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CHEFS MELISSA CRAIG AND LAURENT GODBOUT AT CHEZ L’ÉPICIER

I’ve eaten a lot of High Lights meals in this town, but I can safely say that none have been quite as close to perfect as Melissa Craig’s two-night stand at famed Montreal chef Laurent Godbout’s Old Montreal restaurant, Chez L’Epicier…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (FEBRUARY 17-20)

Despite some recent speculations to the contrary, this weekend’s festivities prove that rock n’ roll will never die – whether in music (Bon Jovi’s still kickin’), provocative theatre and dance, death-defying circus or in the culinary arts, where a rebel yell makes for a flavour sensation…

TOP 5 MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FOOD EVENTS

I`ve been covering the Montreal High Lights food festival (known now as the Wine and Dine Experience) since it first started a decade ago. That first year, we ate our faces off and the guest chef was the father of contemporary French cuisine, Paul Bocuse. I went to his cooking class at the ITHQ and we made poached lobster. And that`s about all I remember, after all the wine pairings…

MONTREAL’S ARCADE FIRE WIN GRAMMY

The Montreal band not only took home a Grammy last night, they took home the biggest one of the night. Their album, The Suburbs, was named Album of the Year…

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.