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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 →

NHL Face-off 2013 in Montreal: Kings of Leon, Loco Locass, The Beaches, Chef Chuck Hughes and more

For the thousands of hockey fans who couldn’t get their hands on tickets to the season opener between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL hosted a special event at Place des Festivals. The 2013 Molson Canadian NHL Face-Off brought Grammy award-winning band Kings of Leon for a free concert, along with Loco Locass and The Beaches. The weather was perfect as the game was broadcast on giant screens for the huge crowd, with an energy that only hockey can stir…(Photo by Eva Blue)

Top 5 fish and seafood restaurants in Montreal

The fact that Montreal happens to be an island and is surrounded by water does not necessarily make it famous for its fish and seafood restaurants. Although our fair province is a land rich in sea treasures, the traditional Quebec diet is not very fish-friendly. However, a few restaurants in the city do specialize in this more delicate fare and here are some of the ones I turn to when I’m craving a taste of the sea…