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Winter arts and culture festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is a bright light in a big city

Montrealers have long been predisposed towards thumbing their collective nose at deepest, darkest winter, so 16 years ago when the planners of a unique new February festival declared “Let there be light,” they weren’t kidding. Since then, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has evolved into one of the largest winter arts and culture festivals in the world. Organized by the same festive folks who produce Montréal’s globally renowned Jazz Fest and the FrancoFolies French music festival, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE annually draws some 1,300,000 visitors. The fest features an expansive and eclectic program of entertainment and activities encompassing an array of performing arts (live music, theatre, dance, circus arts and more), journeys in gastronomy, free outdoor family attractions/distractions and more than a few surprises. Every year the festival celebrates a featured country, and this year the spotlight is on artists from Switzerland. Internationally acclaimed Swiss pop singer/songwriter Stephan Eicher and ascendant Québec folk/soul artist Bobby Bazini are the honorary co-presidents of the fest, with Eicher performing the prestigious closing festival concert at Place des Arts, on February 28. For his part, Bazini will captivate the majestic Métropolis concert hall, February 26. The epicenter of all the action is MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE’s vibrant (and… / Read More →

Thing to do in Montreal: October 10-16

With Thanksgiving weekend ringing in the week, the theme is fall’s bounty, both outdoors and in. From film screenings to grandiose ballet productions to the beautiful changing colours on the trees, there’s a whole lot to take in…

Music Makes the World Go ‘Round at POP Montreal

If music is the stuff of life, the POP Montreal International Music Festival can teach us all a thing or two about how to live large – with a slew of rock, indie-pop, electro, punk and hip hop shows to choose from every day for a full five days, the festival keeps music fans playing on in 2014…

10 Incredible Photos From Osheaga 2014 In Montreal

Thousands of music fans and countless rock stars had many ways to say their praise for Osheaga this past weekend into Montreal, but one the band members from the Glasgow-based Chvrches put it best: “This is about one of the best festivals in the world.” (The crowd obviously agreed by going wild.) Our talented photographers Eva Blue and Susan Moss were on the Osheaga site all weekend capturing moments from the crowd, stage, and pit! Take a look at the 10 best:

Things to Do in Montreal: May 9-15

As temperatures quickly rise to pre-summer levels in Montreal, outdoor activities and entertainment liven up the downtown core along with Mother’s Day decadence, city-wide nightly live music, theatre, dance, hockey, circus and more…

10 Musical #MTLMOMENTS

Montreal loves music. Incredible music talents were born here, and artists from around the world love coming here. Montreal has some awesome music festivals this summer including Mutek, FrancoFolies, Jazz Fest, Osheaga, Heavy Montreal, Pop Montreal, and even the One Man Band Festival. Get pumped for a summer full of sweet sounds by checking out these 10 musical #MTLMOMENTS…

Things to Do in Montreal: April 25 – May 1

Warmer weather arrives in Montreal alongside a new Cirque du Soleil show, ice skating Olympians, world-class theatre, film and dance, high-tech art, and an array of live music…

Things to Do in Montreal: April 18-24

Spring and sunshine come together this week in Montreal for Easter brunches and concerts, hockey playoffs, internationally-acclaimed art, theatre, film and dance, and a wide world of live music…

Go Play in the Snow at Fête des Neiges 2014

Sled down snow-covered hills, learn to cross-country ski, and even ride a colourfully-lit ferris wheel during the family-friendly, activity-packed Fête des Neiges de Montréal, every weekend from January 18 to February 9…

Things to Do in Montreal: December 6-12

The city lights up indoors and out this week with a sparkling public art exhibition along with giant Christmas trees, illuminated skating rinks, sports competitions and films, and delightful dance, theatre, and live music…