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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 →

Meet a Montrealer: Kirk Muller

It’s professional hockey-player-turned-coach Kirk Muller’s third rodeo as a Montrealer, this time as the hugely popular associate coach of the city’s beloved Montreal Canadiens. He’s lived in the West Island, Westmount and now Old Montréal, and as such has cultivated a broad appreciation of the city. We caught up with the friendly and fun-loving Muller in between games to talk about the town he calls home (again) and, of course, hockey. What’s the coolest, or if you prefer, most satisfying thing about your job? “I’d say the most satisfying and cool thing about my job is all the hard work that you do behind the scenes that people don’t see, the day-to-day working with players and seeing them develop. That’s the satisfying part. And then you walk out at 7:30 and the rink’s full at the Bell Centre and the fans are excited for the anthem and you’re like, ‘Here we go again!’ You can’t replace that feeling and that energy, so that’s the coolest thing, especially on a Saturday night.” What’s something you do every day that you love to do every day? “A big thing that I love to do [laughs]… it’s nice to relax. After the hockey… / 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 →

Things to do in Montréal: December 2 to 8

That festive holiday glow hits the streets of Montréal this week – a massive Christmas tree and an interactive art installation illuminate downtown’s Place des Festivals, markets packed with local creations pop up everywhere (and so does Santa), and new art, film and live music inspire. Festive outdoor events Canada’s biggest Christmas tree, illuminated by thousands of lights, brightens up December outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal, where you’ll find all kinds of local gifts and goodies plus an activity area for kids, live music and more. Right around the corner, play in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie interactive art project, opening Dec. 7. There’s more joy to be had at Noël dans le Parc at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin (opening Dec. 2 with live music from Beat Market and Loco Locass) and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau all month, as well as at the Merry Montréal celebrations in Old Montréal.  Santa also comes to the Plaza St-Hubert Christmas Parade on the evening of Dec. 2, Mount-Royal Avenue celebrates with the annual Noël sur l’Avenue all month, including a candle-lit parade and fireworks at  Parc La Fontaine on December 3 at 7 pm. Find more Santa and seasonal things to… / Read More →

Winter holiday activities for families in Montréal

In excited anticipation of Montréal’s 375th anniversary, this winter holiday season feels even brighter and more festive than usual, with activities for kids – and parents – in ever corner of the city. Noël à l’intérieur @complexedesjardins #Christmas #ChristmasLights #Montreal #MTL #MontrealLife #Quebec #Canada #Pvtistes #OnePictureADay Une photo publiée par Marion (@marion.lafon) le 28 Nov. 2016 à 5h33 PST Holiday sparkle Gather ‘round the massive, illuminated natural Christmas tree at outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal while eating locally made goodies – there’s also an activity area for kids, live music and more outdoor activities, December 2 to 24. Nearby, peer into the window of Ogilvy department store on Sainte-Catherine Street to behold a miniature winter wonderland. The 13,000 lights of the Place Ville Marie Christmas tree structure glitter among downtown’s skyscrapers. And in Old Montréal, the Merry Montréal festivities mean hot chocolate, cozy fires, Christmas-themed films and a Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier. Join in Mount-Royal Avenue’s annual Noël sur l’Avenue celebrations all month long – hear music and take carriage rides – or at Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin downtown and in Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau neighbourhood, Dec…. / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 11 to 17

This week in Montréal, eat well at MTLàTABLE restaurant week, take an art walk downtown or a hike up the Mountain, meet hockey stars, dive deep into digital art, and see films, dance, theatre and live music from here and around the world. Wine and dine Get a taste of the real Montréal during the decadent MTLàTABLE event, featuring 150 diverse restaurants offering multi-course prix-fixe menus at incredible prices, from $21 to $41, until Nov. 13. See what it’s all about in our Survival guide to MTLàTABLE and choose from restaurants to dine and party, places to brunch, where to taste dishes of the world, neighbourhood restaurants loved by locals, fabulous hotel restaurants, Languedoc wines and SAQ wine events, food-focused tours, an array of local cheeses and chocolate creations and more. Bon appetit! #ThatAwesomeMoment when Patrice Brisebois subbed in for a little one-on-one on the @mcdonaldscanada rink. #hometownhockey Une photo publiée par Rogers Hometown Hockey (@hometownhockey) le 22 Oct. 2016 à 10h47 PDT City sights Fun and free, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour sets up outside Place des Festivals downtown, Nov. 12-13, with autograph sessions with NHL alumni, live music (including Sam Roberts on Sunday), circus shows and more. Walk through the city streets and among the skyscrapers on tours created by Art Public Montréal. See Montréal’s natural side in quaint neighbourhoods… / Read More →

