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Winter arts and culture festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is a bright light in a big city

Montrealers have long been predisposed towards thumbing their collective nose at deepest, darkest winter, so 16 years ago when the planners of a unique new February festival declared “Let there be light,” they weren’t kidding. Since then, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has evolved into one of the largest winter arts and culture festivals in the world. Organized by the same festive folks who produce Montréal’s globally renowned Jazz Fest and the FrancoFolies French music festival, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE annually draws some 1,300,000 visitors. The fest features an expansive and eclectic program of entertainment and activities encompassing an array of performing arts (live music, theatre, dance, circus arts and more), journeys in gastronomy, free outdoor family attractions/distractions and more than a few surprises. Every year the festival celebrates a featured country, and this year the spotlight is on artists from Switzerland. Internationally acclaimed Swiss pop singer/songwriter Stephan Eicher and ascendant Québec folk/soul artist Bobby Bazini are the honorary co-presidents of the fest, with Eicher performing the prestigious closing festival concert at Place des Arts, on February 28. For his part, Bazini will captivate the majestic Métropolis concert hall, February 26. The epicenter of all the action is MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE’s vibrant (and… / Read More →

Montreal Holiday Guide for the Family

Deck the halls with a sparkling array of family-friendly things to do and see in Montreal this season. Dancing rats, ride-able train sets, roasted marshmallows, a veritable choir-palooza and answers to the burning question “Who Is the Real Santa Claus” are all part of the festive fun…

Montreal at your fingertips with the Family Pass

This holiday season, soaking up the beauty, culture and fun of Montreal as a family has never been so easy. Introducing the Family Pass, a specially designed travel package that makes all of Montreal’s family-oriented activities accessible and affordable…

7 Day Trips Outside Montreal You Have To Experience

While one could occupy themselves for weeks on end with things to do in Montreal, occasionally it’s nice to get out of the city on a day trip into the gorgeous surrounding scenery and townships. Whether it’s flying high in the forest trees, checking out some unique museums, or chowing down on some Quebec cuisine; renting a car to explore these nearby gems is definitely worth it…

Things to Do in Montreal: August 15-21

Music makes the city move this week – choose from reggae and electro festivals, classical and rock concerts, and tunes that go hand-in-hand with Montreal Pride, catwalk fashion shows, family-friendly carnivals, and delicious locally-made food.

Feel the (One) Love at Montreal Reggae Fest 2014

Montreal makes its own chilled-out island vibe in August at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, adding the best in new and traditional reggae music to late-summer’s hot, sunny days.

Things to Do in Montreal: August 8-14

A slower summer vibe pervades the city in August, yet there’s still so much to do, from hard-rock and blues music festivals to world-class sports competitions to sampling the best in Montreal-made gourmet food.

Things to Do in Montreal: August 1-7

August happily arrives in Montreal to the tune of Osheaga’s three-day outdoor music festival alongside even more festivals filling the city with music, film, good food, and a fair amount of dancing in the streets…

Things to Do in Montreal: July 25-31

From early morning to late night, Montreal shines this week with stars of comedy, film, art and music, while the city’s parks and pop-up markets offer the perfect place to relax, shop or socialize…

Stay Cool with Montreal’s Best Ice Cream

Summertime calls out for ice cream and Montreal answers with a delicious variety of cool options, creative flavours, and local, all-natural ingredients. Find some of the best cold comfort in the city among our crème-de-la-crème choices…