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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: May 26 to June 1

As Montréal steps into June, outdoor events become a guiding lifestyle principle: enjoy open-air music and artistic performances, see the historic sights of Expo 67, join the Museums Day crowds, and party in the parks and pop-up villages. Montréal celebrates Watch Montréal history come to life on the Saint Lawrence River in spectacular, free multimedia show Montréal Avudo every night in the Old Port. From there you’ll also see the city’s high-tech 375th anniversary light show on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. An eagerly awaited annual event, Museums Day means almost every museum and major gallery opens free of charge and features special 375th anniversary activities on May 28. The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under conductor Kent Nagano plays a Symphony for Montréal, with visuals by Moment Factory, May 31 and June 1-2 at Maison Symphonique. La Grand Tournée weekend events, presented by Cirque Éloize, runs throughout the summer and in every neighbourhood, from group picnics in the park and green alleyway tours to circus shows and cinema under the stars. See how new car trends serve the city at the Montréal Electric Vehicle Show at Place Bonaventure May 26-28. And expect more cyclists on the streets during the Go Bike Montréal Festival‘s Bike to Work Week – followed next week by massive public bike rides Tour de… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal from May 19 to 25

Warm weather means an explosion of outdoor entertainment in Montréal this week: step back in time to celebrate the city’s 375th anniversary and 50 years since Expo 67, walk with giants downtown, party in the parks and bagel shops, see award-winning performances and rock out to live music. Celebrate 375 years of Montréal Keep your eyes open for a truly larger than life event this weekend: The Giants – Royal de Luxe street theatre’s building-sized figures roaming the streets of downtown and Old Montréal. See the city’s history unfold on the Saint Lawrence River in the Old Port in spectacular – and free! – multimedia show Montréal Avudo every night. From the Old Port you’ll also see the high-tech light show on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. Meanwhile, 17th and 18th century local history comes to life with performers, music, food and more at the New France Market outside the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, May 19-22. Another major 375th project: La Grand Tournée weekend events, presented by innovative circus company Cirque Éloize, runs throughout the summer and in every neighbourhood, from group picnics in the park and green alleyway tours to circus shows and cinema under the stars. And take a tour of ship HMCS Montréal, stationed in the Old Port later this week. Open-air parties … / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: May 12 to 18

We’ve been celebrating Montréal’s 375th anniversary since January, but this week marks the city’s official birthday party and kick-off of springtime activities! We’re also celebrating Mother’s Day in style, the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, a new Cirque du Soleil show and more. Celebrate Montréal’s 375th birthday! On May 17, it’s official: the city of Montréal is 375 years old! Watch the 375th anniversary ceremonies starting at 8 a.m. outside city hall – listen for the bells of Oratoire Saint-Joseph on the other side of the city to ring at 8:45 a.m. – followed by a multi-faith mass at Notre-Dame Basilica, a ceremony at Place d’Armes, and later that night the premier of multimedia show Montréal Avudo in the Old Port at 8 p.m. and the illumination of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge at 9:45 p.m. accompanied by the Orchestre Métropolitain, plus a massive Bonne Fête Montréal concert at the Bell Centre. Another major 375th project: La Grand Tournée weekend events, presented by innovative circus company Cirque Éloize, begins May 12 and runs throughout the summer and in every neighbourhood, from group picnics in the park and green alleyway tours to circus shows and cinema under the stars. Visit the Parc des Rapides in the LaSalle neighbourhood for the Rhythm of the Rapids historical performance on… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: May 5 to 11

