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Gardens of Light Illuminates the Night

As evening falls in the Montreal Botanical Garden from September 6 to November 3, the annual Gardens of Light show reveals all the delight, romance and mystery of a night walk through a pastoral space. The uniquely Montreal exhibition adds another level of adventure within the garden, whether you’re on a date, among friends or with the whole family… An abundance of light and colour fills the Chinese Garden, where lanterns of all shapes and sizes sit along the paths, nestle among the plants and float among the lily pads in the garden’s large pond. This year, the Magic of Lanterns focuses on the biodiversity of the lush tropical rainforest of Xishuangbanna, highlighting plants and trees of the region by surrounding them with lanterns that depict historical figures, represent regional artifacts, and take the shape of pandas, frogs, butterflies, catfish, and other animals. Learn more about Xishuangbanna on nightly tours beginning at 6:30 p.m., and throughout the evening hear music that emulates the rainforest. The bright and colourful display in the Chinese Garden contrasts beautifully with the subtle illumination of the Japanese Garden, an exhibition begun only last year as an addition to the 20-year-old Gardens of Light. Quebec design firm… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal September 6-12

Even though summer has started to fade, Montreal celebrates the still-warm days with outdoor events, from food festivals to rock concerts, interactive art exhibitions to illuminated garden tours. Meanwhile, indoor entertainment continues to warm up chillier nights.

Climb Aboard Art at Les Escales Improbables

  Experience live music, visual art, dance and theatre in new, interactive (and free) ways at Les Escales Improbables, September 3-14, an international festival of eclectic performances – from a human jukebox to a human-sized paper boat – that reveal Montreal’s contemporary, cutting-edge style at several of the city’s unique historical sites.

Things to Do in Montreal August 30-September 5

August may be almost over, but Montreal’s summer of festivals continues outdoors and in this week: see live bands, theatrical performances and visual art outside in the Quartier des Spectacles, the Old Port and the Latin Quarter; watch new films from around the world; check out the latest fashions; and go dancing all weekend long.

Grand Prix des Cyclistes de Montréal Climbs High

  This year’s Grand Prix des Cyclistes de Montréal, now in its fourth edition, brings some of the strongest road cyclists in the world to Montreal on September 15. The officially-sanctioned UCI WorldTour race, reserved for top-level Men’s Elite riders, sees 21 teams from across Europe, Canada, the USA, the UK and Australia take on a rigorous course around picturesque Mont Royal Park. Montreal’s race comes just days after the Québec City Grand Prix des Cyclistes (September 13-14), pitting riders  against yet another challenge: 17 laps of a 12.1 kilometre circuit, totalling 205.7 kilometres in race distance and 229 metres in lap altitude difference. 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome leads the pack of 19 UCI ProTeam riders, who have raced in the the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España, and count Grand Prix des Cyclistes towards their annual global ranking – no one will be coasting through. Also in competition this year are of Canada’s 13 top road cyclists, including the Canadian National Team led by Zach Bell, 2012 Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal, and David Veilleux, the first-ever Québec-born rider to finish the Tour de France. Last year’s race lasted a gripping five-and-a… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: August 23–29

Even during some of summer’s most relaxing days, Montreal keeps the entertainment factor high. This week, visit a genuine New-France marketplace, see new films from internationally-acclaimed filmmakers, marvel at world-class art exhibitions, and rock out to live music…

A Guide to Pop Montreal 2013

Montreal music festival Pop Montreal knows what’s going on in music today and has been sharing its insights for over a decade now. The festival returns for its 12th edition, September 25–29, with hundreds of shows from indie-rock to hip hop, along with art, film, chances to chat with festival musicians, and plenty of time to party…

Far Travels at the Montreal World Film Festival

For 37 years, the Montreal World Film Festival has brought hundreds of contemporary, compelling stories to Montreal screens. This year, from August 22 to September 2, the festival screens 432 films, half of them premieres from Quebec, Canada and countries around the world…

Things to Do in Montreal: August 16–22

Montreal’s buzz word this week is “fun,” whether it comes in the form of live reggae, rock and classical music, gourmet food, films under the stars, dancing the tango or the electric slide, or a wild and colourful Pride Parade…