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Things to do in Montréal: January 20 to 26

It’s a busy, entertaining winter week in Montréal as the city’s 375th anniversary continues – have fun at outdoor family-friendly festivals, a soapbox derby, late-night open-air parties, world-class dance productions and art exhibitions, rock shows and more. Wintery ways to celebrate Montréal Montréal’s 375th anniversary Les Hivernales events keep us active this week, starting with another weekend of free and family-friendly activities at Fête des neiges, transforming Parc Jean-Drapeau into a playground with a massive ice-sculpted Pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel, live shows and so much more. Downtown, be sure to catch the high-speed La Descente Saint-Denis soapbox derby race on Jan. 21. Go ice skating in the Old Port or party at electronic music festival Igloofest, pairing exquisite visuals with electronic music by   Josh Wink, Steve Bug and more artists on Friday and Chris Liebing, Jennifer Cardini and more on Saturday, while Claptone and Lauren Lane get weekend #3 going on Jan. 26. And day or night, try Igloofest’s Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier or visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier. Repost from @vieuxportmtl Vous avez bien lu. @mtlzipline ouvert les fins de semaine de l’hiver et pour la période des Fêtes. | This is real people! @mtlzipline will be open on weekends during the winter and… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 13 to 19

Montréal makes the most of winter weather this week at outdoor festivals for families and party-goers alike – celebrate the city’s 375th birthday with us by dancing in the snow, tubing down ice slides, skating in the parks, drinking by the fireplace, singing along to your favourite songs and more! 375th anniversary activities Winter activities meet Montréal’s 375th anniversary head on this week, in Les Hivernales events. It’s the first weekend of free and family-friendly Fête des neiges activities at Parc Jean-Drapeau, including a massive ice-sculpted Pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel and live shows. And it’s the second weekend of the also free and family-friendly Barbegazi winter action sports festival downtown – try the skill-testing obstacle course, snowskating, fatbiking and more, Jan. 13-15. Electronic music festival Igloofest brings the party to the Old Port, pairing exquisite visuals with electronic music by Carl Cox, Miss Me and other electro greats on Friday and Joris Voorn, Djdeanja Schneider and more on Saturday, while MK, Will Clarke and Ardalan get weekend #2 started on Jan. 19. And you don’t have to stay out late to try Igloofest’s Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier or visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier. More winter wonders There’s nothing quite like playing outside in the… / Read More →

Get outside and play in Montréal this winter

Montréal is known for summer street festivals and open-air events, but the outdoor fun doesn’t stop when the weather gets cold. This January also marks the start of Montréal’s 375th anniversary – bet on plenty of celebratory snow-and-ice themed outdoor activities all winter. Winter sports action The first of Montréal’s 375th anniversary events begins with Les Hivernales, an action-packed program for all-ages, featuring outdoor hockey games, curling, a soap box derby on St-Denis, an ice-canoe challenge and more. In the heart of downtown, the Barbegazi winter action sports festival installs an skill-testing obstacle course January 6-8 and 13-15, along with chances to try snowskating, fatbiking, wood cutting and Christmas-tree throwing. White out at the skating rink 🇨🇦⛸❄@vieuxportmtl • @mtlblog @livemontreal @montreal_gallery @imagesofcanada @explorecanada @tourcanada @montreal @montreall #montreal #mtlblog #livemontreal #montreal_gallery #imagesofcanada #explorecanada #tourcanada #way2ill #illgramers #moodygrams #agameoftones #thismtl #mtlmoments #fm2mag #eatplaylive #thecreatorclass #mg5k #vol10k #aov10k #beautifuldestinations #cbcmontreal #hbouthere #sdmtravels #streetsof514 #wudupmtl Une photo publiée par 🚧 Montreal | Canada 🍁 (@ericbranover) le 31 Déc. 2016 à 8h55 PST Snow park life Go play in the snow, ice skate, ride the ferris wheel and so much more at family-oriented Fête des Neiges at Parc Jean-Drapeau Jan. 14-15 and Feb. 5-6. Ice skate at the Old Port’s Natrel Skating… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 6 to 12

