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The Best New Year’s Eve Parties in Montreal

Since we’ve already set the mood for New Year’s Eve in Montreal, in this post we’re going to blaze through a comprehensive guide of what to do on December 31st this year…

Montreal and The Red Bull Music Academy

I often make grandiose, sweeping statements about the incredible strength of one of Montreal’s specific music scenes. Whether I’m talking about indie rockers or DJs, it really is just my opinion. That’s why it’s great to have something like the Red Bull Music Academy, which tangibly proves that when it comes to beat-based music, Montreal is probably the king of Canada…

Party Montreal: October, November, and December

The end of Pop Montreal signals, for the most part, the denouement of Montreal’s non-stop festival season. But, as the leaves turn and winter descends upon the city in billowy white flakes, there is still a full slate of things to do. Let’s take a look…

Major Lazer and Crookers in Montreal

Montreal nightlife has enough nightclubs, DJs and dancefloors to keep you dancing well into 2010. But on October 9th, Metropolis is the only dancetination your calendar needs to be aware of, as Major Lazer and Crookers are coming to town…

Piknic Electronique wraps up big

Judging from the crowds this summer, it’s pretty clear that the word on Piknic Electronik has gotten out. The reasons why are pretty obvious- not only do they bring some of the best electronic music to Montreal, but they bring it to a beautiful outdoor setting smack dab in the middle of Sunday afternoon. The PIKNIK season is drawing to a close, so you make sure you get yourself out there soon…

Montreal gets Black and Blue

I was hired to be a nightlife blogger for Montreal because I know the city’s nightlife scene fairly well. I was also hired because if I don’t know much about something specific, chances are I know someone that does. With a scope as wide as “things that happen when it’s dark,” there’s no way I’m going to love all of it. I bring this up because, while it’s not really my scene, the Black & Blue ravedown happening on Sunday October 11th, might be yours…

Montreal Burlesque Festival

I tend to view burlesque as a chance to see beautiful, half-naked women without getting in trouble with your girlfriend. But then again, I’m a bit of a philistine. But Montreal’s 1st annual Burlesque Festival, taking place from September 17th-20th, intends to showcase, for philistines and devotees alike, how much more goes into this unique art form…

Party on St-Laurent in Montreal

If you want to party in Montreal, St-Laurent is one street that you can’t miss. Known locally as The Main, St-Laurent stretches from Montreal’s Chinatown to Little Italy. In this space, it manages to intersect several very different pockets of Montreal’s nightlife scene….

Stereo Nightclub Reopens in Montreal

One of the best nightclubs in the world, Stereo, reopens in Montreal on Labor Day Weekend, Thursday September 3-7. This 5-day party is a Montreal nightlife celebration of dancing that is not to be missed…

Montreal’s Top Terrasses

To understand why Montreal is a must-visit destination during the summer (a whirlwind period of music, comedy, arts and culture festivals, an unending night of long dinners, drinks and after-hours merriment), one need look no further than Montreal’s winters. Montrealers, contrary to popular belief, don’t love the cold. They tolerate it- where do you think all that moody art and music comes from? So they reluctantly hole up in their houses and apartments, confident with the knowledge that, come June, they won’t be inside for a second more than necessary. From this seasonal dichotomy springs the all-out Montreal summer. It is why, on any night of the week, you will see the bars of St-Laurent and St-Denis filled with people. It is why a quiet dinner out becomes an all-evening affair. And it is why, on a sunny day, every patio (known in Quebec as a “terrasse”) in the city is filled from the second it opens until several moments after it closes. Being a city of endless variety, there is a terrasse for every type of occasion, mood, whim and/or fancy. Here then are some of Montreal’s top terrasses…