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Splash it up! Your guide to water fun in and around Montréal

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing paddle or some fast-paced thrills, our guide to Montréal’s water activities will make you want to dive right in. Surf Surfing on the St. Lawrence? Not only will it test your athletic prowess, but it will get your adrenaline pumping. Operated by KSF, a team whose passion is for adventure, the outdoors and water, it promises unforgettable and environmentally responsible experiences. In addition to surfing courses, KSF also offers slower-paced or active outings such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Dipping your toe in for the first time? Unleash your inner Kelly Slater on the artificial wave at Oasis Surf (in Brossard) or at Maeva Surf (in Laval). Try extreme sports Get your adrenaline pumping with a jet-ski ride by Aventures WetSet MTL, a high speed boat ride with Jet St-Laurent, jet-boating the rapids, Flyboard or wakeboarding by teletraction. Rafting Montréal also offers fast-paced excursions (rafting, jet boating, river boarding or tandem rafting) on the Lachine waves. Bounce and crash your way through the frothy waters! Meditate Ever tried SUP yoga? Go with the flow on your surfboard, where sun salutations take a whole new dimension with the sound of waves gently lapping in… / Read More →

10 tucked-away and brand-new treasures on Mont-Royal Avenue

We walk along it time and again, on a whim, to go for a stroll, shop, run errands, eat in an excellent restaurant, have brunch or coffee, or chat over drinks. Bustling, lively and primarily francophone Mont-Royal Avenue is a veritable beehive of activity. More small boutiques are starting to pop up along it, some with European influences. Think you know all its secrets? That’s exactly what we wanted to scope out for you: the little treasures tucked along it and some new kids on the block. Here’s an east to west guide of this amazing artery. Affiche en Tête, 2034 Mont-Royal Avenue East Caroline and Mathieu have an eye for little gifts to bring back home and they love encouraging Montréal artists. A poster, a painting or a cute illustrated greeting card: the selection is spectacular. Culled from Montréal’s best markets (like Puces Pop), they are also affordable and showcase local artists, with a small description and photo of each. A unique little initiative that puts a face to a name and a story to the poster you hang up at home. Bonus: the boutique features exclusive partnerships with certain artists, like the works of illustrator and designer Magalie… / Read More →

Your fall guide to Montréal dance

The year 2016 is going to be a major turning point for contemporary dance in Montréal with the much-anticipated opening of Espace danse in the Wilder Building which will become home, in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, to four of Montréal’s leading dance companies: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Tangente, École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and Agora de la danse. This promising performance centre boasts an infrastructure and equipment that will seal Montréal’s and Québec’s position as a world-class hub for creation and innovation in dance and the performing arts. Until then, dance’s key players, companies and organizations have been keeping the creative juices flowing to offer you a breathtaking program. Here’s a review of what’s on this autumn. Charismatic and daring performances at Danse Danse Danse Danse kicked off its season on October 1 with a fabulous triple program by the Ballet national du Canada, back after a five-year hiatus. Next, five companies take over until December, with major productions and more intimate works. In October, the enclosed enclave of Bagne offers a new version of acrobatic dance-theatre that tells the story of the tender and fierce relationship between two convicts in search of love… / Read More →

Les Escales Improbables: art where you’d least expect it

The international multidisciplinary festival Les Escales Improbables de Montréal (EIM) rolls out its 12th edition from September 5 to 12 in different Montréal neighbourhoods and on new fields of exploration that include Parc Jarry, Villeray, Le Bain Mathieu, Laïka, Spa Le Saint Jude, Parc des Compagnons, St. Laurent Boulevard, the Maison de la culture Frontenac and more. These handpicked locations are host to innovative and eclectic projects devoted to stimulating discovery as well as the senses. This year, the EIM pays tribute to German sculptor Joseph Beuys, welcomes many Québec and international artists and invites everyone, from tall to small, to experience a kaleidoscope of emotions. Tête de lecture August 29 and 30, and September 5 and 6, in four different neighbourhoods French-Belgian actor Yves Heck invites you to join him for a literary rendezvous where serendipity and public taste shape the program. He’ll randomly select one of the texts brought by a budding writer (song, novel, tale, short story, poem) and reveal your literary favourites. Les Siestes Musicales, September 5 and 6 at  Parc Jarry Musicians Milimétrix, Franck Dadure, 10.000 Horses, Cordame Trio, Princess Project and Organ Mood, set the mood for slumber so you can take a delicious… / Read More →

Weekend at the Peel Basin: the boffo back-to-school event on the Lachine Canal

From September 12 to 13, under the glow of the Farine Five Roses sign, the Lachine Canal will host the second edition of a one-of-a-kind cultural event: the Weekend at the Peel Basin. Set against a backdrop that’s a combination urban, industrial and symbolic, this project by MASSIVart features music shows by up-and-coming artists and many outdoor activities. It’s for anyone and everyone, night owls, outdoor adventure seekers, creative types, foodies and young families. Here’s the lowdown on two days of intense entertainment. The Weekend at Peel Basin kicks off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, with a festive culinary get-together where hundreds of flavours will be featured—that’s right, street trucks! The menu for the evening looks something like this: sample delicious fare as you stroll the wharf, hang out and chill. Next, with the passing trains providing background acoustics, the Peel Basin will become an open-air club with High Klassified, The Posterz, KILOJULES and Clay and friends, that will have everyone dancing until 10:30 p.m. ($10 entry fee). You can buy a ticket at half-price on the presale ticket counter here. On Sunday, September 13, go kayaking on the canal, get out your fishing rod, try an urban… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Azamit, creative director, curator, stylist and founder of souk @ sat