Montréal officially kicks off celebrations for its 375th! The city marks its momentous anniversary this week – and all year – with seasonal activities and events, including a winter action sports festival, a giant ice slide and winter villages, an outdoor electronic music fest, all kinds of art and more. It’s January at maximum fun! Winter activities Les Hivernales events kick off Montréal’s 375th anniversary, beginning with the free Barbegazi winter action sports festival, Jan. 6-8 and 13-15 downtown – try the skill-testing obstacle course, snowskating, fatbiking, wood cutting and Christmas-tree throwing. Montréal has even more free things to do this winter – go ice skating at Mount Royal Park’s Beaver Lake or Park La Fontaine and at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade’s Village Mammouth where there’s also a tube slide, food and drink, and an activity area for kids. In Old Montréal, take a ride down the Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier, opening Jan. 12 – and when you get to the bottom, visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier – both built by electronic music event Igloofest. Spin fairy-tale images in giant zoetropes at this year’s Luminothérapie art playground at Place des Festivals. And now that the World Junior Hockey Championships has finished a stellar series at the Bell Centre, watch the Montréal Canadiens return to home ice on Jan. 9… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal December 30 to January 5

Ring in the New Year in Montréal with fabulous gourmet dinners and glamorous parties, ice skating under a firework-filled sky, cabaret shows or hockey games, or simply a relaxing walk along snowy streets. Happy New Year! New Year’s in Montréal In the city that parties hard no matter what the weather, New Year’s Eve might be the biggest, wildest party night. Expect fun before and after midnight at Montréal’s family-friendly and free New Year’s Eve Party in the Old Port with fireworks and live music from Alex Nevsky, Bernard Adamus, Klô Pelgag and more. Dance the night away with Gogol Bordello at L’Olympia, in the SAT’s immersive audiovisual dome or at Île Soniq’s Ceremonie 2017 with Dirty Audio and Jason Ross. Some of Montréal’s best hotels throw their own swanky, champagne-flowing events, as does the Casino de Montréal and almost every bar in the city – find out where to be on NYE in our New Year’s Eve Guide and make your New Year’s resolutions Montréal-style. Outdoor activities Take a winter walk through beautiful Old Montréal, where Place Jacques-Cartier features a market, entertainment, fire pits and warm drinks courtesy of Merry Montréal until New Year’s Day. Step inside the art-filled 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie outside Place des Arts. Rent skates and take a turn on the Old Port’s… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 23 to 29

Montréal slows its pace this week for the holidays yet there’s still so much to do – go gift shopping or ice skating, see The Nutcracker or a hockey game, warm up by a fireplace or dance late into the night. However you celebrate, Montréal wishes you a happy holiday season. Let it snow  Downtown’s Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal stays open throughout Christmas Eve –  find gifts, food and drink, kids activities, live music and Canada’s tallest Christmas tree on Sainte-Catherine Street outside Place des Arts. Right around the corner, art lights up when you push levers in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie. Listen to live music, eat, drink and roast marshmallows over open fires at Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie, open right up to and including Christmas Day. Go ice skating at the Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink or at Village Mammouth, turning the Olympic Stadium Esplanade into a winter fun zone with a refrigerated rink, tube sliding, food trucks and a market. See our round-up of winter activities for all ages for more things to do, including tropical adventures at the Botanical Garden and Biodôme, hosting Christmas for the Animals on Dec. 26. Last-minute shopping Outdoors, in beautiful Old Montréal there’s a… / Read More →

