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Things to do in Montréal: February 19 to 25

Montréal’s downtown sparkles with free entertainment this week at the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter festival, while indoors you can go butterfly spotting, play games at the games festival, watch hockey, and see stars of dance, theatre, film, art and live music shine. Snowy celebrations Montréal’s biggest family-friendly festival of the season is in full swing: MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE’s free outdoor site fills downtown’s Place des Festivals with music, multimedia shows, ice slides, a Ferris wheel, fabulous food and more, while the festival’s indoor performances highlight musical performances and theatre – let our MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE SURVIVAL GUIDE lead the way. Go for a scenic skate next to the Saint-Lawrence River at the Bonsecours Basin ice skating rink in the Old Port and at the Village MAMMOUTH at the Olympic Park Esplanade. Talk a walk through nature right in the city in Mount Royal, La Fontaine and Jean-Drapeau parks. And make it all easier with these Montreal-specific apps. Indoor activities Spring is truly in the air at the Botanical Garden’s Butterflies Go Free event at the Space For Life (also home to the Biodôme, Insectarium and Planetarium) – this year butterflies share the spotlight with furry caterpillars. Game lovers of all ages can play board games,… / Read More →

Don’t whine, have wine! 10 places to drink up in Montréal

Wine is in Montréal’s blood, partly because it’s a bacchanalian sort of party town, partly because of its French heritage. But restaurants and wine bars go way beyond the limits of the Old Country today, with private-import wine lists from around the globe that inspire both oenophiles and weekend tipplers to open their minds and palettes. Here are some awesome spots to clink glasses. Philémon Bar The wine list at this stylish hangout may be short, but it hits all the marks and offers 16 choices by glass, plus it pairs perfectly with the tasty dishes so beloved by the hungry crowd of Old Montréal partyers. Try the beef tartare with smoked jalapeno sauce with a 2013 Pot d’vache Gamay from the Loire Valley. Cul-Sec Named after the French expression for “down the hatch,” this small wine hub in Little Italy invites people to take their organic, natural and artisanal wines to go (with a meal), or to sit down for a glass and a deceptively simple plateful of deliciousness, ranging from satisfying salads to decadent sandwiches (the boneless BBQ rib bun is not to be missed). Le Comptoir Nestled in a narrow storefront on the Plateau, this “comptoir à… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: August 15-21

Music makes the city move this week – choose from reggae and electro festivals, classical and rock concerts, and tunes that go hand-in-hand with Montreal Pride, catwalk fashion shows, family-friendly carnivals, and delicious locally-made food.

Things to Do in Montreal: July 25-31

From early morning to late night, Montreal shines this week with stars of comedy, film, art and music, while the city’s parks and pop-up markets offer the perfect place to relax, shop or socialize…

10 Great Restaurant Terrasses in Montreal

There’s nothing like summer in Montreal. The city shimmers in the sun and puts on its best bling for Montrealers and visitors to enjoy. There are dozens of festivals, fairs, outdoor events, sporting activities and family outings happening every week but one of our favourites is to actually (finally!) be able to dine and drink outdoors. Here are 10 great restaurant terrasses to grab a bite in the sun or under the stars…

Things to Do in Montreal: May 16-22

High-caliber music, theatre, circus and dance rule Montreal’s many stages this week while public outdoor spaces teem with entertainment, from street entertainment and interactive art to several free outdoor concerts that mark the start of music-festival season…

Hotspots To See & Be Seen At During Formula 1 Grand Prix

One of the many things that Montreal doesn’t suffer for is a lack of top-tier, A-list social establishments that excel at their primary mission in life: your good time. And during Grand Prix season in particular, many of this city’s finer places to see and be seen kick it into high gear.

Where To Watch Playoff Hockey In Montreal

While most enjoy the lion’s share of the Montreal Canadiens’ 82 regular season NHL games from the comforts of their own couch, the excitement around the playoffs inspires a kind of citywide camaraderie which finds many Montrealers taking to downtown sports bars, comfortable pubs and hockey-mad neighbourhood hangouts to cheer on their beloved Habs en masse…

QUEER MTL: 10 Alternative Party Places in Montreal

Montreal is a cultural quilt made up of different people from many different places. While much of Montreal’s gay scene takes place in the Village, there’s a whole alternative queer scene scattered throughout the Downtown, Plateau, Old Port, and Mile End. If you’re looking for a queer-friendly party place in Montreal, check out these venues…