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FREE THINGS IN MONTREAL: FEBRUARY

Montrealers love free stuff, not because we’re cheap, of course not (we love our luxuries, from wine and cheese to spa days on the St-Lawrence), but because we love a good party populated by a variety of potential new friends, lovers and entertaining bon vivants. Hence our well-known, year-round fetish for festivals…

FEBRUARY CONCERTS IN MONTREAL

February’s concert schedule may boast a virtuoso French composer and some of Canada’s most interesting indie acts, but let’s face it, some of you just care that Bon Jovi are coming to Montreal…

FOOD NETWORK STAR, CHUCK HUGHES, CATERS TO BANDS AT OSHEAGA FESTIVAL

The New York Times recently praised the celestial food served to bands such as Arcade Fire, the National, K’naan and Snoop Dogg at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival. The catering, orchestred by Chuck Hughes, the chef at Montreal’s popular Garde-Manger restaurant and host of the Food Network’s “Chuck’s Day Off“, is one to go down in the history books. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the feast’s epicness.

EMERGING ART FESTIVAL IN MONTREAL

Back for a 7th edition, Montreal’s international festival,  Les Escales Improbables (translation: improbable pauses), returns to the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal between September 8 and 12. On the menu: dance, music, performance, visual art and theatre – all very improbable of course!

DINNER IN THE SKY!

Dinner in the sky : the art of having dinner strapped to a chair, which is attached to a table, which is suspended to a crane,  which is floating 150 feet in the sky. Fun? You bet!

REGGAE FESTIVAL: MONTREAL IS JAMMIN

Get ready for some of that easy skanking and roots reggae! The Quays of the Montreal Old Port are transforming themselves into a major “Reggae Village” of peace and love for the 7th edition of the Montreal International Reggae Festival. For the occasion, a slate of renowned artists, including original Wailers member, Bunny Wailer, are in town and carrying on the legacy of Caribbean music. Here’s wha gwanin’ as of August 6.

FESTIVAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE: STREET STYLE CIRCUS

Montréal Complètement Cirque festival will be taking the city for center stage and “unleashing” its troupes from July 8th to the 25th. Coming from Belgium, Spain, Germany, Australia, Walles and of course Canada, the hordes of multi-disciplinary performers will show the public why they weren’t made for office work.

MONTREAL ON THE CHEAP

Montreal is the perfect destination for anyone living in North America looking for a significant change of scenery without having to travel to the end of the world.  It is only an hour flight from New York or Toronto, yet feels a lot more like a trip to Europe. On top of saving on plane ticket fees and jetlag ramifications, you’ll be happy to hear that Montreal is also a very affordable city. With its vibrant cultural scene and bountiful summer festivals, Montreal has all it takes to offer you a memorable time without breaking the bank. Here are some ideas for a sensational Montreal trip on the cheap!