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THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 2-5)

June is here at last, the month we’ve been waiting for, when summer comes on strong and the festivals come on even stronger. It can be overwhelming at times – the Quartier des Spectacles fills with people, three or more festivals happen simultaneously with hundreds of events to choose from – but there’s something to suit every pace. This weekend, go dancing rave-style or nice and slow, take in some local independent theatre or the kind that tours the world, or lose yourself in operatic Italy or Latin love.

JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL 2011: BEST BETS

An Angus Reid poll from last year stated that Just for Laughs (or JFL as we call it), our world-famous comedy festival, is the festival Montrealers love most. And locals always know…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MAY 27-29)

This last weekend in May could be said to mark, if not the beginning of summer, the end of spring. With sunny days and warm temperatures on the very, very near horizon, the final days of May are anything goes. Weird, wild experimental theatre and dance? Check. A fancy food festival? Check. An entire day wherein all the city’s museums are free of charge? Check. An outdoor dance party on an island in the middle of the St-Laurent river? Aw yeah, check…

MONTREAL JAZZ FEST BY SQUIRROG

Heyo, Squirrog here, the biggest Jazz Fest fan in all of Mont- Oh snap, look at all those people looking at me in that picture! Get a room, it’ll last longer!  Where was I? Oh right- so I can’t believe I got a job playing Frogger for Tourisme Montreal! Wait… getting a text from Foxutan… Oh man, that guy is hilares… wait, what’s a blogger? Anyway, JAZZ FEST!

FRANCOFOLIES: 5 SURE BETS

We all know about the Jazz Fest but Les FrancoFolies de Montreal, June 9-18, is also a contender for one of the city’s most exciting musical events. The second-largest French song festival in the world welcomes hundreds of thousands of people every year to hear iconic and innovative acts from France, Quebec and the French diaspora…

THE ST-AMBROISE MONTREAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

The St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, May 30 to June 19, isn’t like other festivals. For one thing, it’s the only theatre, dance, music and comedy festival where anyone can participate, as a festivalgoer, but also as a volunteer or even a performer…

MONTREAL MUSEUMS DAY: MAY 29, 2011

Everybody, mark your calendars! On May 29th it’s Montreal Museums Day. On this fine day, Montreal opens 30 museums for free and to sweeten the deal, there are even shuttle buses, activities and events- all free of charge.  If lasts year’s numbers still ring true and are any indication of how things will go this year, 100,000 people will be soaking up the culture, expanding their horizons and eating ice cream…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MAY 5-8)

Once May hits, Montrealers let themselves believe that summer is really coming and so we go outside, a lot, with other people, in the streets and in the parks, at festivals and sometimes even to dance. This weekend, witness spring’s bloom in world-renowned dance, electronic arts, on-stage historic Montreal and movies and music made for dancing…

GAY MONTREAL: MAY

The month of May rhymes with Gay. Unfortunately, this prohibits me from creating a clever portmanteau such as last month’s hit “Gaypril”. Whatever April, May is sunny and beautiful so we don’t need to port any sort of manteau. Anyways, here are ways you can maximize your five gay senses in Montreal this May…

ELEKTRA: MONTREAL’S DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL

Montreal’s four-day international digital arts festival, Elektra, starts in just a few days (May 4-8). Turns out you don’t have to wait to see what the future looks like, all you need to do is go to the festival…