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ÎleSoniq blasts its way to Montréal

ÎleSoniq is ready to take us away on a ride for its second edition, August 14 to 15, 2015! Having already played host to Osheaga and Heavy Montréal, Parc Jean-Drapeau is preparing for another round of heart-stopping beats. Let us be your guide to the whole spectrum of genres, from EDM to hip-hop and rap to house music. With more than 50 artists performing over two days and three stages, you’re sure to hear something pleasing along the way! On Friday, the party gets started on the Fido OASIS Stage with Dutch-Canadian-born Eva Shaw. Montreal-based DJs Paris and Simo then treat us to some home town flavour and Chicago’s Flosstradamus will throw down their hip-hop/EDM beats. Headliners Die Antwoord bring their rap/rave game to the stage to the delight of many festivalgoers. American DJ Kaskade is sure to please many house music fans, and Canadian DJ Deadmau5 will turn heads (and ears!) to close the night. Over at the La Vie Budlight Stage, headliner DJ Snake (of “Turn Down for What ft. Lil’ Jon” fame) has been given carte blanche to curate the artists on the Pardon My French stage, which are all from France! If you love Daft Punk… / Read More →

A trio of must-try BYOW restaurants in Montréal

If you love great cuisine and toting your own vintage to the feast, then these three Montréal BYOWs should be on your restaurant radar. Food is front and centre at these three charming eateries, as is great atmosphere and impeccable service. If you have a bottle that can match the marvelous eats at this trio, consider yourself one lucky restaurant-goer. Restaurant l’Atelier, 5308 Boulevard St. Laurent Discreetly located on the upper reachings of St. Laurent Boulevard in the hip Mile End, l’Atelier is one of the city’s best-kept BYOW secrets. From the get-go it’s cozy décor of wood and warm sand colours is inviting; in warmer weather, its sliding windows also open for outdoor seating. Open since 2006, l’Atelier shines the spotlight on local products from Québec and Canada. Its menu is smaller-sized in order to adapt to availability of fresh products and picks. Out of its kitchen comes classic French cuisine with a kicked-up twist that include a melt-in-your-mouth black pudding with apple butter and Coureur des bois jelly, sweetbreads with wild mushrooms and cherry raisins in fois gras sauce or smoked Arctic char with sour cream and caviar, and an absolutely divine spice cake served on a bed… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Sleiman-Tanios Chahwan, Owner of Adbeus

Sleiman is busy, a free spirit of Lebanese descent raised in Montréal, and a citizen of the world. After spending time in New York and Beirut refining his skills, this entrepreneur, soon to be 27, returned to his adopted city that he deems “passionate and populated with creative, enthusiastic, and open people.” Since 2010, he has been developing Adbeus, a website listing the best independent coffee shops in Montréal, which has gradually transformed into a mobile app and dedicated project. Sleek, aesthetic and practical, this guide focuses on the product quality, ambience, service, and décor of each of the establishments visited. Rather than admitting to being a coffee expert himself, Sleiman prefers to address the experiences that accompany coffee consumption. At the beginning of April, he launched the second version of his app, downloaded over 10,000 times in Montréal alone and offering additional international cities, including Toronto, New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Prague, London, and Istanbul, all managed by trusted local partners. Tell us about the Adbeus app. It’s a handy list that fosters the discovery of independent coffee shops through a geolocation system and allows for customizing the experience with specific criteria, such as roaster, WiFi, the nearest Métro… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Julie Gilbert, Owner of Ô Deux Sœurs

Special collaboration with Florence Gagnon, president and founder of Lez Spread the Word Ô Deux Sœurs (which loosely translates as “At the two sisters”) is a restaurant, a caterer and an organic grocery store that has hung out its shingle on Rosemont Boulevard for five years now. Owner Julie Gilbert and her team have made it their mission to continually reinvent the pleasures of eating, adding a philanthropic twist by offering their customers quality food at affordable prices. With its “comfort food” style cuisine using local products, Ô Deux Sœurs also offers vegetarian, organic and gluten-free variations on its menu. On weekdays, you can select from the table d’hôte menu for lunch and dinner. On weekends, the restaurant serves up a sumptuous gourmet brunch. You’ll also find a list of delicious sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages that are served all day long. As well, their new selection of coffee and a variety of prepared meals are always available on-site. For the past two years, the restaurant has been on a roll – literally – with the Ô Sœurs Volantes food truck, which dishes out equal parts salads in tortillas, meatball dishes and satisfied smiles. Ô Sœurs Volantes hits the road… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Philippe Demers

Montréal’s MASSIVart and Chromatic co-founder Phillippe Demers is living proof that avant-garde art, international business, punk rock parties, cross-country skiing and next-level doughnut-loving are not mutually exclusive pursuits. The 28-year-old Demers is one of the original minds behind Montreal’s highly regarded and hugely active MASSIVart collective. MASSIVart was created to showcase art (and by extension the artists) by making it more accessible through special events and by taking it out of traditional art spaces to places where one might not otherwise expect it. This mission evolved into the model for Chromatic, an annual arts party/festival showcasing some 150 artists which takes place at the summit of Mount Royal. The social mandate of Chromatic – which also has a commercial services arm that provides events planning and art integration – is to promote artists and make sure their work is accessible to everyone. This year Montréal will be represented at the very first edition of Chromatic in Paris (April 2 to 4). Now let’s meet Demers. When at work, who are you? “I’m the general manager and the co-founder of both Chromatic and MASSIVart.” What’s the coolest thing about your job? “The coolest thing is that it’s never the same. I do… / Read More →

Montreal Holiday Food Guide

Montreal steps up its already considerable gastronomic game during the holiday season, infusing festive spirit into imaginative and innovative once-a-year offerings tailored to every appetite and taste…

Laurier Avenue: Luxury Shopping, Fine Dining & Drinks

Day and night, Laurier Avenue teems with trendy people either buying cool stuff, eating delicious meals, or enjoying artisan cocktails. This upscale street stretches through the Mile End and Outremont neighbourhoods, and offers some of the best shopping boutiques and culinary experiences in the entire city…

October: Off the Beaten Path

As a cultural playground for adults, it doesn’t get much more fun than Montreal. But the action extends well beyond the vast sandbox of popular, tried and true Montreal activities into the realm of perhaps lesser known, but certainly no less entertaining local events and adventures. Let’s take a trip off the beaten path in October…

A Delightful Infocomic About Montreal’s Incredible Bagels

    There are two long-standing wars that Montreal bagels will be eternally fighting. First, a war between Montreal bagels and New York bagels. (New York bagels being perfectly rounded chubby moist messes, therefor far inferior to Montreal’s thin crunchy and sweeter variety.) Second, a civil bagel war between two Montreal bagel institutions: Fairmount and St-Viateur. Some locals swear by one, other locals swear by the other, and many would happily chow down at either. You’ll have to do a taste test to decide for yourself, on this blog we must remain impartial. (Although the person writing this definitely has his favourite…) Come to Montreal and save with our amazing Sweet Deal Hotel Package!

Classic, New and Noteworthy in Montreal’s Mile End

Much has been said about Montreal’s Mile End residential-meets-commercial neighbourhood, a hub of hipness that has gone through some big changes in the past decade or two, evolving from the best place to buy bagels and sip espresso into a go-to zone for local-designer shopping, contemporary culinary adventures and laid-back, late-night drinks…