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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 www.VillaParadizo.com @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 →

Things to do in Montréal September 2 to 8

Summer doesn’t stop for September in Montréal. Rhroughout Labour Day weekend and well afterwards, outdoor events – from food festivals to lantern-lit garden walka – and all kinds of stage-and-screen entertainment keep going strong. Labour Day long weekend The last long weekend of summer is fittingly packed: we’ve got the inside scoop on what to do this Labour Day Weekend in Montréal – an array of activities for all ages, incuding live music, art gallery tours, a glittering evening walk through the Gardens of Light at the Botanical Garden, and excellent food at Festival YUL EAT all weekend and at First Fridays on Sept. 2. Hey, you can even make a final decision on dresses and place settings at Le Grand Salon Marions-nous wedding fair. Extended days of summer Swing to the sound of music installation 21 Swings outside Place des Arts, or take a laid-back brunch, afternoon or gourmet dinner cruise with Croisières AML on the Saint-Lawrence River. Have a wonderful meal on Montréal’s favourite terrasses, and check out the entertainment, food and drink at markets Jardins Gamelin and Village au Pied-du-Courant downtown, Marché des Éclusiers in the Old Port and Les Jardineries at Olympic Park. And, Sept. 7-10, eat, drink, play games and dance to the beat of live music at outdoor festival OUMF on St-Denis Street downtown. On stage Kid… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: August 26 to September 1

The end of August doesn’t mean the end of summer in Montréal: warm weather keeps  restaurant terrasses open late and turns parks and city streets into entertainment venues. Also keeping things hot this week: a beer tasting event, new films and art, and live music. Late-summer days The Mont-Royal Avenue Street Sale closes the avenue to traffic Aug. 25-28, featuring plenty of shopping along with open-air restaurants and bars, entertainment – including music on Friday evening from Socalled in front of Mont-Royal metro, live painting, DJs and more – games and activities for kids – from face painting and rock climbing to an electric train and mini golf – at the corners of Mont-Royal and Cartier and Mont-Royal and Des Érables. Walk among farmers, craftspeople and entertainers straight out of 1750 at Pointe-à-Callière’s 18th-Century Public Market in Old Montréal, Aug. 27-28, featuring food, drink, music, storytelling and performances in the spirit of New France. Swing to the sound of musical art installation 21 Swings outside Place des Arts, or take an easy cruise along the Saint-Lawrence River on a laid-back brunch, afternoon or gourmet dinner cruise with Croisières AML. The SOS Labyrinthe and sailing-ship-themed ropes course Voiles en Voiles keep everyone on their toes in the Old Port of Montréal. Test your chess skills on the… / Read More →

Your 2016 POP Montréal survival guide

For five days in September, the city rocks out and sings along to the music of POP Montréal, encompassing indie rock, electro, hip hop, punk, classic R&B and new music that defies genre let alone “pop” – plus films, talks, kids activities, star-studded basketball and more. From September 21 to 25 the POP tradition continues in its 15th year as venues big and small welcome over 350 artists, from The Kills to John Cale. Event The 15th edition of POP Montréal , September 21 to 25, 2016, with performances and events from daytime to late-night. What you’re getting into With show venues city-wide and strong connections to many of Montréal’s music scenes, POP Montréal doubles as a great way to see both major sites and lesser-known parts of the city – from a church on Rachel Street to Mile End’s Ukrainian Federation and Rialto Theatre to downtown’s Métropolis and Musée d’art contemporain. The proceedings Some shows sell out fast, so get your tickets well ahead of time. Or take advantage of POP’s pass options: go for the full-festival deal with the Super Pass or one-night POP-hopper pass. Add POP’s Tourist Package and get some pretty sweet store and restaurant discounts plus a tour of the Mile-Ex… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: August 19 to 25

Montréal feels lively and carefree this week as the sun shines on family-friendly outdoor sports event Jackalope, the Fashion & Design Festival, the St-Laurent street fair, pretty parks and open-air bars, all with music and food to keep us going. Soak up summer Skateboarding, motocross, fixed gear biking, bouldering and a massive watergun fight await at JACKALOPE at Olympic Park, Aug. 19-21– but the family-friendly festival (kids 10 years and under get in free! And there’s a babysitting service!) isn’t only about extreme sports: chill out in a hammock, do some yoga, listen to live music from High Klassified, The Posterz and more artists, and eat great food from food trucks – later on, go to official after parties in Mile End. HOT AIR BALLOON SUNSET🎈#bucketlist #7yearani Une photo publiée par @sallysaleh le 15 Août 2016 à 17h23 PDT Slow down by swinging to the sound of musical art installation 21 Swings outside Place des Arts, or cruising along the Saint-Lawrence River on a laid-back brunch, afternoon or gourmet dinner cruise with Croisières AML. Or float above the city and countryside: hot air balloon and music festival International des Montgolfières Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu runs to Aug. 21 in nearby Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Play time Watch the final three days of the Rio 2016… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Street artists MissMe, Zek One and Dodo_ose

Street art in Montréal not only brightens the urban core and surrounding neighbourhoods but reflects the spirit and culture of the city, whether in a colourful two-storey mural downtown for Mural Festival, live group painting at Under Pressure or a wheatpaste print in a side-street alley. Tourisme Montréal recently talked to three of the city’s most intriguing street artists: the mysterious “artful vandal” MissMe – known best for her Portrait of a Vandal print series of a naked woman wearing a Mickey Mouse-eared balaclava – and A’shop crew artists Zek One and Dodo_ose, the creative minds and deft hands behind several prominent murals in Montréal and other major cities. How has Montréal influenced your style? MissMe: Montréal has allowed me to explore and to evolve. I work alone, but I end up meeting and knowing other artists because ours is still a small community even though it’s recently grown so much. Montréal is so special because of the vibe of this city, the people, there’s something very human and organic about it – the art in the street reflects that. It may seem messy for some, but it gives the city more personality. Zek One: Back in ‘93, I started… / Read More →