10 things you need to know about the World Juniors

When it comes to highly skilled and hard fought hockey contests, the holiday season’s IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship is the annual gift that keeps on giving. With Montréal co-hosting, and the medal round taking place here as the city kicks off its 375th anniversary celebrations and more, this year’s tournament has several extra layers of special going on. With that in mind, here are 10 things you need to know about the World Juniors. Incredible but true: Since 2005 Sidney Crosby has won something – with the national team, Pittsburgh or an individual honour – almost every year. Full list on IIHF.com. Can he add the World Cup to the Stanley Cup triumph for 2016? Photo: Bruce Bennett / Getty Images Une photo publiée par IIHF (@iihfhockey) le 27 Sept. 2016 à 10h02 PDT 1) The basics: The 41st edition of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship – organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in conjunction with Hockey Canada, Hockey Québec and the Montréal Canadiens, among others – will be co-hosted in Canada by both the cities of Montréal and Toronto over 11 days from December 26 to January 5. Canada’s best-on-best success is the result of… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 4 to 10

November 4 to 10, Montréal can’t be beat for its wealth of amazing food at MTLàTABLE Restaurant Week, comfortably-cool autumn walks, two international film festivals, fascinating new art at BNLMTL, plus theatre, dance and live music. #MTLaTABLE débute demain! Êtes-vous prêts pour ces 11 jours de gastronomie et de vins? Si vous n’avez toujours pas réservé, c’est par ici > www.mtlatable.com #MTLaTABLE starts tomorrow! Are you ready for these 11 days of food and wine? If you haven’t reserved yet, head this way > www.mtlatable.com #montreal #mtlmoments #mtl @chezvictoire Une vidéo publiée par MTLàTABLE (@mtlatable) le 2 Nov. 2016 à 12h19 PDT Magnificent meals Discover the city by roaming from restaurant to restaurant during Montréal’s decadent MTLàTABLE when 150 restaurants offer multi-course prix-fixe menus at incredible prices, Nov. 3-13. Get an insider’s perspective in our Survival guide to MTLàTABLE and then choose places to dine and party, where to taste dishes of the world, neighbourhood restaurants to try, fabulous hotel restaurants, Languedoc wines and SAQ wine events, food-focused tours, local cheeses, chocolate creations and more. On top of all that, there’s more food – and food for thought – at this weekend’s Montréal Vegan Festival at Bonsecours Market in Old Montréal. Urban activities See more of Montréal from a pedestrian’s point of view on a walk… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 28 to November 3

As the cool weather begins, Montréal knows exactly what to do about it: eat, drink and have some seasonal fun. Restaurant week MTLàTABLE kicks off, Halloween parties for all tastes abound, and new art, theatre, dance and music show off the city’s diverse cultural side. Eat, drink and play Eat well and explore the city at the same time during Montréal’s decadent restaurant week MTLàTABLE when 150 restaurants offer multi-course prix-fixe menus at incredible prices. Get an insider’s perspective in our Survival guide to MTLàTABLE and then choose places to dine and party, where to taste dishes of the world, neighbourhood restaurants to try, fabulous hotel restaurants, Languedoc wines and SAQ wine events, tours and cheese events, chocolate creations and more. Walk it all off among the changing leaves in the city’s quaint neighbourhoods and big parks, through Old Montréal and on multimedia tour Cité Mémoire, and among public art downtown among the skyscrapers. On Oct. 28, drink and eat local at Oktoberfest in the outdoor biergarten of the Olympic Stadium Esplanade. And get in on the new hockey season action as the Montréal Canadiens take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 29 and the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 2 at the Bell Centre. Happy Halloween!  From wild late-night costume parties to ghost tours to activities for kids, let our Halloween… / Read More →

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour ready to score big in Montréal

While it’s actually quite remarkable that a city that’s equal parts hockey and festival crazy does not have an actual hockey festival per se, Montréal will nevertheless host the very next best thing when the super popular Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour pulls into town for the first time. Hometown Hockey will be setting up camp in the downtown Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles – also the site of other major MTL fests like the Montréal International Jazz Festival and Just For Laughs – on Saturday, November 12 (from 12-6 p.m.) and Sunday, November 13 (12-10 p.m.), and the atmosphere will indeed be festive. #ThatAwesomeMoment when Patrice Brisebois subbed in for a little one-on-one on the @mcdonaldscanada rink. #hometownhockey Une photo publiée par Rogers Hometown Hockey (@hometownhockey) le 22 Oct. 2016 à 10h47 PDT Fun for hockey fans of all ages Family-friendly programming and activities are planned for the entire weekend, and it’s all free. These include a concert by Montréal-based rocker Sam Roberts, two circus performances, as many as five or six Montreal Canadiens alumni live and in the flesh onsite (whom you’ll be able to meet at The Community Locker Room), local celebrities, a virtual autograph… / Read More →