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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 →

Things to do in Montréal: October 21 to 27

Spend these crisp, bright Montréal days in colourful urban parks and Oktoberfest celebrations, diving deep into Björk’s virtual reality universe, at a playful weekend festival for kids, and taking in all kinds of new dance, theatre and live music. Colours of fall Explore the beauty and history of Old Montréal and downtown on a public art walk among the skyscrapers and in multimedia tour Cité Mémoire. Or walk among the changing leaves in the city’s quaint neighbourhoods and big parks and at Montréal’s Botanical Garden , hosting the family-friendly Great Pumpkin Ball and Gardens of Light lantern exhibition. From toys to TV shows and technology, Montréal KidCon keeps kids interested and entertained Oct. 22-23 at Stade Uniprix in Jarry Park. On Oct. 21, drink local brews, eat local foods and play silly games at Oktoberfest in the outdoor biergarten of the Olympic Stadium Esplanade. Find bright new designer clothing and accessories for an amazing deal at Braderie de mode Québécoise Oct. 20-23. And cheer in the hockey season as the Montréal Canadiens face the Flyers on Oct. 24 and the Lightning on Oct. 27 at the Bell Centre, while in the CWHL Les Canadiennes de Montréal take on Toronto on Saturday and Sunday. L’exposition Björk Digital est maintenant amorcée à @dhc_art! Jusqu’au 12 novembre, visitez… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 14 to 20

The bright colours of fall come out to play this week in Montréal on urban walks, in seasonal dishes, on stage in dance, theatre and live music, and even in an out-of-this-world Björk art exhibition. Errrrrrrybody was here yesterday! We are so lucky to have a mountain in the middle of the city! #chasinglight #chasingfall ##mtlmoments #montréaljetaime Une photo publiée par Anne McIsaac (@yellowillow) le 11 Oct. 2016 à 5h23 PDT Autumnal activities  Day or night, explore the seasonal spectacle of Montréal’s Botanical Garden at Montréal Space for Life, this month hosting the Great Pumpkin Ball and Gardens of Light lantern exhibition – and see more of the natural world at the nearby Biodome and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Discover urban public art in a walk among the skyscrapers downtown and in multimedia tour Cité Mémoire in Old Montréal. Or head out apple picking with Labonté. Indoors, Disney on Ice’s Dare to Dream delights Oct. 12-16, and the Montreal Canadiens face the Pittsburg Penguins on Tuesday and the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, at the Bell Centre. Or scoop up a new designer wardrobe for an amazing deal at Braderie de mode Québécoise, Oct. 20-23. All that plus free things to do this fall. Tickets for La Sélection de Björk Night 2 and the Digital Exhibition… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Nathan Beaulieu

Montréal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, a strapping young man originally from Strathroy, Ontario, first gained national attention as a member of the bronze medal-winning Canada hockey team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, and today smiles broadly when he recalls how proud he was to represent Canada at the World Juniors. Which is why Beaulieu is thrilled Montréal will host (with Toronto) what promises to be a passionate, action-packed 2017 World Junior Championship beginning on Dec. 26, as well as the medal round on Jan. 5, 2017, at Montréal’s Bell Centre, home of the Canadiens. Fittingly, 2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League’s founding in Montréal. Job: Montréal Canadiens defenseman Favourite pastime: Golf, fishing Do you have a favourite memory from the 2012 World Junior Championship? The best thing about it was the bunch of guys I played with. It’s cool now playing some of them in the NHL. Canada is always a favourite going into that tournament, so not playing for the gold medal was a bittersweet ending. But coming home with a medal was something special. What is it about the World Junior Championship that makes it exciting for you? In Canada, Christmas is… / Read More →