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END OF SUMMER FAMILY FUN IN MONTREAL

The award for most flagrant misuse of an exclamation point can only go to “Back to School!”, a phrase coined by advertising execs who have managed to forget the bittersweet, oblique pain these last two weeks of summer inflict on school-age kids. So why not give the kids one last hurrah in Montreal this summer before the school bell tolls: get to know nature, play in the park, ride a roller coaster, swim, eat and enjoy these final summer days to the max…

MONTREAL’S CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL

Just when you thought festival season was over (and indeed the city has calmed down a lot), comes the mellowest and most maritime of all Montreal festivals: The Montreal Classic Boat Festival.

THE LION KING MUSICAL ROARS INTO MONTREAL

The Lion King is an award-winning musical, one of the longest-running of all time. It has traversed the globe and finally the dazzling production has made a stop at Place Des Arts in Montreal from August 9 to September 4. Long live the king!

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 11-18)

Every time I think Montreal is about to take a break from all the fun it keeps having, it pumps up the volume – this week, that means Montreal’s loud-and-proud Pride celebrations, an above-ground graffiti and skateboarding fest, five days of francophone-style blues and a weekend-long children’s festival. Plus the usual music, comedy, theatre (like The Lion King!) and general fun (always free!) in the sun…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 4-11)

After all the weeks of festivals upon festivals – jazz, comedy, world-beat, circus – August brings a slight reprieve. Oh, there are still hundreds of things to do this week in Montreal, but the pace of activity is more suited to August vacation time: relaxing in the park to film and music, taking in a play and some art, watching hot bodies on the volleyball court or on the catwalk, you know, the usual Montreal fare…

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST

As August is a vacation time for many, whether they’re staying in Montreal or headed to a cottage on its outskirts, the city’s pace slows down somewhat – the festival frenzy of the Jazz Fest and Just for Laughs is replaced by more even-keeled cultural events at the Quartier des Spectacles and plenty of free entertainment outdoors in the parks and streets…

FESTIBLUES: CELEBRATE THE BLUES IN MONTREAL

The Festiblues festival is returning, August 10-14, with yet another spectacular line-up. The 5-day festival features musicians from Quebec and around the world at Montreal’s Ahuntsic Park and surrounding area. In traditional Montreal style, the Ahuntsic Park is being turned into a blues playground for all the blues that’s fit to print…

KAYAKING, SURFING AND SUP IN MONTREAL

If you’re looking to beat the summer heat, there’s no better way than to take a spin out to Kayak Sans Frontières (KSF), a water sports adventureland nestled along the shores of the Lachine Rapids…

ROGERS CUP 2011 IN MONTREAL

The Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament, previously known as the Canadian Open, is one of the premiere events on the WTA and ATP tours and has been held since 1881, making it the third oldest tennis tournament in the world (after Wimbledon and the US Open). The men and women’s events alternate between Toronto and Montreal- this year Montreal plays hosts to the men and is presenting a special award to the legendary Jimmy Connors…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JULY 21-28)

Whenever I travel to another city, I try to stay for at least a full week if I can. It’s nice to get this daily perspective and take the time to see what city life is really like. Of course, in Montreal, Tuesday has been the new Friday for about two years and a work night means going to sleep at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m. And that’s why I’m covering the whole week in this column now! Give in to the Montreal heat wave at one of many festivals – music, comedy, circus and more awaits all week long!