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MONTREAL WINTER CONCERT ROUNDUP

This winter (which we’ll call, for these purposes, now until March), Montreal will be host to some big names concerts from The Black Keys, Van Halen and Megadeth, as well as shows from much beloved locals like the Sam Roberts Band, Sean Nicholas Savage and Plants and Animals. Here’s your Montreal winter music preview…

FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN AT FETE DES NEIGES

Winter can be fun for the whole family. In Montreal anyway, as Montrealers are very good at making winter seem like the best season of the year. They certainly don’t let a blanket of snow and subzero temperatures keep them from frolicking around Parc Jean-Drapeau for the Fête des Neiges…

LATE NIGHT CUISINE AT NOUVEAU PALAIS

The old Nouveau Palais was a sleepy, old-timey diner on Bernard street in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood, a basic bacon, eggs and late-night poutine affair. But the new Nouveau Palais is under different management and the times they are a changin’. The latest incarnation of this storied diner has everyone buzzing because it offers restaurant goers the charm of the classic diner experience with a brand new menu that comes to life at night…

OLD MONTREAL’S HAPPENING GOURMAND WEEK

Brace yourselves and your belts but not your wallets because Montreal is following in the foot steps of Toronto and New York with our very own version of the popular “restaurant week” and it storms through the bellies of Old Montreal in January. In typical Montreal fashion, it’s not just a week, it’s actually a 21 day celebration of some of the best restaurants this city has to offer…

CIRQUE ELOIZE MAKES IT RAIN IN MONTREAL

It’s no secret that Montreal loves a good circus. This city is so rich with circus artists and phenomenal contemporary circus performers that it feels like they’re everywhere. But the best of the best can be found in Cirque Éloize’s fifth production Rain, opening on December 6 at Monument National…

3 GREAT MONTREAL CHRISTMAS MARKETS

It’s that magical time of year, the holiday season is upon us. It’s time to deck the halls, string the lights, trim the tree… and do all that shopping before you can finally kick back with some eggnog. This year it’s easy to do your Christmas shopping with Montreal Christmas markets in full swing, markets that reflect the ingenuity and creativity of the people in Montreal who are always ready to celebrate and have a little fun during the holiday season…

COOL CHRISTMAS GIFTS AT MONTREAL’S EXPOZINE

Expozine, which boasts over 270 vendors and roughly 15 000 visitors, is the largest small press fair in Canada and a November highlight for many Montrealers. If you’re looking to give “alternative” gifts this holiday season, then consider giving people Soundgarden CDs. But, if that’s not “alternative” enough for you, then head down to Expozine (November 26-27) and check out what’s hot off the small presses…

5 MARTINIS IN 5 MONTREAL BARS

We’ve already done 5 Shots in 5 Bars, 5 Beers in 5 Bars and 5 Cocktails in 5 Bars and Montreal has so many great bars that it’s always difficult to narrow down a Top 5. But, after careful planning, we finally settled on the Top 5 Best Bars to help you get out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini…

M FOR MONTREAL: THE BANDS YOU NEED TO SEE

In November, the reality that you’re no longer ambling listlessly through summer days becomes undeniable. But thankfully M for Montreal (November 16-19), the city’s mini music fest, is here to save the season. Here’s a list of some of the bands you need to see…

10 BEST POP MONTREAL SHOWS EVER

Pop Montreal turns 10 in 2011… 10 years of uniting music-lovers from Montreal and beyond, 10 years of breaking new bands before anyone else, 10 years of enriching Montreal’s cultural landscape. To honour Pop’s tenth anniversary, here’s a list of 10 of the best Pop MTL shows of all-time…