Free things to do this winter in Montréal

Montréal knows how to do winter right, from indoor entertainment to outdoor illuminations – and in celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary this year, even more free activities fill the calendar from December into March. December festivities Outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal transforms Sainte-Catherine Street at Place des festivals into a winter village – find locally made goods and goodies, an activity area for kids, live music and, of course, Montréal’s first giant Christmas tree. Nearby, the 13,000 lights of the Place Ville Marie Christmas tree structure light up the business district. In Old Montréal, drink hot chocolate around a cozy fire and wander through a Christmas market at Merry Montréal at Place Jacques-Cartier. Walk down Mount-Royal Avenue for Noël sur l’Avenue and experience Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin downtown and in Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau. Indoors, the Complex Desjardins Magic Kingdom makes the mall delightful with a mini train, carousel and the multimedia Fontaine Boréale show. Winter wonderlands Take a whirl spinning fairy-tale images in giant zoetropes at this year’s Luminothérapie interactive-art playground at Place des Festivals to Jan. 29. Look towards Mount Royal (“The Mountain” to Montrealers) to see Aurores Montréal, a new 15,000 square metre light projection by artist Marc Séguin and multimedia company 4U2C…. / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 16 to 22

Montréal glitters this week as artistic light projections play across Mount Royal’s peak, outdoor activities keep everyone warm, markets beckon with local creations, The Nutcracker ballet delights, and live music has us singing along. Winter in the city Downtown’s Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal transforms Sainte-Catherine Street into a sparkling wonderland outside Place des Arts – find gifts and goodies, kids activities, live music and Canada’s tallest Christmas tree. Right around the corner, make art move with the push of a lever in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie. The Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink lights up with fireworks on Dec. 17. Hear music, eat, drink and even see Santa during Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie. Village Mammouth turns the Olympic Stadium Esplanade into a winter fun zone with ice skating, tube sliding, food trucks and a market. See our round-up of winter activities for all ages for more things to do, including tropical adventures at the Biodôme and the Botanical Garden. And find seasonal solace at some of the city’s most stunning churches and other sacred sites. Rise and shine au Salon des métiers d’art. J6. Une photo publiée par Baltic Club (@lebalticclub) le 13 Déc. 2016 à 8h58 PST Shop local, shop… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 9 to 15

The festive season truly fires up this week in Montréal – the city celebrates with outdoor events and markets brimming with local treats, Santa’s doing photo-op visits, The Nutcracker ballet graces the stage, along with Christmas concerts, a Leonard Cohen tribute and more. Festive fun outdoors In the heart of downtown, outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal glitters alongside Canada’s tallest Christmas tree outside Place des Arts – find locally made gifts and goodies, activities for kids, live music and more. While there, take a turn on the colourful 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie interactive outdoor art. Merry Montréal adds entertainment, a market, fire pits, films and warm drinks to the ambience of Old Montréal, and fireworks light up the Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink on Dec. 10. Live music and circus, food and drink, weekend visits with Santa – and with friendly sheep and amusing elves too! – make Noël dans le Parc a must at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau. Over at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade’s Village Mammouth go ice skating and tube sliding, snack on food truck fare and shop at the winter market. Find Santa and more seasonal things to do in our round-op of winter activities for… / Read More →

Luminothérapie: A retro-futuristic installation at Place des Festivals

A avant-garde outdoor experience is coming back to Montréal’s Place des Festivals. For the seventh year running, the Quartier des spectacles (Entertainment District) will be transformed into a huge set for Luminothérapie, a celebration of sound and light that runs from December 8, 2016 to January 29, 2017. This year, the main attraction is LOOP, a captivating piece by Ekumen, the Montréal-based sound and media arts production agency. It was designed by Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix, in collaboration with Générique Design, Jérôme Roy and Thomas Ouellet Fredericks. This fairy tale-inspired installation features 13 giant zoetropes (cylinders) that promise to inspire awe both day and night. “We used a zeotrope concept—like a giant wheel—to encourage interactions between humans, unusual mechanical components and the imaginary world,” said Olivier Girourad, who works as a composer, sound artist and art director at Ekumen. “Zeotropes were the precursor to cinema,” explains Jonathan Villeneuve, the designer behind LOOP. Olivier adds that zoetropes even predate animated films. It would seem that this optical toy was invented in 1834 by two people simultaneously: England’s William George Horner and Austria’s Simon Ritter von Stampfer. Zoetropes create the illusion of movement through persistence of vision.   LOOP is a… / Read More →