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Village Mammouth: Massive fun for the whole family

Village Mammouth is one of the highlights of the season, and it’s back again this year from December 9 to March 12. Featuring a new layout inspired by New York’s top winter fairs, the Village is rolling out the red carpet to the Olympic Park with more space and more entertainment. Things are heating up! Ok ! @lagaufrebe c’est juste TROP DÉLICIEUX ! #gaufresbelges🍫 #nutella #delish #villagemammouth Une photo publiée par Marjorie Vallée (@margevallee) le 19 Déc. 2015 à 12h42 PST What’s new? New edition, new look! This year, the Omnison contest promises to bring light and colour to the experience. Plus, Village Mammouth has joined forces with First Fridays to offer great food on site and keep the warmth in your belly. From January 28 to March 4, 2017, the Village will also host SnowFood Saturdays, featuring steaming food trucks and sizzling music from the best local and international DJs in the evenings (including New Year’s Eve and Montréal’s Nuit Blanche). The District North winter market will feature new and novel items made by local artisans. It’s a great chance to stock up on last-minute gifts in a fun-filled atmosphere. Meanwhile, kids can find an outlet for their energy… / Read More →

Luminothérapie: A retro-futuristic installation at Place des Festivals

A avant-garde outdoor experience is coming back to Montréal’s Place des Festivals. For the seventh year running, the Quartier des spectacles (Entertainment District) will be transformed into a huge set for Luminothérapie, a celebration of sound and light that runs from December 8, 2016 to January 29, 2017. This year, the main attraction is LOOP, a captivating piece by Ekumen, the Montréal-based sound and media arts production agency. It was designed by Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix, in collaboration with Générique Design, Jérôme Roy and Thomas Ouellet Fredericks. This fairy tale-inspired installation features 13 giant zoetropes (cylinders) that promise to inspire awe both day and night. “We used a zeotrope concept—like a giant wheel—to encourage interactions between humans, unusual mechanical components and the imaginary world,” said Olivier Girourad, who works as a composer, sound artist and art director at Ekumen. “Zeotropes were the precursor to cinema,” explains Jonathan Villeneuve, the designer behind LOOP. Olivier adds that zoetropes even predate animated films. It would seem that this optical toy was invented in 1834 by two people simultaneously: England’s William George Horner and Austria’s Simon Ritter von Stampfer. Zoetropes create the illusion of movement through persistence of vision.   LOOP is a… / Read More →

Where to shop for foodies in Montréal

Is Montréal a good place for foodies? Mais oui! Our local artisans and fine food shops offer tempting treats and sinful little jars of goodness—which travel well and make for great gifts for all your foodie friends. #nouveauté ! Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que vous pouvez maintenant vous procurer les #gourmandises de @les.minettes dans notre section #gardemanger en #boutique et #enligne ! Une photo publiée par Les Touilleurs (@lestouilleurs) le 10 Nov. 2016 à 9h53 PST Exploring the fine food shops These gourmet meccas are where you’ll find exotic jams, syrups, maple butter, honey, homemade ketchup, vinegars, crackers, condiments, sauces, spices and marinades. Only the very best quality, of course. One of our favourites is Alexis le gourmand, which is located in a massive industrial-looking garage. We’re also weak in the knees (or taste buds) for the scrumptious selection of artisanal products—most of which are made in Montréal—at Magasin général de Castelneau. To find flavours from all four corners of the world under a single roof, head to Fouvrac. Meanwhile, you can take your tummy on a trip to France at Gourmet Laurier or La Vieille Europe, or head instead to Italy by stopping in at Milano, Pasta… / Read More →

ILLUMINART lights up Montréal’s 375th anniversary

In 2017, the spotlight will be on Montréal as the city celebrates its 375th anniversary. Once these celebrations are in full swing and the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival gets underway, ILLUMINART will present the first edition of its outdoor display. From February 22 to March 11, this luminous 3.6-kilometre (over 2-mile) circuit of 25 technological works is sure to dazzle, amaze and chase away the winter blues. For the past 15 years, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (MEL) festival has been investing its energies in creating immersive interactive activities focused on light to brighten its outdoor site. MEL introduced the first giant projections and video mapping effects on Montreal buildings, as well as events integrating new technologies with onstage performances. ILLUMINART will enhance MEL’s growth, development and reputation. S & Y – It’s magic #montreal #opticalfiber #blue #nuitblanche #nuitblanche2016 #activity #fun #brillant #city #mtl #514 #mtllife #landscape #scenery #photooftheday #igersmontreal #beautiful #night #nightout #nightlife #light #amazing #instagram #instapic #like4like #mtlenlumiere #instaart Une photo publiée par S & Y (@simple_and_young_x) le 4 Mars 2016 à 11h25 PST “Combining art and innovation, this free event will showcase the technological know-how of our creators. We’re proud to be encouraging local talent and expertise with… / Read More →

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 →