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Things to do in Montreal for American Thanksgiving

According to historical lore, that very first Thanksgiving, celebrated by the English Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621 following a successful harvest, was said to have lasted three days. Roughly the same amount of time any visiting American cousins could have at their disposal while exploring Montreal’s bounty this upcoming U.S. Thanksgiving holiday long weekend, which begins with Thanksgiving itself on Thursday, November 27…

RIDM: The Montreal International Documentary Festival

“Can you paint an odour? What does outer space smell like? Does the smell of saffron make us fall in love?” The nose, as they say, knows. These and many other curious questions are at the heart of the whimsical and sensual documentary film “Le Nez (The Empire of Scents)” by Montreal filmmaker Kim Nguyen, which will open the 17th edition of the Rencontres internationales du documentaire (RIDM) with its world premiere…

Halloween in Montreal for Adults

Though Montreal has lots of kid-friendly Halloween fun, for grown-ups who want to treat their inner child to some Halloween tricks this year, Montreal once again has no shortage of A-Z options for a scarily good time…

Halloween in Montreal for Children

The only thing one need fear about Halloween in Montreal is not having enough time to take in everything that’s on offer in the lead-up to the scariest day of the year, especially when it comes to family-oriented activities ideal for the little monsters that haunt your own house…

Things to do this fall in Montreal

A veritable feast of seasonal events and activities make the fall in Montreal as vibrant as the colours on the slopes of Mount-Royal, whose already spectacular vistas and views take on an extra sensory resonance at this time of the year. But before heading there, there are some other essential stops along the way…

October: Off the Beaten Path

As a cultural playground for adults, it doesn’t get much more fun than Montreal. But the action extends well beyond the vast sandbox of popular, tried and true Montreal activities into the realm of perhaps lesser known, but certainly no less entertaining local events and adventures. Let’s take a trip off the beaten path in October…

Group-friendly restaurants at MTL à TABLE

The close of October marks the end of harvest season and the beginning of the festive season, when thoughts turn to gathering with groups of friends and family. Starting on Oct. 30, the third edition of MTL à TABLE – a 11-day celebration of the gastronomic arts taking place at 140 Montreal eateries with affordable set menus of $19, $29 and $39 – provides a citywide selection of top-shelf restos for your impending gang hangouts…

Smaller Montreal Museums to Discover

At a spritely 372 years old, Montreal has a centuries-old treasure trove of history that isn’t limited to the collections of its many major, internationally renowned museums. In fact, much of the city’s most interesting, truly fascinating living history is to be found within the welcoming walls of smaller museums scattered liberally throughout Montreal’s urban environs…

Montreal Fall Sports Roundup

It doesn’t get more exciting than the fall months for Montreal sports aficionados: not only are all three of the city’s professional sports franchises – the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens, the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes and Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact – in full regular season swing, fans hungry for all forms of competition have a varied plate to dine on

Eugenie Bouchard comes home to Montreal’s Rogers Cup

Move over KISS Army, there’s a new regiment on the march: the Genie Army. What began as an homage to Montreal tennis star Eugenie Bouchard by a dozen-or-so young men at the Australian Open in Melbourne earlier this year has turned into a movement with Genie Armies forming in Montreal, Quebec City and Trois-Rivières. And this original Aussie outfit of diehard fans is so dedicated to the number 7 ranked talent that they’ll be invading Montreal’s island shores to support Bouchard at the 2014 edition of the Women’s Rogers Cup tennis tournament…