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Germain Montreal: The Quebec hotel chain that celebrates art and design

Le Germain is a born-in-Quebec hotel chain whose luxury and high-quality service is now world-renowned. Its Montreal property, Germain Montréal, was the second in this empire-in-the-making, and it’s an example of the brand’s sleek, modern lines and impeccable attention to detail. From the desk attendants’ designer uniforms to the streamlined lobby furniture, style is everywhere. Always with its eye on local talent, the Germain group celebrated the Montreal property’s 10th anniversary by hiring local fashion designer Marie Saint Pierre to redesign its rooms. We caught up with Marie Pier Germain, a member of the Germain family and Director of Professional Construction Services, about the brand’s creative vision…

Ritz-Carlton Montreal: Inside Downtown Montreal’s most famous luxury hotel

Ritz-Carlton Montreal – the very first Ritz-Carlton in the world – was always a grand destination, but it has surpassed even its own standards since completing its redesign in 2012. Lead by Hong Kong-based designer J. Lee Rofkind, creative director of hotel specialists BUZ Design, the redecoration of the rooms and public spaces retained the property’s storied grandeur but updated it with new colours and materials. The guest experience was also enhanced with contemporary luxuries like roomier bathrooms and automatic blinds. We caught up with Rofkind about this exciting design experience…

Summer’s just starting at Montreal Fashion Week!

Thought summer was over? Naw, it’s just beginning – at least in the fashion world. Welcome to Montreal Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, where from September 3 to 6, 2013, you’ll get a taste of trends to come…

Montreal Food Tours: Bar Hopping in Old Montreal

Do you grab a drink or go on a city tour? No more dilemmas: The thoughtful folks at Montreal Food Tours have just launched a new tour that hops you to snacks and libations all around Old Montreal…

Festival Mode & Design takes over downtown Montreal

Don’t worry, you haven’t suddenly shrunk – you’re just surrounded by models! The downtown core around McGill College is transforming into a great big outdoor runway for the four-day celebration of all things beautiful, the Festival Mode & Design…

Guide to Museums in Montreal

There’s a reason Montreal feels like such a cultural town – with international caliber art programs in both English and French universities, plus rents cheap enough to need very little to live on, this is an artist’s mecca! So it’s only natural that there are practically as many museums are there are cafés…

It’s Summertime in Paris at Montreal’s Parisian Laundry

Until August 13, when you travel to Montreal, you also get Summertime in Paris. That’s the name of the annual summer show at the Parisian Laundry, one of the west end’s most breathtaking galleries, which this summer is showing work by a collection of young movers and shakers…

Dale Chihuly bring high glass to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Dale Chihuly is a magician and he’s taken over the museum. The American glass-worker makes shapes and objects of a complexity and scale hitherto unknown in blown glass. But his talent isn’t just technical – a stroll through the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will make it clear that he creates entire worlds…

Festival International Nuits d’Afrique brings the Sahara to Montreal

Things are getting balmy for this edition of Festival International Nuits d’Afrique de Montréal! For its 27th edition, from July 9 to 21, the music festival is celebrating the Montreal sun with an homage to the Sahara, from Mauritania to the Sudan passing by Morocco and Chad. Our fair city will be welcoming over 500 artists from over 30 countries for 90 shows and events…