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Guide to Grand Prix Montreal 2014

Apart from the fast-paced F1 action on the track, the hundreds of thousands of elite racing fans who take part in Montreal’s Grand Prix Weekend also engage in a more leisurely paced race to take in a head-spinning array of associated offerings guaranteed to fly a green flag over their good time…

Drinks, dancing and dinner at the Casino de Montréal

Freshness, vitality, reinvention, excitement and confidence – just a few of the things you’d expect to get in any kind of makeover. And for their all-encompassing, 4-year, $305 million makeover, the Casino de Montréal got all of these things in, well, spades… Completely reimagined gaming and entertainment areas were central to the comprehensive re-conception of the Casino de Montréal, and after that the sky was the limit. Almost literally. For example, located in the very centre of the redesigned Casino, surrounded by three massive mid-air structures supporting relaxation areas, is a 21-metre tall, 48-screen multimedia installation displaying original video content courtesy of Montreal-based light and sound magicians Moment Factory. It’s an immersive sensory experience like no other, and is representative of the meticulous attention to ambiance throughout. Indeed, atmosphere is key to the re-think. Look no further than the Casino’s new dining areas: four different styles, four different atmospheres. The à la carte resto Le Montréal offers three settings – the atelier du chef, the lounge and the côté urbain – for reinvented classics, as well as an amazing, river-front view of the city skyline. The Pavillon 67 features a gourmet buffet while AJIA boasts a range of flavourful Asian… / Read More →

Barbegazi: Canada’s coolest winter action sports festival

It’s unknown whether or not the designers of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium envisioned the architectural marvel, long the site of warm weather sporting action including professional baseball, football and soccer, playing host to snowboarders and skiers. Never mind airborne snowmobiles and chattering chainsaws. But even if they didn’t, organizers of the nascent Barbegazi Festival are making them look like geniuses…

Winter activities in Parc Jean-Drapeau

When the going gets cold, many Montrealers get going… to Parc Jean-Drapeau. Situated on picturesque Île Ste-Hélène in the Saint Lawrence River just south of downtown Montreal, Parc Jean-Drapeau plays host to a seasonal flurry of winter activities, not the least of which is the annual “celebration of snow”…

Guide to New Year’s Eve (NYE) parties in Montreal

Montrealers always and inevitably bring their A-game to a broad spectrum of New Year’s Eve events and activities that are tailored to all tastes and levels of expenditure. Let the following guide lead the way to your memorable Montreal New Year’s Eve experience…

Ice Fishing Village and Skating in Old Montreal

Last year, mid-winter, the ice in the Old Port of Montreal was, at its thinnest point, just shy of two feet thick. Which, for fans of outdoor winter recreation – such as angling at the popular Pêche Blanche Ice Fishing Village or skating in an exhilarating, starlit Old Montreal setting – meant a two-foot foundation for fun on either side of the ice. Indeed, Montreal’s vibrant Old Port, sitting snugly between historic Old Montreal and the St. Lawrence River, is a hotbed of super-chill winter activities…

Sports in Montreal: NBA, UFC, Lacrosse and more

While it’s that time of the year when most Montreal hockey and football fans are focused, laser-like, on the fortunes of the just-getting-started Montreal Canadiens and the coming-down-the-home-stretch Montreal Alouettes respectively, there’s a lot more sports life out there than just the big tickets…

Where to watch the 2013 Montreal Canadiens

The lore of sports, to the true believer, is as compelling as the game itself: hockey fans in particular love a story, and fortunately for fans of the Montreal Canadiens (or the “Habs”) the team is not short on attention-getting narratives…

Place des Arts celebrates its 50th in style

There’s really no other “place” quite like it – not in Montreal, not in Canada. On any given night of the week, Place des Arts plays host to world-class operas and orchestras, top-tier classical and contemporary dance companies, Broadway theatre, A-level musicians and comedians of all persuasions, outdoor concerts and multimedia presentations, and all within the confines of one square block of downtown Montreal. Okay, one enormous, meticulously designed and architecturally extraordinary block, but a block nonetheless…