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Things to do in Montréal: May 20 to 26

Outdoor life in Montréal heats up this week with the arrival of festivals and more activities – many of them free! – from multimedia projections on Old Montréal buildings to urban art by the river and live music and dance downtown. Sunny days, bright nights A new urban multimedia experience awaits visitors in Old Montréal and the Old Port: the 20 poetic and playful tableaux of Cité Mémoire are projected on the walls, in the alleys, on the ground and in the trees of the historic quarter, featuring images, dialogue and music that reveal some of the city’s most fascinating history. Also in the Old Port, the must-see Chromatic festival of urban art and music rocks under the high ceilings of Hangar 16, May 20-22, with free art exhibitions, interactive installations and live music during the day – the space transforms into a club at night. Under the big top nearby, Cirque du Soleil’s newest artistic and acrobatic LUZIA, inspired by the culture of Mexico, thrills to July 17. In Griffintown/Little Burgundy, one-of-a-kind creative business event C2 Montréal takes over the Arsenal gallery space May 24-26. Over in the Quartier des Spectacles, go on a guided walking tour of public… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal May 13 to 19

We’re already feeling the summer hype here in Montréal this week, with cutting-edge outdoor entertainment, farmers’ markets, walking tours and more fun under the sun, while our indoor venues light up with fabulous food and fashion, dynamic circus and drama, inspiring art and live music. Open-air entertainment The Quartier des Spectacles’ Jardins Gamelin officially opens for the season, offering a park-like atmosphere, delicious food (some from gourmet food trucks) and free entertainment in the heart of downtown near Berri-UQAM metro station. Take a picturesque guided walking tour of the Quartier des Spectacles – see public art, learn some of the city’s history, and stroll by and take a swing on interactive musical art installation 21 Swings, located on de Maisonneuve Boulevard outside Place des Arts. Walk around the city’s public markets, full of colourful fruits and veg, local meats and cheeses, full meals and delicious desserts. One step away from being outdoors, the must-see Chromatic festival of urban art and music kicks off on May 19 under the high ceilings of Hangar 16 in the Old Port, with art exhibitions, interactive installations and Afrobeat electro music by Pierre Kwenders. And under the big top nearby, see Cirque du Soleil’s newest… / Read More →

WANT Les Essentiels: a Montréal success story

With a world-renowned luxury accessories brand and store locations on the globe’s chicest streets under their belt, twins Byron and Dexter Peart of WANT Les Essentiels are figureheads of the Montréal design world. We sat down with them in their beautiful Sherbrooke Street store, the WANT Apothecary (now celebrating 5 years!), on the cusp of their appearance at C2 Montréal, where they’ll be speaking about the importance of longevity, inventiveness and impeccable quality. How long have you been Montrealers? Byron: 21 years, since 1995. We grew up in Ottawa, went to University of Western Ontario in London, and afterwards moved here to build a life and career in fashion and business. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? Dexter: The coolest thing by far is we opened our first WANT Les Essentiels store in New York. That was in October last year, but it feels like it’s still brand new! It’s in a residential neighbourhood in the West Village, so not unlike what we’ve done here in Montréal, having WANT Apothecary in Westmount. It’s a really local environment, there are cafes and restaurants and lots of residential homes around, so we’ve been able to tell our story… / Read More →

Frank & Oak: a Montréal success story

As founders of one of Montréal’s most successful independent fashion brands, Frank & Oak, Ethan Song and Hicham Ratnani clearly have the Midas touch. We sat down with them on the cusp of their appearance at the commerce and creativity convention, C2 Montréal, where they’ll be speaking about community, alternative business practices and the secrets to their success. How long have you been Montrealers? Ratnani: I was born here. Song: I was born in China, and came here when I was 6 ½. I lived for a while in Vancouver, but I was missing Montreal, so I decided to come back. That’s when we decided to start our business here. What is the unique factor in Frank & Oak’s business philosophy that helped your brand soar so successfully? Song: When we first started we saw two things: guys who wanted more out of life, who wanted to create their own identity, and there wasn’t a brand out there for them; and we combined that with the world stage that the internet gave us. So e-commerce and those men are what made Frank & Oak Frank & Oak. How important is a sense of community to the brand? Song: The whole… / Read More →

Men’s fashion: a Montréal look in 48 h

It’s done. Your weekend’s planned and you’ll soon be spending 48 fabulous hours in our city. The goal? To scoop up some treasures that say you’re a Montréal maven. Whether coming from New York, Toronto, Québec City or Boston, here are some musts to make heads swivel when you sashay back into the office Monday morning. StockMarkt Situated on Notre Dame Street West, StockMarkt stocks an array of unisex accessories and clothes from major designers at easy-on-the-piggy-bank prices. Before leaving the boutique, make sure to pick up a hot brand like Nudie Jeans, James Perse or Flippa K. (2664 Notre Dame Street West) WANT Apothecary After browsing the boutiques of Notre Dame Street, head west to Westmount for a peek at WANT Apothecary. Its cool 19th-century-like décor alone is worth the detour. Discerning clients will enjoy the personalized service and a selection of hard-to-find labels like Acne, Maison Kitsuné and, of course, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie. (4960 Sherbrooke Street West) L’Uomo Montréal Exclusively for men: make jaws drop Monday morning when you stride in wearing a suit from L’Uomo Montréal. Unique in North America, the boutique is considered by connoisseurs to be the best men’s clothing store in… / Read More →

Montreal Designer Duo UNTTLD Shine Off Screen

With their collection of touchably sleek and sexy women’s wear now at Simons department store as well as in Old Montreal at the beautiful Quai 417, it’s a cinch to get a piece by UNTTLD, Montreal’s most vibrant young fashion duo, to bring home as a souvenir…

MONTREAL DESIGNER EVE GRAVEL SPRINGS ETERNAL

Chicoutimi-born designer Eve Gravel moved to Montreal at the young age of 18 to pursue her studies in fashion. Since then, she’s become a symbol of the exciting local designer scene, with an ever-growing distribution (now in the U.S. and Europe!) and a loyal fan base…