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Where to Watch Films Outdoors This Summer in Montréal

While summer festivals keep Montréal buzzing non-stop with music and laughter, outdoor film screenings provide a short breather, whether right downtown or in a neighbourhood park – and all for free! Bring a cushion or a picnic blanket and settle in under the stars for a movie-going experience like no other. Just For Laughs has picked two Hollywood comedies to add to their impressive roster of stand-up stars this July: see Tim Burton’s beloved Beetlejuice on July 13 and Mike Meyers spy sendup Austin Powers on July 22 at 9 pm at Place des Festivals. See the city in yet another light every Tuesday at 9 pm as the Quartier des spectacles hosts Downtown Screenings Under the Stars at Place de la Paix: Pop Montréal programs a 16 mm screening of 1980 Québec comedy Pinball Summer a.k.a. Pick-Up Summer on July 7 and Fantasia International Film Festival picks The Incredible Adventure of Jojo (And His Annoying Little Sister Avila) on July 21, while the Montréal First Peoples Festival presents Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary Kanehsatake, 270 ans de résistance on August 4 and Festival International du Film sur l’Art screens Entre ciel et terre, quand le Hip-Hop devient art on August 25…. / Read More →

A Gay old time at Just For Laughs

Montréal’s Just For Laughs Festival blazed a trail for LGBT comics when it presented its annual Queer Comics showcase, boldly introducing many stand-up comedians over the years. Since JFL’s Queer Comics signed off in 2006, many LGBT entertainers have become major stars of stage and screen. This year, Just For Laughs is bringing many gay icons and LGBT entertainers to Montréal for the queerest edition of the festival ever. Neil Patrick Harris may be best known for his TV roles in How I Met Your Mother and Doogie Howser, M.D. But gay audiences adore gay entertainer as the charismatic song-and-dance host of the Tony Awards on Broadway in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013; of the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2013, as well as the 87th Academy Awards in 2015. Which makes especially well-suited to host four Just For laughs Galas (July 27 and 28 at 7 and 9:45 nightly). Star of stage and screen, Jane Lynch is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the smash-hit Fox TV series Glee, which was huge with LGBT audiences. The openly-lesbian Lynch will host her Just For Laughs Gala on July 22 at 7 p.m. Fresh from being Master of Ceremonies at a huge July 4 gala… / Read More →

Montréal Ignites with Summer Festival Fun

[Updated on June 27, 2016] Sunny days, high-energy nights and strikingly illuminated festival stages make the summer season bright in Montréal. The city ignites with a sparkling line-up of entertainment in July and August – get ready to laugh, dance, groove and be dazzled at these big festivals and more this summer. The one-and-only Montréal International Jazz Festival officially ignites the height of summer festival season June 29-July 9. Incredible talent graces historic night clubs and Place des Arts stages while downtown’s Quartier des Spectacles bustles with unmissable free outdoor shows, including on July 7: the farewell concert of one of the most pivotal figures in Montréal music: bona fide jazz great Oliver Jones. More music lights up the town as Festival International Nuits d’Afrique welcomes traditional and ground-breaking musicians from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and right here at home, July 12-24. Discover your new favourite indie, electronic and hip hop artists at MEG Montréal, July 21-31, and take a ride on the late-night MEG party boat. Osheaga Music and Arts Festival crams the biggest names and the brightest emerging artists in indie-pop, rock, hip hop and electronic music into three amazing days on Île Sainte-Hélène, July 29-31 – this… / Read More →

Your 2015 Montréal summer festival guide

With every major summer festival and event in Montréal comes the impetus for a holiday getaway in our great city. The F1 Grand Prix du Canada, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, the Jazz Festival and Osheaga, for example, are but drops in a whole bucket of fun awaiting all ages and tastes in the coming weeks and months. Blue Metropolis Montréal International Literary Festival (April 20-26) The theme at Blue Met this year is “The Power of Words,” and this large-scale celebration of reading and writing across cultures once again brings in a raft of heavy hitter authors and literary-minded figures for readings, discussions and other special events. ELEKTRA (May 13-17) ELEKTRA is a yearly digital arts festival showcasing new creations in electronic music, video, cinema, performance, design, gaming and interactive installation in combination with the innovative use of new technologies, and, in particular, those of the digital kind. Festival TransAmériques (FTA) (May 21 to June 4) The Festival TransAmériques (FTA) celebrates new works in contemporary dance and theatre. Showcasing both established and emerging artists, choreographers, writers and directors, this ninth edition of the FTA also aims to foster dialogue through a stimulating range of workshops, debates and roundtable discussions. Chromatic (May… / Read More →

Best Jokes In The History Of Just For Laughs Comedy Festival

Since 1983 Just For Laughs has been tickling us with cracks and giggles from the best comedians in the world. Just For Laughs has the power to make or break a career, and many famous faces made a name for themselves in front of those iconic JFL backdrops. Check out this compilation list of some of the best jokes ever uttered at Just For Laughs in Montreal, and while you’re at it, take a look at our Just For Laughs 2014 preview! Dave Chappelle Mitch Hedberg This was Mitch Hedberg’s final JFL performance (2004) before his death in 2005. Jim Carrey Amy Schumer Tommy Tiernan Tina Fey Adam Sandler Louis CK Louis CK starts at 3:32 Emma Hunter Dane Cook Maria Bamford Godfrey Danny Bhoy Elvira Kurt Greg Proops   Comedy is obviously very subjective; so if you think we’ve missed any great JFL moments, leave us a note in the comments or tweet us a link @Montreal and we’ll do our best to add it to our list! Details JUST FOR LAUGHS at Quartier Des Spectacles in Montreal July 9 – July 31, 2014  

Get Funny at Just For Laughs 2014

After 32 years of bringing the best in comedy to Montreal, the Just For Laughs festival gives us another laugh-packed program in 2014, with hundreds of comedians – from the latest-and-greatest stars to influential legends – keeping the city happy July 9-28.

Things to do in Montreal in July

Ah, July in Montreal… the height of heat, terrasse parties and festival season in our fair city. It’s the month you wish would last forever, mainly so you could fit everything there is to do in! Read on for a look at some of the fun that’s not to be missed…

#MTLMOMENTS Infographic: Summer Festivals in Montreal

This infographic of summer festivals in Montreal barely covers the 100+ festivals that occur throughout the year in this incredible city. For a broader look at everything that’s happening, check out our complete Festival Guide. While you’re at it, consider scrolling through our Bike Guide, Swimming Guide, Fashion Guide, Museum Guide, and Gallery Guide! Do you love infographics as much as we do? Check out our “Where To Drink In Montreal” Infographic here. Come to Montreal and book a Sweet Deal Hotel Package with up to $450 in savings on great activities and attractions!  

Place des Arts celebrates its 50th in style

There’s really no other “place” quite like it – not in Montreal, not in Canada. On any given night of the week, Place des Arts plays host to world-class operas and orchestras, top-tier classical and contemporary dance companies, Broadway theatre, A-level musicians and comedians of all persuasions, outdoor concerts and multimedia presentations, and all within the confines of one square block of downtown Montreal. Okay, one enormous, meticulously designed and architecturally extraordinary block, but a block nonetheless…

Things to Do in Montreal: July 19-25

Summer entertainment keeps the heat at bay this week in Montreal with jokes, music, fresh air and movies: see Just For Laughs comedy festival shows from some of the most brilliant comedians working today; Shakespearean performance in the parks; underground films in air-conditioned theatres; and live music from Beyoncé to beats brought all the way from Africa…