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Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.


Things to do in Montréal: October 21 to 27

Spend these crisp, bright Montréal days in colourful urban parks and Oktoberfest celebrations, diving deep into Björk’s virtual reality universe, at a playful weekend festival for kids, and taking in all kinds of new dance, theatre and live music. Colours of fall Explore the beauty and history of Old Montréal and downtown on a public art walk among the skyscrapers and in multimedia tour Cité Mémoire. Or walk among the changing leaves in the city’s quaint neighbourhoods and big parks and at Montréal’s Botanical Garden , hosting the family-friendly Great Pumpkin Ball and Gardens of Light lantern exhibition. From toys to TV shows and technology, Montréal KidCon keeps kids interested and entertained Oct. 22-23 at Stade Uniprix in Jarry Park. On Oct. 21, drink local brews, eat local foods and play silly games at Oktoberfest in the outdoor biergarten of the Olympic Stadium Esplanade. Find bright new designer clothing and accessories for an amazing deal at Braderie de mode Québécoise Oct. 20-23. And cheer in the hockey season as the Montréal Canadiens face the Flyers on Oct. 24 and the Lightning on Oct. 27 at the Bell Centre, while in the CWHL Les Canadiennes de Montréal take on Toronto on Saturday and Sunday. L’exposition Björk Digital est maintenant amorcée à @dhc_art! Jusqu’au 12 novembre, visitez… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 14 to 20

The bright colours of fall come out to play this week in Montréal on urban walks, in seasonal dishes, on stage in dance, theatre and live music, and even in an out-of-this-world Björk art exhibition. Errrrrrrybody was here yesterday! We are so lucky to have a mountain in the middle of the city! #chasinglight #chasingfall ##mtlmoments #montréaljetaime Une photo publiée par Anne McIsaac (@yellowillow) le 11 Oct. 2016 à 5h23 PDT Autumnal activities  Day or night, explore the seasonal spectacle of Montréal’s Botanical Garden at Montréal Space for Life, this month hosting the Great Pumpkin Ball and Gardens of Light lantern exhibition – and see more of the natural world at the nearby Biodome and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Discover urban public art in a walk among the skyscrapers downtown and in multimedia tour Cité Mémoire in Old Montréal. Or head out apple picking with Labonté. Indoors, Disney on Ice’s Dare to Dream delights Oct. 12-16, and the Montreal Canadiens face the Pittsburg Penguins on Tuesday and the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, at the Bell Centre. Or scoop up a new designer wardrobe for an amazing deal at Braderie de mode Québécoise, Oct. 20-23. All that plus free things to do this fall. Tickets for La Sélection de Björk Night 2 and the Digital Exhibition… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 7 to 13

Enjoy the long weekend in Montréal as the leaves begin to fall and we turn our thoughts to big family dinners, apple picking, pumpkin pie and, because this is Montréal after all, a new season of arts and culture activities, from contemporary dance to Drake. Fall family time Canadian Thanksgiving stands for food, family and autumnal chilling out – read about all kinds of things to do and where to eat in our Thanksgiving Weekend guide. With a warm, sunny day in the forecast, why not start the weekend at the delightful and delicious First Fridays : fill up on food truck fare, drink local brews and listen to live music, Oct. 7 at Olympic Park. Nearby, explore the Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Ball and beautiful Gardens of Light lantern exhibition, or tour the universe in animated film We Are Stars at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium at Montréal Space for Life. Downtown, discover urban public art in a walk among the skyscrapers. Watch the Montréal Allouettes take on Edmonton on Oct. 10 or Disney on Ice’s Dare to Dream at the Bell Centre, Oct. 12-16. Or go apple picking with Labonté. All that plus more free things to do this fall. Film and art Hundreds of excellent feature films and shorts – along with performances and parties – make the 45th Festival du nouveau cinéma a must for… / Read More →

Things to do this Thanksgiving weekend in Montréal

Along with the changing season and cooler weather in Montréal comes Canadian Thanksgiving, or as we know it in Québec, Action de grâce, on October 10 (which falls on Columbus Day for our American neighbours). The holiday also means a long weekend full of things to do – and plenty to eat. Essayez nos plats tout en fraîcheur. Un délice pour les yeux comme pour les papilles! #fooddesign #chef #terroir Une photo publiée par Les 400 Coups (@les400coupsmtl) le 26 Mai 2016 à 11h34 PDT Thanksgiving dinner and more Montréal satisfies the seasonal palate with classic and non-traditional dinners alike. Try Old Montreal’s cozy L’Orignal for a chalet-like experience, Le Club Chasse et Pêche, Restaurant Les 400 Coups and Lemeac for gourmet comforts, Les Deux Gamins and more French restaurants with Parisian flair, wine bar and bistro Accords, and for that incredibly-full, post-Thanksgiving dinner feeling, Au Pied de Cochon. Go for dinner and a show at Le Balcon downtown, where there’s live Cuban music on Friday and soul and Motown on Saturdays and Sunday. The Casino de Montréal adds a touch of country to its Vegas-style glamour with country music, line dancing and way-out-west feasts. Or take a dinner cruise on the Saint-Lawrence River with Croisières AML. Sip the perfect latté at the city’s indie cafés, go for an incredible brunch, and… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 30 to October 6

It’s finally fall in Montréal, and we’re celebrating the change of seasons with outdoor activities (from garden walks to Oktoberfest), a city-wide weekend cultural event, new art, film, theatre and dance, and live music for classical afficianados to late-night dancers. Action and adventure Explore exotic greenery lit by the soft glow of 1000 lanterns at the Botanical Garden’s Gardens of Light exhibition – the Chinese Garden features the Forbidden City while the Japanese Garden provides a contemplative setting. Or discover urban public art in a walk among the skyscrapers. The graceful power of figure skating hits the ice as top athletes compete at the 2016 Skate Canada Autumn Classic International, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. The on-ice action continues at the Bell Centre as the Montréal Canadians take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 6. Show your true colours in 5K The Color Run Night at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Oct. 1. Tour the universe in animated film We Are Stars on the 360° dome at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium at Montréal Space for Life.  And seek out new tastes by sampling craft beer from Québec microbreweries at Oktoberfest at Atwater Market, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. It’s also Litty Italy Pizza Week Oct. 3-9! Art and culture Free… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 23 to 29

As the fall season begins in Montréal, the warm weather holds as art and entertainment abounds: walk through lantern-lit gardens and markets, see the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, watch world-class dance, rock out at POP Montréal, and even run a marathon. Warm days, bright nights Nature meets the soft glow of lantern light at the Botanical Garden’s Gardens of Light exhibition – start your walk at sunset for the full effect. Excellent food, drink and entertainment (especially on Friday nights) await at open-air markets Jardins Gamelin and Village au Pied-du-Courant downtown, Marché des Éclusiers in the Old Port and Les Jardineries at Olympic Park. Croisières AML cruises offer laid-back brunch and gourmet dinners on the Saint-Lawrence River. See the city in a different way during the Montréal Rock’n’Roll Oasis Marathon on Sept. 25 as over 20,000 runners wind their way from Île Notre Dame through Old Montréal and into the Plateau, finishing at Parc La Fontaine. And the Canadiens start the NHL pre-season with games at the Bell Centre, Sept. 26, 27 and 29. For more, see our guide to Free things to do this fall in Montréal. POP sounds and city beats Music and arts festival POP Montréal celebrates 15 years of fun with shows, talks, art exhibitions, Puces POP craft fair, films, kids events… / Read More →

15 shows to see at the 15th POP Montréal

The POP Montréal music festival goes back to 2002, when its shows numbered rather less than the hundreds they do now. The 15th year of the festival, September 21 to 25, brings so much incredible music, film, art and more to venues across the city that it can seem daunting to the uninitiated. Yet as our Survival Guide to POP lays out, where there’s a will, there’s a way – on top of that, we’ve picked 15 shows to jumpstart your POP journey. John Cale: Welsh musician and Velvet Underground founding member, John Cale has had a long and fascinating solo career spanning rock to avant-garde noise and collaborated with everyone from the Stooges to Animal Collective – let’s hope he plays his cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at POP, though whatever he plays is sure to captivate. He’ll also take part in the POP Symposium segment of the festival, where he might just answer your burning questions. Wally Badarou: A long-time synthesizer player with such bands as Level 42 and on albums for Grace Jones, Talking Heads, Jimmy Cliff and a slew of artists, French musician Wally Badarou also seriously brings the funk in his solo work. A pioneer when it… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 16 to 22

