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Memorable musical gifts to take home from the Jazz Fest

Every year for 35 years, the Montreal International Jazz Festival has stood out as an annual highlight for Montrealers and visitors alike, from memorable music performances to quiet nights walking the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, a saxophone sounding in the distance. Keep those memories vibrant at this year’s festival, June 26 to July 6, with a variety of souvenirs and gifts unique to Montreal.

Things to Do in Montreal: May 23-29

See more of the city in warm weather this week by foot, bike or even Sunday’s Museums Day shuttle bus, ferrying visitors from the urban centre to pastoral gardens. At night, take in the international entertainment of ballet, opera, contemporary dance, electronic music and art, and rock ‘n’ roll…

Performance Worlds Collide at Festival TransAmériques

Festival TransAmériques entertains in unexpected new ways in its 8th edition, May 22 to June 7. With 30 performances by Canadian and international dancers, choreographers, actors and directors, this year’s FTA stands out once more as a reflection of the wider world of innovative, avant-garde art…

Guide to bike paths, bicycle rentals, BIXI, and all things biking in Montreal

[Updated on June 3, 2016] Experience Montréal like a local by hopping on a bike this spring, summer and fall. The city’s 645 kilometres (400 miles) of bike paths, high-quality bike rentals and tours and a popular bike festival make it a breeze to discover neighbourhoods, get to and from events, and see the city sights. Montréal’s ever-expanding bike system has been named one of the most bike friendly in North America by the Copenhagen Index, credited with inspiring other major cities around the world to build more bike paths, encourage awareness of cyclists and do it all in style. Go your own way by renting bikes, bringing your own or trying out Montreal’s BIXI system, or taking a  bike tour suited to your tastes – for more on tours, see our Guide to Bike Tours in Montréal. Bike routes Make bike excursions smooth by plotting your route beforehand with maps from Pedal Montréal, Vélo Québec, Ride the City Montréal, Ça Roule and Route Verte. Tune your bike up, grab a map and a coffee at La Maison des cyclistes across from Parc La Fontaine. Biking downtown is made easy by the Maisonneuve Boulevard and Berri bike paths, running from… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: May 16-22

High-caliber music, theatre, circus and dance rule Montreal’s many stages this week while public outdoor spaces teem with entertainment, from street entertainment and interactive art to several free outdoor concerts that mark the start of music-festival season…

Piknic Electronik Turns Up the Volume in 2014

One sure sign that summer has arrived in Montreal is Piknic Electronik, the weekly outdoor electronic music, dancing, beautiful-people and food-and-drink extravaganza that has drawn increasingly bigger crowds and electronic-music stars for 12 years now…

Things to Do in Montreal: May 9-15

As temperatures quickly rise to pre-summer levels in Montreal, outdoor activities and entertainment liven up the downtown core along with Mother’s Day decadence, city-wide nightly live music, theatre, dance, hockey, circus and more…

Prehistoric Life at the Montreal Science Centre

The discovery of 20,000-year-old cave art and the mysteries behind it see the light of day in a new exhibition at the Montreal Science Centre this spring and summer. The Cave of Lascaux – Prehistoric Masterpieces transports us way back to a pre-human era that proves itself far less crude than commonly thought.

Classical Meets Jazz at the Chamber Music Fest

Music rings out crisp and clear in the month of May as the Montreal Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 19th edition, May 8-31, with 22 concerts of both innovative, international-level chamber music and smoking-hot jazz…