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WORLD-FAMOUS ARTISTS AT MONTREAL’S DHC/ART GALLERY

One of Montreal’s go-to destinations for contemporary art is somewhat hidden away, but well worth the trip. DHC/ART is a cutting-edge gallery in a converted historic building on a little cobblestone side street called St-Jean in Old Montreal…

NUIT BLANCHE’S BEST PARTIES

Sure, there’s lots of food at the Montreal High Lights Festival, but what if you’ve already eaten lots of food this week and JUST WANT TO PARTY ALL-NIGHT???

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…

UNDERGROUND ART AND NUIT BLANCHE

Yes, it’s a tad nippy in Montreal. But thankfully part of Nuit Blanche, one of the highlights of the Montreal High Lights Festival, goes down under the ground…

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…

SAY CHEESE AT THE MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL

How good are Quebec cheeses? Well, the lovely ‘Cinderella’ cheese, Cendrillon, was voted Best in the World in 2009. The ash-covered soft goat cheese, with a taste that becomes stronger with age, was the first cheese in the country to receive this prestigious award. You can try Cendrillon and other Quebec cheeses, for free, at the Festival of Quebec Cheeses in Montreal…

5 FREE THINGS TO DO IN THE MONTREAL WINTER

  We’re not going to try and pretend it’s not true: we have a reputation for our nippy winters. But Montrealers are brave folk. We refuse to stay cooped up in our homes because there is a bit of snow on the ground. Instead we use the fluffy white stuff to our advantage! Here are five free* ways to enjoy the winter wonderland in Montreal.

HEY AMERICANS! WIN A TRIP TO MONTREAL!

The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is hosting a contest giving US residents the chance to win an ultimate Canadian experience. The winner will choose from 5 Canadian adventures, one of which is focused on the urban experience and includes two nights in Montreal! “Urban Fare: The energy rushes at you. Exciting. Diverse. Delicious. Chic. Nonstop. It’s woven into the tapestry of these two great cities: Toronto, “The City That Works” and Montréal, “la belle ville.” You see it in the culture and the arts. Taste it in the food. Explore it in the architecture. Catch it in the attitude. Purchase it in the endless, magnificent shopping. Then celebrate it deep into the night.” To enter, visit the “Canada. See it now.” website and click on “Urban Fare.” Bonne Chance!

MONTREAL ON THE CHEAP

Montreal is the perfect destination for anyone living in North America looking for a significant change of scenery without having to travel to the end of the world.  It is only an hour flight from New York or Toronto, yet feels a lot more like a trip to Europe. On top of saving on plane ticket fees and jetlag ramifications, you’ll be happy to hear that Montreal is also a very affordable city. With its vibrant cultural scene and bountiful summer festivals, Montreal has all it takes to offer you a memorable time without breaking the bank. Here are some ideas for a sensational Montreal trip on the cheap!