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Your 2015 Montréal summer festival guide

With every major summer festival and event in Montréal comes the impetus for a holiday getaway in our great city. The F1 Grand Prix du Canada, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, the Jazz Festival and Osheaga, for example, are but drops in a whole bucket of fun awaiting all ages and tastes in the coming weeks and months. Blue Metropolis Montréal International Literary Festival (April 20-26) The theme at Blue Met this year is “The Power of Words,” and this large-scale celebration of reading and writing across cultures once again brings in a raft of heavy hitter authors and literary-minded figures for readings, discussions and other special events. ELEKTRA (May 13-17) ELEKTRA is a yearly digital arts festival showcasing new creations in electronic music, video, cinema, performance, design, gaming and interactive installation in combination with the innovative use of new technologies, and, in particular, those of the digital kind. Festival TransAmériques (FTA) (May 21 to June 4) The Festival TransAmériques (FTA) celebrates new works in contemporary dance and theatre. Showcasing both established and emerging artists, choreographers, writers and directors, this ninth edition of the FTA also aims to foster dialogue through a stimulating range of workshops, debates and roundtable discussions. Chromatic (May… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: August 2-8

The outdoor days continue in Montreal as August begins to slow the pace of the city down – but there’s still plenty to do: Place des Festivals and Parc Lafontaine host live music; the Old Port hosts dance parties; gourmet food trucks are out in full force across the city; the world’s best tennis players are here; film and theatre abounds; and there’s plenty to rock out to after Osheaga... (live music) Massive music and arts festival Osheaga, whose lineup is stacked with great Montreal bands, rocks the daytime hours all weekend, while the Osheaga Official After Parties take over the Corona Theatre each night, with Rich Aucoin covering Daft Punk and DJ sets by Diamond Rings, Azari & III, Hot Chip and more. Also on August 2, electro-dance the night away with Rone, Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum at the SAT and Baauer & Friends at New City Gas. Another awesome option for the weekend: the MEG festival of pop and electronic music, with affordable shows around town and a night-time boat cruise on August 3. On August 6, Backstreet Boys are back with a new album and the dance moves to go with it, at the Bell Centre. On August 7,... / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: July 26–August 1

It may be the end of July, but Montreal hasn’t slowed down for summer’s dog days yet: comedy festivals Just For Laughs and Zoofest add high and hilarious energy to the city; free outdoor entertainment, from theatre to dance to fireworks and live music, goes on in the parks and downtown; and film festivals and rock shows help keep everything cool…