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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: November 25 to December 1

Montréal says goodbye to November and hello to December with glittering outdoor entertainment and indoor magic kingdoms, Cirque du Soleil’s OVO, designer Christmas markets, amazing new films, dance and theatre, and concerts for all tastes. Winter ready Step into an entertaining winter wonderland during Noël dans le Parc at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau neighbourhood, starting Dec. 1. Meanwhile in Old Montréal , join in the Merry Montréal celebrations, featuring a market on Place Jacques-Cartier, live music, food, microbrews and more. Visit Santa at the Complexe Desjardins Magic Kingdom, where you’ll also find a mini train and carousel, multimedia show Fontaine Boréale and performances, or find Santa in many forms at the historic Stewart Museum in a magical (and free) figurine exhibition. And explore the city streets with Art Public Montréal and in smart-phone multimedia tour Cité Mémoire in Old Montréal. Seasonal shopping Go shopping for locally made home decor, toys, clothing and accessories, beauty products, food, drink and more at the Marché Casse Noisette, transforming the lower promenade of the Palais des congrès into a glittering marketplace, Nov. 24 to Dec. 4. There’s more creative Montréal-made goods at the Souk @ SAT designer market, Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. Or shop vintage at the Empire Exchange launch in Mile End on Dec. 1. We’ve… / Read More →

Where to buy the best winter wear in Montréal

The beauty of a sunny, Montréal winter day can’t be denied, but it can be hindered, to say the least, when the wind’s whipping through your non-puffy jacket and your feet feel like blocks of ice. Thankfully, toasty-warm winter coats and boots are a Montréal speciality made with style. Cold-weather Canadian brands One thing a Canadian winter will make you appreciate is a good, warm coat and boots that can withstand not only snow but slush. Québec companies have us covered. For over 100 years, family-run company Kamik has made warm, comfortable boots – they also maintain a zero-waste production target and recycling programs. La Canadienne specializes in women’s ultra stylish, made-to-last boots, shoes, coats, bags and accessories crafted in Montréal and Italy with attention to eco-friendly materials and factory practices. And Old Montréal shoemakers Amimoc make cozy moccasins and warm boots. The wonderful @fanshionbeauty enjoying the first snowflakes in our Laurentia model. La merveilleuse @fanshionbeauty qui profite des premiers flocons de neige dans notre modèle Laurentia. Une photo publiée par QUARTZ CO. (@quartz_co) le 10 Nov. 2016 à 14h39 PST Pajar began making high-quality winter boots in Montréal in 1973 – the family-run company has since gone international and… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 18 to 24

As Montréal waits for its first snowfall, Santa Claus arrives in a parade, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and wild circus shows thrill, new art and film transform perceptions, and live music from electro to Bach rocks our world. Seasonal sights Santa comes to town early for Montréal’s annual Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 19 along Sainte-Catherine Street starting at 11 am at Fort Street and ending at Place des Festivals – see floats, marching bands, Santa and his elves, and more! Walk through the city streets and among the skyscrapers on tours by Art Public Montréal. See another side of Montréal in quaint neighbourhoods and big parks, and step into the past in Old Montréal on multimedia tour Cité Mémoire. Indoors, see Nintendo characters in lifelike wax at the Grevin Museum’s Super Mario and Friends exhibition, and go on tropical and outer space adventures at the Space for Life’s Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme and Planetarium. In sports: the Montréal Canadiens play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 19, the Senators on Nov. 2, and the Hurricanes on Nov. 24 at the Bell Centre and Montréal’s Minor League Soccer team the Impact play Toronto FC on Nov. 22 at Olympic Stadium. Go shopping for all kinds of cute kids’ stuff at Marché Néné in Mile End this weekend, or get… / Read More →

