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Your 2015 Montréal summer festival guide

With every major summer festival and event in Montréal comes the impetus for a holiday getaway in our great city. The F1 Grand Prix du Canada, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, the Jazz Festival and Osheaga, for example, are but drops in a whole bucket of fun awaiting all ages and tastes in the coming weeks and months. Blue Metropolis Montréal International Literary Festival (April 20-26) The theme at Blue Met this year is “The Power of Words,” and this large-scale celebration of reading and writing across cultures once again brings in a raft of heavy hitter authors and literary-minded figures for readings, discussions and other special events. ELEKTRA (May 13-17) ELEKTRA is a yearly digital arts festival showcasing new creations in electronic music, video, cinema, performance, design, gaming and interactive installation in combination with the innovative use of new technologies, and, in particular, those of the digital kind. Festival TransAmériques (FTA) (May 21 to June 4) The Festival TransAmériques (FTA) celebrates new works in contemporary dance and theatre. Showcasing both established and emerging artists, choreographers, writers and directors, this ninth edition of the FTA also aims to foster dialogue through a stimulating range of workshops, debates and roundtable discussions. Chromatic (May… / Read More →

6 Montréal book nooks you need to know

Reading a book is an excellent remedy for so many things. Escaping the daily grind. Healing the heart. Feeding the imagination. Lucky for bibliophiles, Montréal has a goldmine of little independent bookstores that are great for a gander of hot‑off‑the‑presses, literary classics, graphic novels, comic books and hard-to-find gems. Some sell new, some sell used, but all are worth a browse and then some. Happy hunting. Drawn & Quarterly Nestled in the hip Mile End, Drawn & Quarterly, the storefront, is the extension of the company of the same name, which evolved from a single-issue magazine to a renowned publisher of the world’s best cartoonists. Located at 211 Bernard Street West, this quiet yet kicky store goes about its business of selling absolutely awesome graphic novels, comic books, art books and more. Plus, it regularly hosts book launches for local authors, literary events and workshops. Once you’ve visited, you’ll want to come back. As in, the day after. The Word A fixture of the McGill ghetto since 1975, The Word sells secondhand books specializing in literature, philosophy, poetry and other interests. Housed in a 19th-century brick house, it’s like walking into a bookworm’s overstuffed living room, with a vibe that radiates erudite cool…. / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: May 2-8

While always lively in any season, Montreal truly springs to life this week with outdoor activities, including the return of the city’s food trucks, hockey playoffs, a new Cirque du Soleil show, cutting-edge art, live music, and more…

5 Literary Highlights at Blue Metropolis 2014

Words define and delight us once more at the 16th edition of the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, April 28 to May 4. Headquartered at downtown Montreal’s contemporary and cool HOTEL 10, the festival invites lit lovers of all ages to attend over 230 readings, discussions, book launches and workshops with writers from 15 countries…