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21 Swings brings music to the Quartier des spectacles

The 21 Swings public art installation, outside at the Quartier des Spectacles in the heart of downtown, is the kind of instrument anyone can play – and everyone is, no matter what their musical ability, age or whether they find themselves next to friends or strangers on the swings…

SPORTS COME ALIVE IN MONTREAL: CANADIENS, GSP, ROGERS CUP, IMPACT AND MORE

[www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HwHD1-A9Vc] From our beloved and storied hockey franchise the Montreal Canadiens to our surging soccer team the Montreal Impact, from hometown UFC hero Georges St-Pierre to the power and spectacle of the Grand Prix and the thrilling athleticism of the Rogers Cup, Montreal is a year-long destination for sports fans. And if you’re coming to town for the big game and you need a place to stay, we can help with that too.

BEST OF 2012 MONTREAL BUZZ VIDEO

With 2013 fast approaching, we wanted to look back at some of the amazing moments that made 2012 so special and recognize and highlight all the amazing work our cameraman Guillaume Langlois has done. Please check out all of the videos on the Tourisme Montreal Youtube channel and we’ll see you next year!

A DOUBLE-DECKER BUS TOUR OF MONTREAL

The Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour is a unique way to see the landmarks of Montreal. Running from May through October, the bus tour has 10 stops along its route you can disembark, explore, and then rejoin at the next bus passing. The tour is narrated by a professional guide that paints a nice picture of Montreal history and joie de vie. From Habitat 67 to Saint Joseph’s Oratory, the tour spans much of downtown, bits of the Plateau, Mount-Royal and the Old Port. Tickets are $55 but combined with the tour guide and the hop-on hop-off style that allows you to explore all day makes the price well worth it. Tickets available at Tourist Information Center (1001 Dorchester Square)

MONTREAL’S FAMOUS ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Montreal’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in 1824 and, since the city boasts a large number Irish folks and an even larger number of people happy to be “Irish for the day”, the parade seems to get bigger and more vibrant every year. On March 18, get set for hours of parade hijinks with floats, bands and non-stop Irish revelry…

5 MARTINIS IN 5 MONTREAL BARS

We’ve already done 5 Shots in 5 Bars, 5 Beers in 5 Bars and 5 Cocktails in 5 Bars and Montreal has so many great bars that it’s always difficult to narrow down a Top 5. But, after careful planning, we finally settled on the Top 5 Best Bars to help you get out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini…

FRESH PAINT GALLERY IN DOWNTOWN MONTREAL

An atypical partnership between a merchants association, a graffiti festival and a religious organization has produced one of Montreal’s most interesting new artistic spaces, the Fresh Paint Gallery, housed in the historic La Patrie building on Rue Saint-Catherine…

MONTREAL RESTAURANTS IN THE NEWS

I’ve always been impressed by how often Montreal and its food scene popped up in The New York Times and other publications I like to read – but recently things seem to have kicked up a notch. All of a sudden, local chefs and restaurants are being written up seemingly everywhere, so much so that I had to ask myself why…

LA FETE DE LA GASTRONOMIE IN MONTREAL

The Fete de la Gastronomie (or “Gastronomic Party”) is all of a sudden a big deal in France. In a country where pretty much everything is a reason to party, the first annual Fete de la Gastronomie was declared in France this year as a yearly event, to celebrate the inclusion of the traditional French gastronomic meal in UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity…