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Things to do in Montréal: November 6 to 12

November warms us up with gourmet food and drink at MTL à TABLE, La Grande Dégustation and more delicious events, along with the thrills of this week’s high-energy hockey and dance, innovations in film and art, and joyous fun of theatre and live music. Go gourmet Eat well and often as the city’s best restaurants participate in MTL à TABLE, Montréal’s official Restaurant Week, a celebration of food and drink with special prices to match. Until November 8, food lovers can enjoy table d’hôte menus at reduced prices ($21, $31 or $41), culinary tours, wine tastings, chocolate sampling, special events and more at 150 restaurants and other locations throughout the city. See our Tourisme Montréal Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à TABLE for details and feast at brilliant brunch eateries, family-friendly restaurants, group-friendly locales, bring-your-own-wine favourites and much more, plus try out local cheeses or take a gourmet excursion. Not only that but month-long event Happy November adds to the festivities, including La Grande Dégustation de Montréal, November 6 and 7, showcasing 200 wine producers, distillers and brewers and their fabulous wares at Place Bonaventure. And if you’re vegan or simply vegan-curious, check out the 2nd-annual Montréal Vegan… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montréal October 30 to November 5

Clocks turn back but Montréal faces forward this week with innovate and affordable gourmet cuisine at MTL à Table Restaurant Week, all manner of Halloween celebrations, mind-expanding new dance, theatre, film and art, and live music that shakes up the status quo. Restaurant Week specialities Food, glorious food, rules the city this week as MTL à Table, Montréal’s official Restaurant Week, celebrates the pleasures of a good meal, a perfect snack and the best tipple to pair with it. Until November 8, food lovers can find table d’hôte reduced prices ($21, $31 or $41), culinary tours, wine tastings, chocolate sampling, special events and more at 150 restaurants and other locations throughout the city. See our Tourisme Montréal Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à Table for details and get ready to feast at brilliant brunch eateries, family-friendly restaurants, group-friendly locales, bring-your-own-wine favourites and much more, plus try out local cheeses or take a gourmet excursion. Alternatively, if you’d like to get in the kitchen yourself, choose the Montréal cooking class that suits your tastes. Find autumn delicacies at local farms and wineries and take a delicious piece of Montréal home with you in a jar with these locally-made treats…. / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 23 to 29

Late October in Montréal is all about food, art-abundant culture, live music and Halloween fun. The city’s official Restaurant Week, MTL à TABLE, kicks off with gourmet festivities and menu specials, just as a cultural feast is unleashed in theatres and galleries, touring bands thrill music fans and Halloween activities creep into our already wild nightlife. Fantastic food   Montréal is a food lovers’ city, with more restaurants than most major urban centres and the acclaim to match – try as many eateries as you can during MTL à TABLE, Montréal’s official Restaurant Week, happening October 29 to November 8 at 150 restaurants across the city. For 11 days, take advantage of table d’hôte reduced prices ($21, $31 or $41), culinary tours, wine tastings, special events and more, from family-friendly restaurants to group-friendly locales, bring-your-own-wine favourites to local cheeses. For more details on what to do and where to go during Restaurant Week, read our Tourisme Montréal Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à TABLE. Happy eating! Halloween anticipation Because Montréalers love Halloween, the costumed fun starts early. Cult movie fans cheer for both the film and a cast of characters on stage at the Rocky Horror Picture Show Ball,… / Read More →

10 (more) wonderful ways to explore Montréal

A second (or third or fourth) visit to Montréal is a time for really getting to know the city and its people – but where to start digging deeper? We’ve compiled a top-ten list that’s all about going beyond the main attractions – check our 10 Montréal “musts” for first-time visitors first so you don’t miss any of those! See a Show at Place des Arts Live music, theatre, dance and more is all under the roof of Place des Arts, the city’s biggest theatre complex, right downtown in the Quartier des spectacles. Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre Métropolitain play classical favourites and new music in the new Maison Symphonique, Opéra de Montréal stages lush opera productions, Danse Danse brings international dance stars to the Montreal stage, and rock stars and Broadway shows make appearances at PdA throughout the year. Shop the Plateau Find speciality stores and Canadian and Quebecois designers’ boutiques as well as bookstores, furniture and more on the streets of the Plateau neighbourhood, especially on Saint-Denis Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard north of Sherbrooke, Mont-Royal Avenue in the several blocks east and west of the Mont-Royal Metro station, and along Laurier Avenue west of Saint-Laurent. and if… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 16 to 22

Whatever the fall weather, Montréal stays beautiful and busy this week with refreshing outdoor activities and indoor entertainment from international film to ballet, hockey to motocross, circus tricks to fashion steals, classical concerts to indie rock ragers. Sports action Whether you’re a major hockey fan or just love getting caught up in the energy of the game, there’s nothing like seeing the Canadiens on home ice in a packed stadium: the Habs take on the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre on October 17 and the St. Louis Blues on October 20. Montréal’s Olympian-packed Canadian Women’s Hockey League team gets a new name for a new season: Les Canadiennes fight the Brampton Thunder on Saturday, October 17 at 5:30 pm at Centre Étienne Desmarteau (3430 rue de Bellechasse) – bring your skates to hit the ice with the players after the game! And Nitro Circus Live takes extreme sports to the next level with a three-ring circus of freestyle motocross, BMX, high-flying stunts on wheeled contraptions thrown from the Nitro Slingshot and more, at the Bell Centre on October 16. Screen time Perfect for a rainy day or any day, the 44th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma brings new films… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 9 to 15

