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In a city overflowing with festivals of all sorts, the fact that Montreal’s Mutek is now in its 11th year says something important about the electronic music and digital culture meet-up. That their overall attendance was up by 70% last year speaks to the same point. Let’s look at why that might be…


Montreal is the perfect destination for anyone living in North America looking for a significant change of scenery without having to travel to the end of the world.  It is only an hour flight from New York or Toronto, yet feels a lot more like a trip to Europe. On top of saving on plane ticket fees and jetlag ramifications, you’ll be happy to hear that Montreal is also a very affordable city. With its vibrant cultural scene and bountiful summer festivals, Montreal has all it takes to offer you a memorable time without breaking the bank. Here are some ideas for a sensational Montreal trip on the cheap!


“Montréal is a place that, when you’re driving out the next day, chances are you did something the night before that you shouldn’t have…” says Hawksley Workman, over the phone from a tour bus making its way towards Quebec. Workman, the Juno-award winning singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, starts laughing and cuts himself off before saying anything more incriminating.


Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles is one of the liveliest cultural areas of the city, concentrated around Sainte-Catherine Street near Place-des-Arts metro. The entire district is bursting with work, creativity and light, and is constantly enhancing the neighborhood’s cultural assets. A few weeks ago, during Montreal’s yearly Nuit Blanche, Quartier des Spectacles presented an experimental project called “Intersections Signalétiques”, which has already been creating quite some buzz in cities around the world.


March 21 is World Poetry Day. When I travel, one of the first things I pack is a book of poems. Reading poetry in a different city is always a magical experience to me. To celebrate World Poetry Day this year, I would like to share a Leonard Cohen poem with you.

A Symphonic Vacation

Sometimes a girl needs a getaway, and sometimes she needs a getaway with culture.  If you are this girl, then I’ve got a great recommendation for you! On your Montreal trip, check out the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.   Keep reading to meet the man who’s got the power to make sweet harmony with the flick of his wand.

Montreal Shopping: Beyond in Love with Tati B.

Tatiana Poblah was smart when she chose “I love Tati B.” as her business slogan. The only thing is that “In Love” doesn’t even start to describe how head-over-heels I am for the work of this Montreal fashion illustrator, with a boutique on Pratt Avenue in swanky Outremont.

Montreal… The Poor Gay’s Europe

Last week the Bank of Canada declared that the recession was over. “We are on track for the recovery both in Canada and globally,” said Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney. “Wonderful!” I said. But, if you are like me, the bulge in your pants is certainly not because your pockets are suddenly lined with more cash. It’s going to take a while to actually feel the financial change of seasons. In the meantime, there are ways to satiate your wanderlust (or lust for Canadian bacon) in economically challenging times. Here are 6 great reasons why Montreal might be the perfect choice for you…

With Bated Breath

Truth is a good thing. So I’m going to be truthful with you – Montréal is not necessarily the destination you might think of when considering the North American (English) theatre scene. But every once and a while a gem comes along that you don’t want to miss. A gem has arrived. Get the explicit details…