With spring comes new delights in Montréal: step back 50 years in exhibitions about Expo 67, conduct an orchestra of fountains downtown, marvel at a Cirque du Soleil show, new theatre and illuminating visual art, listen to live music of all kinds, and explore the city. Springtime scenes It’s time to play in the heart of downtown: hop on a colourful, music-making swing at the 21 Swings installation and conduct your own virtual orchestra connected to a system of high-powered water jets in Maëstro – both outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles, part of this year’s Digital Spring art-meets-tech creations. Walk through the Botanical Garden‘s blooming grounds and tropical greenhouse and take a tour with avian experts during Bird Fest at the Biodôme at the Montréal Space for Life. Also fun for kids: solving forensic mysteries at the Montréal Science Centre’s CSI: The Experience in the Old Port. Walk up Saint-Laurent to see bright building-sized murals or take a walk off the beaten path to discover welcoming and wonderful quirky spots in Montréal. Find out more about free things to do this Spring in Montréal and the city’s secret corners in this spring’s Grande Tournée events. Une publication partagée par Spade & Palacio Tours (@spadeandpalacio) le 20 Sept. 2016 à 8h56 PDT Food and fashion  See the city sights and eat well in… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 28 to May 4

Montréal coasts into May with colourful shows from Cirque du Soleil and more international productions, visual art that illuminates the city, the return of gourmet food trucks, the literary delights of Blue Metropolis, and live pop, punk, soul and electro. May in motion Hop on a swing and make some music at mini-playground 21 Swings outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles, part of this year’s Digital Spring art-meets-tech creations. It’s the final weekend to see hundreds of pre-migration butterflies at the Botanical Garden greenhouse’s Butterflies Go Free event and the start of Bird Fest at the Biodôme, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s many activities. Attend readings, panel discussions, workshops, parties and more at the annual Blue Metropolis literary festival, April 24-30 – also featuring a wonderful Children’s Series. Or let kids solve forensic problems at the Montréal Science Centre’s CSI: The Experience. Walk up Saint-Laurent to see bright building-sized murals or take a walk off the beaten path to discover welcoming and wonderful quirky spots in Montréal, from urban caves to arcades to Montréal’s best karaoke bars. Watch Major League Soccer team the Montréal Impact take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at Stade Saputo on April 29. And have fun for free with free things to do this Spring in Montréal. Food and drink See the city sights and eat well in… / Read More →

Montréal history awes in Montréal Avudo

A dazzling new multimedia show transforms the St. Lawrence River this summer in Montréal’s Old Port. Created in celebration of the city’s 375th anniversary, Montréal Avudo turns walls of water and 11 storeys of shipping containers into windows to the past. Through innovative projected 3D animations and archival images, sound effects and a striking musical score, Montréal Avudo takes us on a journey through the city’s history, from its industrial beginnings to its most recent innovations, spanning quiet winter nights and festive summer days over 375 years. With water jets reaching 30 metres high matched by 94 shipping containers stacked into the world’s highest container tower, Montréal Avudo seems set to stun. Yet within the show’s high-tech wonders is an impassioned, true-to-life tale of human connection – memories of lives lived along the St. Lawrence River, a community building a city from the ground up and into the global metropolis it is today. Montréal Avudo‘s creator, Swiss artist Daniele Finzi Pasca, is best known for crafting award-winning shows for Montréal-based Cirque Éloize (Nomade, Rain and Nebbia) and Cirque du Soleil (Corteo and Luzia), as well as imbuing the closing ceremonies of the Turin and Sochi Olympic Games with awe-inspiring imagery. He co-founded Compagnia Finzi Pasca with his wife, Julie… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 21 to 27

Montréal celebrates spring with in dozens of colourful ways this week: a Cirque du Soleil circus show; a massive art fair; butterflies at the Botanical Garden; literary luminaries at Blue Metropolis; international dance performances; and live music from orchestras to electro. Spring in the city Swing into spring for real at the musical mini-playground of 21 Swings outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles, part of this year’s Digital Spring art-meets-tech explorations. See butterflies up close and in the hundreds at the Botanical Garden greenhouse’s Butterflies Go Free event, while on April 23 take a tour through the gardens with the Biodôme’s bird experts, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s many activities. The Stewart Museum marks the 375th anniversary of Montreal and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 with the EXPO 67: A World of Dreams exhibition, highlighting the world fair’s technological innovations, opening April 26. Attend readings, panel discussions, workshops, parties and more at the annual Blue Metropolis literary festival, April 24-30 – also featuring a wonderful Children’s Series. Also fun for kids: the Montréal Science Centre’s CSI: The Experience hands-on exhibition. Take a walk off the beaten path to discover welcoming and wonderful quirky spots in Montréal, from urban caves to arcade bars to Montréal’s best karaoke bars. And have fun for free with free things to… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 14 to 20

