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MONTREAL’S CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL

Just when you thought festival season was over (and indeed the city has calmed down a lot), comes the mellowest and most maritime of all Montreal festivals: The Montreal Classic Boat Festival.

MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2011

If you’re a true cinemaphile, you’ll be intrigued by the 383 films on display at the 35th annual Montreal World Film Festival, which runs August 18-28…

FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL’S FINAL FLICKS

After almost a month of the 15th Fantasia Film Festival, one weekend of thrills, chills and ills remains. The festival has included over 130 features from around the world and one world-premiere of a major Hollywood studio movie, a lifetime achievement award for the director of The Blues Brothers, and for its last weekend, focuses on Quebec-made horror movies. Don’t miss it!

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JULY 21-28)

Whenever I travel to another city, I try to stay for at least a full week if I can. It’s nice to get this daily perspective and take the time to see what city life is really like. Of course, in Montreal, Tuesday has been the new Friday for about two years and a work night means going to sleep at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m. And that’s why I’m covering the whole week in this column now! Give in to the Montreal heat wave at one of many festivals – music, comedy, circus and more awaits all week long!

FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL: 5 SURE BETS

The truth is, nothing is for sure at Fantasia, and that’s the whole point. Montreal’s genre film festival, now in its 15th year, has been giving the people what they want for a decade and a half…

WHAT TO SEE AT THE JUST FOR LAUGHS FILM FEST

The Just for Laughs Film Festival, an offshoot of Just for Laughs, the world’s biggest comedy festival, has become an attraction in its own right, by featuring films about funny, like Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, as well as much-lauded releases, like A Beginner’s Guide to Endings, starring Harvey Keitel and Scott Caan…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MAY 13-15)

Sunny days are here again! Yet it seems that a lot of the fun stuff to do this weekend in Montreal requires indoor adventuring, especially at night. The FMX Challenge brings the outdoors – at least the dusty, dirt biking part of it – inside the Bell Centre, while the Israel Film Festival manages to capture the spirit of a nation (and its divisions) on screen. Plus New Yorks meets Montreal in dance, Beethoven moves in, and new media art that proves the future is now.

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: MAY

One of the reasons Montreal is so much fun in the summer is that May and June are basically a frenzied celebration of the fact that we made it through winter. And so, May is full of free activities to get everyone out in the city’s public spaces – a free museum day, dance classes and even a festival dedicated to the great outdoors…

UNPREDICTABLE ART AT THE MONTREAL BIENNALE

La Biennale de Montréal 2011 en montage – Teaser from Biennale de Montréal 2011 on Vimeo. One of the great things about travelling is how even the best-laid plans can fall apart. Because, once you get past the frustration or disappointment, there’s adventure and discovery in the unexpected, a sense of moving forward and into something new. This year’s month-long Montreal Biennale gets that – it’s brought together 24 artists from 10 countries, all exploring the broad and fascinating theme of “chance.”…