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Where To Shop in Montreal During Formula 1 Grand Prix

When Formula 1 racing rolls (loudly) into town for three days, June 6-8, it’s not just about the action on the track, the raucous nightlife, the almost limitless adventurous gastronomic options, and panoply of Grand Prix–related activities. It’s also an opportunity for discriminating fashionistas, art aficionados and those looking for that extra-special something to get their shop on, Grand Prix-style.

Where To Watch Playoff Hockey In Montreal

While most enjoy the lion’s share of the Montreal Canadiens’ 82 regular season NHL games from the comforts of their own couch, the excitement around the playoffs inspires a kind of citywide camaraderie which finds many Montrealers taking to downtown sports bars, comfortable pubs and hockey-mad neighbourhood hangouts to cheer on their beloved Habs en masse…

Family Fun In Montreal During Formula 1 Grand Prix Weekend

It isn’t all just about the boys and their toys. The Canadian Grand Prix, in Montreal June 6-8, also features fun, family-friendly events across the city, in addition to Montreal’s expansive array of other entertainment options.

C2MTL 2014: Creativity Meets Commerce

On the face of it, blockbuster filmmaker James Cameron, wildly successful internet venture capitalist and Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and LCD Soundsystem anti-guitar-hero James Murphy wouldn’t appear to share a whole lot of common ground. But over the course of three days in May, however, they’ll share their insights into the role that creativity and innovation has played in their respective successes, as well as a stage, at C2MTL…

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…