Montréal celebrates the return of spring with Easter brunches, Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, musical swings and butterflies, NHL playoffs and pro soccer, martial arts merged with dance, and live music by the Dixie Chicks, Jackson Brown, PJ Harvey and more. Easter weekend activities Montréal makes the most of the Easter long weekend, from staying active to religiously reflecting, whether you’re here with friends, family or that special someone – see our guide to Easter weekend 2017 for some ideas. Swing like you’re a kid again – and make music at the same time! – at 21 Swings outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles, part of this year’s Digital Spring art-meets-tech explorations. Observe butterflies up close and in the hundreds at the Botanical Garden greenhouse’s Butterflies Go Free event, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s manyactivities. The NHL playoffs have hockey fans at the edge of their seats: the Montréal Canadiens face off against the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre on April 14. For soccer fans: Minor League Soccer team Montréal Impact plays Atlanta United FC in the season home opener on April 15 at Saputo Stadium. Take a walk off the beaten path to discover welcoming and wonderful quirky spots in Montréal, from urban caves to arcade bars to Montréal’s best karaoke… / Read More →

Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA chooses freedom in Montréal

In story and in impact, Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA is a jolt to the system. Nothing less than the world’s best acrobats, artistic performers and urban action-sports athletes thrill this spring and summer under the Big Top in Montréal’s Old Port. High-energy adventure meets a spectacular quest for freedom and the meaning of life in Cirque du Soleil’s newest show. Creatively directed by youthful, highly experienced Cirque talents Bastien Alexandre and Jean Guibert, VOLTA, takes us on a wild, colourful and sometimes gritty journey of transformation populated by Free Spirits, city-dwelling Greys and Elites and our inquiring hero, gameshow host Waz. From its awe-inspiring sets and costumes to a cinematic orchestral score composed by M83‘s Anthony Gonzalez, VOLTA immerses us in a world that is both familiar and supernatural. To get a feel for the show’s dynamism, read on to see how three of VOLTA’s awe-inspiring circus artists have hit all-new heights with Cirque. Elena Suárez as the ballerina of Volta. An award-winning Spanish ballet dancer, Elena toured Spain with the Boston Ballet and appeared in several TV shows and films before joining Cirque in 2012. In a choreographic twist, she performs a duet in VOLTA with a BMX freestyle biker, one of many… / Read More →

Your Montréal Digital Spring Survival Guide

When it comes to creative high-tech, Montréal ranks among the top cities in the world, often  called the digital arts capital of  North America. Montréal Digital Spring celebrates innovations in high-tech art, video games, visual effects and virtual reality. The annual citywide event promises to free your mind and your body with interactive exhibitions and audio-visual performances, architectural installations and contemporary creations that cross artistic and scientific currents. Rules are meant to be broken during Digital Spring, so follow our Survival Guide to see the city of the future, now. The event The 4th edition of Montréal Digital Spring digital arts and culture initiative, at various locations throughout Montréal from March 21 to June 21, 2017. Printemps numérique from Printemps numérique on Vimeo. What you’re getting yourself into Whether you’re a forerunner in cutting-edge technology or your kids just figured out your smart phone for you, Montréal Digital Spring can take you however deep into the high-tech arts rabbit hole you desire. Also known as Printemps numérique, Digital Spring partners with local arts and culture organizations – meaning the whole city gets in on the act, from Place des Arts performances and art installations to the C2 Montréal creative tech industry conference…. / Read More →