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Meet-a-Montrealer: André Ménard

Montréal International Jazz Festival co-founder and artistic director André Ménard has been one of the most influential figures on the Québécois artistic scene for over 30 years. Born in the working-class neighborhood of Tétreaultville in East-End Montréal, he began producing concerts as a student at Collège de Maisonneuve. Montréal’s jazz festival – which Ménard co-founded with Alain Simard in 1980 – has become the largest and most important festival in Canada, drawing more than two million spectators each summer to some 150 indoor ticketed shows and over 350 free outdoor concerts. On top of that, Ménard attends over 300 concerts around the world every year. What is your favourite memory in the history of the Montréal International Jazz Festival? Ella Fitzgerald singing Summertime as her closing song the last time she was here in 1987. What is the craziest moment in the history of the Montréal International Jazz Festival? A man had a heart attack right in front of the main outdoor stage at the end of the 1980s. We were very sad to see a person die at the festival. Later that night we found out he had been revived by the paramedics en route to the hospital. Why did… / Read More →

Fun activities for Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend in Montréal is a veritable fountain of fun and surprises. To usher in this sweet spring holiday, we’ve collected a basketful of great ideas to choose from. Herein, things to see and do for the young and old, traditional and trendy, and whether you want to do it relaxed and serene or bust out with a party. Have fun with the whole family (wee ones, especially) Take the kids to see the furry and feathered animals at the Ecomuseum Zoo and go on its cool egg hunt. The fun includes a traditional Easter Egg Fishing activity and the chance to meet the Easter Bunny, who will be handing out chocolates for everyone. April 4 and 5. The Dufresne-Nincheri Museum, for its part, invites little guys to take part in its annual Easter egg hunt in its garden. The package also includes a chance to win prizes, plus a guided tour of this little jewel of a museum. April 4 and 5. Sugar shack it with the best of ‘em Nothing says spring is here quite like sugar shacking. Getting your maple fix can be done in two ways: You can tap into the deliciousness at an array of… / Read More →

Some of MTL à TABLE’s most romantic restaurants

October 30th marks the beginning of the 11-day food extravaganza that is MTL à TABLE, or Montreal’s restaurant week. 140 restaurants are participating in this third edition and will be offering food lovers 3-course set menus at $19, $29 or $39. It is a great opportunity to revisit some favourite spots or discover new ones at very reasonable prices. If you like going on culinary discoveries with your better half, this list of MTL à TABLE’s most romantic restaurants will come in handy…

Celebrate cuisine at Montréal en lumière 2014

The 15th edition of Montréal en Lumière is taking place from February 20 to March 2, 2014. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the gastronomy program will be shining the spotlight on Montreal as a featured city…