The sun still shines and the leaves turn bright orange and red in Montréal this week as the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, a Great Pumpkin Ball, hockey season, live music and much more keeps us warm indoors and out. New worlds in new films The 44th Festival du Nouveau Cinéma screens hundreds of fabulous Québécois, Canadian and international films October 7 to 18 – join the jovial crowds of film lovers to see much-awaited new work by Guy Maddin, Atom Egoyan, Jaco Van Dormael, Paolo Sorrentino, Wim Wenders, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Jia Zhangke, Laurie Anderson, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and more, including Les P’tits Loups, a whole program of films and activities just for kids, interactive sound and food experience Food Sessions, and several late-night parties and performances – consult our FNC film picks and see the official Festival du Nouveau Cinéma site for more details. See the Common Space? project’s innovative multimedia art and film outdoors in the Quartier des Spectacles every night October 1 to 18. And see mind-blowing 360° image and sound immersive experience Versus by French/Japanese duo Nonotak, at the SAT dome to October 30. Fun for all ages Enjoy the natural beauty of autumn… / Read More →

New films to see at Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

Almost 400 new films from around the world light up Montréal screens this October 7 to 18 at cutting-edge Festival du Nouveau Cinéma. Now in its 44th edition, the film festival is a must for fans of international cinema that challenges the mainstream – on top of that, FNC features films just for kids, live music, and several stellar parties. Festival du Nouveau Cinéma rolls out the red carpet on opening night for Jaco Van Dormael’s comedy The Brand New Testament, which sees God living in an apartment in Brussels and his young daughter rebelling with six apostles against his fire-and-brimstone ways. The festival closes with Canadian director Guy Maddin’s mysterious and dreamily atmospheric The Forbidden Room, a film experiment made in part at Montréal’s Phi Centre and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Several long-awaited films have fans buying their tickets early. Taiwanese director Hsiao-Hsien Hou won best director at Cannes this year for The Assassin, an artistic martial arts film set in 9th century China. Chinese director Jia Zhangke follows up his brilliant cultural and emotional examination A Touch of Sin with Mountains May Depart, spanning the life of an affluent young man as he grows up in… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 2 to 8

Montréal welcomes fall with invitingly crisp weather and a packed cultural season: this week sample the gourmet goods of the city’s food trucks, watch the world’s newest films at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, wonder at the National Ballet of Canada, see multimedia art outdoors, hear dozens of live bands, and more. Urban culture Eat well and often at Montréal’s First Fridays, a.k.a. Les Premiers Vendredis – the last food truck rally of the season! The family-friendly food and entertainment event happens October 2 at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Stadium, from 4 pm to 11 pm. Nearby at the Insectarium at Space for Life see the high-tech Bearers of Light exhibition and take an evening walk through the Botanical Garden’s Gardens of Light event, illuminating the Chinese and Japanese gardens with dozens of lanterns and light art. Downtown, make music as you swing on the colourful 21 Swings interactive art (and exercise) installation at Place des Festivals on de Maisonneuve Avenue, to October 28. Also in the Quartier des Spectacles, at the SAT dive into Québécois French culture and literature at Le Buvard event on October 7 and try the gourmet FoodLab’s Autumn Tasting Menu on… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 25 to October 1

As the leaves begin to change, the music, theatre, dance and art of Montréal’s fall cultural season entertains and inspires – plus city-wide Journées de la Culture events, KidCon and the Instagram Relay give non-artists of all ages a chance to create, take winning snapshots, learn some fancy footwork and sing along. Cultural days & nights Enjoy three days of free arts and culture during Journées de la Culture, September 25-27 at galleries, museums, cultural centres and dozens more venues – use the Journées website to pinpoint your interests, areas of town to explore and what time of day to go – an easy way to discover Montréal’s creative sector. Become a cultural producer yourself, whether you’re a budding photographer or an Instagram star: on September 27 celebrate United Nations World Tourism Day with the world’s first Instagram Relay on 25 global interactive screens at Square St-Louis starting at 11 am. And find the latest in popular culture for kids all in one place at KidCon, a new fan convention created just for kids and featuring a screening of the Frozen Sing-Along Edition movie, performances by TV characters, video and board games, inflatable rides and much more, September 26-27 at… / Read More →

Indoor family activities in Montréal

No matter what the weather – but especially in winter – indoor activities are a must for kids and adults alike. Montréal’s many inside attractions, games, sports and skill-testing challenges keep families active and having fun together year round. The glow-in-the-dark mini-golf at Putting Edge proves you don’t need chipping skills or even green grass to play golf. Walk off Sainte-Catherine Street downtown and right into the colourful, musical 18-hole course – a journey through oceans, forests and jungles, each with its own challenges. Have more high-energy fun in the dark at downtown’s Laser Quest, where hide-and-seek turns into a laser lit game of hit-or-miss. Play together at the Montréal Forum’s bowling alley, games centre and billiards room – and when everyone’s tired out, catch a film at the Forum Cinema multiplex. Engage older kids (13 and up) with mind games as you work together to get out of tricky A/maze Montréal scenarios: three reality-based tests of survival and problem solving – Prison Break, Mad Scientists and Lost Temple stories – challenge each team to come up with their own solutions in a white-knuckle countdown situation. No matter what their age, kids will be wowed by the wonders of the… / Read More →