Azamit is many things. A voice: full, deep and calm, punctuated by bursts of laughter. A physique: long and willowy, an Eritrean who exudes composure and grace. A style: unique, extraordinary, on trend. And a life philosophy that is inspired by meetings, collaborations, sharing, respect, discovery, and creative and intellectual stimulation. A Montrealer for 25 years now, Azamit has always lived in the fashion universe. After studying Fashion Design at Collège Lasalle and Fibres et Textile at École Supérieur des Arts Appliqués Dupérré, she started out as a model but quickly turned her attention to fashion design, a career she pursued out of sheer passion, which she has been devoted to for over 15 years. In her dizzying daily schedule, accompanied by her adorable Italian greyhound Tsuki Chichin, advertising campaigns follow editorials, in prestigious fashion magazines, including ELLE Québec, ELLE Canada and Dress To Kill. As she carved out her path, she became friends with Montréal designers and, one year, wanting to help out a jeweler girlfriend, founded the souk @ sat. That was 13 years ago. Now one of the industry’s most cutting-edge and popular local markets, Azamit made it her duty, not without a great deal of temerity… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Thierry-Maxime Loriot

Since its inauguration at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2011, the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit has toured the world, attracting more than 2 million visitors on three continents. Now at the tenth stop on its tour, the exhibit is on display at the Grand Palais in Paris—the fashion designer’s hometown—where it will remain until August 3, when it will pack up and head to Munich for the fall.  To mark this symbolic milestone, we met with Thierry-Maxime Loriot, former international supermodel and the exhibit’s curator, to discuss this extraordinary experience and ask about his favourite spots in Montréal. Here’s the interview. Why were you interested in being appointed as curator of the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit? This is the first exhibit that I’ve curated on my own. I had already done two other exhibits for the Museum of Fine Arts. There was Imagine: A Ballad for Peace from John and Yoko as well as Expanding Horizons: Painting and Photography of American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918. But fashion has always been my main area of expertise, since I spent 10 years in the field and still have strong ties to this industry I love. I find it really exciting to make… / Read More →

The must-see exhibitions this summer in Montréal

As the culturally vibrant town that it is, Montréal is host to large-scale exhibitions this summer. From the dreamy and glassy universe of David Altmejd to Rodin’s spectacular bronzes to the luminous photographs of Horst, the town beams with artistic brilliance.  David Altmejd’s Flux and Jon Rafman Be sure to catch Flux from David Altmejd at the Musée d’art contemporain (MAC). Through materials (e.g., plexiglass and mirrors), scale (of the massive kind), and fantastical iconography, this Montréal artist now based in New York City exposes his creative world of wonders. Breathtaking and fascinating, you can easily spend hours just examining the many facets of The Flux and The Puddle, an impressive and massive showcase of the artist’s wild ingenuity. Meanwhile, The Spectre and The Main, at once static and dynamic, recalls the discovery of the ruins of an enchanted civilization as described in Barjavel’s “La Nuit des Temps.” And what about those giant figures—somewhat exotic, somewhat decomposed, and totally extraordinary. Also at the MAC is Montréal artist Jon Rafman’s inaugural exhibition of new and recent works. Drawing inspiration from the Internet and video game culture, as well as from some particularly obscure sub-cultures of the web, he creates alienated environments… / Read More →

Free things to do in Montréal this summer

Enjoying the Montréal frenzy without spending a penny is certainly possible. We explain how with this handy guide! Free concerts Every Wednesday and Thursday at noon, head to the Jardins Gamelin, a green oasis right in the heart of downtown to take advantage of free concerts. You can also check out the city’s parks for the Concerts Campbell, which feature numerous free performances until August 12. Not to be missed: the Sœurs Boulay at Parc Marcel-Léger on July 22, and concerts by the Orchestre Métropolitain at Parc de West-Vancouver and at the Chalet de la Montagne, on July 24 and 30 respectively. For classical music, Les grands orchestres are back for a 4th edition on the Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park, Sundays from July 26 to September 20. Also on the list of musts: the Big Free Concert presented by SiriusXM, from the Classical Spree, on August 5 at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, enthusiasts of enchanting arias can head to Saint-Laurent Boulevard for the Barber of Seville on August 16 at 9 p.m. during Montréal’s Italian Week. And, of course, there are the free shows at Montréal’s festivals: the Montréal First Peoples Festival from July 29 to August… / Read More →

The Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec: On your mark, get set, play!

For its second edition, from July 11 to 25, the Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec takes over the Quartier des spectacles, De Maisonneuve Boulevard, and Complexe Desjardins. For two weeks, some 20 exhibitors will offer serious gamers a digital and physical experience via close to 100 free activities. Lovers of board games and the outdoors will be able to get in on the action, literally, on the Gaming Boulevard, an open-air thoroughfare on De Maisonneuve Boulevard, between Jeanne-Mance and Saint-Urbain Streets. Numerous established and emerging board game publishers from Québec will host, among others, chess competitions (e.g., the Francophonie championship), Génies en herb, and Scrabble battles, not to mention juggling workshops. Also, from July 16 to 19, in particular, Nintendo will feature its recent release, Splatoon. New for 2015, the Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec will welcome for the first time at the SAT, July 10 to 12, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive finals, the largest tournament ever to be organized in North America, bringing together about 20 professional teams as part of the Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC). Throughout the duration of the festival and for the second consecutive year, the North American qualifier for the free Just Dance Now competition will… / Read More →