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MONTREAL’S FRESH FRUIT-FILLED COCKTAILS

August really is the most beautiful month for fruit in Montreal, with all manner of berries in season and stonefruit from Ontario, including delicious, voluptuous peaches and nectarines. We simply can’t think of a better way to celebrate this glorious harvest than to eat the fruits straight-up, from the market, fresh and with our fingers—except maybe to put them in alcohol and consume them as cocktails…

LES GIVRES TAKES ICE CREAM UP A NOTCH

There’s a new kid on the Montreal ice-cream block: Les Givrés. It’s an extra-special ice cream parlour in a former semi-basement sushi shop on busy Rue St-Denis. The most important thing to know is that Les Givrés has some seriously top-shelf ice cream, but there’s a philosophy driving their awesomeness, as well…

MONTREAL’S CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL

Just when you thought festival season was over (and indeed the city has calmed down a lot), comes the mellowest and most maritime of all Montreal festivals: The Montreal Classic Boat Festival.

MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2011

If you’re a true cinemaphile, you’ll be intrigued by the 383 films on display at the 35th annual Montreal World Film Festival, which runs August 18-28…

GRUMMAN 78: MONTREAL’S FAMOUS TACO TRUCK

In my neighbourhood, people really look forward to the weekend these days for yet another reason: Grumman ’78 tacos. Indeed, these tacos, which are now famous thanks to a Bastille day visit from Anthony Bourdain (more on this later), mostly exist as transient foodstuffs, sold out of their picaresque truck during most of the city’s major festivals. Otherwise, you gotta be in the right place at the right time…

FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL’S FINAL FLICKS

After almost a month of the 15th Fantasia Film Festival, one weekend of thrills, chills and ills remains. The festival has included over 130 features from around the world and one world-premiere of a major Hollywood studio movie, a lifetime achievement award for the director of The Blues Brothers, and for its last weekend, focuses on Quebec-made horror movies. Don’t miss it!

FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL: 5 SURE BETS

The truth is, nothing is for sure at Fantasia, and that’s the whole point. Montreal’s genre film festival, now in its 15th year, has been giving the people what they want for a decade and a half…

WHAT TO SEE AT THE JUST FOR LAUGHS FILM FEST

The Just for Laughs Film Festival, an offshoot of Just for Laughs, the world’s biggest comedy festival, has become an attraction in its own right, by featuring films about funny, like Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, as well as much-lauded releases, like A Beginner’s Guide to Endings, starring Harvey Keitel and Scott Caan…

5 SECRET MONTREAL PATIOS

Montrealers like nothing better than a patio (or “terrasse”) in summer, our long winters make sure of that. But while the city’s sidewalk culture and the thriving see-and-be-seen patio scene screams “look at me, I’m super hot!”, there are still plenty of us that prefer a quiet place to call our own, sip our drinks and check each other out in a more surreptitious way. Here, we share some of the more off-the-beaten-track-places to enjoy a cold drink, or several…

MONTREAL’S BEST RESTAURANT PATIOS

When it comes to restaurant patios in Montreal (known here as terrasses), there are really two different sorts. The front patios, which are basically extensions of the restaurant itself, on which diners can eat their meals while watching the world go by (and the world, in turn, watches their meals while going by). Otherwise, you have the back patios, the inner sanctums of a restaurant where kitchen secrets bloom in private. Sitting on a restaurant’s back patio is a chance to access a leafy secret garden of bliss at the back end of a favourite dining spot. Below, we’ve picked the gold-medal standard of both front and back patios in Montreal, as well as a few alternates.