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Pro sports round-up: Montréal scores big in 2017

Montrealers are lucky for almost innumerable reasons. The professional sports fans among us, however, are especially blessed in that there’s never a point in the calendar year when there isn’t a Montréal team to cheer on – be it the Montréal Canadiens, Alouettes or Impact – or some other major sporting event taking place. The following is a round-up of some of the can’t-miss biggies. We’ll kick things off with the National Hockey League’s Montréal Canadiens (or “Habs,” from the French word “habitants”) because they’re always the biggest sports story in town at this time of the year as we head into the final stretch of the regular season. As usual, expectations are high for a team that’s in the fifth year of a rebuilding plan under well-respected General Manager Marc Bergevin. With a string of wins under new coach Claude Julien, the “bleu, blanc et rouge” are moving in the right direction as they approach the playoffs. The regular season wraps up April 9 (The Habs’ final home game is against Tampa Bay, April, at the Bell Centre), and playoff tix will be available here. Montrealers looove their pigskin, and anticipation always runs high for the season start of… / Read More →

Hot music for a cold winter concert guide

What better way to warm your soul in wintry weather than by checking out some of the hottest rock, pop, hip-hop and more – from the likes of Bastille, Blue Rodeo, Green Day and Dinosaur Jr. – at many of Montréal’s most amazing venues? Let the following be your guide to great music and good times in the cool coming months. Elevation Montréal, January 27 (Bell Centre) EDM fans get their New Year’s prayers answered early when the first edition of Elevation Montréal brings the bass for a massive dance partaaay. Brought to you by the fine minds behind summer dance music fest ÎleSoniq, Elevation will feature headlining house duo DVBBS as well as Australian bass duo Knife Party and U.S. livetronica group Big Gigantic. Mogwai, January 31 (Théâtre St. Denis) Glaswegian post-rock monsters Mogwai make a rare Montréal appearance in support of their latest release, Atomic, which consists of reworked versions of tunes they composed for the acclaimed 2016 BBC documentary Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise. The soundtrack is said to “encapsulate the nightmare of the nuclear age.” Fun! Blue Rodeo, February 8 (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts) It’s always a great day when these legendary country rockers come to… / Read More →

10 things you need to know about the World Juniors

When it comes to highly skilled and hard fought hockey contests, the holiday season’s IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship is the annual gift that keeps on giving. With Montréal co-hosting, and the medal round taking place here as the city kicks off its 375th anniversary celebrations and more, this year’s tournament has several extra layers of special going on. With that in mind, here are 10 things you need to know about the World Juniors. Incredible but true: Since 2005 Sidney Crosby has won something – with the national team, Pittsburgh or an individual honour – almost every year. Full list on IIHF.com. Can he add the World Cup to the Stanley Cup triumph for 2016? Photo: Bruce Bennett / Getty Images Une photo publiée par IIHF (@iihfhockey) le 27 Sept. 2016 à 10h02 PDT 1) The basics: The 41st edition of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship – organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in conjunction with Hockey Canada, Hockey Québec and the Montréal Canadiens, among others – will be co-hosted in Canada by both the cities of Montréal and Toronto over 11 days from December 26 to January 5. Canada’s best-on-best success is the result of… / Read More →

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour ready to score big in Montréal

While it’s actually quite remarkable that a city that’s equal parts hockey and festival crazy does not have an actual hockey festival per se, Montréal will nevertheless host the very next best thing when the super popular Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour pulls into town for the first time. Hometown Hockey will be setting up camp in the downtown Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles – also the site of other major MTL fests like the Montréal International Jazz Festival and Just For Laughs – on Saturday, November 12 (from 12-6 p.m.) and Sunday, November 13 (12-10 p.m.), and the atmosphere will indeed be festive. #ThatAwesomeMoment when Patrice Brisebois subbed in for a little one-on-one on the @mcdonaldscanada rink. #hometownhockey Une photo publiée par Rogers Hometown Hockey (@hometownhockey) le 22 Oct. 2016 à 10h47 PDT Fun for hockey fans of all ages Family-friendly programming and activities are planned for the entire weekend, and it’s all free. These include a concert by Montréal-based rocker Sam Roberts, two circus performances, as many as five or six Montreal Canadiens alumni live and in the flesh onsite (whom you’ll be able to meet at The Community Locker Room), local celebrities, a virtual autograph… / Read More →

Elite eSports teams will make Northern Arena rock

Attention all gamers: this is going to be, as a certain U.S. presidential nominee likes to say, uuuuuge. The Northern Arena video game tournament represents the first time a major eSports event has been held in Montréal. It will feature elite international teams competing for two $100,000 prize pools in front of a global audience that could reach well into the millions. Like we said, uuuuuge. The Northern Arena tournament finals take place at the downtown Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens, on November 13, 2 p.m., following two days of qualifying matches in the city November 10-11. (The exact location of these preliminary matchups hadn’t been confirmed at the time of writing, though they will be broadcast live online, as will the final, on Twitch TV.) The tournament is made up of three main video game competitions: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2 and Gears of War 4. Each of the three competitions will feature eight teams of five professional players and their coaches, or approximately 150 competitors in total. The teams hail from across Europe, Brazil, Australia, the U.S., Canada and Asia, including two teams from China that are considered to be the best in the world at… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 30 to October 6

