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Thing to do in Montreal: October 24-30

People dressed up in mile-high platforms, multicoloured duds and hair-dos out to there? Naw, it isn’t Halloween yet, it’s the Biennale de Montréal! Art takes over this week, along with hot fashion, performances and music…

Designed in Québec

To say that Montreal is a creative city is like saying that Paris is kinda pretty. This city is an idea volcano in constant eruption, with generation upon generation of artists, authors, actors and acrobats producing new madness every day. One of our strongest arts: fashion design, because of some great local fashion schools and, let’s not mince words, Montrealers’ native sense of style. C’mon, it’s famous. Here’s a list of our go-to made-in-Quebec labels, with deets on where you can get their wares to take home…

Vintage Chic in Montreal

Seekers of classic styles in Montreal are soooo lucky – there’s a great culture of vintage shopping here, with stores to suit every need from ball gowns to cowboy shirts. In addition to the bargain-basement biggies like the Salvation Army, Renaissance and Village des Valeurs, there are many stores with carefully curated vintage collections. Here are our favourites.

Where To Shop in Montreal During Formula 1 Grand Prix

When Formula 1 racing rolls (loudly) into town for three days, June 6-8, it’s not just about the action on the track, the raucous nightlife, the almost limitless adventurous gastronomic options, and panoply of Grand Prix–related activities. It’s also an opportunity for discriminating fashionistas, art aficionados and those looking for that extra-special something to get their shop on, Grand Prix-style.

Where to buy a suit in Montreal

You’re invited to your best friend’s wedding at Notre-Dame Cathedral in June, and your girlfriend just caught you trying on your graduation suit. No. It will not do. Every modern man needs at least one new dapper suit in his wardrobe – per year. Lucky for you, this town has a fantastic crop of modern menswear purveyors…

Things to Do in Montreal: April 11-17

Montreal celebrates spring this week with outdoor art and activities, from big-screen film art to a tailgate party, and an array of fabulous food, affordable fashion and entertainment to suit all styles…

Shop Montreal Fashion at Braderie de la Mode

What better time than spring to say out with the old, in with the new! And if that means a wardrobe overhaul, Montreal makes finding a fashionable new look (or 20) easy and affordable at La Grande Braderie de la Mode Québécoise – otherwise known as the Big Fashion Sale of Quebec Designers, happening April 10-13. The renowned sale, held at the massive-yet-welcoming Bonsecours Market, not only gives shoppers a crash course in Quebec-made fashion, but samples and still-in-style liquidation items go for 50 to 80 percent off. While women’s clothing – from casual to corporate to lingerie – dominates the bustling sales floor, the Braderie also boasts an array of high-quality menswear, children’s clothing, outerwear, jewellery and accessories. With over 100 designers to choose from, La Grande Braderie de la Mode feels much like an extensive boutique store, with styles to suit everyone and prices too good to pass up. Look sleek while staying comfortable in a new pair of Second Yoga Jeans – truly flexible enough to do yoga in, but without a hint of yoga-pantsness to them – or anything by Jennifer Glasgow Design (especially her dresses), Atelier b. (masters of soft cotton, seen here in top photo),… / Read More →

Phi Centre examines the art of being Rad Hourani

Rad Hourani is one of Montreal’s best known fashion exports, with collections in 130 shops and galleries in 30 countries around the world. But the Montreal-based world traveler and general creative mind is much more than an award-winning unisex fashion designer – he’s also a filmmaker and an artist. Until November 30, Montreal’s progressive Phi Centre is showing us the extent of his vision…

Pop Montreal Beyond the Music: Art, Film & More

Along with welcoming hundreds of musical acts this year, from the soulful pop of The-Dream to the avant-garde sound of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, the 12th edition of international music festival Pop Montreal, September 25-29, hosts informal talks with musicians, showcases thought-provoking film and visual art, offers activities specifically for kids, and expands its fashion show and made-in-Montreal craft fair…

Things to Do in Montreal August 30-September 5

August may be almost over, but Montreal’s summer of festivals continues outdoors and in this week: see live bands, theatrical performances and visual art outside in the Quartier des Spectacles, the Old Port and the Latin Quarter; watch new films from around the world; check out the latest fashions; and go dancing all weekend long.