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Fawning over Fabergé

When you think of Fabergé eggs, you probably think of the collection of shiny tchotchkes that sits behind glass in your grandma’s living room. But the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is working hard to shift our perspectives: it turns out Fabergé is much more than collectible kitsch…

#MTLMOMENTS Exhibit shares special Montreal Moments

What happens when thousands of Montrealers and visitors to Montreal take pics of their best moments and post them online? A ton of gorgeous images and over 40,000 shares since May last year, that’s what. The Montreal Moments social media movement initiated by Tourisme Montreal has taken the city by storm in the last year, inspiring people to capture everything that makes Montreal the exciting destination it is and post, and re-post, and comment, and re-comment the results. Now, in addition to having a virtual existence, the best photos have a stage all their own in the form of a summertime exhibition.

Montreal’s Best Hotel Terrasses

Terrasse lovers, Montreal is your town. With the winters we get, it’s no wonder summer makes us want to hang out outside all the live-long day. There are terrasses of every ilk here, from bars to restaurants to rooftop to street-side, but my hands-down favourites are hotel terrasses. Like hotel bars, there’s a sense of adventure built into the experience…

The world’s an art gallery at FIMA

You get the picture: from graffiti festivals to performance festivals, Montreal is a John Mayer-worthy wonderland of live, free fun all summer, with a surprise on every block. And one of the outdoor art events not to be missed happens along Sainte-Catherine in the Gay Village between June 11 and 15: FIMA, the Festival International Montréal en Arts…

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 →