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Things to do in Montréal: September 11 to 17

Back to school already? No worries, it’s recess every hour of every day somewhere in Montréal! Pop Montréal sets the tone for this week of full-packed fun, not to mention the tons of great art shows to see, plays and dance performances to catch and quiet nice times to be had too, like in the botanical gardens. Oh, and anyone down for a BMX competition? Pop music Welcome to Pop Montréal, one of the city’s most exciting music festivals (and that’s saying something in the city of festivals!), uniting hundreds of rock, pop, hip-hop, folk and electro artists in venues all over Mile End and the Plateau (and beyond). With dozens of shows every night, not to mention music-industry insider talks, film screenings, the Puces Pop art & craft fair, Fashion Pop’s catwalk shows, Art Pop’s amazing exhibitions and talks (don’t miss yours truly interviewing amazing artist Olaf Breuning on Friday, September 18 at 6 pm), expect your schedule to be extra packed between September 16 and 20. Opening night sets the tone with a party at Pop HQ, plus shows by Cœur de Pirate, Félix Dyotte, Molly Sweeney, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Ruby the Hatchet, Ecstatic Vision, Fanfaraï,… / Read More →

Your 2015 Montréal Museums Social Calendar

This city’s cultural scene never sleeps, and a big part of that is thanks to museums. From all-night dance parties to weekend art classes for the kiddies, there’s always something going on in the fine arts! September • It’s time for your close-up: September 9 marks the opening of an exhibition of work by photographer George S. Zimbel at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. • Don’t miss the Nocturne at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, on Friday, September 11, 2015. The museum stays open late (till 2 am!), plus it features live bands or DJs, drinks, workshops and revelry. (Entry is free to MACarte holders.) • On September 13 at 1:30 pm, enjoy a lecture entitled The New Predators, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, featuring Mois de la Photo curator Joan Fontcuberta in conversation with the artists Joachim Schmid and Isabelle Le Minh. • Want to help your local contemporary museum while having the night of your life? Join Montréal’s jet-set scene at the annual Musée Ball, this September 19 at Arsenal. From ball gowns to foie gras, you’ll find it all here. • On September 22 at 5:30 pm, a lecture entitled Bach and His… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 4 to 10

Labour Day is around the corner, school is starting again… but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! Get out there and enjoy the best of summer with world-class visual arts, illuminated gardens, incredible films from the world over and an endless bounty of burgers. Pretty pictures The World Press Photo exhibition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, returning to Marché Bonsecours in Old Montréal to wow image lovers until September 27 with the world’s very best in professional media photography. Then, from September 10 to October 11, the Mois de la Photo de Montréal photography biennale returns with an edition curated by Catalan artist Joan Fontcuberta according to the theme The Post-Photographic Condition. Here’s a taste of what to expect at both. This is also your last week to see the awesome shows on at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal: David Altmejd’s sprawling solo show called Flux is engrossing in every sense of the word, full of his signature visceral odes to the process of metamorphosis and transformation, while Jon Rafman’s solo displays his penchant for kinky subcultures and videogame narratives in very entertaining installations (note: you’ll want to allow good time to sit and watch). YUL… / Read More →

Things To Do in Montréal: August 28 to September 3

From the World Press Photo exhibition to the World Film Festival, the best of the planet is uniting in Montréal this week. Plus there’s enough outdoor fun to enjoy the best of this heat wave, including open-air art festivals, concerts in the botanical gardens, and more food than you’ll be able to fit in. Picture this The World Press Photo exhibition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, returning to Marché Bonsecours in Old Montréal to wow image lovers until September 27 with the world’s very best in professional media photography. Read more here. On the Plateau, the 20th edition of the street-long happening on Mont-Royal Avenue, Nuit Blanche sur Tableau Noir, turns the street into a canvas from August 27 to 30. Watch as artists create live works right there on the asphalt as local musicians provide the ambiance, and games like mini-putt and bouncy castles add even more life to this lively street. Meanwhile, downtown, head to Place Émilie Gamelin for Chromatic Festival on Saturday, August 29, put on by MASSIVart. The fest presents urban art and graffiti creative workshops for kids and adults, plus shows off the fun with  live painting and music for passersby from 10 am… / Read More →

Put the “Wheeee!” in Labour Day Weekend in Montréal

This is it: the last hurrah until school starts again for real! It’s time to grab the family and hit the ground running, packing in as much Montréal long-weekend fun as humanly possible. For a general guide of everything to do in town, check out our weekly Things To Do: you’ll find everything from photography exhibitions to the World Film Festival to live music of all sorts to the beautiful Gardens of Light listed there. But as an extra wheeekend special, here are extras for a guaranteed unforgettable all-in-the-family time. Eat The biggest bite of food fun in the city this weekend comes courtesy of the YUL EAT festival, at the Clock Tower Quai in the Old Port from September 5 to 7. Get your tickets to special events like the Sunday Night Family Dinner, which will unite the renowned chefs of Toqué, Au Pied de Cochon and Joe Beef to create a memorable dinner ($175), or the Monday Night Restaurant Hop, uniting goodies by seven awesome chefs from Montreal and beyond ($110). Or learn a new skill and take a class on how to make donuts from pastry chef Rémy Couture ($50)! If you’re into keeping it more casual,… / Read More →