It’s finally fall in Montréal, and we’re celebrating the change of seasons with outdoor activities (from garden walks to Oktoberfest), a city-wide weekend cultural event, new art, film, theatre and dance, and live music for classical afficianados to late-night dancers. Action and adventure Explore exotic greenery lit by the soft glow of 1000 lanterns at the Botanical Garden’s Gardens of Light exhibition – the Chinese Garden features the Forbidden City while the Japanese Garden provides a contemplative setting. Or discover urban public art in a walk among the skyscrapers. The graceful power of figure skating hits the ice as top athletes compete at the 2016 Skate Canada Autumn Classic International, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. The on-ice action continues at the Bell Centre as the Montréal Canadians take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 6. Show your true colours in 5K The Color Run Night at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Oct. 1. Tour the universe in animated film We Are Stars on the 360° dome at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium at Montréal Space for Life.  And seek out new tastes by sampling craft beer from Québec microbreweries at Oktoberfest at Atwater Market, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. It’s also Litty Italy Pizza Week Oct. 3-9! Art and culture Free… / Read More →

Autumn will make you fall in love with music in Montréal

Autumn is always a fertile time for music in Montréal ­ international calibre creators like The Kills, Adele, Maroon 5, Charles Aznavour, Simple Plan and more ­ and this year is proving no exception. Let the following be your guide to getting and giving some live music love in the cooling coming months. Heralding the arrival of the fall, fans of punk’n’roll have their work cut out for them on September 21. Naples, Florida nu-skool punks Against Me! will be playing tunes off their just-released seventh album, Shape Shift with Me, at Club Soda, while achingly cool post-punk indie rockers The Kills will be slinging songs off their fifth and latest, Ash & Ice, at Metropolis as part of the many-spectacled Pop Montreal (Sept. 21-25). And for the old school punks among us? Pioneering canuck skate-punk band SNFU will raze the stage at Petit Campus. It’s the 15-year anniversary of the release of Maroon 5‘s landmark Songs About Jane debut album, and as the L.A.-based pop phenomenon embarks on their only North American tour of 2016, they’re promising “to make a more traditional record next… like the way we made Songs About Jane.” Expect to hear some of the fruits… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 1 to 7

April arrives in Montréal as sugar shack season begins to wind down – get your fill of maple syrup and more food before it’s over – and award-winning restaurants revamp menus while the spring cultural calendar heats up with multimedia art, dance, theatre, orchestra concerts and all kinds of live music. April flowers Step into Montréal’s Botanical Garden to see the very beginnings of spring in bud and sample maple taffy on snow during sugaring off time (only until April 3!), while indoors butterflies go free and caterpillars cocoon, and the Botanical Garden restaurant’s special Sugar Shack menu keeps everyone well fed to April 24. If you’re extending your Spring Break in Montréal, consult our Guide to Spring Break Montréal Style and Montréal nightlife guide for places to eat, drink, dance and chill out. If you’re here with family, our Spring Break for families in Montréal guide has some ideas for entertaining and even subtly educational things to do with kids. Throughout the season, find free things to do in Montréal – for families, for friends, for fun (speaking of fun, these great gifs illustrate the 10 Signs that spring has totally arrived in Montréal.) Do you love spas, fancy… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: LP Maurice

Job: Entrepreneur. CEO & Co-founder of Busbud, an app to help travellers book intercity bus tickets worldwide. Favourite pastime:  Travel, music and photography. Ideally all three together! 🙂 How long have you been a Montrealer?  Since birth! Then I spent most of my 20s outside of Montreal studying and working in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Paris, London and Beijing. That said, I’m looking forward to spending all of my 30s based in Montreal! 🙂 What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? I became an uncle when my brother had his first boy earlier this year! Other than that, I went hiking on Kauai island in Hawaii, which blew my mind, and had an awesome roadtrip week in the canyon lands between Nevada and Arizona. I also had the chance to visit two local gems this summer in Quebec: Bic park near Rimouski and the Saguenay/Lac-St-Jean region. I’ve travelled around the world and I’m always stunned by Quebec’s world-class natural beauty, with so much to explore right in our backyard. What’s the next big thing you’re planning? Right now I’m planning a series of business trips to San Francisco & Silicon Valley in January, New York in… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: March 18 to 24

As the snow melts away in Montréal, urban sugar shacks serve up delicious meals, spring break activities continue, film festivals and art events grant new perspectives, dance and theatre move us, and live music sets the weekly soundtrack. Spring starts Welcome spring with thousands of Montrealers at the city’s boisterous 193rd St. Patrick’s Day Parade, taking place downtown along Ste-Catherine Street starting at noon on March 20, and keep on celebrating the luck of the Irish at the city’s best Irish pubs. In sports action, the hockey season isn’t over for the Montréal Canadiens – they play the Flames on March 20 and the Ducks on March 22 at the Bell Centre. Whether you’re on Spring Break or not, check out our Guide to Spring Break Montréal Style for places to eat, drink, dance and chill out. If you’re here with family, our Spring Break for families in Montréal guide has kids covered. And if the warmer weather has you itching to paint the town red – whether that means sampling local microbrews or going late-night dancing – Montréal’s nightlife has it all. Seasonal food If you’re in Montréal in March, you must experience the Québecois tradition of the sugar… / Read More →