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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: March 24 to 30

It’s officially spring and Montréal is ready to celebrate! Enjoy bountiful food (get yourself to a sugar shack!), colourful art and films to match, a Pink Floyd opera, contemporary dance, live music and even butterflies in flight at the Botanical Garden. Spring forward   It’s officially spring, no matter what the weather, and officially fun if you’re here on Spring Break: let our guide to restaurants, bars and parties for spring break in Montréal lead the way to letting loose. Or for kid-friendly fare, follow our guides to things to do for families during spring break and free things to do this Spring in Montréal. Art lovers can take a walk through the underground city to peruse Art Souterrain‘s miles of art installations or walk through Old Montréal at night to see history unfold in the beautiful tableaux projections of Cité Memoire. Nature lovers can roam among the butterflies at the Botanical Garden’s Butterflies Go Free event, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s many activities. And fans of classic comic Astérix can see their fave characters rendered in life-like wax at Grévin Montréal. As the regular NHL season approaches its end, the Montréal Canadiens take on the Senators on March 25, the Stars on March 28 and the Panthers on March 30 at the Bell Centre. And on the… / Read More →

Free things to do this spring in Montréal

There’s always something going on in Montréal in spring, whether the snow is falling or melting, but this year the number of free happenings gets a boost with the city’s 375th anniversary. Outdoor multimedia shows, musical swings, giant marionettes and more, we’ve got you covered for things to do in Montréal for free with friends, kids or on your own – from the first day of spring to the last. Free 375 anniversary activites Energetic kids and adults alike can swing and make music at the same time on the 21 Swings musical art installation, right downtown on de Maisonneuve Boulevard outside Place des Arts starting April 10.Head to traditional-meets-urban Cabane à sucre urbaine on April 9 at Place Émilie-Gamelin to try old-fashioned maple taffy on snow. Photography project Aime comme Montréal celebrates diversity in an installation at Place des arts, April 20 to May 21. Take a historical tour alog the Saint-Lawrence river using the Montréal, toute une histoire free mobile app. Family-friendly Flashmob in your neighborhood pairs entertaining dance performances with high-tech digital projections, at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade May 6 and June 2. Two incredible multimedia light shows start on May 17: Illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge by Moment Factory’s… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: March 17 to 23

Even in the midst of a snow storm, the idea of spring is on the minds of Montrealers by late March – one of the sure signs of the season is the city’s huge St. Patrick’s Day parade, joined this week by sugar shack season, a Pink Floyd opera, the vivid colours of Chagall, butterflies at the Botanical Garden, and plenty more. St. Patrick’s Day party Montréal may be one of the biggest French speaking cities in the world, but its varied history wouldn’t be quite as colourful without its long-standingn Irish contingent. That’s why Montréal boasts the longest consecutive running St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world – see what it’s all about on March 19 as the parade dances and drums for all ages along Sainte-Catherine Street downtown. Add to the annual tradition by raising a glass at the city’s best Irish pubs – our guide to 10 things you didn’t know about the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Montréal makes for great bar fodder. Une publication partagée par #CINQCENTQUATORZE ® (@jfsavaria) le 16 Mars 2017 à 7h52 PDT Spring anticipation Snowstorms rival sunny days in March, so if you’re here on Spring Break, keep your plans flexible: our guide to… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: March 10 to 16

Montréal adds a twist to the classics this week: Roger Waters’ The Wall becomes an opera, winter festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has us ice sliding and zip-lining downtown, butterflies float through an indoor garden, and Arcade Fire’s Kanaval Kanpe brings the tropics to the city. Lights and action Arts, culture and fine dining festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE makes downtown even brighter until March 11 with an exciting program of performing arts, inspired fine dining options and the free and family-friendly outdoor site at Place des Festivals, where you’ll find great local food and drink, from Québec cheeses to Cabral porto, live music and performances such as X-Lumina, an illuminated Ferris wheel, the super-fun urban ice slide, mini slide and zip line, and classic Canadian sport Curling en lumière. Take a walk around downtown’s Quartier des Spectacles to see the high-tech interactive light art of Illuminart or explore the underground city to see Art Souterrain‘s miles of art installations. Montréal’s Spring Break If you’re here to let loose, follow our guide to restaurants, bars and parties for spring break in Montréal, but if you’re here with your kids, we’ve got you covered too with all kinds of things to do for families during spring break. Spend an afternoon ice sliding, skating and playing games at Mammouth Village at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade or… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: March 3 to 9

March begins with the thrills of massive winter festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and its all-nighter Nuit Blanche, plus spring break activities for families, dance and theatre, incredible illuminated art, classical music and rock shows. Bright days and nights The city seriously shines during winter arts, culture and fine dining festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE ongoing to March 11 with an all-new program of performing arts, fabulous fine dining options and the free and family-friendly outdoor site at Place des Festivals, where you’ll find great local food and drink, from Québec cheeses to Cabral porto, live music and performances such as X-Lumina, an illuminated Ferris wheel, the urban ice slide and zip line, and classic Canadian sport Curling en lumière. Walk around the Quartier des Spectacles to see the high-tech interactive light art of Illuminart or head down into the underground city for Art Souterrain‘s miles of new art installations. And, of course, the festival’s biggest deal: all-nighter Nuit blanche featuring free activities, performances, music, film and more, from downtown to Mile End and many more neighbourhoods on March 4. Montréal on Spring Break We’ve put together an overflowing guide to restaurants, bars and parties for spring break in Montréal but we haven’t forgotten about the younger set either – with local schools closed this week, there are plenty of things to do for families during… / Read More →

