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Your spring break guide to all things Montréal!

If you thought you needed to head south for spring break to feel the heat, you couldn’t be more wrong. Not only is Montréal a sizzling hot spring-break destination, it has some of the coolest urban neighbourhoods to eat, drink, and party till the early morning hours. Most importantly, you won’t have to break the bank. Thanks to an attractive U.S. exchange rate and budget-friendly prices you can indulge like a superstar on the budget of a roadie. These neighborhoods are just some of where the action is. Favorite bar in town, favorite staff and everything! Also the light there during Sunday brunch is just perfect!✨👌🏻 Une photo publiée par Sarah Babineau (@kara_bino) le 11 Janv. 2017 à 12h18 PST Little Italy and Villeray One of the funkiest, up and coming areas in Montréal these days are the Little Italy and Villeray neighbourhoods, where a healthy fusion of old and new come together to form a uniquely original urban vibe. Brasserie Harricana borrows amply from its Québec roots, but this popular meeting place for the locals remains a modern, experimental craft brewery with its own line of in-house beers and a long list of comfort-food offerings. Fried beer can chicken,… / Read More →

MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL Survival Guide 2016

MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL features circus shows in all shapes and sizes – some for families, some for late-night thrill seekers – but no matter what, expect to be amazed and delighted by international and local performers doing what they do best in a city known to push the limits of circus. Event The 7th edition of MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL, July 7–17, 2016 Official Social Media @mtlccirque #mccirque Location Various locations, including TOHU, one of the world’s largest circus arts centres, and Place Émilie-Gamelin and St-Denis Street in the Quartier des Spectacles downtown, plus neighbourhood shows city-wide. How to Get There For downtown outdoor venues, take the metro to Berri-UQAM, or Place d’Armes for Old Montréal. For TOHU, located at 2345 Jarry East (above Highway 40 east of Papineau Avenue), take the metro’s blue line to Iberville station and bus 94 north or the metro’s orange line to Jarry station and bus 193 east. If driving, pay parking is available on site. What to Bring A sense of humour to go with your sense of adventure. What not to Bring A fear of clowns. What to Wear Sunglasses, sunscreen and silly hats for daytime outdoor shows. Casual chic for indoor shows… / Read More →

Romance for all in Montréal

Beautiful views, European charm, award-winning dining, entertainment that never sleeps… Montréal has got all the markers of a winning romantic weekend for any type of couple. This Valentine’s Day, whether you like things sporty, luxurious or classic (because long-stem roses never go out of style), here are five getaway ideas from us to you – with love. A classic kind of love Wining and dining is a sure way to pretty much anyone’s heart. With hotel specials like the Valentine’s Day package at the beautiful Le Germain in Old Montréal, you’re already half way there. After picking up some chocolates at Maison Christian Faure and some flowers at the stand in Square Victoria, grab a horse-drawn carriage tour of Old Montréal across the street from Notre-Dame Basilica, where Céline Dion got married (it’ll set the mood). Next, book a tête-à-tête to sample the special V Day offerings at 400 Coups (a five-course meal featuring crab ravioli and foie gras mousse), Le Quindici (short ribs braised in wine, anyone?) or the warm, European flavoured Branzino. If you can’t choose, how about one on Friday, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday? Then stroll up from Old Montréal to downtown for… / Read More →

Your Spring Break guide to eating, drinking and partying, Montréal-style

Spring Break amazingness? You can have it all in Montréal. With its 3 a.m. closing hours, drinking age of 18 and hugely depreciated dollar (the whole city is basically a 30% off sale), Montréal is a win-win-win Spring Break party proposition. Let the following be your guide to doing it up right. Eats and pre-drinks There are those of us who would argue that the eating and pre-drinks portion of the evening is the most critical phase: not only are you laying a base for the remainder of the evening, you’re setting the tone. If you’re starting out on the Plateau Mont-Royal, imaginative hipster magnet and oyster/cocktail bar Le Majestique is all eye candy and killer cuisine. Fab fun food and drinks are also the raison d’être of L’Gros Luxe (Caesars topped with hamburgers, ’nuff said), and Big in Japan’s delectable small plate menu and vibrant vibe have also made it big in Montréal. If downtown, head to Sainte-Catherine Street West for Imadake, another Japanese small plate pub with a fun bordering on raucous atmosphere (which may have something to do with their signature “sake bombs”). Dominion Square Tavern is a must if only for the beautiful 1920s setting, though the… / Read More →

Places to go dancing in Montréal

No matter what your taste in dance music, Montréal’s got you covered when it comes to shaking it off, breaking it down or getting your groove on. Dance in style to electro, hip hop, soul, top 40 and more any night of the week at the city’s best dance clubs. The big names in EDM show up at New City Gas, a converted factory that’s now a massive club for energetic party-goers. Nearby in Old Montréal, boutique-club Peopl. and subterranean lounge spot Velvet Speakeasy beckon with international and local DJs rubbing shoulders with the city’s beautiful people. And electronic and hip hop merge at one of the city’s newest and talked-about clubs, Newspeak, in downtown’s Quartier des Spectacles – dance to cutting-edge DJs, hip-hop artists, live indie-electro bands and more. Underground house, techno and dub in the style of the MUTEK music festival keep the grooves smooth and dancers happy at Le Bleury Bar à Vinyle, Salon Daomé in the Plateau on Mont-Royal Avenue and Datcha in Mile End. When last call at 3 a.m. just isn’t late enough and you’ve got plenty of dancing energy left, look no further than Stereo and Circus, two of the best world-class afterhours… / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal: July 11-17

As mid-July arrives in Montreal, the city streets fill with music, comedy, circus performances and outdoor markets alongside many ways to relax right downtown, in the parks and at the beach…

Things to Do in Montreal: July 4-10

Hit the city streets this week to find all kinds of free entertainment and that made-in-Montreal summer vibe – from the Jazz Fest to circus shows, fireworks to cultural feasts, Montreal teems with world-class talent…

Things to Do in Montreal: June 27-July 3

Montreal’s biggest summer festival arrives this week as Jazz Fest fills the streets and music venues of downtown with music and a celebratory atmosphere. The sun also shines on a circus festival and many more outdoor family activities, while at night see fireworks high above the city beginning June 28…

Modern Circus Astounds at Complètement Cirque 2014

Circus strives to reach new heights of creativity and daring feats at the 5th-annual Montréal Complètement Cirque international festival, July 2-13, with awe-inspiring shows at circus centre La Tohu, in charming theatre venues and free in the streets of downtown Montreal…

A Family Guide to Summer 2014

Every day in Montreal can become a mini-adventure for the whole family, especially during the summer months. With so many free outdoor activities – from festival entertainment to adventure parks – and numerous indoor attractions, Montreal is well-equipped to keep parents and kids smiling…