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A self-guided tour for the Montréal Canadiens faithful

Hockey in Montréal is, in a word, sacred. It’s an almost religious fervour that the Montréal Canadiens’ fans reserve for their beloved Habs, short for “Les Habitants.” Indeed, what other team has had a “Saint-Patrick” (Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy) or a “Sainte-Flanelle” (referring to the team’s “holy” jersey)? So it is that hockey is deeply enmeshed in both the identity and history of Montréal, and for fans of Les Canadiens and hockey generally, the city offers unique opportunities for the faithful to undertake a pilgrimage of sorts. Time is always of the essence, and if you only have a weekend to explore Habs lore, the following two-day self-guided tour offers a chance to check out the team’s living history while hooking up with a few of the ghosts as well. Day 1: It’s only fitting that one would start at the epicentre of Habs hockey history for 70 years (1926-1996), the Montréal Forum, on the western edge of downtown at the corner of Atwater and Sainte-Catherine streets. Once referred to as “the most storied building in hockey history,” where some two dozen Stanley Cups were won, the original building is now an imaginatively re-purposed entertainment and resto complex that pays grand tribute… / Read More →

The Top 10 must-see major concerts of 2015 in Montréal (so far)

Here is a “top 10” list of must-see concerts – from pop to rock to jazz and metal – that are set to make 2015 one of the most memorable years in Montréal music history. Montréal has always had a special relationship with radio rockers Fleetwood Mac, a mutual love affair that spans four decades, beginning with the release of 1975’s self-titled, multimillion-selling breakthrough LP, Fleetwood Mac. Now the band is on tour again, and this time with all five members of that hit-making 1975 lineup, including singer/keyboardist Christine McVie, who completes the Mac attack after a 16-year absence. The “On with the Show Tour” pulls into the Bell Centre on February 5. Love ’em or hate ’em (or love them and hate them, depending on the day), multiplatinum rockers Nickelback are firing up their massive rock’n’rollercoaster of a tour machine and will be heading out in support of their eighth studio album, No Fixed Address. The 61-city tour will touch down in Montréal at the Bell Centre on February 18. And there’s even more Canadian rock royalty on deck when the pride of Kingston, Ontario, pay tribute to their Diamond-selling (that’s a million) 1992 release, Fully Completely. The Tragically Hip are… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: April 11-17

Montreal celebrates spring this week with outdoor art and activities, from big-screen film art to a tailgate party, and an array of fabulous food, affordable fashion and entertainment to suit all styles…

Things to Do in Montreal April 4-10

Spring invigorates Montreal with new life, with interactive art on the streets and butterflies at the Botanical Gardens, alongside the final few weeks of sugar shack season and an array of theatre, dance, cutting-edge art, and live music from around the world. (spring things) Swing into spring with interactive public art Les 21 Balançoires, returns on April 8 to the Quartier des Spectacles, outdoors along President Kennedy Avenue: the 21 colourful swings play music as people swing – always a fun, friendly time. One of springtime’s most obvious symbols, the butterfly, comes out in full force at Butterflies Go Free at the Botanical Garden, where thousands of colourful butterflies fill the main exhibition greenhouse until April 27 – while there, learn about the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly and the far corners of the world that butterflies call home. Stock up on new made-in-Quebec fashion at La Grande Braderie de la Mode Québécoise super sale, April 10-13 at Bonsecours Market. Another marker of spring: maple syrup – and with it comes the sweet-and-savoury sugar shack tradition. Until the end of April, sit down to a meal of sausages, pancakes, meat pie and much, much more at restaurants in the city, such as La Cabane,… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: March 21-27

Now that it’s officially spring, Montreal is warming up to the idea with seasonal sugar shack menus, a few final ice skates and snowshoe adventures, hints of new life at Botanical Garden, fresh theatre, dance, art and film and enlivening music…

Things to Do in Montreal: February 14-20

Romance mingles with adventure and entertainment in Montreal as the glow of Valentine’s Day starts a week filled with outdoor activities, spectacular stage shows, delectable food, thought-provoking art, and all genres of live music…

Things to Do in Montreal: January 17-23

Enjoy Montreal’s winter traditions this week, from tobogganing to warming comfort foods, and find yourself transported by all manner of entertainment: electronic dance music, Chinese dance, Russian ballet, high-tech French film, inventive art, and more…

Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai Brightens the Holiday Season

Enter the glittering forest realm of Cirque du Soleil’s myth-inspired Varekai this December. The internationally acclaimed circus spectacle returns to Montreal 11 years after its official premier here in Cirque du Soleil’s home town, with bigger and brighter than ever shows transforming the Bell Centre, December 20-30, 2013…

Things to Do in Montreal: April 12-18

With winter on the outs, Montreal is picking up the pace (though we didn’t slow down too much) with spring-themed restaurant menus, a huge fashion sale, sporting events, comedy stylings, theatre, dance, interactive art and an extreme number of live music shows…

OPRAH SWINGS INTO MONTREAL

Like much of the world, Montreal loves Oprah – and now the feeling is mutual as the talk-show star and humanitarian shows Montreal some exclusive love at last in An Evening with Oprah, happening April 11 at the Bell Centre…