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MONTREAL GETS CLASSICAL IN MAY

The month of May in Montreal is all about classical music. Before the sounds of the Jazz Fest fill the city’s streets, parks and concert halls, it seems only fitting that we begin with the music that came first…

BARENAKED LADIES ON MONTREAL, ITS WOMEN, BAGELS…

Over the course of a 20 year career, the Barenaked Ladies have become one of Canada’s most beloved bands. When they touched down in Montreal before their April 30th, Metropolis show, I sat down with Jim Creegan and Tyler Stewart to talk about bagels, shopping, women and Mount Royal’s medieval fighters. We also got briefly serious and emotional, but it didn’t last long…

TIMBER TIMBRE LOVES MONTREAL

Timber Timbre’s violinist, Mika Posen, is the one member of the group still based in Toronto. But, by the sound of it, she might be convinced to move to lovely Montreal…

MONTREAL’S MUTEK: MATMOS, MOUSE ON MARS AND MORE!

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 ON THE CHEAP

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!

HAWKSLEY WORKMAN PLAYS MONTRÉAL

“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.

AN URBAN SIGNAGE REVOLUTION

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.

WORLD POETRY DAY

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.