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TOP 10 PLACES TO WATCH HABS GAMES

Montreal’s collective obsession with hockey borders on mania. The Canadiens are now in the playoffs, which means “hockey fever” in Montreal is at an all-time high. Since I’ve been called up to cover sports and leisure for the Montreal Buzz, I’m going to start with an initiation into the anthropologically rich world of Montreal hockey fandom. These are sport bars in Montreal where hardcore fans go…

AHOY! BOUNTY IN THE OLD PORT

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a bit of an obsession with boats – apparently, I’m not alone. The Old Port has been packed with nautical nerds and seafaring fans ever since five tall ships (Bounty, Pride of Baltimore, Lynx, Roald Amundsen and Unicorn) sailed into Montreal on Thursday.

ROGERS CUP TENNIS: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

It’s hot in Montreal lately, but it’s about to get even hotter. In a month, the biggest names in tennis will all be in Montreal! So far, 43 of the top 45 female tennis players in the world have confirmed they’ll compete in the Rogers Cup/Canadian Open , which takes place at the Uniprix Stadium in Jarry Park, August 13-22.

COOL DOWN IN MONTREAL’S BEST POOLS, FOUNTAINS

July’s Wet Dreams from Philtre Films on Vimeo. For a full week I’ve been going off the deep end – and I mean that literally. It’s been so hot in Montreal I’m going crazy with one thought, and one thought only: Pools. Since weather reports predict more sizzle than drizzle in the coming weeks, here are some of Montreal’s coolest pools and best fountains for frolicking!

10 WAYS TO MOVE YOUR BODY IN MONTREAL

Montreal may not be known as a place where “healthy types” congregate (we’re far too excessive!), but we do live for fun and games. Proof? Hockey, football, basketball, tobogganing and Cirque du Soleil were all invented or popularized here. Plus, we have a wave that makes surfer’s swoon. Here are 10 ways to enjoy Montreal’s playful side this summer.

KAYAKING THE LACHINE CANAL

As soon as summer hits, I dream of water. Thanks to revitalization efforts along Montreal’s shorelines, waterways, harbourfront and main Port, most of the water surrounding Montreal is now (gasp!) monitored, and in places, navigable. In fact, as of next summer, a new map, the Blue Route (St. Lawrence Water Trail) will help canoe and kayak enthusiasts chart a network of safe launches, shelters and rest areas along the St-Lawrence in/around Montreal.

FIREWORKS IN MONTREAL

We love us our pyrotechnics in Montreal. Each summer, from June to late July, the top fireworks companies around the globe present 30-minute long shows on Saturday nights to compete for the top prize. The International des Feux, our International Fireworks Festival, attracts the world’s leading designers, bigbang technicians and sparkly optic addicts. The fireworks are synchronized to music broadcast over Rythme FM ( 105,7).

SKYDIVE IN MONTREAL

Who wouldn’t test run something called “the happiness machine”? Sounds a heck of a lot less daunting than skydiving, and it costs less too. So what is it?!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOUNT-ROYAL PARK!

Mount Royal Park celebrated its 134th anniversary yesterday. People joke that our city’s Mount Royal is more molehill than mountain. But look up. You’ll find it! Our city’s sacred mountain – and infamous make-out spot – defines and orients us.

MEET A MONTREALER: VAL DESJARDINS

She’s called Smack Daddy for a reason. A star Roller Derby player and visual performance artist, Val Desjardins is a playa in every sense: sportswoman, competitor, performer, thesbian and artiste. Oh and did I mention she knows how to get around – the derby rink, women, and Montreal!