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MURAL festival 2014 puts wow on walls

Have you seen that beautiful mural just off the Main, near Prince-Arthur? And the other one next to it? And the one next to that? We’ve all got last year’s international public art festival MURAL to thank for those, and from June 12 to 15, they’re at it again…

Things to do in Montreal in July

Ah, July in Montreal… the height of heat, terrasse parties and festival season in our fair city. It’s the month you wish would last forever, mainly so you could fit everything there is to do in! Read on for a look at some of the fun that’s not to be missed…

Grands Ballets Transforms the Night

Fans of the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal expect to see poetry on motion at one of their performances. The sophistication of the artistic direction is part of what makes the troupe famous around the world. But their latest, Transfigured Night, exceeds even these expectations…

Things to do in Montreal in June

Ooh, temperatures are rising and the squirrels are getting frisky! Montreal in the summer is a glorious thing, in part because of the absolutely astounding amount of things there are to do out there. Just take a look…

Where to buy a suit in Montreal

You’re invited to your best friend’s wedding at Notre-Dame Cathedral in June, and your girlfriend just caught you trying on your graduation suit. No. It will not do. Every modern man needs at least one new dapper suit in his wardrobe – per year. Lucky for you, this town has a fantastic crop of modern menswear purveyors…

Raise Your Hands! It’s Spring

The snow is melting, the birds are chirping… and by golly, we’re finally getting ready to wear open-toed shoes. Get in the mood for the upcoming pedicure season with an indulgent manicure. (Groomed fingers = instant poise.) Montreal has got a plethora of top shelf nail bars, so the choice was difficult… but here are our favourites. SHELlAC ATTACK Rouge Bar has three locations around the city, and it’s always a singularly convivial place to get your extremities groomed. Their signature trait are the big TVs that animate their spaces with a constant stream of rom-coms featuring Jennifer Lopez, Mila Kunis and Julia Roberts. Catch up on the latest chick flicks while getting a long-lasting shellac mani for a very reasonable $45. MANI-PEDI? STEADY Rock the boat at BOTA BOTA, where all treatments come with a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence and the Old Port. They offer a handy express treatment that will have you looking neat and polished within your lunch break, but we recommend the Spa treatments: the $115 mani-pedi combo takes two hours and involves a peeling as well as a massage. Perk: the salon uses vegan products by Spa Ritual. A CUT(ICLE) ABOVE Reach the pinnacle… / Read More →

Butterflies spread their wings at the Botanical Gardens

Craving more spring in your step than Mother Nature is providing these days? Head to the Botanical Gardens, within the east end’s kid-tastic Montreal Space For Life, where the temperatures are balmy and the smells sweetly floral. There’s added magic in the greenhouses these days thanks to Butterflies Go Free: an annual spring ritual that releases thousands of butterflies and moths from all over the world into the Main Exhibition Greenhouse. They float, flutter and flock all around visitors like living confetti…

Guide to Montreal’s Commercial Art Galleries

Have you ever visited a museum and wished it were a shop? Short of becoming a game-show millionaire, you may never be able to buy a Monet or a Borduas – but you can get close. Montreal has a slew of commercial galleries that enable both experienced collectors and more timid art lovers to invest in a masterpiece (or three) of their own. Here are some spots to start with…

Montreal’s two biggest museums join forces for 1+1=1

Montreal’s two biggest museums – usually competitors for traffic – have come together to produce a sum greater than their parts: the exhibition 1+1=1, featuring the best contemporary art their shared collections have to offer…

Where to get great tea in Montreal

Coffee lovers need never worry – whenever the need for an espresso strikes, they’re never further than a block away from their heart’s desire in Montreal. For years, tea drinkers didn’t enjoy the same luxury. But times are changing! Tea is taking the city by storm (in a teacup?) as expert tea providers pop up left, right and centre. And not only that: our fair city offers some Kate Middleton-worthy high tea spreads…