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Things to do in Montréal: January 1 to 7

A new year, a new week – welcome to 2016 and welcome to Montréal! The genuine joys of the holiday season continue into this week at excellent restaurants and bars, outdoor markets, museums and music venues, and out on the streets and ice rinks of the city. New Year’s eats We could technically still call this “the holidays,” and many of the restaurants in our guide to holiday menus in Montréal do! From six-service table d’hôtes to classic French fare, welcome in the New Year with an excellent meal or two. Celebrate your love of wine and good food at these 10 wine-devoted restaurants. Get your fill of Peking Duck and dumplings on New Year’s Day at these Chinese food restaurants open over the holidays. If a burger and fries is your comfort food, get back to basics with these 5 must-try burgers. And since a vacation isn’t enough time to try everything Montréal’s cuisine scene has to offer, bring these made-in-Montréal treats home and pack a bottle of celebratory Québec-made alcohol, whether it’s gin or sparkling cider. Rewarding resolutions If you’re prone to making New Year’s resolutions, it’s easy to follow through on the fun ones in Montréal: skydive… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 25 to 31

During Christmas week, Montréal slows down, a peaceful quality permeating the air – of course, restaurants and bars still serve up fantastic fare, art and cultural activities abound for kids and adults alike, skating rinks and winter villages bustle, and by New Year’s Eve everyone is ready to party like it’s 2016. Dazzling food and drink Montréal knows that the pleasure and comfort of excellent meals and marvelous drinks is essential to the holiday season. Our guide to holiday menus in Montréal takes you around the city to discover the best in seasonal eating, from six-service table d’hôtes to classic French fare. Also peruse our guide to Restaurants open on Christmas Day for more first-rate feasting options. Add the unique quality of Québec-made alcohols to your holiday cocktails: try gin, vodka, ice wine, ciders and more made by Canadian distilling experts with a flare for flavour. And wine lovers should get cozy at these 10 wine-devoted restaurants. If you’re dining with a big family or friends, look into a private dining room experience. And if your holiday tradition involves Peking Duck and dumplings, let us show you where to eat Chinese food on Christmas and New Year’s. On the other hand, sometimes you just need a… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 18 to 24

In the week leading up to Christmas a lot of us are either rushing around getting things done or winding down at last – whether you need to go gift shopping or just want to relax at a show, there’s plenty to do in Montréal right up to Christmas and beyond. Merry days and nights Celebrate the season in season in Montréal style at Merry Montréal throughout Old Montréal where you can warm up at fires, drink free hot chocolate, see Santa at the Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier, watch Christmas-themed films and more. Over at downtown’s Place des festival, let the kids loose and your inner child play at the glittering Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal outdoors on the Esplanade of Place des Arts. Also outdoors at Place des Arts, play on the 30 illuminated see-saws of interactive art exhibition Luminothérapie, on until January 31 along with animated digital art projected onto nearby buildings and throughout the Quartier des Spectacles. And Le Festival Noël dans le parc lights up Parc des Compagnons-de-St-Laurent (Mont-Royal Avenue at Cartier) with activities and music on weekday evenings and in the afternoon and evenings on weekends to December 25. More holiday fun For hours… / Read More →

Cirque du Soleil raises the roof with their 30th Anniversary Concert

After wowing over 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities worldwide with their critically-acclaimed shows since 1984, Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil has crafted a new 75-minute greatest-hits concert taken from the music of their 35 shows – including the global phenomenon Alegría – to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. This hugely-popular concert series has been packing in audiences at Montreal’s grand and historic 2,000-seat Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church in the heart of the city’s hip Plateau Mont-Royal district, and continues until Dec. 28. The music in the Cirque du Soleil’s shows echoes the emotional narrative of their acrobatic acts and guides spectators along, underscoring the level of difficulty, feeling of lightness or the thrill factor. This concert features 35 songs taken the Cirque’s 35 shows, including a show-stopping group a cappella version of Because from the Grammy-winning The Beatles Love show; Love Me Tender from Viva Elvis; and Michael Jackson’s Earth Song from the Cirque’s Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, featuring a huge 70-voice choir. In addition to the excellent choir (popular Montreal performer Gregory Charles is their Artistic Director), the show features eight soloists – singers Paul Bisson, Audrey Brisson-Jutras, Domenic Dagenais, Estelle Esse, Mathieu Lavoie, Anna Liani, Francine… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: May 30–June 5

See more of the city and its entertainment scene this week, whether walking in the sunshine through Old Montreal and downtown, where live music and theatrical performances proliferate, or biking across town in the Tour de l’Île and Tour la Nuit urban cycling events…

Things to Do in Montreal: May 16-22

High-caliber music, theatre, circus and dance rule Montreal’s many stages this week while public outdoor spaces teem with entertainment, from street entertainment and interactive art to several free outdoor concerts that mark the start of music-festival season…

Things to do in Montreal in June

Ooh, temperatures are rising and the squirrels are getting frisky! Montreal in the summer is a glorious thing, in part because of the absolutely astounding amount of things there are to do out there. Just take a look…

Things to Do in Montreal: May 2-8

While always lively in any season, Montreal truly springs to life this week with outdoor activities, including the return of the city’s food trucks, hockey playoffs, a new Cirque du Soleil show, cutting-edge art, live music, and more…

The Topsy-Turvy World of Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios

High-flying, brightly-hued circus acts and dishevelled, peculiar clowns populate the strange, steampunk-like landscape of Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities, the brand new show from the brilliant minds behind Cirque du Soleil, making its world premiere in Montreal this spring…

C2MTL 2014: Creativity Meets Commerce

On the face of it, blockbuster filmmaker James Cameron, wildly successful internet venture capitalist and Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and LCD Soundsystem anti-guitar-hero James Murphy wouldn’t appear to share a whole lot of common ground. But over the course of three days in May, however, they’ll share their insights into the role that creativity and innovation has played in their respective successes, as well as a stage, at C2MTL…