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Meet a Montrealer: Dominique Anglade

With a stellar career that has spanned engineering, strategic management and high-level organizational transformations, Dominique Anglade is an unquestionable authority on good business. Who better to have at the helm on Montréal International, then, an organization dedicated to bringing new and exciting business to this fair city? This is how Dominique experiences Montréal. Job: President and CEO of Montréal International Favourite pastime: Dancing and listening to music, both pop and Caribbean. How long have you been a Montrealer? Since birth. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? Going to the Karnaval Kanpe, at SAT. It was a party in honour of the Kanpe Foundation, where there was a mix of Caribbean and techno music, dance routines, Haitian items for sale, makeup booths – all sorts of things to recall Haiti. What’s your favourite Montréal memory? Camping in Oka, which by the way is part of Greater Montréal, as a kid. It was in the woods, by the lake, with a tent – the whole nine yards. What’s your favourite Montréal restaurant? Européa. Where do you like to go for drinks with friends? We usually hang out either at their house or mine, but if we go out… / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal: February 26 to March 4

Yes, yes, y’all, it’s Nuit Blanche! This Saturday brings with it the best excuse to stay up all night since the last Star Trek marathon on Space TV. Grab your friends and family and hit the streets and cultural centres of the Montréal, open all night and jam-packed with special programming. All-night art The only bad thing about Nuit Blanche is figuring out how to divide your time – there’s just that much to do. The best strategy this Saturday, February 28, is to start with all your favourite places, whether that’s the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Phi Centre, the Olympic Stadium, Fonderie Darling or the Belgo Building, because you’ll get to access them for free. Plus you can be sure they’ll be pulling out all the stops for this special night with unusual and exciting programming, whether that’s live music, workshops, free performances and more. But afterwards, it’s time to discover. Nuit Blanche is really about broadening your perspectives, while having a good time, so an adventurous attitude is de mise. This year you might be tempted by the film screening night at Nouveau Palais restaurant. Or maybe you’ll want to try the all-night collage party at Monastiraki? And,… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 19 to 25

The city is alive with art this week, starting with a late-night art party that’ll put us in the mood for next week’s Nuit Blanche. There’s also a handful of new plays not to be missed, and a million hot music shows to warm your cockles. Art with heart For a full night of entertainment, look no further than the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal on Friday February 20, when the monthly Nocturne turns the museum into a party house. Starting at 5 p.m., and going all the way till 2 in the morning, get access to the three new exhibitions (Sophie Calle, Simon Starking and Allan Sekula and Noël Burch), a stream of video works in the “Projections” series and two performances (one by Sabrina Ratté and Roger Tellier-Craig, the other by Erin Gee), plus food, drinks, and electrifying music by DJs Dave Luxe, Ryan Playground, Nick Wisdom and Myfriendrick. All that for $14, or even better, for FREE if you purchase the super-cheap MACarte membership card! Meanwhile, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, don’t forget to check out the new exhibition by Benoit Aquin this weekend – the Montréal photographer was one of the very few people to have access to the site of the Lac-Mégantic… / Read More →

5 Montréal essentials: scarves

Montréal may be chilly in wintertime, but it’s a hotbed of creativity. Known for its unique Euro-American approach to style, the city is rife with fashion designers that make ordinary objects extraordinary, and create souvenirs actually worth bringing back. Get a load of the five hottest – literally – made-in-Montréal scarves out there these days. Mélissa Nepton Montréal designer Mélissa Nepton created a series of gorgeous scarves in her F/W collection, including the thick and chunky, grey, 100% wool felt Agathe scarf (pictured extreme left). It’s neutral enough for both genders, warm as heck and about five miles long, with an oversized fringe that gives it its signature flair. Find it online, or at carriers like Espace Pépin (350 Saint-Paul Street West), Unicorn (5135 Saint-Laurent Boulevard) and Olam (1374 Sainte-Catherine Street West) $88   Eve Gravel Always one to put a sexy twist on simple things, Eve Gravel dressed up the tube scarf with touches of leatherette this season. Available in both dark heather grey and sleek black, the scrunchy Tea Party scarf will give a sculptural look to any overcoat. Find it online, or at carriers like Onze (4151 Saint-Laurent Boulevard), Belle & Rebelle (6321 Saint-Hubert Street) and Simons… / Read More →

Plunge into Montréal’s Underground Art

Get ready for February 28, because it’s one of Montréal’s most exciting days all year: Nuit Blanche. Especially because that means it’s the launch of Art Souterrain! The winter edition of Nuit Blanche, the all-night cultural extravaganza, has a unique Montréal vibe because not even sub-zero temperatures can discourage the crowds of thousands who love culture best at night. That enchanted evening is the best time to get started on your exploration of Art Souterrain, the three-kilometre-long art walk through Montréal’s famous underground city. Art Souterrain 2015 unites no fewer than 72 works spread over 12 sites, much more than you’ll be able to cram in on launch night – so luckily, it continues until March 15. There are all sorts of special activities this year, like meetings with the artists, talks, tours for kids and adults, and exclusive visits through private collections. As director and general manager Frédéric Loury explains, the year’s theme, “security in society,” has been brewing for at least a couple of years. “It doesn’t only address concepts of surveillance, or security, but rather poses a much more fundamental question: how far are we willing to go, as individuals, to protect our own comfort?” We asked Loury to name five artists not to… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 12 to 18

