #foodmtl #mtlfood #cosy… / Read More →

Actually cool Montréal souvenirs

It’s so nice to have things to remember a trip by, but is there anything cheesier than tourist-shop fare? Luckily there’s a crop of stores in Montréal that offer genuinely cool branded gear you’ll actually want to take home not just for you, but for anyone on your gift list. And no snow globes in sight. Le Rhinocéros From local designer clothing and accessories by Travis Taddeo, Denis Gagnon, Des Rosiers and Okinx to wacky costume jewellery and crazy cellphone covers, Le Rhinocéros is a good-time store in the Phi Centre in Old Montréal filled with unique local finds. Our favourites are the scarves they get printed with art by local creatives like Renata Morales and Joe Becker. Au Sommet This boutique at the bottom of one of the most spectacular views of downtown Montréal you can have, the summit of Place Ville-Marie, sells made-in-Montréal goods pretty enough to decorate the house with. Among many other decorative objects, go there for the series of cushions by Monumental Love featuring Montréal landmarks such as the Farine Five Roses sign and the Orange Julep. YUL Designs A veritable who’s who of Montréal creators, YUL Designs is like the Etsy of made-in-Montréal ware,… / Read More →

10 Montréal art stars we loved at the Red Bull Music Academy

From September 24 to October 28, 2016, the 18th season of the Red Bull Music Academy visited the Phi Centre and injected a jolt of excitement into Montréal’s creative scene. The event brought together 70 producers, singers, beatmakers, DJs and visual artists, coming from a total of 38 countries—it was truly a microcosm of the world’s best in music and art production. But some of the most exciting discoveries were the participants from right here at home. Here are 10 of the Montréal artists we discovered in the Phi Centre space over the month of celebrations, and where we can all go to keep enjoying their magic—post-Academy. Étienne Chartrand Objects and creatures come to life in Chartrand’s mythology-building spaces, painted or otherwise, with ceramics work that freezes time and installations that aspire to reflect a parallel reality. Chartrand draws inspirations from popular culture, abstract expressionism and automatism. For purchase, you find his work at galleries Artgang Montréal in Rosemont or Robert Poulin near Little Italy, plus you can contact the artist directly via his wacky website. The art exhibition at RBMA Montréal (curated by Trusst) features Celia Perrin Sidarous, the Montréal-based photographer whose work challenges the way that everyday objects… / Read More →

Get your wellness on at Montréal spas

The exciting bustle of arts, culture, festivals and food that defines Montréal guarantees any traveler a good time, but it doesn’t exactly equate relaxation. For that, we’ve got world-class wellness centres that put the “aaaah” in spa. Whether you’re looking to relieve sore muscles, rejuvenate tired skin, take a day to yourself or spiff up for a big date, Montréal has got the spa for you. Come to #aviespa and take advantage of our #november #promotions . #hammam access and #backmassage or full #bodymassage express #facial and #massage or #couplesmassages . Visit our #facebook page or our #webpage to get all the details! . #detente #spaday #monthlypromotions #relax #faciaux #steamroom #promotionsdumois #novembre #vieuxpprtmtl #oldportmtl #montreal #giftideas Une photo publiée par Aviespa (@aviespa) le 1 Nov. 2016 à 10h38 PDT Avie Spa du Vieux Montréal Located in the Marriott SpringHill Suites, in Old Montréal, Avie Spa du Vieux Montréal is just the spot for a primping session: there’s a hair salon on site, as well as great mani and pedi stations, waxing services and a vast selection of body treatments. Come with a gang of girlfriends for a pre-wedding session or as a couple for a relaxing rest in the… / Read More →

See art in the cultural heart of Montréal

Walking tours are a fantastic way to get a sense of the city—especially one of the many cool itineraries suggested by the people at Art Public Montréal, who focus on Montréal’s incredible cultural offerings. This is a city where art shines year-round and in every detail, down to the amazing public art you can visit for free city-wide. So grab a map, your walking shoes and your camera, and explore this crop of artworks at the heart of the metropolis. L’Artiste est Celui qui Fait Voir l’Autre Côté des Choses (1992), created by Claude Bettinger Bettinger’s creative approach demonstrates his interest in the notions of memory, movement, light and transparency. In this impressive work located at Place des Arts, he uses these interests as a launch pad to explore perceptions: his giant telescope, kaleidoscope or periscope, depending on how you look at it, allows passers-by in the corridor of the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme to view the facade of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier without having it in their direct line of sight. Où Boivent les Loups (2016), created by Stephen Schofield Through drawing, sculpture and performance, Schofield has built up an impressive body of work centred around the representation of the human body…. / Read More →

Eat up at the Montréal Vegan Festival!

Ready your appetites: November 5 and 6 mark the third and biggest-yet edition of the Montréal Vegan Festival, in the heart of Old Montréal, at the beautiful and historic Bonsecours Market. There’ll be over 40 exhibitors this year in this event that keeps on growing, with a ton of goodies to sample plus lots of opportunities to learn about the benefits of upping the plant-based quota in your diet. Des délicieux bol @auxvivresrestovegan. Inscrivez-vous au défi végane session 2 pour pouvoir profiter de plusieurs cadeaux. #fvmtl #defi21jours Une photo publiée par Festival Végane de Montréal (@fvmtl) le 25 Sept. 2014 à 6h33 PDT Aside from the exhibitors, there are conferences, thematic workshops, cooking demonstrations and a new and improved library section packed with over 150 different titles to discover. Come on down to get your books signed on-site by authors like Élise Desaulniers (Cash Cow), Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals), and many more. George Laraque racontera son cheminement vers le véganisme dimanche 6 novembre. Vétéran de la LNH, Georges Laraque est bien plus qu’un dur à cuire : citoyen engagé, philanthrope, leader adjoint au Parti Vert, entrepreneur (co-propriétaire de Crudessence et de Rise Kombucha) et, depuis qu’il est devenu végétalien en… / Read More →

10 Best Spots for Fall Photos in Montréal

Montréal in the fall is awash in a sea of colours. Pretty much the whole city looks stunning, but there are some spots that stand out as downright epic – as if Mother Nature planned a photo op. Here are 10 of our favourite spots for drop-dead gorgeous shots; make sure you check them out and tag us on your Insta posts! #MTLmoments #fallintomontreal Beaver Lake Just shy of the top of the pride of the city, Mount Royal, Beaver Lake is a man-made pond that turns into a skating rink in the winter. Before that, though, it reflects the surrounding trees in all their rainbow coloured splendour. Mount-Royal Cemetery Not that we’re morbid or anything, but nothing will put you in a Halloweenie mood like a walk through the cemetery at the top of Mount Royal – the vegetation is gorgeous, and the graves are a fascinating way to get a piece of local history. Marché Jean-Talon One of Montréal’s many amazing public markets, Marché Jean-Talon flanks Little Italy and is a picturesque outing where you can pick up all sorts of souvenirs, from local cheeses to specialty wines to cut flowers to beautify your hotel room. Lachine Canal… / Read More →