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Come to Montreal and save with the amazing Sweet Deal Hotel Package

There’s no doubting, in many if not most instances, that food tastes that much tastier, entertainment is more entertaining, and relaxation is perceptibly more relaxing when you feel like you’re getting the best bang for your shiny plastic Canadian bucks. Life, in fact, feels sweeter when you’re getting a deal, and Montreal continues to outdo itself when it comes to the offer of Sweet Deals for lodging, gastronomic adventuring, stimulating activities and cultural exploration of all kinds…

Sports in Montreal: the 2013 Montreal Alouettes

An interesting thing happened to professional football in Montreal in 1998: it was allowed to breathe. And almost as soon as the Montreal Alouettes inhaled high on the side of Mount Royal – a spectacular setting complete with scenic views of the city – away from the closed-in confines of the Olympic Stadium, their previous home, the people came. And when the people came, so did the wins…

The Harvest Invitational Punk Rock Classic Festival Takes the Stage

While the city of Montreal proper may suffer from a dearth of harvest festivals and fall country fairs, there’s a seasonal punk rock circus –The Harvest Invitational Punk Rock Classic presented by Vans Warped and this year featuring the likes of Pennywise, Face To Face and Alkaline Trio – that makes its way into town every so often, providing the city’s music fans with yet another reason to give thanks.

HEAVY MTL 2013: Avenged Sevenfold, Steel Panther, Megadeth and more

For the most part, parody bands are usually just that: a joke. A good laugh with not a lot of legs longevity-wise. L.A.-based comedy rockers Steel Panther – appearing on one of the two main stages at the 2013 edition of Montreal’s hugely popular outdoor hard rock festival Heavy MTL, August 10 & 11 – turn that convention on its head. Superb hair metal satirists though they be, Steel Panther have rapidly accrued metal cred comparable to that of more serious-minded peers, sharing stages with the likes of Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses…

Tune in to the 2013 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Famed American composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose 1959 album Time Out was the first jazz record to sell over a million copies, did what was the unthinkable for a good many jazz musicians of his era: he lived a long, very long, life. Brubeck, who played the Montreal International Jazz Festival no less than 14 times, went to the great jazz club in the sky last December just shy of his 92nd birthday, and only six months after his final Jazz Fest appearance. This 34th edition of the Jazz Fest is dedicated to his memory…

C2-MTL 2013: Commerce, creativity, culture and cool

In Montreal, C2 stands for commerce and creativity, as in C2-MTL, an annual gathering of leading innovators from a broad spectrum of industry who have but one thing on their minds: finding creative answers to commercial questions. And, especially this year, C2 also stands for culture and cool…

Grand Prix 2013 roars into Montreal

F1 drivers in 2013 aren’t burning rubber so much as burning through rubber, and the super tight turns and sharp chicanes of Montreal’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve are virtually certain to add a chapter to the controversial tale of the tires at this year’s Canadian Grand Prix…

The Montreal Impact hit their stride in 2013

The slogan this year for Montreal’s Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise the Montreal Impact is “Behind every player is a supporter.” But if the number of fans expected at every home game in Montreal is any indication, each player could reasonably expect a conga line of 782 supporters bringing up the rear. It’s a level of love that’s been two decades in the making…

ICE FISHING HOT SPOT IN THE OLD PORT

In only the first month of its very first year of operations, the Pêche Blanche Ice Fishing Village offers an icy slice of Quebec winter angling authenticity mere minutes from downtown Montreal, and it would appear that fisher-folk are already hooked…

GAME ON HABS: PREVIEW OF THE 2013 MONTREAL CANADIENS

It’s not at all surprising that the most storied franchise in the NHL would commence the truncated, 48-game, post-lockout hockey season riding a rising tide of fresh narratives. Life in Habs land, for better or worse, is never boring, and this year’s version of the Montreal Canadiens look like they won’t disappoint…