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GREAT ENGLISH THEATRE IN MONTREAL

Last month, I told you that fall was the perfect season to see the symphony. I was totally right. Based on the overwhelming success of that prediction (as judged by me), I’m here with another confidant autumn call: this is also the perfect time of year to go see a play…

ARTIST DAMIEN HIRST SHOWS IN MONTREAL

Damien Hirst, one of the planet’s most famous (and rich!) artists is now carried and represented in Canada by Montreal’s Galerie de Bellefeuille. A YBA (Young British Artist) and reportedly Britain’s richest living artist (net worth valued at $344 million dollars!), Damien Hirst  is known for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved in formaldehyde.  

ARTIST NICOLAS BAIER PLAYS WITH YOUR MIND

Many Montrealers know Nicolas Baier’s in situ work:  the large  – 6,000 square feet!  – leafy glass mural installed at Concordia University, high above wandering students. Now there is a chance to see Baier’s latest art up close and personal.

10 WAYS TO EAT YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD

An important part of traveling is the sampling of local cuisine. Not only does it gives us the opportunity to literally taste a country, but also to participate in the traditions and customs that are inseparably paired with eating. But, perhaps ironically, some of the most memorable culinary experiences that I’ve had were in dining establishments that contrasted local cuisine, such as a Moroccan meal in Paris, Indian food in Christchurch (NZ) or an Argentinean BBQ in Costa Rica. Part of the charm is in the juxtaposition. Montreal is a North American foodie heaven. And a major factor in this epicurean positioning is the multitude of ethnicities that have chosen to establish new lives and enterprises in the city. Local gourmands rejoice on the abundance of diversity. Here are 10 ways to savor the international offerings…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (SEPT 17 – 19)

Autumn is quickly approaching, and what better way to celebrate the season than with tall ships, or contemporary dancers, or lanterns! We’ve got nine superb things to do this weekend in Montreal!

EMERGING ART FESTIVAL IN MONTREAL

Back for a 7th edition, Montreal’s international festival,  Les Escales Improbables (translation: improbable pauses), returns to the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal between September 8 and 12. On the menu: dance, music, performance, visual art and theatre – all very improbable of course!

10 GREAT PLACES TO READ IN MONTREAL

The concept of traveling with a good book has always been a romantic notion for many of us. A few years ago I actually joined a Facebook group called “All I Really Want to Do Is Read Good Books in Interesting Places” simply because the concept of the group successfully summed up the leisurely lifestyle that I dream of living. “Reading” and “Vacation” go together like… well… parties and poutine. Montreal, in all its romantic glory, has a ton of interesting places to read good books. I’ve named ten of my favorite locations, and paired them with an author whose literary landscapes might compliment the Montreal spaces mentioned. Happy reading!

MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL GETS READY TO ROLL THE RED CARPET

If the end of August rhymes with back to school frenzy for parents, to movie buffs it is synonymous with the kickoff of the Montreal World Film Festival. From August 26 to September 6, the MWFF, celebrating its 34th anniversary this year, will present 430 films hailing from 80 countries across the globe. For the occasion, more than 600 000 film enthusiasts flock to the festival’s venues in thirst of cultural diversity, international talent and innovative cinema. French film icon, Gerard Dépardieu, will also be in town for this year’s MWFF, giving a master class to share his perspective on the 7th art.

REGGAE FESTIVAL: MONTREAL IS JAMMIN

Get ready for some of that easy skanking and roots reggae! The Quays of the Montreal Old Port are transforming themselves into a major “Reggae Village” of peace and love for the 7th edition of the Montreal International Reggae Festival. For the occasion, a slate of renowned artists, including original Wailers member, Bunny Wailer, are in town and carrying on the legacy of Caribbean music. Here’s wha gwanin’ as of August 6.