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How to celebrate a Victorian Christmas in Montréal

Did you know that much of how we traditionally celebrate Christmas today has origins in Victorian Britain? In fact, at the beginning of the 19th century, Christmas was barely celebrated in England and her colonies—many businesses didn’t even recognize it as a holiday! “Bah, Humbug!” indeed. But by the dawn of the new century, Christmas had evolved into the massive celebration as we’ve come to know it. So as a nod to the origins of our modern yuletide celebrations, we invite you to discover some Victorian Christmas treats hidden around Montréal. A Victorian Christmas From November 21 until December 20, immerse yourself in the magic of a Victorian Christmas at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site in Old Montréal. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, visitors will be transported back to a 19th century home in the midst of mirthful holiday preparations. Discover the origins of many modern Christmas traditions as you wander opulently decorated rooms and warm up with some festive old-fashioned hot drinks. More activities include storytelling for children, a card and decoration workshop, and clips showcasing origins on Victorian Christmas. Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site: 458 Notre-Dame Street East On… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Antonio Park

Chef Antonio Park’s road to culinary notoriety has taken him through three continents, five cities, and countless kitchens. This due diligence to his craft has ultimately helped shape his culinary ethos that blends the tastes and flavours of his youth (having grown up in South-America) and the techniques procured while working in kitchens in Tokyo, Osaka, New York, and Toronto. This direction has facilitated the development of a style of cuisine that is uniquely his own – “a blend of the countries I’ve lived in and the cultures that formed me. The international recognition of his Restaurant Park has solidified his role of one of Montréal’s culinary ambassadors bring “his” city to the world’s stage. Having been listed in The Diner’s Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, as well as securing a spot on “must visit” lists of local and international food critics, Restaurant Park is undoubtedly a destination restaurant no matter where you’re from. I had the opportunity to chat with Chef Park in the middle of his busy workday. A typical day that consists of personally talking to local farmers and producers, overseeing his row of Westmount restaurant kitchens – Park, Marché Park and Lavanderia – receiving orders… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Nick Farkas

As cofounder of festivals Osheaga, Ile Soniq, Heavy MTL and, starting this September, YUL EAT, Nick Farkas never stops. The only downside to his culturally immersed life is that sometimes, he’s too busy to enjoy other people’s events, like Just For Laughs and the Rogers Cup! This is how he experiences Montréal. Job: Vice President, Concert and Events, Evenko. Favourite pastime: Listening to music. How long have you been a Montrealer? Since 1970, when I was 5 years old. My parents came from Hamilton. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? Osheaga this weekend! The next three weekends of festivals, with Osheaga followed by Heavy Montréal and then Ile Soniq, are our busiest time in the year. What’s the next big thing you’re planning? We’re doing a new festival called YUL EAT in Old Montreal, near the Clock Tower, in the beginning of September, over Labour Day weekend. In the midst of doing our other three festivals and the 13,000 shows we do a year, the team decided it was time to do another festival. Tons of chefs, cooking classes, brunches, dinners, free concerts and more. What’s your favourite thing about organizing events? Definitely seeing the reaction… / Read More →

10 places to watch Canadiens playoffs inspired by 10 great Habs

Montréal is blessed with an abundance of exceptional places to take in its National Hockey League heroes, the Montréal Canadiens (known affectionately as the “Habs”). With playoff season on the horizon, and the Habs looking good to go deep, it’s time to start thinking about where to watch the games. With so many choices, we thought we’d let 10 of your favourite players and members of the Habs family be your guide to hockey-watching good times. Max Pacioretty: A leader by example whose class is complemented by one of the wickedest wrist shots in the game. Class, with a few surprises of its own (especially when it comes to kitchen creations), could also describe the Mile End’s Bishop & Bagg neighbourhood British-inspired pub, brought to you by the same folks behind the hugely popular Burgundy Lion pub in Little Burgundy. Andre Markov: An incredibly hardworking, smart and no-nonsense player with a delightfully subversive and dangerously sharp sense of humour. McLean’s Pub in downtown Montréal embodies many of these same great traits in addition to providing a serious sports atmosphere and fantastic game grub. P.K. Subban: Subban is flashy, fun and fast, and when he’s on the ice the play unfolds… / Read More →

#MTLMOMENTS: Romantic Couples Night in Montreal

As part of our #MTLMOMENTS F1 Nightlife stunt , we picked a lovely couple from Toronto and brought them to Montreal for a wild weekend of nightlife. After leaving their hotel room at the Chateau Versailles arm in arm, they headed down to popular hangout Burgundy Lion for a few pre-dinner drinks. After they went to the Old Port to eat an incredible Portuguese meal at Helena, tore up the dance floor together at New City Gas, shared a poutine at La Banquise, and then retired to their hotel for some much needed sleep. Book your own wild weekend in Montreal at; and when you get here, don’t forget to share your Montreal Moments using the #MTLMOMENTS tag on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Make the most of your trip to Montreal with this exclusive Sweet Deal coupon booklet with special offers valued at $450!

Best Fish and Chips in Montreal

The spring thaw and dreary weather in March evokes delicious memories I have from the days I used to spend chasing my punk rock dreams in London while stuffing my face at fish and chip shops in the name of anarchy. Ok, I wasn’t punk, nor did I live in London, but I do love fish and chips and will go out of my way to find some…

A tasty preview of Burger Week Montreal 2013

Hot off the heels of last year’s successful Burger Week Montreal, the 2013 edition returns with great anticipation and finds itself satiating the appetites of burger-heads in four cities across the nation…