A traditional holiday shopping guide to Montréal

If you’re doing your holiday gift shopping in Montréal, you’ve certainly got plenty of options, from Sainte-Catherine Street brand-name shops to the local creativity of artisanal craft fairs. But if you’re specifically looking for that “holiday spirit” or “Christmas-y feeling” or “winter wonderland” in uniquely-Montréal retail form, read on. In its second year, outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal turns its charm factor way up with  a massive, illuminated Christmas tree on the Place des Arts esplanade, Blending traditions from around the world, the Grand Marché offers all kinds of locally made gift items, gourmet food and drink – be sure to try an array of creative food truck fare and the homemade goodies from Labonté de la pomme Verger & Miellerie – as well as free live shows and family-oriented outdoor activities to complete the experience, December 2 to 24. The two biggest professional art and craft fairs in the city are always a sure bet for one-of-a-kind items that add a little more holiday sparkle to the season. Walk among Christmas trees and historical holiday displays as you peruse the handiwork of Québec artisans, artists and craftspeople at the impressive Salon des Métiers d’Art –… / Read More →

Les Hivernales kickstarts an exhilarating 375th Montréal winter

When snow falls in Montréal this winter, it’ll be a cause for commotion – the good, fun, go-play-outdoors kind. A major event for Montréal’s 375th anniversary, Les Hivernales proves that this city loves to party all year round, no matter what the weather. Montréal has held plenty of winter events over the years, from the Montréal Snowshoe Club’s 1882 carnival to much more recent MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and Fêtes des Neiges, but Les Hivernales takes winter traditions to new heights in an all-out celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary. From January 6 to March 11 in Old Montréal, downtown’s Quartier des spectacles and Parc Jean-Drapeau, you’ll find activities for all ages – from pond hockey to late-night outdoor parties – that blend tradition with high-tech artistry, extreme sports and the city’s unique urban culture. In true Montréal style, Les Hivernales begins with a serious bang: the Barbegazi winter action sports festival transforms downtown’s l’îlot Clark into a wild (and free) obstacle course for two weekends, January 6-8 and 13-15 – hike through a forest, walk over a replica of the Jacques Cartier Bridge and more. Then see how you handle snowskating (yes, skateboarding on ice), fatbiking, wood cutting and Christmas-tree throwing… / Read More →

Canada’s biggest Christmas tree lights up Montréal

Montréal’s holiday season is about to get even brighter as the country’s biggest Christmas tree rolls into downtown’s Place des Festivals, adding its magnitude of seasonal magic to an already festive scene. Inspired by New York’s iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree – a tradition since 1933 – and Montréal’s 375th anniversary, the team behind the “grand sapin” simply figured now was the right time to go big and go sparkly. The four co-founders of classy Christmas tree delivery company Sapin MTL, who together have years of experience in music festival and special event production, knew they could make their Christmas dreams come true – they teamed up with La Tribu and Just For Laughs to source and install the massive tree, with none other than Canadian Tire supplying the tree’s thousands of lights. To say that Sapin MTL aims high is an understatement. For the tree itself, they’re aiming for  over 75 feet. To put that in perspective, the average Christmas tree is around five or six feet, running up to 10 feet for those of us who can’t get enough of the Christmas spirit. And the Rockefeller Centre’s annual Norway Spruce usually measures anywhere from 61 to 100 feet…. / Read More →

Around the world in music at Mundial Montréal

World music gets redefined once more as Mundial Montréal gathers diverse communities of local and international artists for four days of shows, talks and more. With M for Montreal’s indie-rock, pop, electro and hip hop shows added to the mid-November mix, music fans can go on a serious sonic spree. For its 6th edition, November 15-18, Mundial Montréal expands its vision of what a world music summit can be, programming artist showcases and professional talks under the theme of “music without borders.” That idea applies worldwide, including breaking down barriers here in Canada, a country known for its rich multiplicity of cultures. Free afternoon showcases combine artists from various backgrounds and evening shows celebrate harmonious connections between bands from different countries. The festival’s Aboriginal Sounds Series connects aboriginal artists to the world music circuit, this year featuring: IsKwé’s RnB-trip-hop drawing on Cree/Dene and Irish heritage in a showcase of back-to-back performances at Divan Orange and Club Balattou; Nick Sherman’s Ojibway storytelling-style ballads and Mohawk singer-songwriter Logan Staats at Divan Orange; Montréal-based Métis artist Moe Clark in an afternoon show at Petit Campus; and Iqaluit band The Jerry Cans playing the festival opener at Cabaret Lion d’Or with Korean six-piece Coreyah,… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 11 to 17

