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MONTREAL FASHION AND DESIGN FESTIVAL : A PERFECT GIRLS GETAWAY!

Ever wondered what a summer festival would look like if all the stores from a city’s fashion district got together for fours days, organized major runway shows, and threw glamorous parties under the metropolitan stars? If so, wonder no more. That’s what Montreal’s Festival Mode et Design is all about! From August 4 to August 7, fashion aficionados from all over the world are invited to the popular Montreal fashion event (celebrating its 10th anniversary this year) to revamp their style and find new inspirations for the last few weeks of the summer interval and the oh-so exciting season that is fall in the fashion world.

AFRICAN MUSIC AND DANCE AT FESTIVAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE

Renowned for its colourful atmosphere and quality of programming, Montreal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique presents music and culture from 500 artists originating from more than 30 different countries across Africa, South America and the Caribbean. With more than 50 indoor and outdoor concerts, the festival is the largest North American gathering of major world music artists and a true celebration of Montreal’s multiculturalism. The 24th edition of the Festival also coincides with the 50th anniversary of independance of many African nations, making it a year of festivities to remember. Here are some of the Festival’s highlights :

50% OFF TRAIN TRAVEL TO MONTREAL FOR OSHEAGA!

Traveling by train is my definition of a pleasurable activity. You get to relax, have a comfortable seat with enough legroom, use your phone, look at the scenery – and, if you’re like me, you get to not worry about the frightening possibility of your plane crashing. Taking the train to Montreal also involves arriving at the heart of downtown and being steps away from your hotel and all the summer action.

A GUIDE TO CANADA DAY IN MONTREAL

Every July 1st, Canada celebrates its birthday! In Montreal, the main bash is held on the keys of the Old Port. Here’s a quick guide to the festivities for 2010!

MY MULTICULTURAL MONTREAL: ABDALLAH

MY MULTICULTURAL MONTREAL: ABDALLAH Mile End is the soul of Montreal: “Here you have Italians, Greeks, Jews, Hasidics, Africans…you have bagels. You have a Mauritanian restaurant on Fairmount. Every one gets what he needs from Mile End” – Abdallah. Abdallah is a Djiboutian-born Canadian who lives in the same neighborhood as me: the Montreal Mile End. As I was surfing the amazingly nourishing Who We Are blog, I discovered this film by Adam Shamash, which is an ode to Montreal’s cultural diversity and Abdallah’s sheer enthusiasm for life.

THE MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: WHERE TO DRINK

The Montreal Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world. Musical giants such as Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown have all captivated crowds since the festival’s debut edition in 1980. Today, more than 2 million people attend the Montreal Jazz Festival yearly. But the Jazz Fest is not just about music – it’s about life’s pleasures. And truth is, there’s nothing like a bit of jazz to awake my yearning for a glass – or two – of lilac wine. As famous saxophonist Steve Lacy once said: “Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it”. Well, the popular Montreal Jazz Festival is now 31 years-old and well above Quebec’s drinking age. Here are some cool places near the festivites to get your sip on!

35 CONCERTS YOU SHOULD NOT MISS IN MONTREAL THIS SUMMER

I’m stoked! Summer has officially kicked off in Montreal with last week’s Grand Prix, and the festival season is now going full force! With it, hundreds of concerts for the music aficionados! This is my ultimate favorite time of the year and I am so happy about the quality and quantity of international artists that will be performing in Montreal within the next few months. Here are 35 concerts you should absolutely not miss when visiting Montreal this summer!

LA ST-JEAN: WHAT TO DO ON QUEBEC’S NATIONAL HOLIDAY

La St-Jean Baptiste or Fête Nationale is Quebec’s National Holiday. Every year, on June 24, Montrealers and Quebecers from all over the province come together to celebrate French Canadian culture. The tradition landed in Canada with the first French colonists and the first celebrations occured on the banks of the Saint Lawrance River in 1636, revered with a bonfire and five cannon shots. Today, Montrealers from all origins and backgrounds get together on June 23 and 24 to celebrate “La St-Jean”, as we simply call it. Here are some of the festivities happening in Montreal this year!

MIND-BLOWING 360 PANORAMIC PHOTOS OF MONTREAL

Wow! I just discovered Montreal photographer Jean-Pierre Lavoie, and I am absolutely floored by the beauty and immersive quality of his work. Jean-Pierre became a full time panoramic photographer in 2007,  after working 15 years as an engineer and says he loves to photograph life in Montreal. For him, the city is a “perfect mix of French and English with a well-balanced blend of America and a little European touch”. The result of this passion – and talent – is a stunning collection of 360 interactive panoramic photographs that plunge us completely into Montreal life and events. Click on the title above each image to experience some jaw-dropping 360 photography! You will NOT be disappointed!

STARS AND CARS AT THE SAINT-JAMES HOTEL

Now that the madness of the Montreal Grand Prix is behind us, let us reminisce on the weekend. Thousands of visitors had the time of their life in the city. Martha Stewart tweeted that Montreal was a “large and clean city with a magnificent river running through it: the St-Lawrence”. She also tweeted that the food was really good, although I’m pretty sure she said that before getting a taste of her first poutine. Sir Richard Branson was spotted at Restaurant Primadonna and Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke, who is filming the movie Immortals in Montreal, was seen hanging out on the outdoor terrasse of Time Supper Club. Several parties were the talk of the town, but the reception held at Hotel Le St-James was probably the winner of them all.