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SHOPPING AT MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Whether you are in town for a meeting or with your family, friends or loved one, you will find many great holiday gifts ideas at the boutiques of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. There are two shops: M Boutique offers more traditional fares, and Design Space offers the cleanly contemporary.

A SOOTHING STAY AT WESTIN HOTEL

What a good idea! Montreal’s Westin Hotel has a massive covered driveway – perfect for arriving in a bit of snow or rain. The area is totally closed in, so the hair, the gowns and the stilettos stay perfect. You are protected by a four-storey high roof and glass closed-in indoor-outdoor ‘room’. There, valets whisk your car away as you enter Montreal’s newest hotel.

LE SALON DES MÉTIERS D’ART: MONTREAL’S ONE-STOP SHOPPING SPOT FOR HOLIDAYS

While in town, shop early for the whole family, for the office, for friends (and for yourself!) at the Salon des métiers d’arts du Québec. It is the most important professional exhibition-sale in the province.  The wonderful fair full of hand-made works has praise from all who visit.  It has been a go-to gift-buying place for locals for years, and visitors have quickly discovered it. You can choose from a vast array of made-with-love-and talent pieces. Art, beads and bracelets, decorative objects, ecological works, foie gras, jams, kids’ clothing, lamps, sculptures, wine..basically almost everything and anything one might need to wrap. Wait.  No need to wrap.  A booth at the Salon will do this for you…easy, peasy.

SUN RA ARKESTRA MEETS MONTREAL TALENT FOR TOP DANCE EVENT

A must-see event arrives in Montreal!  This multimedia show combines dance performance and big band music.  This amazing happening highlights the talents of the Coleman Lemieux Dance Company, the musicians of Sun Ra Arkestra – ‘’the missing link between Duke Ellington and Public Enemy’’ (Rolling Stone Magazine) – and ten dynamic dancers  – including the famed Margie Gillis and Carol Prieur (Dancer of the Year 2010 – Tanz Magazine).  

MONTREAL’S CANADIAN MAPLE DELIGHTS

Source: smashingmagazine.com What could be more ‘Quebec’ than maple syrup! A little trivia for visitors to Montreal.  Maple syrup, part of Montreal’s cuisine-culture, was discovered by Amerindians centuries ago.  Every spring they would make a ‘’V’’-shaped cut into the side of maple trees and insert pieces of bark to collect the sap.  Boiled down, this sweet liquid became a nutritious beverage.  In those days, maple sugar production was an important source of pure sugar. When the first French settlers arrived, the Indians traded maple sugar with them and taught them the secrets of the maple sugaring process  Today the maple industry in Quebec is greatly refined.  The delectable product is in demand all over the world. In fact, 71 % of the world’s maple sirup is made in Québec.

MC CORD MUSEUM’S TOY EXHIBITION

If you didn’t save your toys from childhood (and who did?), here’s a magical occasion to go back in time.  You can see not only teddy bears and cars from your era, but toys from almost a hundred years ago! Best part? Children are admitted free. Who cannot remember carefully arranging teddy bears so they could share a tea party?  Or racing trucks around and around the room?  Whatever your childhood recollection, a visit to this charming exhibit is a must when you are in Montreal.

HAUTE FASHION EXHIBIT AT THE SOFITEL GOLDEN MILE

The drama!  The divas!  Great photos from the Couture Catwalks. The dazzling days of Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Dior. The inimitable elegance of high fashion from the runways of Paris are all on display at Montreal’s Sofitel Golden Mile hotel.

VINTAGE HAUTE COUTURE IN MONTREAL

Chanel, Versace, Louis Vuitton and other famed couturiers’ vintage pieces will go  for auction on November 10! One of Montreal’s famed auction houses is holding a particularly fashionista moment: a haute couture vintage auction, featuring Hermès (ties for men too!), Christian Lacroix, Armani, Burberry et al. The clothing is, of course, in excellent condition, as are the shoes, jewellery, and amazingly beautiful (and very collectible) Hermès scarves, not to mention great coats (men and women) and jackets. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are are a few!

AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER BURTYNSKY SHOWS IN MONTREAL

Montreal is lucky to have a great Edward Burtynsky show on now at Art 45.  I love his work. His photos are truly relevant. They are shocking to us as we gaze at beautiful seas, shining like satin – under a cover of black oil or at a large boat, dwarfed by an enormous expanse of slick sea. Organized by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, Burtynsky’s series, called appropriately Oil, is on a world tour. Hopefully his heart-wrenching renderings of the recent catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico will act as a wake-up call for those responsible for this toxic industry – on which we are all so dependent.

ARTIST DAMIEN HIRST SHOWS IN MONTREAL

Damien Hirst, one of the planet’s most famous (and rich!) artists is now carried and represented in Canada by Montreal’s Galerie de Bellefeuille. A YBA (Young British Artist) and reportedly Britain’s richest living artist (net worth valued at $344 million dollars!), Damien Hirst  is known for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved in formaldehyde.