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THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 4

Even with summer officially gone, Montreal is still an arts and culture hotbed – especially this week, with three days of free arty happenings via Journées de la Culture, new art exhibitions starting up along with dance, musical theatre and circus shows, a burlesque festival and truly almost too much live music to handle.

MONTREAL’S COMPLETEMENT CIRQUE CIRCUS FESTIVAL

Montreal is both a city of circuses and of festivals, so the only suprise about Montréal Complètement Cirque is that it’s only in its third year. From July 5-15, 2012, see Cirque du Soleil and some of the world’s best circus troupes performing in indoor and outdoor venues all over the city. If you need more convincing, check out our our cameraman Guillaume Langlois‘ video preview featuring some of the fest’s featured guests.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S NEW SHOW: AMALUNA

Cirque du Soleil, one of Montreal’s greatest prides, is back in its founding city with a brand new show in their blue-and-yellow big-top in the Old Port…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: MARCH 9-15

Montreal is teeming with activities – indoor and out – and creative talent this week, at film festivals and on stage in music, dance, theatre and art, whether you’re looking for a party, inspiration or quiet time…

CIRQUE ELOIZE MAKES IT RAIN IN MONTREAL

It’s no secret that Montreal loves a good circus. This city is so rich with circus artists and phenomenal contemporary circus performers that it feels like they’re everywhere. But the best of the best can be found in Cirque Éloize’s fifth production Rain, opening on December 6 at Monument National…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: DECEMBER

With summer’s frenzy of activity behind us, Montrealers are ready for the slow, sweet pace of December – of course, slow is a relative term here, as holiday parties, gift shopping, music, dancing, theatre, art shows and all sorts of merry-making abound throughout the month. It’s a busy time, but with sparkling lights in the streets and plenty of warm places to cozy up, Montreal’s atmosphere is nonetheless relaxed and welcoming…

ODYSSEO: A SPECTACULAR HORSE SHOW UNDER THE BIG TOP

You don’t have to be a horse lover to love Cavalia, but it helps. Never has there been a show that so unironically captures the special feelings that horses can inspire in those of us who are drawn to them. The first Cavalia was unlike any “horse show” ever created- it’s not a circus, though it’s presented under the world’s biggest big top, and it’s not a pageant, though the sets and costumes are marvelous, and it’s not a play, because there’s no storyline to speak of. And their second show, Odysseo, is more spectacular, more ineffable, just more, than the first…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 6)

Summer is over but Montreal’s busy fall season is about to leave all that fun and sun in its wake. As the days grow shorter this week, the nights light up here: in bars and restaurants – and for outside dining too, in theatres and music venues, in art galleries and cinemas. The weekend starts with an arts and culture bang with Les Journées de la Culture, three days of free entertainment around town and around the whole province…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JULY 7-10)

Oh, it’s hot in the city. And I love it. Of course, I also love air-conditioning. But during July in Montreal, it’s easy enough to strike a balance between too hot to handle and too cold to hold. With Jazz Fest still ringing in our collective ears and the mercury rising, it’s time to wear the bare minimum and seek maximum entertainment: this weekend, find it at one of many circuses, at a full-blown Caribbean carnival, in film fests and in the parks, and, as if any of us could forget, in the form of a guy named Bono…

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: TOTEM CONTEST

Want to win two tickets to see Cirque de Soleil’s TOTEM and a 2-night stay in a Montreal hotel? Say what? Oh yes, you read that correctly. All you have to do is check the rules and answer the following question in the comment section of this post before June 26, 11:59PM: What do you love most about Cirque du Soleil, and why do you think you and your guest deserve the tickets and hotel getaway? May the best answer win!