Love is in the air! There are a million ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in this joyful city, some involving the traditional red roses and gushy stuff, and some a little more unusual. Take your pick and show your favourite someone a good time – the Montréal way. Wining and dining You’ll never want for romantic spots for a tête-à-tête in food-centric Montréal, but some restaurants are pulling out all the stops during the Valentine’s Day period. This Friday, Saturday and, exceptionally, Sunday, treat your better half to one of the most memorable gastronomic experiences of their lives at Toqué! There’s a special eight-course tasting menu on offer at $135 a head. Nestled on Roy Street, on the Plateau, enjoy a sophisticated Basque feast at Pintxo, for an eight-course menu – this one to be $90 for two. On offer from February 12 to 15. XO Le Restaurant, at the opulent Hotel Le St-James, is serving an exclusive Valentine’s Day menu for $125 a head on Saturday, February 14 only. At Restaurant Tandem, in beautiful Villeray, enjoy seven courses on Valentine’s Day itself for $75. There’s nothing more Valentine’s than champagne, so head to La Champagnerie for the $50 special… / Read More →

Top 5 spots to propose in Montréal

With its sexy French accent and its seductive European streets, could Montréal be any more romantic? It’s no wonder thousands of couples flock here for tête-à-tête weekends every year, especially around Valentine’s Day. Take your lovers’ getaway to the next level by actually popping the question this Valentine’s in one of these five oh-so-romantic Montréal spots. Atop Mount Royal Ask any Montrealer what their favourite part of the city is, and nine out of ten will tell you it’s the mountain. Winter or summer, the mountain is the crown jewel in this very pretty city’s jewelry box, filled with trails and vistas that are perfect for a romantic adventure à deux. For a surprise your sweet pea isn’t likely to forget, dress warmly, hide a thermos of hot chocolate and a couple of heart-shaped cookies in your parka, and head for a leisurely hike up to the Belvedere. When the moment is right, as you both gaze down at the breathtaking view, whip out the goodies, get down on your snow pants knee, and pop the question.   On the skating rink at Parc La Fontaine An evening under the twinkling lights of a skating rink is always romantic, but there’s… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 5 to 11

We’ll be missing the fun frenzy of Igloofest after this weekend, when the 2015 edition comes to a close, that’s for sure – but lucky for us, there’s lots more Montréal madness where that came from. How about we stay in this week and soak up some cool culture? Last hurrah Don’t you go missing the last of the outdoor dance festival Igloofest now, which will go out with a bang with a wild weekend featuring international track masters Paco Osuna, Midland B2B Paul Woolford, Dubfire, Luciano, Girl Unit and Ernesto Ferreyra. Locals will be lighting up the nights too, with Jimmy Be, Robert Robert, Cri and Dead Horse Beats presiding on Friday night; Nico Sé, Eekkoo and Maybe Moby Is Playing Tonight on Saturday; and Cristobal Urbina and The One Tash signing out until next year on Sunday. For those interested in winning the Iglooswag contest, based on best costume, the theme for the last weekend is “white as snow.” So pull out your white one-piece snowsuit! Arts with heart February 5 marks the opening of two exciting exhibitions at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. British artist Simon Starling brings us 15 works under… / Read More →

The week in Montréal hotel happenings

Montréal hotels offer dreamy stays, that we know – but they also take care of our entertainment. Whether you’re a guest or a passerby looking for a special meal, an amazing cocktail or a fashionable happening show with a side of people watching, these top Montréal hotels ensure there’s something to do every day of the week. Mondays The week starts off strong at Restaurant Le XO in Montréal’s utmost luxury hotel, Hotel Le St-James, because that’s when they reopen for lunch. From Monday to Friday exclusively, between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., get your taste of the renowned kitchen’s delicacies. How does wild mushroom salad, strip-loin steak with potato millefeuille, escarole, horseradish and blue cheese sound? And don’t forget the chocolate mousse for dessert. Monday to Friday between noon and 2 pm is also when you can treat your taste buds to lunch at the stylish Hotel Gault, in Old Montréal. Try the summer salad with strawberries, goat cheese and almonds, followed by roasted halibut with Roman-style gnocchi and a red pepper coulis and the lemon tart to crown the experience. For a sultry Monday evening, head to the InterContinental Montréal’s Sarah B. absinthe bar, where every day of the week from… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 29 to February 4

Igloofest continues to warm up the city with its hot beats for the third weekend in a row, and it isn’t the only musical experience worth leaving your warm hotel room for. There’s indie rock, deep house and tons of local discoveries to make – not to mention musical comedy, opera and brand new theatre. Cool party Proving you don’t need electric heating for a hot, hot time in wintertime Montréal, the outdoor dance festival Igloofest ranks as the top to-do this weekend again with an impressive roster of talent. International acts include John Digweed from the U.K. and Joey Anderson from the U.S., while the sexy and sultry tracks mixed by Canadian duo Blond:ish. Local sounds will be provided by tech-house monster Paskal Daze and Buck Smith. Watch out for spectacular geometric effects and light projections by Montréal VJ Ma” and more jaw dropping visuals by locals Yanneek, VJ Binocle and Johnny Ranger, purveyor of amazing and poetic animated collages. Winter adventures Take the family over to Parc-Jean Drapeau for the Fête des neiges de Montréal where the kids can skate, zip-line, slide, dog-sled and munch on goodies from food trucks. Even more wintry fun awaits at the Olympic… / Read More →