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Merry Montreal Celebrates Holiday Season in the City

The cobblestone streets of Old Montreal bustle with classic sights and all-new entertainment this holiday season: each weekend, from December 14 to January 5, Merry Montreal lights up the historic district, inviting everyone to eat, drink, and, of course, be merry…

Things to Do in Montreal: November 15-21

Montreal’s entertainment and arts scene this week is all about shifting from big outdoor crowds to getting cozy inside, whether that means watching new and rare films, going to the circus or the opera, shopping for winter wear, or turning the heat up at a rock show…

M for Montreal Showcases New Pop, Hip Hop & More

Every year, the late-autumn music festival M for Montreal expands its eclectic programming, with this year’s roster reaching almost 100 up-and-coming bands playing electro-pop, indie-rock and hip hop at some of Montreal’s coolest venues, all in the short span of November 20-23…

Things to Do in Montreal: November 8-14

As the city recovers from over a week of Halloween activities, entertainment options pop up everywhere. Eat, drink and be merry during the TASTE MTL restaurant event, see new films at two international film festivals, run away with world-class circus and theatre, and rock out to live music…

See the World’s Best French Films at Montreal’s Cinemania

New French-language film comes to Montreal at the Cinemania Film Festival, November 7 to 17, featuring 49 films, several of them Cannes-selected and over 30 in their North American premieres – and all accompanied by English subtitles. The 19th edition of the festival doesn’t neglect the past, however, including nine retrospectives and several special presentations featuring actors and directors in discussion…

A New World of Documentary Film at RIDM

With over 135 films from more than 40 countries, the 16th annual Montreal International Documentary Festival, November 13–24, tackles a diversity of timely and contentious topics – from war and revolution to media and art – while also leaving space for seemingly small stories with big hearts. Along with film screenings, the festival hosts discussions with directors to get deeper into the issues many of the films raise, and parties and other events to keep everyone talking…

Things to Do in Montreal: November 1-7

The city pulls out all the stops for Halloween, with wild and eerie entertainment and parties all weekend, while still attending to another of life’s necessities: food, courtesy of TASTE MTL. Once Halloween ends, the food fun continues along with innovative theatre, dance, art and live music… (restaurant hopping) Montreal holds its own version of restaurant week with TASTE MTL, November 1-11, inviting over 100 restaurants to prepare affordable 3-course meals, giving culinary tours around the city, and offering wine tastings, cooking classes and workshops with master chefs and gastronomy experts. Restaurants Tasso, Au Cinquième Péché and Le Continental on St-Denis Street even host Opéra de Montréal singers on select evenings, and, as an enticement to sample restaurants on Mont-Royal Avenue, on the evenings of November 1-2 and 8-9 see several hundred candles light up in an art installation outside Mont-Royal metro station. (fright nights) Halloween happens all weekend in Montreal, so expect to see costumed hoards aplenty. Celebrate the season outdoors at the Montreal Botanical Garden, where the Great Pumpkin Ball and the Insectarium’s Spiders Unmasked shows entertain all day, or go on a ghost tour of the city with Fantômes Montreal. Of course, night time is when the real… / Read More →

Pointe-à-Callière looks at the Lives and Times of the Plateau

While Old Montreal’s cobblestone streets and 18th-century buildings offer a picturesque glimpse of the city’s roots, the surrounding neighbourhoods have their own historically significant stories to tell and impressive architecture to match. Lives and Times of the Plateau, a new exhibition at the Pointe-à-Callière history and archaeology museum, illuminates the colourful nooks and crannies of over 200 years of everyday life, industry and creativity in the Plateau neighbourhood…

Things to Do in Montreal: October 25-31

As both winter and Halloween approach, Montreal continues to entertain with live theatre and music, intriguing art, designer shopping, and horror movies, along with many chances this week to make the most of the fall weather, whether it’s sunny for daytime ambling or eerily overcast for costumed cavorting…

Beat Nation Remixes Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop

Drumbeats, many resounding like the rhythm of the human heart and some more akin to electronic dance music, accompany an array of sculptural, painting and new media work by a new generation of North American Aboriginal artists in Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, at the Musée d’art contemporain this fall…