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MONTREAL MUSIC AT FRANCOFOLIES 2012

A visit to Montreal inherently comes with multiple daily encounters with the French language and Quebecois culture – that’s part of why people visit this city, after all – but during FrancoFolies, touted as the biggest francophone music festival in North America, those encounters happen, well, just about every single minute.

TOM WESSELMANN AT THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts truly pops with colour this summer – their newest temporary exhibition, Beyond Pop: Tom Wesselmann, is a gorgeous retrospective that joyfully takes us through a lifetime of work by the American artist, a contemporary of Warhol and Lichtenstein but with an artistic outlook and process all his own.

MONTREAL BY BIKE WITH ÇA ROULE MONTREAL ON WHEELS

Bike riding in Montreal in the summer months is truly a great way to see as much of the city as possible with a smile and sun on your face. Our Montreal Buzz Bike Guide outlines good rides and bike rental shops, but I decided to get into specifics – and see if I could learn anything about Montreal I didn’t already know – with a bike tour from Ça Roule Montreal on Wheels…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: JUNE 1-7

June is here at last, flooding Montreal with festival fun and games: this week we’ve got electronic music festival Mutek, international performance at Festival TransAmeriques, a rollicking Beer Festival, underground theatre at Fringe Festival and a Bike Fest, complete with ferris wheel…

THE ART OF MUTEK 2012

Every year, Montreal’s Mutek festival creates a friendly, exciting atmosphere for fans and the curious alike, while redefining the state of electronic music – and while the festival is primarily known for it’s amazing array of music, Mutek’s arts scene is just as vibrant and cutting-edge. This year, from May 30 to June 3, the Quartiers des Spectacles and beyond vibrates with the art of Mutek…

LIVING ART: FESTIVAL TRANSAMERIQUE 2012

If all the world’s a stage, then the 6th edition of Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques is a scale model of the world, or at least the stage-based world of cutting-edge theatre, dance and performance art. The FTA is an international showcase for contemporary performance that comments – through drama, humour, shock and pure celebration – on the state of humanity, with multi-lingual events taking place at arts and cultural venues around town, May 24 to June 9…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: MAY 25-31

Montreal summertime has truly hit the city along with a certain early-summer festival magic: dance and theatre comes to town in new forms with Festival Transamériques, awesome electronic music festival Mutek and the Montreal Bike Festival rolls out. Oh, but there’s more. Sunday is Montreal’s now-famous free Museums Day, Faust is at the opera, the new circus generation shows off, and live music rings from downtown to Mile End…

THE MUSIC OF MUTEK 2012

Mutek, Montreal’s international electronic music and culture festival – one of the biggest and best of its kind in the world – is back for five days of cutting-edge electronic mayhem. From May 30 to June 3, over 150 artists take part in more than 80 performances, with intimate sit-down shows, free outdoor showcases, audio-visual immersive installations and all-night, multi-venue dance parties…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: MAY 18-24

The week – as we see it here in Montreal anyway– starts off with a long, sunny weekend! Monday is Victoria Day and it looks like it’s going to be a good one, signalling the beginning of true Montreal summer. Outdoors is the place to be, with terrasses open, Piknic Electronik pumping and festival season is alive and kicking with theatre, dance, film, music and more…

FAMILY FUN AT MONTREAL’S OLYMPIC PARK

With the Summer Olympic Games on their mark in London, Montreal’s own Olympic legacy comes to mind. Yes, a few things have changed since 1976, but the impact the XXI Olympiad had on the city is still felt today at Montreal’s Olympic Park, a hub of athletic and family-friendly activity – especially with this summer’s brand-new outdoor esplanade – and home to a must-see Montreal view…