Top 7 vegan treats in Montréal

Wise ones know that eating vegan doesn’t mean eating boring hippie fare – to the contrary, some of Montréal’s most sinful goodies are vegan. After weeks of testing (can anyone say best job in the world?), we’ve rounded up the treats that prove tasting good and doing good can be one and the same… with a cherry on top. Almond and Dulce de Leche Cupcake Sophie Sucrée (167 Avenue des Pins E., near Hôtel-de-Ville) The cupcakes at Sophie Sucrée at a sight to behold, but they’re just one of the dozens of tempting treats. What a feeling to walk into an emporium like this and know that everything is vegan! From the chocolate chip cookies to the red velvet cake to the pies and tarts and brownies, it’s all sweet heaven here. But the almond and dulce de leche cupcakes, oh Lordy – mellow, caramelly goodness in a box. Lime and Coconut Pie Crudessence (various locations) Crudessence in an all-raw, all-vegan local restaurant chain that’s an amazing success, with cooking classes, a line of kombucha, a line of macaroons and a bunch of desserts distributed in supermarkets too. This pie is the best of their many sweets though, and the… / Read More →

Get an eyeful at two world-class photo exhibitions

Photography lovers have got it made this season, as Montréal is the site of two international-calibre photo exhibitions. First, the World Press Photo exhibition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and returns to Marché Bonsecours in Old Montréal, from August 26 to September 27, with the world’s very best in photo reportage photography. Then, from September 10 to October 11, the Mois de la Photo de Montréal photography biennale returns with an edition curated by Catalan artist Joan Fontcuberta according to the theme The Post-Photographic Condition. Here’s a taste of what to expect at both. This photograph by Raphaela Rosella Moree, from New South Wales, Australia, depicts Laurinda as she waits in her purple dress for the bus that will take her to Sunday School. She is among the many socially isolated young women in disadvantaged communities in Australia facing entrenched poverty, racism, trans-generational trauma, violence, addiction, and a range of other barriers to health and well-being. You can see it at the World Press Photo exhibition. Titled All Yours and part of the series in almost every picture #14, this work by Dutch artist Erik Kessels shows the close attention he pays to the most popular or trivial forms… / Read More →

Things To Do in Montréal: August 21 to 27

The month ends of a high note with delicious bites throughout the city, the year’s most striking imagery and more stylish finds than you’ll be able to fit into your carry-on. And you thought the summer fun would start slowing down! (glorious food) After Deauville, France, Rio, Istanbul and London, the annual Omnivore World Tour Montreal edition is happening NOW! It’s filling foodies’ bellies and inspiration until August 24 with master classes, a huge tasting party and dozens of collaborative dinners combining the talents of local and international chefs. During the two days of back-to-back half-hour culinary demonstrations at SAT, you can catch Montreal chefs Stéphanie Labelle, Julien Joré, Segué Lepage, Guillaume Kittel-Ouimet, Fabien Maillard, John Winter Russell, Michelle Marek, Marc Cohen, Marc-Alexandre Mercier, Simon Mathys, Michael Ruel, Matthieu Gauthier, Minh Phat, Samuel Pinard, and Farine and Marc-André Leclerc. PHEW! Plus some great visiting chefs from around the country and globe. Save up space for the Omnivorious Party on August 22, hosted by 15 participating chefs who’ll prepare over 6,000 dishes to taste. (Reserve your spot early.) (world-class photos) The World Press Photo exhibition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, returning to Marché Bonsecours in Old Montréal to wow image… / Read More →

Seeing the world onscreen at the Montréal World Film Festival

The world is within reach – well, the world of cinema, at any rate! – with the arrival of the Montréal World Film Festival, on in downtown Montreal from August 27 to September 7. It’s got hundreds of films on view this year, with, as per usual, treats coming from the four corners of the globe, from Lithuania to Uruguay. Here are five flicks in the running for the World Competition – you won’t want to miss a minute. 2 NIGHTS TILL MORNING Directed by Mikko Kuparinen, 84 minutes This Finnish-Lithuanian production is a moody romance about a one-night stand between two strangers who speak different languages. Things take an unexpected turn when a volcano ash cloud grounds all outgoing flights. It stars Montréal actor Marie-Josée Croze across Finnish heartthrob Mikko Nousiainen. CHUCKS Directed by Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl, 93 mins Straight from Austria, this steamy, heady romance between a troublemaking cutie with long fuchsia hair and her older probation officer promises as much visual beauty as dramatic tension. The aesthetic recalls Tom Tykwer with the finesse of Wong Kar Wai, but despite the stunning settings, things aren’t all rosy in love land. THE MIDNIGHT ORCHESTRA Directed by Jérôme… / Read More →

5 Montréal essentials: Jewellery

A distinctive piece of jewellery is such a simple way to make a blah look go kablooey! Choose it right, and it’ll become a talking piece – and the most personal way you can remember a place you loved. Montréal has a world-class fleet of jewellery makers, some of which are collected around the globe. Here are 5 great brands to know.   Arc Jewellery Minimalist, streamlined chic is the specialty of this jewellery brand, especially evident in the Linearity collection, which includes these delicate earrings. This is the type of jewellery that makes an all-black look suddenly seem calculated and modish. It’s made with the utmost care out of sterling silver, brass and gold plating. Find these earrings online here, or Arc goodies in general at Montréal stockist Ibiki at 4357 St-Laurent. Starting at $45 per pair Charlotte Hosten The veritable queen of statement necklaces, Hosten has also segued into a specialty in bridal wear (for all you funky brides out there). Every one of her pieces is unique, like this Aya necklace, made from a mix of cord, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, quartz and sunny yellow semi-precious stones. Contact her online for special orders. Find the Aya necklace… / Read More →