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Things to do in Montréal: January 15 to 21

Montréal makes the most of every snowfall with the incredible winter activities of Fêtes des Neiges, outdoor dance party Igloofest, restaurant event Happening Gourmand, international dance, theatre and film, and all kinds of live music. Winter entertainment Montréal is well known for brightening up winter and helping you keep your most fun New Year’s resolutions – this week get happy in the snow at Fêtes des Neiges, a family-friendly weekend of activities, from giant ice slides to zip lines, and entertainment at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Keep your parka on for the nighttime entertainment of massive outdoor dance party Igloofest, now in its 10th year – this Friday go for Paul Kalkbrenner, Kim Ann Foxman, Alicia Hush and more, while on Saturday it’s Dave Clarke, Misstress Barbara, Debbie Døe and more, along with eye-popping visuals, at the Jacques Cartier Pier in the Old Port. Outdoors at Place des Festivals, play on the 30 illuminated see-saws of interactive art exhibition Luminothérapie until January 31. Go ice skating and sliding at Village MAMMOUTH at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade, skate to music at the Old Port’s Bonsecours Basin rink, and cheer as the Montréal Canadiens play the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on January 19…. / Read More →

10 things under 10 minutes from Berri-UQAM metro station

Located at the heart of the lively Quartier Latin and connected to the Université du Québec à Montréal, one of Montréal’s four major universities, the Berri-UQAM metro, the city’s busiest, is always buzzing with activity. Here’s what you can eat, see, shop and do within 10 minutes of this major downtown station. The must-see: Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec Walking time: 1 minute The BAnQ, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is an impressive public library and architectural jewel of glass, steel and wood that houses over four million documents, including two million books. Wander its soaring spaces or simply cozy up with a title and enjoy the ambiance. You can also visit its sculpture garden on the north side and “bouqinistes” on the west side, where there are great graffiti walls to gaze at too. The best way to access this amazing athenaeum is underground, from the metro. Just follow the sign that says “Grande bibliothèque” (next to the Van Houtte café) and bingo – you’re in book heaven. Watch movies: Cinémathèque québecoise Walking time: 5 minutes If you’re a film buff, you’ll love the Cinémathèque québécoise, a film conservatory founded in 1963, that keeps the world’s,… / Read More →

Quebec on Screen at Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois 2014

For 32 years, film festival Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois has shown us Quebec through the eyes of those who know the culture best and turn it into cinematic art. This year’s festival, February 20 to March 1, screens over 300 new films, from big-budget features to experimental shorts, shown at several centrally-located cinemas, including the Cinematheque Québécoise and the Grande Bibliothèque…