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Your New Year’s Eve guide to getting a glow on in Montréal

New Year’s Eve in Montréal is both the joyful pinnacle of a year of citywide festive celebrations, and the auspicious beginning of yet another round of merrymaking (and honestly, especially on December 31, who’s going to turn down another round?). Let the following be your guide to lighting up your New Year’s Eve night in the city where fun is an ever-present friend. The Merry Montreal-organized outdoor New Year’s Party in Old Montréal’s Place Jacques-Cartier and the quays of the Old Port, now in its third year, will once again be by far and away the largest gathering of New Year’s revelers in the city. Last year more than 50,000 celebrants turned up for the free concerts, midnight countdown and massive fireworks display, as well as the almost all-night DJ dance party afterward (until 2 am). This year top-tier Québec performers – namely Coeur de Pirate, Dumas, Bernard Adamus and Yann Perreau – will entertain all in attendance. The free concert and party gets going at 7 pm. Speaking of Merry Montréal, Old Montréal’s classy and sassy Hôtel St. Paul is offering guests a special Merry Montréal package perfect for ringing in the New Year: one night’s stay in one… / Read More →

Montréal Revs Up: Your Grand Prix Weekend Good Times Guide

Summer in Montréal really kicks into high gear with the rubber-burnin’ arrival of the Canadian Grand Prix. From street parties, concerts, gastronomic events, art happenings and more to the actual Formula 1 race itself, the number of events and activities – as well as summertime excitement – rev up in tandem with the action on the track. The F1 fun is family-friendly at the annual three-day Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival, which runs all day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., June 4-6. Crescent Street – a centrally located restaurant and nightclub hub very popular with visitors to the city – will be closed off for live bands and DJs, F1 driver autograph sessions and the Pit Stop Challenge (see how fast you can change a tire, pit-crew style) at this free, outdoor celebration of all things fast. Just a few short blocks east is what has come to be called the Peel Paddock, which closes off a block of downtown Peel Street, June 4-7. Peel, renowned for its chic restaurants, clubs and high-end shops, provides a picture-perfect setting for the displays of luxury cars, fashion shows, food kiosks, live performances and evening DJs that capture the Grand Prix atmosphere…. / Read More →

Hotel St-Paul: A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Old Montreal

Designer Anna Borallo isn’t only the creative mind behind the décor of Old Montreal’s jewel, Hotel St-Paul; she also decided on the spatial planning. That’s because before the hotel opened in 2000, the beautiful historic building seen from the outside was entirely gutted and build anew on the inside. That’s what makes the white-walled rooms so spacious and the construction so carefully and beautifully measured. There’s a respect for nature’s colours, and a generally sleek minimalism that gives the property its eminently tasteful feel. We asked the designer about her inspirations…