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10 Montreal Bands to See at Osheaga 2013

Three-day outdoor music festival Osheaga is fast approaching, August 2-4, with a line-up of big-name-of-the-moment bands – Mumford & Sons, Phoenix,Vampire Weekend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Cure, New Order, and, oh, about a hundred more. Since Montreal is known for its innovative indie-rock talents, among those many bands are a number of Montrealers – here are 10 totally worth checking out…

Things to Do in Montreal: July 12-18

July’s warm, sunny weather means much of the week’s activities can be found outdoors, whether in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles downtown or in the city’s biggest parks. Live music, comedy, theatre, circus and film screenings abound, keeping everyone of any age entertained…

Freak Out at the 2013 Fantasia Film Festival

Films that frighten, films that shock and films that provoke laughter, sometimes all at the same time, are the meat (and gristle and bone) of the Fantasia International Film Festival…

Dance, Cruise and Rock at the MEG Music Fest

Electronic music comes in many forms, but the kind that the MEG Montreal Electronic Groove music festival specializes in is all about having a good time, whether that means dancing all night on a boat or rocking out in a St-Laurent bar. With over 70 artists at 10 different venues (yes, including a boat), this year’s festival, July 26 to August 3, celebrates 15 years of bringing artists and audiences together in the name of new electronic sounds…

See the World at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Week-ends du Monde

Montreal may be known primarily for its unique Quebecois culture and French roots, but the city’s cultural picture spans much further and wider. Since 2005, Week-ends du Monde has turned the spotlight on the diverse communities that make Montreal what it is: this year, the festival makes itself at home again at Parc Jean-Drapeau, filling the weekends of July 6-7 and July 13-14 with music, dance and culinary delights…

Things to Do in Montreal: July 5-11

July is a month of non-stop entertainment in Montreal, and this week is no exception: the Montreal Jazz Fest fills the downtown core with music; the Montréal Complètement Cirque circus festival flies high and clowns around outdoors and in theatres; comedy festivals Just For Laughs and Zoofest kick off; and the parks are packed with live music, dance, film and great food…

MONTREAL COMPLETEMENT CIRQUE Reaches Great Circus Heights

For decades now, Montreal, the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil, has been luring talented circus performers into its internationally acclaimed troupes, yet it’s only been in the last four years that Circus festival MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE has packed much of that talent, along with that of troupes from around the world, into two weeks of awe-inspiring shows…

All kinds of funny at Just For Laughs 2013

July is a loose, silly time in Montreal, not only because it’s the height of summer holidays, but because long-running comedy festival Just for Laughs, July 10-28, lets some of the biggest names in comedy reign the city’s downtown core…

Laugh for Less at Zoofest and Off-JFL

July in Montreal could be renamed Comedy Month, such is the abundance of stand-up, humour-driven theatre and comical circus in the city. Between the Just For Laughs and Zoofest festivals alone, hundreds of shows add more laughter to the city soundscape. But while it’s a sure bet to splurge on Just For Laughs tickets to see your favourite famous comedians, both festivals also make it possible to see comedy every night and still not break the bank… Along with its many galas and big-name solo shows, Just For Laughs showcases an array of lesser-known – yet still recognizable – funny people at Off-JFL, a series of shows where two tickets run for $30. Many of the comedians at Off-JFL have come up through the ranks via television shows and online fame, and all have spent years honing their laugh-making skills. Among them: Marie Bamford, Tig Notaro, Judah Friedlander, Trevor Noah, Chris D’Elia, Scott Adsit, John Lutz, Andy Kindler, Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane, Brian Posehn, Todd Barry, Todd Glass, Rory Scovel, Debra Digiovanni, Sam Simmons, Zabruso, The Midnight Beast, Deanne Smith, Robert Kelly, Ronna & Beverly, Godfrey, and Gavin Crawford. While much of the quirkier side of English-language stand-up has moved over… / Read More →