Mid-September eases between summer and fall in Montréal – the sun keeps shining on open-air markets and outdoor performances while a major Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition and Opéra de Montréal’s AIDA wow and POP Montréal keeps Montréal nightlife wild. Outdoor time Beautiful day and night, the Botanical Garden hosts its annual Gardens of Light lantern exhibition – walk through the Chinese and Japanese gardens after sunset in a soft glow. Montréal’s favourite terrasses stay open for meals, drinks and revelry – don’t miss the FoodLab terrasse at the SAT, where the Omnivore World Tour offers one-of-a-kind feasts, workshops and more, Sept. 16-19. You’ll also find excellent food, drink and entertainment at markets Jardins Gamelin and Village au Pied-du-Courant downtown, Marché des Éclusiers in the Old Port and Les Jardineries at Olympic Park. Take a cruise along the Saint-Lawrence River with Croisières AML for a laid-back brunch or gourmet dinner. For more activities, see our guide to Free things to do this fall in Montréal.  City-wide POP entertainment The 15th edition of POP Montréal starts its engines on Wednesday night with dozens of music shows along with talks, art exhibitions, the professional-level Puces POP craft fair, film screenings, kids events and more until Sept. 25 – get the low-down in our Survival Guide to POP Montréal and… / Read More →

Free things to do this fall in Montréal

Montréal in the fall is a beautiful sight, and taking it all in can easily be done on a budget – free stuff abounds! Summery weather usually lasts through September and early October, meaning outdoor events and activities are plentiful. It’s always free to see the changing leaves, but Montréal’s got even more no-cost entertainment in store right through November. Outdoor life Take a walk from Parc Avenue into the relative wilderness of Mount Royal Park – climbing the stairs to the top is absolutely worth it for the view of downtown and the Saint Lawrence River. Even easier, a stroll through beautiful Parc La Fontaine, or hop on the metro to Parc Jean-Drapeau where riverside trails await – the park is also home to the Stewart Museum, free for kids 12 and under, and Biosphère Environment Museum, free for youth 17 and under. Explore Old Montréal at nightfall through multimedia smartphone tour Cité Mémoire, where images come alive on building facades. And walk around downtown and the Plateau to discover murals and more street art around every bend. Throughout September, find activities and entertainment at outdoor markets Jardins Gamelin and Village au Pied-du-Courant downtown, and, until November, Marché des Éclusiers in the Old Port. On Sept. 11, watch athletes ride… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal September 9 to 15

Warm weather and world-class entertainment keep September fabulous in Montréal: lantern-lit gardens, open-air markets, dancing in the streets, a high-performance cyling race, no less than three music festivals, a major Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, and more. Outdoor activities Take a glittering evening walk through the Gardens of Light lantern exhibition at the Botanical Garden, a family-friendly annual event. Watch peak-performance athletes race in the five-hour Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, starting at 10 am on Sept. 11 at Mount Royal Park’s Georges-Étienne Cartier monument. The Night Nation Run happens Sept. 9 at La Ronde and Parc Jean-Drapeau – register to join or simply cheer on the neon-clad runners. Climb aboard with Croisières AML for a laid-back brunch, afternoon or gourmet dinner cruise on the Saint-Lawrence River. Go dancing in Mont-Royal Park on Saturday night, starting with a free folk dance workshop at 6:30 pm at the Beaver Lake Pavilion. Are you ready, in less than a month in Montreal on Crescent street, 9 & 10 of September the biggest free EDM festival Villa Paradizo @villaparadizo @thomasgold @chocolatepuma @domenomusic #villaparadizowear #villaparadizo Une photo publiée par Villa Paradizo (@villaparadizo) le 13 Août 2016 à 20h06 PDT Open-air entertainment Outdoor festivals bring music to the streets this weekend: eat, drink, play games and… / Read More →