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Night Magic at Montreal’s Nuit Blanche

Everyone turns into a night owl on March 1 in Montreal as the entire city centre gets in on the Nuit Blanche celebrations, with over 200 free indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment for all ages all night long…

Free Things to Do in Montreal in June

Beautiful weather combined with Montreal’s many festivals means June is a month packed with free events, especially when it comes to live jazz, folk, classical and rock music, along with theatrical performances and outdoor activities in all corners of the city…

Play Time at the Montreal Fringe Festival

Going to indie-theatre’s biggest summer event, the Montreal Fringe Festival, is like going to a remarkably affordable casino: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but you always end up happy because you’ve met a few memorable characters and had a few beers…

Grand Prix 2013 roars into Montreal

F1 drivers in 2013 aren’t burning rubber so much as burning through rubber, and the super tight turns and sharp chicanes of Montreal’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve are virtually certain to add a chapter to the controversial tale of the tires at this year’s Canadian Grand Prix…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: FEBRUARY 22-28

Even under a blanket of fresh snow, Montreal won’t slow down its pace, especially during this week of  entertainment and family-friendly activities indoors and out at the Montréal en Lumière festival, at the circus, at the Old Port (ice canoe races!), on stage and in museums and galleries, and in music venues everywhere…

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL IN JANUARY

After buying presents, taking vacation time off from work and spending more than usual on celebratory food and drink, many of us end up hiding our credit cards and staying at home in January – but that’s so not necessary in Montreal, where there are free things to do all year round, yes, even in January…

FREE STUFF AND COOL FINDS AT THE MONTREAL JAZZ FEST

After 33 years, the Montreal International Jazz Festival has its programming down: big names that traverse a broad spectrum of jazz and jazz-ish rock, massive free outdoor shows and mega doses of lesser-known or up-and-coming musicians with huge talent. The Montreal Buzz Jazz Fest Guide gives an overall perspective on all of it, so here we’re going to shine the spotlight on free shows and lesser-known musicians…

HOLIDAY CONCERTS IN MONTREAL

What is the sound of the holiday season? Traditional Christmas hymns, carols and compositions sung by a choir in an opulent church? Ubiquitous jazzy muzak renditions of the same through mall speakers? Well, Montreal’s got both, but we’ve also gone several steps further, with eclectic choirs, gospel goings-on, orchestral arrangements, Hanukkah shindigs, jazz interpretations and more than a few nights of good old-fashioned, possibly mulled, rock n’ roll…

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: DECEMBER

December can be a pricey month, what with all the gift-buying, celebratory dinners and holiday parties. Yet in Montreal there are still plenty of ways to avoid the cash drain – and not all of them involve being outside, though cross-country skiers and skaters take note: we’ve got what you need too. Art abounds at craft and artisanal fairs, outdoors and indoors, and in the sky during weekly fireworks events, and public spaces around town filled with people, music and dance performances, and even a parade or two…

BIG BANG AT THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Art worlds collide in The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Big Bang exhibition, with filmmakers, fashion designers and musicians sharing gallery space with writers, architects and mural/graffiti artists, and more – each inspired by works of art in the museum’s century-spanning permanent collection. The multi-disciplinary, multi-media (and free) Big Bang isn’t your typical museum fare, but perhaps it should be…