Watch Olympic-level gymnastics at International Gymnix

Competitive high-level gymnastics is more than an Olympic Games phenomenon. See all the incredible flips, twists and floor routines you can cheer for as Montréal hosts the International Gymnix competition this March. Now in its 26th year, International Gymnix brings the best female gymnasts in the world to Montréal’s Claude-Robillard Sports Complex, March 9 to 12. Over 100 Olympians and more top athletes will go for the gold in senior and junior, contending in unique team and individual competitions. International Gymnix is an important step on the way to the Olympics, so it’s no surprise that a who’s who of gymnasts have passed through International Gymnix over the years. The competition’s Hall of Fame tells the tale of Olympic gold medalists and world champions, while the competition itself heralds future champions from Canada, the U.S., , Brazil, Japan, Romania, Russia and several more countries. Notably, the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex host venue is also long-time home to competitive gymnastics training ground Club Gymnix. For that matter, Montréal’s famed Olympic Stadium has its own gymnastics tales too, including that of 14-year-old Nadia Comăneci: she scored the world’ first perfect 10 in gymnastics at the stadium’s inaugural Summer Olympics 1976. Watch the gymnastic future unfold on the vault, bars, beam and on the… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 24 to March 2

With the idea of spring in the air, Montréal celebrates with one of the biggest winter festivals in the world, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, along with more inspiring dance, theatre, art, film and music, plus some top-talent hockey, indie video games and outdoor fun. Winter city lights Montréal is no stranger to winter festivities – we’ve been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years – while these last 18 winters have been even brighter with the wonderful MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts, culture and fine dining festival. From Feb. 23 to March 11, the fest shines with an all-new program of performing arts, diverse fine dining options, all-nighter event Nuit blanche on March 4, and the free and family-friendly downtown outdoor site. That’s where you’ll find great local food and drink (sample Québec cheeses, sip Cabral porto, roast marshmallows over open fires), live music and performances such as X-Lumina, and more unique activities: take a ride on the illuminated Ferris wheel, glide down the urban ice slide and zip line, and try your hand at a classic Canadian sport with Curling en lumière.  Activities for all Among the many free things to do this winter, try tobogganing or ice skating on the Mountain or visit Mammouth Village at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade, featuring skating, ice slides, activities… / Read More →

Spring break for families in Montréal

Kids can slide down hills in the snow, discover nature’s wonders or play all kinds of games indoors this spring break in Montréal – find fun, memorable and even free things to do for every kid at every age, March 6 to 12. Family-friendly 375th anniversary activities Montréal’s 375th Les Hivernales family programming makes the most of winter – and makes downtown Montréal sparkle during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, February 23 to March 11.Ride an illuminated ice slide and Ferris wheel, play gamesand go curling, roast marshmallows over fire pits, listen to live music, marvel at the giant projections and interactive art of ILLUMINART and much more at the winter festival’s free outdoor site outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des spectacles. Check out the art brightening up the underground city linking downtown‘s Complexe Desjardins, Place Ville Marie, Place Montréal Trust and Centre Eaton during Art Souterrain. And on March 4, the whole city gets in on the Nuit Blanche celebrations, with activities and entertainment for all ages, all night long.   Une publication partagée par Espace pour la vie (@espacepourlavie) le 15 Févr. 2016 à 14h14 PST Toddlers and pre-schoolers Thrill younger kids with the antics of lynx, otters,… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 17 to 23

It may be February, but Montréal’s intent on keeping things hot this week: Off-Igloofest gets us dancing in the snow; indoors there’s art, ballet, comedy, theatre and music to keep us on our toes; and brilliant winter festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE kicks off with constant entertainment. Winter festivals In a city that’s been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years, this winter’s Les Hivernales 375th anniversary events have been a stand-out – they wrap up as electronic music festival Igloofest continues with Off-Igloofest on Feb. 17 – ÎleSoniq festival presents Aussie producer Thomas Jack – and on Feb. 18, an entirely free all-ages night with music from Le Matos, Hatchmatik and more along with the Nordik games (including the Slap Shot movie zone) – and don’t miss the Nordik Slide and Nordik Village on the afternoon of Feb. 19. Among this week’s extreme winter sports: race along with or cheer on the participants of the Polar Hero Race on Feb. 18 at Parc Jean-Drapeau, featuring a unique 5-km, 25-obstacle course and a 10-km, 50-obstacle course. And the wonderful MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts, culture and fine dining festival starts Feb. 23 at various locations – among the outdoor site activities to try: Curling en lumière.  Une publication partagée par Emily Leclerc (@tomorrow_emily) le 10 Févr. 2017 à 13h08 PST Active February… / Read More →

Your MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE survival guide

Winter festivals don’t get much more fun than MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE – with Montréal’s 375th anniversary added to the mix this year, the arts and culture festival outdoes even itself. Get ready for downtown Montréal to become a blizzard of entertainment and activities, from glamorous theatres to revamped outdoor sites. The event The 18th edition of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts and culture festival, at various locations in downtown Montréal from February 23 to March 11, 2017. What you’re getting yourself into Over the course of 17 days, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE welcomes millions of fearless fun seekers to one of the largest winter festivals in the world. Whether you love live music and fine dining or your kids can’t get enough of ice slides, the annual event is sure to please with an excellent program of performing arts (live music, theatre, dance, circus arts and more), innumerable gastronomic options (over 500 chefs, wine producers and culinary experts have participated over the years), and all kinds of events and activities at the action-and-art packed outdoor site. All that plus epic all-nighter Nuit blanche. Where everything’s happening  Over 100 paid indoor performances and concerts (from jazz, classical and rock concerts to theatre and circus) take place at dozens of venues… / Read More →