This week in Montréal, eat well at MTLàTABLE restaurant week, take an art walk downtown or a hike up the Mountain, meet hockey stars, dive deep into digital art, and see films, dance, theatre and live music from here and around the world. Wine and dine Get a taste of the real Montréal during the decadent MTLàTABLE event, featuring 150 diverse restaurants offering multi-course prix-fixe menus at incredible prices, from $21 to $41, until Nov. 13. See what it’s all about in our Survival guide to MTLàTABLE and choose from restaurants to dine and party, places to brunch, where to taste dishes of the world, neighbourhood restaurants loved by locals, fabulous hotel restaurants, Languedoc wines and SAQ wine events, food-focused tours, an array of local cheeses and chocolate creations and more. Bon appetit! #ThatAwesomeMoment when Patrice Brisebois subbed in for a little one-on-one on the @mcdonaldscanada rink. #hometownhockey Une photo publiée par Rogers Hometown Hockey (@hometownhockey) le 22 Oct. 2016 à 10h47 PDT City sights Fun and free, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour sets up outside Place des Festivals downtown, Nov. 12-13, with autograph sessions with NHL alumni, live music (including Sam Roberts on Sunday), circus shows and more. Walk through the city streets and among the skyscrapers on tours created by Art Public Montréal. See Montréal’s natural side in quaint neighbourhoods… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 4 to 10

November 4 to 10, Montréal can’t be beat for its wealth of amazing food at MTLàTABLE Restaurant Week, comfortably-cool autumn walks, two international film festivals, fascinating new art at BNLMTL, plus theatre, dance and live music. #MTLaTABLE débute demain! Êtes-vous prêts pour ces 11 jours de gastronomie et de vins? Si vous n’avez toujours pas réservé, c’est par ici > www.mtlatable.com #MTLaTABLE starts tomorrow! Are you ready for these 11 days of food and wine? If you haven’t reserved yet, head this way > www.mtlatable.com #montreal #mtlmoments #mtl @chezvictoire Une vidéo publiée par MTLàTABLE (@mtlatable) le 2 Nov. 2016 à 12h19 PDT Magnificent meals Discover the city by roaming from restaurant to restaurant during Montréal’s decadent MTLàTABLE when 150 restaurants offer multi-course prix-fixe menus at incredible prices, Nov. 3-13. Get an insider’s perspective in our Survival guide to MTLàTABLE and then choose places to dine and party, where to taste dishes of the world, neighbourhood restaurants to try, fabulous hotel restaurants, Languedoc wines and SAQ wine events, food-focused tours, local cheeses, chocolate creations and more. On top of all that, there’s more food – and food for thought – at this weekend’s Montréal Vegan Festival at Bonsecours Market in Old Montréal. Urban activities See more of Montréal from a pedestrian’s point of view on a walk… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 28 to November 3

As the cool weather begins, Montréal knows exactly what to do about it: eat, drink and have some seasonal fun. Restaurant week MTLàTABLE kicks off, Halloween parties for all tastes abound, and new art, theatre, dance and music show off the city’s diverse cultural side. Eat, drink and play Eat well and explore the city at the same time during Montréal’s decadent restaurant week MTLàTABLE when 150 restaurants offer multi-course prix-fixe menus at incredible prices. Get an insider’s perspective in our Survival guide to MTLàTABLE and then choose places to dine and party, where to taste dishes of the world, neighbourhood restaurants to try, fabulous hotel restaurants, Languedoc wines and SAQ wine events, tours and cheese events, chocolate creations and more. Walk it all off among the changing leaves in the city’s quaint neighbourhoods and big parks, through Old Montréal and on multimedia tour Cité Mémoire, and among public art downtown among the skyscrapers. On Oct. 28, drink and eat local at Oktoberfest in the outdoor biergarten of the Olympic Stadium Esplanade. And get in on the new hockey season action as the Montréal Canadiens take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 29 and the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 2 at the Bell Centre. Happy Halloween!  From wild late-night costume parties to ghost tours to activities for kids, let our Halloween… / Read More →