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The Topsy-Turvy World of Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios

High-flying, brightly-hued circus acts and dishevelled, peculiar clowns populate the strange, steampunk-like landscape of Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, the brand new show from the brilliant minds behind Cirque du Soleil, making its world premiere in Montreal this spring…

The Best in New Electronic Music & Art at EM15

Cutting-edge electronic music and digital art meet at EM15, combining the forces of the Mutek and Elektra festivals in one big 15th-anniversary celebration. Over six days, May 27 to June 1, EM15 delivers 85 dazzling outdoor and indoor performances, featuring sonic and visual innovators from around the world…

Sail the High Seas at Pointe-à-Callière

Travel back in time and live the swashbuckling, adventurous life of pirates and sailors of New France at Pointe-à-Callière Museum’s Pirates or Privateers?, a hands-on exhibition for families and kids 6 to 12 years old…

Things to Do in Montreal: April 25 – May 1

Warmer weather arrives in Montreal alongside a new Cirque du Soleil show, ice skating Olympians, world-class theatre, film and dance, high-tech art, and an array of live music…

5 Literary Highlights at Blue Metropolis 2014

Words define and delight us once more at the 16th edition of the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, April 28 to May 4. Headquartered at downtown Montreal’s contemporary and cool HOTEL 10, the festival invites lit lovers of all ages to attend over 230 readings, discussions, book launches and workshops with writers from 15 countries…

Things to Do in Montreal: April 18-24

Spring and sunshine come together this week in Montreal for Easter brunches and concerts, hockey playoffs, internationally-acclaimed art, theatre, film and dance, and a wide world of live music…

Montreal Digital Spring Electrifies

Montreal’s reputation as a hub for all things digital is about to become even more well-known with the launch of the first Montreal Digital Spring festival. The city’s digital arts and culture community – from artists to video game designers – unites to present 77 new cutting-edge experiences in electronic art and music…

Things to Do in Montreal: April 11-17

Montreal celebrates spring this week with outdoor art and activities, from big-screen film art to a tailgate party, and an array of fabulous food, affordable fashion and entertainment to suit all styles…

Shop Montreal Fashion at Braderie de la Mode

What better time than spring to say out with the old, in with the new! And if that means a wardrobe overhaul, Montreal makes finding a fashionable new look (or 20) easy and affordable at La Grande Braderie de la Mode Québécoise – otherwise known as the Big Fashion Sale of Quebec Designers, happening April 10-13. The renowned sale, held at the massive-yet-welcoming Bonsecours Market, not only gives shoppers a crash course in Quebec-made fashion, but samples and still-in-style liquidation items go for 50 to 80 percent off. While women’s clothing – from casual to corporate to lingerie – dominates the bustling sales floor, the Braderie also boasts an array of high-quality menswear, children’s clothing, outerwear, jewellery and accessories. With over 100 designers to choose from, La Grande Braderie de la Mode feels much like an extensive boutique store, with styles to suit everyone and prices too good to pass up. Look sleek while staying comfortable in a new pair of Second Yoga Jeans – truly flexible enough to do yoga in, but without a hint of yoga-pantsness to them – or anything by Jennifer Glasgow Design (especially her dresses), Atelier b. (masters of soft cotton, seen here in top photo),… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal April 4-10

Spring invigorates Montreal with new life, with interactive art on the streets and butterflies at the Botanical Gardens, alongside the final few weeks of sugar shack season and an array of theatre, dance, cutting-edge art, and live music from around the world. (spring things) Swing into spring with interactive public art Les 21 Balançoires, returns on April 8 to the Quartier des Spectacles, outdoors along President Kennedy Avenue: the 21 colourful swings play music as people swing – always a fun, friendly time. One of springtime’s most obvious symbols, the butterfly, comes out in full force at Butterflies Go Free at the Botanical Garden, where thousands of colourful butterflies fill the main exhibition greenhouse until April 27 – while there, learn about the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly and the far corners of the world that butterflies call home. Stock up on new made-in-Quebec fashion at La Grande Braderie de la Mode Québécoise super sale, April 10-13 at Bonsecours Market. Another marker of spring: maple syrup – and with it comes the sweet-and-savoury sugar shack tradition. Until the end of April, sit down to a meal of sausages, pancakes, meat pie and much, much more at restaurants in the city, such as La Cabane,… / Read More →