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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 →

Things to do in Montréal: January 23 to 29

It may be cold, but it’s cool, too. This week, Montréal is alive with the celebration of winter’s wonder, especially with the electrifying Igloofest outdoor dance party – but that makes the soul-warming indoor moments even more precious. Don’t miss the latest exhibitions, dance performances and live music shows. Outdoor fun Igloofest tops the charts of outdoor entertainment with its second weekend, featuring a mass of amazing DJs, including the spontaneous orchestrations of Germany’s Loco Dice and the heavy, hip-hop inflected tracks of Belgium’s Dave Luxe. Local acts include Enfants Malins, Da-P Dabeatx and Nick Wisdom, if you’re looking to move to Québec’s particular party sound. Parc Jean-Drapeau is a snowy haven of family activities during the Fête des neiges de Montréal, where the kids can skate, zip-line, slide, dog-sled and so much more. Get active alongside them and reward yourself with a feast from one of the food trucks. Or, in the Olympic Village, skate, go on sleigh rides or catch some live music all for free, as the Winter Village continues to emanate its charm. The free outdoor skating rink is one of the best maintained in the city, and what an impressive view! Cozy culture The latest, greatest show… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 16 to 22

With the crisp cold air and the bright shining sun, it’s easy to see the magical aspect of Montréal in the winter these days. It’s time to take full advantage of this world of extremes, where days of playing in the snow at Parc Jean-Drapeau or ice fishing in the Old Port give way to toasty warm evenings in a theatre or at a show bar. Winter wonderland The winter’s most amazing dance party is finally back for its 2015 edition: Igloofest lights up the nights in the Old Port for four consecutive weekends starting on January 16. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to dance the night away in -20 degree weather, now’s your chance! It’s even more fun than you can imagine. Check the site for the schedule and meeting place. If you like your outdoor time a little more mellow, head to the Old Port to try your hand at ice fishing – but make sure you reserve, it’s really popular. Or bring the whole family over to Parc-Jean Drapeau over four weekends starting on January 17, where the  Fête des Neiges de Montréal turns the park into a snowy fun fair with activities including ice sculpting, skating, dog-sledding, zip-lining, along with a disco tube… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Nicolas Cournoyer

As the CEO of Igloofest, the outrageous open-air dance party that turns Old Montréal into the hottest club in town for four consecutive weekends from January to February, Nicolas Cournoyer knows where the fun is at. The cofounder of Piknic Électronik loves the outdoors, especially in the winter. In his free time, he makes maple syrup at his family sugar shack. This is how he experiences Montréal. Age: Nearly 42 (right in the middle of Igloofest!) Job: CEO of Igloofest. Favourite pastime: Hockey. Since I was little, I’ve watched hockey, I’ve played hockey. Otherwise I love making maple syrup; every year I make a batch at the sugar shack I own with my brothers and sisters. We do it with buckets, like in the olden days, purely for the pleasure of it. How long have you been a Montrealer? I came to Montréal for school in 1992. I was born in Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel. I studied law at Université de Montréal, and worked as a criminal lawyer for five years before getting into event organization. I worked in the logistics department at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, then, in 2003, me and three partners launched Piknic Électronik. Igloofest followed in 2007, in a… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 9 to 15

The New Year creates a buzz in the air that’s electrifying – it’s like a new world of possibilities just opened up in front of you. Whether or not you’re into resolutions, taking in more entertainment is always a good thing. And is Montréal ever ready to oblige! This week we’ve got light shows, dance shows and rock shows to start 2015 off on the right foot. Let it snow Get a unique sense of the city in all its wintry wonder with a Fitz & Follwell outdoor adventure, like the Winter in the Park tour. Start by ice skating on Parc La Fontaine’s pretty outdoor rink, then stroll and learn about the Plateau’s rich history before stopping for a snack and a glass of wine (or hot cocoa). If you love skating, come to the Old Port of Montréal at dusk for one of the beautiful musical evenings, starting at 6 p.m., when you can skate under the twinkling lights with a view on the city on one side, and the St. Lawrence on the other. Or then again, maybe ice fishing is you’re your thing? Check out the annual Ice Fishing Village while you’re there! Luminothérapie continues at Quartier des Spectacles,… / Read More →

Montréal spas help warm up the winter

As the temperatures drop, Montreal spas have got your back – literally. This is the time of year that spas across town offer treatments and packages to help melt the stress of holiday shopping away. So treat yourself to a sauna, a massage and a facial – and then treat your friends and family too…

Things to do in Montreal: December 5-11

Feeling the flutter of gift-giving jitters? That’s because there are less than 20 days of shopping time before C day! Get your holiday on with cultural events all over town, from street-corner tree markets to choir concerts to craft fairs galore. With our help, you’ll have that list ticked in no time.

Neighbourhood Guide: Verdun

Across the Lachine Canal from downtown Montreal and running westward, Verdun is one of Canada’s oldest neighbourhoods, and it’s in continual transformation: every visit reveals a new hip restaurant or cute bakery. With the path-lined canal running along its southern tip, Verdun is an ideal place for cyclists and cross-country skiers – and, in summer, even amateur fisherman! But it’s also a growing commercial centre, particularly on Wellington Street, the ‘hood’s happening main drag. We suggest you start your visit at De L’Église metro station, conveniently close to Wellington and inches from the visit-worthy Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs church, built in 1914… (chilling) Wellington is the perfect promenade drag, similar to Mont-Royal on the Plateau or Park Avenue in Mile End. There’s something new everywhere you look, and its crowd of wanderers encourage you to do the same, just walk, without trying to get anywhere too fast. When your feet ache or your tummy grumbles, there re a million convivial spots to stop at, whether to sit or to take out for a Canal-side picnic. If it’s the situation calls for brunch, stop by the neighbourhood favourite Ma Douce Moitié, complete with leatherette booths and indulgent specials like the French onion soup sandwich…. / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal: November 28 to December 4

Is it right that all I’m thinking about is the holidays? The snow is barely sticking to the ground these days, but the twinkly magic of Christmastime is all around. This week is the perfect time to start on your gift shopping and visit Santa… in addition to seeing a couple of plays, catching some live music and sampling the best in local wines, of course. (gift shopping) The magic returns to the Palais des Congrès until December 7, for the fifth annual Nutcracker Market by Les Grands Ballets de Montréal. Find the toys, jewelery, knits and tasty treats you need for your list, and help out The Nutcracker Fund for Children, which supports all sorts of arts and culture initiatives for kids. The annual and beloved Souk@SAT is back too this weekend and until December 30: this holiday bazaar unites the contemporary creations of over 70 local artists, designers and craftspeople. Souk@SAT takes over the entire Society for Arts and Technology building to showcase fantastic purchasable fashion, home décor, toys, accessories and more. Get a dose of Santa at Plaza St-Hubert this Friday, November 28, during the 10th anniversary of the Défilé des rêves holiday parade: activities, music and merriment are… / Read More →

Montreal at your fingertips with the Family Pass

This holiday season, soaking up the beauty, culture and fun of Montreal as a family has never been so easy. Introducing the Family Pass, a specially designed travel package that makes all of Montreal’s family-oriented activities accessible and affordable…