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Québec’s top luxury designers

Perfect cuts, fabulous fabrics, one-of-a-kind style and meticulous craftsmanship—that’s what Québec’s luxury designers offer in their collections, which range from daring to timeless. Here are some of the top brands that bring beauty to La Belle Province. Québec’s biggest names in fashion Every city has its fashion gurus, and Montréal is no exception. We love the perfect cuts and classic lines in Philippe Dubuc’s menswear, along with the couture leather, pleated satin or airy silks from Denis Gagnon. For structured volume that’s equal parts nature and technology, there’s Marie Saint-Pierre, while Rad Hourani offers unisex creations and Tavan & Mitto delivers sophisticated, timeless collections. We turn to Éditions de Robes  for dresses that range from classic to glam, and we can’t get enough of Elisa C-Rossow’s serious take on women’s sensuality or the modern femininity offered by UNTTLD. Recycled fur, leather and luxury jackets The lumberjack look may not be what you’re after, but when fur and leather are tastefully crafted to create stylish, eco-friendly fashion, that’s a whole other story. For recycled fur, head to Harricana. Minimalist leather bags await at Lowell or WANT Les Essentiels. And m0851 is the place to go for leather items that run the… / Read More →

What to do in Montréal on Easter weekend, April 14 to 17

Will you be spending Easter weekend in Montréal? Great choice! Here are some activities to help you get your fill of culture, food, relaxation and nightlife over the long weekend. Whether you’re here with that special someone, friends or family, there’s something for everyone! Easter with that special someone This long weekend is your chance to indulge and pamper yourself! Book a room at a boutique hotel and head out, hand-in-hand, to explore Montréal’s food and arts scene. Between prestigious exhibitions at the city’s museums, a rich repertoire of dance and theatre performances, and a superb program of classical music and opera, prepare to be enchanted on your romantic getaway. Next, take the time to relax at one of these sublime spas, load up on mouth-watering chocolates at Montréal’s best chocolate shops, then share an intimate moment over cocktails at a speakeasy or a quiet, low-key spot. Finally, grab a table for two at a great restaurant, because we all know that food makes the heart grow fonder. You can’t go wrong with these trendy new restaurants and hand-picked designer restaurants and cafés. What happens next is up to you. Easter with friends Fun with friends is in store this Easter… / Read More →

2017 winter-spring dance program

2017 is ushering terrific news for dance enthusiasts!  Several of Montréal’s dance companies—including Tangente, Agora de la danse, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal—will be moving into Espace danse, a new space located at 1435 de Bleury, in the Wilder Building near Place des Festivals. In anticipation of this momentous event, here’s a look at the 2017 Winter-Spring program. Les Grands Ballets In July, Gradimir Pankov, Les Grands Ballets’ artistic director for the past 18 years, will be passing on the torch to Ivan Cavallari, who is currently the artistic director of the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin. To mark this transition, Les Grands Ballets will be presenting some of their most significant and successful masterpieces this season, including the Perm Opera Ballet’s Swan Lake (February 22-26) and Le Mariage de Figaro, performed by the National Ballet of Ukraine (April 26-29). Contemporary ballet will also be featured at the Place des Arts, with Ohad Naharin’s Minus One (March 23 to April 1) and the triple bill Falling Angels, Evening Songs, and Searching for Home by Jiří Kylián and Stephan Thoss (May 25 to June 3). Click here for the complete… / Read More →

Montréal’s hidden bars: Speakeasies and other secret hideaways

An enchanted forest in a downtown basement. A Japanese bar hidden behind a grey door on the Main. A Tiki bar tucked into the depths of Chinatown. Montréal keeps things interesting by forcing you to hunt for some of its most unique spots. Here’s a guide to the city’s secret bars, revealed one neighbourhood at a time. 🎎 If you’re not looking, you’ll miss it 🍸#Montreal #Speakeasy #HiddenBar Une photo publiée par Carolyn Chen (@carolynjxchen) le 9 Avril 2016 à 7h05 PDT Plateau Mont-Royal / Mile End Big in Japan bar Carefully hidden at the corner of Rachel Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard, this bar serves up a tasteful ambiance and tasty cocktails made from Japanese spirits. It’s a subdued spot that’s perfect for a romantic rendez-vous. Our bartender Max is killing it on the @mixingwith first épisode of the Quebec edition go and Check it on !! #gintonic #hendricks #hendricksgin #mixingwith #cucumber #bartender #le4emur Une photo publiée par Le 4e mur (@4emur) le 7 Sept. 2016 à 8h19 PDT Le 4e Mur This establishment keeps their address strictly under wraps. Want to find out where it is? Step 1: Become a member to get on their list (and to have… / Read More →

Winter thrills at Fête des neiges 2017

Whether you welcome winter with freshly sharpened skates or prefer sipping hot chocolate by the fire, Fête des neiges de Montréal helps us all celebrate snow days in the best ways, turning Parc Jean-Drapeau into a playground for all ages, every Saturday and Sunday from January 14 to February 5. Active entertainment Hand-in-hand with the Montréal 375th anniversary, Fête des neiges de Montréal is all about brightening up your winter days and nights. Not only can you go skating, snowshoeing, skiing and sledding around the sprawling, picturesque park, but access to the Fête des neiges site and the majority of activities is free. See live musical performances and ice sculpting; play boot hockey and soccer; become a player in a human-sized foosball game; climb into a plastic battle bubble; ride the 16-metre ice slide; try curling and snow-yoga, and more. La grande roue du @parcjeandrapeau vous attend pour admirer la superbe vue et avoir un aperçu de la multitude d’activités prévues durant la Fête des neiges. C’est chaque week-end jusqu’au 5 février prochain. #375mtl #Hivernales #Fêtedesneiges #mtlmoments Une photo publiée par 375e de Mtl / 2017 (@375mtl) le 22 Janv. 2017 à 12h23 PST Winter adventure Add to all that… / Read More →

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 →