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Things to Do in Montreal: June 14-20

As the first official day of summer approaches, Montreal’s outdoor spaces call loud and clear, from the tree-lined paths of the Botanical Gardens to all sorts of entertainment on the outdoor stages of Les Francofolies music festival, the Folk Fest on the Lachine Canal, the Fringe Festival Park and more…

VIDEO: Mutek 2013

MUTEK, Montreal’s incredible electronic music and digital arts festival, continues to evolve and amaze. For 14 years now, Mutek has been moving minds and bodies with the latest and greatest sounds to come out of the vast genre of electronic music and, as the video above proves, this year was truly next level. See you all in 2014!

Things to do in Montreal: May 31-June 6

June comes in with a bang as Montreal’s festival season truly begins: the Montreal Bike Fest gets us rolling, along with electro fest Mutek and the experimental performance of Festival Transamériques – even Pop Montreal gets in on the act this weekend with Kids Pop and Puces Pop events. As always, there’s plenty of live music, and even John Malkovich gets swept up in the energy, playing Casanova on stage…

Chamber music meets jazz this may in Montreal

The 18th season of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, May 9 to June 1, mixes international and local string quartets, the brilliance of Bach and several evenings of jazz, all in the stunning, acoustically pleasing St. George’s Church in historical Old Montreal…

Punk and Poutine at Pouzza Fest 2013

Montreal is no stranger to music festivals, widely known as the place to be in June and July for all things jazz and Francophone and early August for Osheaga’s indie-rock, yet more niche in its May music festivals: all manner of electronic music at Mutek and Elektra, the refined sounds of the chamber music festival, and the pop-punk, Pabst-soaked, poutine-fueled extravaganza that is Pouzza Fest…

Come live some magical Montreal Moments this spring and summer

Montreal truly comes alive in the spring and summer months. The terraces open up, bikes wind in and out of parks dotted with festive picnic spreads and the whole town seems to resound with the sights and sound of art, film, music, comedy and LGBT festivals. From a lazy brunch in the Plateau neighbourhood to an early evening boat ride in the Old Port, summer in Montreal is a little slice of paradise.

MONTREAL BUZZ HEADS SOUTH TO COVER SXSW

Here I am sitting at Montreal’s International airport, totally stoked to be on my way to Austin to cover Montreal artists showcasing their talents and creativity – such as Quebec’s darling Karim Ouellet, rock band Suuns, and a personal favorite of mine, singer-songwriter Peter Peter – at SXSW, one of the world’s biggest and most important festivals dedicated to music, film and technology…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: FEBRUARY 22-28

Even under a blanket of fresh snow, Montreal won’t slow down its pace, especially during this week of  entertainment and family-friendly activities indoors and out at the Montréal en Lumière festival, at the circus, at the Old Port (ice canoe races!), on stage and in museums and galleries, and in music venues everywhere…

A SNEAK PEEK AT THE 2013 MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Even though Montreal excels at winter fun, by mid-February Montrealers’ thoughts turn wistfully to the glory of summertime: picnics in the park, walking along St-Laurent during the street fair, bike rides, and of course our many festivals, most significantly, the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Well, the Jazz Fest just helped us out by leaking some of the acts set to perform this summer…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: FEBRUARY 15-21

Keep the Valentine’s romance going this week in the traditional sense – gourmet dinners, romantic live music, ice skating, ferris wheels – or with whatever floats your boat, because Montreal’s got lots of that too: an extreme winter sports competition, ice fishing, gripping theatre and dance, thrilling circus acts, and hot rock n’ roll…