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Things to do in Montréal: June 26 to July 2

Music is in the air in Montréal this week, not only with the Jazz Fest kicking off at full volume, but also AIM, the three-day music electro fest that has got bum-shakers from far and wide excited. Whatever beat you bop your head to (Canada Day, perhaps?), summer has swing in this fair city! (festival action) Vic Vogel, Beirut, Bebel Gilberto, Cibo Matto, Erykah Badu, Mika, Huey Lewis and the News… it can only be the highly anticipated Festival International de Jazz de Montréal! In addition to these must-sees, there are dozens of free shows throughout the Quartier des spectacles from June 26 to July 5, not to mention beer stalls, cocktail booths, food stands of all sorts, an exhibition space with purchasable art by Montréal greats and photos from past editions of the festival, plus awesome merch stores – in short, all you need for a full day’s entertainment. Is it any wonder this is the mother of all our summer music festivals? Electronic music lovers won’t want to miss this year’s AIM Festival, from June 26 to 29, featuring three days full of dance-friendly beats from, among others, Jamie xx, Tiga, Pleasurekraft, Isolee, Kerri Chandler, Kevin Saunderson, The… / Read More →

5 Places to Watch the Fireworks in Montréal

From July 1 to August 1, Montréal hosts a month of explosive airborne entertainment. Running since 1985, the International Montréal Fireworks Festival (a.k.a., L’International des Feux Loto-Québec) is the biggest of its kind in the world. Every Saturday and alternating Wednesday nights during the month of July (plus a closing finale on August 1), the skies above Île Sainte-Hélène light up with impressive pyrotechnical displays from competing countries. For the eight colourful nights you won’t want to miss, we’ve searched the skies and assembled five prime locations that offer a VIP view of the show. LA RONDE Get your fireworks fix straight from the source. Held at Montréal’s famed amusement park, La Ronde, there’s no getting closer to the action than taking the Métro over (well, under) the river to Île Sainte-Hélène. La Ronde offers waterfront stadium seating to the event with tickets starting at $65*, which include full-day access to the park and its rides. With a single admission to La Ronde costing $62 on any day of the week, this combo ticket is a steal. A significant portion of the fireworks display is only seen from the ground, and there’s nothing like experiencing the synchronized musical accompaniment first-hand…. / Read More →

Things to Do with Kids this Spring and Summer in Montréal

With so much going on in Montréal during the warm-weather months, it’s easy to experience the best of the city through the eyes of children – free outdoor activities, indoor entertainment and much more keep everyone amused. Parks and Rec Run and play in Mount Royal Park mere minutes away from downtown, featuring children’s playgrounds and wading pools, picnic grounds, walking and cycling trails, paddle boat rentals at Lac aux Castors and an incredible view of the city and beyond from the top of the mountain. A short Métro ride from downtown, Parc Jean-Drapeau boasts a huge amount of green space, an outdoor pool, a lake and sandy beach, the Biosphere ecological museum, a view of the city, flower gardens, and summer events such as July’s Week-ends du Monde. Next to the Parc Jean-Drapeau is Six Flags’ La Ronde, open all summer long, with plenty of rides just for kids and families – in July, kids who can stay up a little later will love the L’International des Feux Loto-Québec fireworks competition on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Find the best swing set in the city in downtown Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles: the 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) art installation and instrument… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: July 26–August 1

It may be the end of July, but Montreal hasn’t slowed down for summer’s dog days yet: comedy festivals Just For Laughs and Zoofest add high and hilarious energy to the city; free outdoor entertainment, from theatre to dance to fireworks and live music, goes on in the parks and downtown; and film festivals and rock shows help keep everything cool…