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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…

Things to Do in Montreal: August 9–15

Enjoy Montreal-made entertainment and August’s sunny days at several outdoor events this week, ranging from rock and blues music festivals to orchestra performances to live graffiti art – all the while, eat well at food and cultural festivals…

Things to Do in Montreal: August 2-8

The outdoor days continue in Montreal as August begins to slow the pace of the city down – but there’s still plenty to do: Place des Festivals and Parc Lafontaine host live music; the Old Port hosts dance parties; gourmet food trucks are out in full force across the city; the world’s best tennis players are here; film and theatre abounds; and there’s plenty to rock out to after Osheaga... (live music) Massive music and arts festival Osheaga, whose lineup is stacked with great Montreal bands, rocks the daytime hours all weekend, while the Osheaga Official After Parties take over the Corona Theatre each night, with Rich Aucoin covering Daft Punk and DJ sets by Diamond Rings, Azari & III, Hot Chip and more. Also on August 2, electro-dance the night away with Rone, Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum at the SAT and Baauer & Friends at New City Gas. Another awesome option for the weekend: the MEG festival of pop and electronic music, with affordable shows around town and a night-time boat cruise on August 3. On August 6, Backstreet Boys are back with a new album and the dance moves to go with it, at the Bell Centre. On August 7,... / Read More →

Cultural Festivals Light Up August in Montreal

Montreal’s abundant cultural diversity shows itself year-round in everyday life in the city and in several celebratory events, such as July’s globe-spanning Weekends du Monde and in smaller yet vibrant festivals throughout the summer, including four fantastic fests in August…