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Things to do in Montréal: March 24 to 30

It’s officially spring and Montréal is ready to celebrate! Enjoy bountiful food (get yourself to a sugar shack!), colourful art and films to match, a Pink Floyd opera, contemporary dance, live music and even butterflies in flight at the Botanical Garden. Spring forward   It’s officially spring, no matter what the weather, and officially fun if you’re here on Spring Break: let our guide to restaurants, bars and parties for spring break in Montréal lead the way to letting loose. Or for kid-friendly fare, follow our guides to things to do for families during spring break and free things to do this Spring in Montréal. Art lovers can take a walk through the underground city to peruse Art Souterrain‘s miles of art installations or walk through Old Montréal at night to see history unfold in the beautiful tableaux projections of Cité Memoire. Nature lovers can roam among the butterflies at the Botanical Garden’s Butterflies Go Free event, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s many activities. And fans of classic comic Astérix can see their fave characters rendered in life-like wax at Grévin Montréal. As the regular NHL season approaches its end, the Montréal Canadiens take on the Senators on March 25, the Stars on March 28 and the Panthers on March 30 at the Bell Centre. And on the… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: March 17 to 23

Even in the midst of a snow storm, the idea of spring is on the minds of Montrealers by late March – one of the sure signs of the season is the city’s huge St. Patrick’s Day parade, joined this week by sugar shack season, a Pink Floyd opera, the vivid colours of Chagall, butterflies at the Botanical Garden, and plenty more. St. Patrick’s Day party Montréal may be one of the biggest French speaking cities in the world, but its varied history wouldn’t be quite as colourful without its long-standingn Irish contingent. That’s why Montréal boasts the longest consecutive running St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world – see what it’s all about on March 19 as the parade dances and drums for all ages along Sainte-Catherine Street downtown. Add to the annual tradition by raising a glass at the city’s best Irish pubs – our guide to 10 things you didn’t know about the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Montréal makes for great bar fodder. Une publication partagée par #CINQCENTQUATORZE ® (@jfsavaria) le 16 Mars 2017 à 7h52 PDT Spring anticipation Snowstorms rival sunny days in March, so if you’re here on Spring Break, keep your plans flexible: our guide to… / Read More →

Pro sports round-up: Montréal scores big in 2017

Montrealers are lucky for almost innumerable reasons. The professional sports fans among us, however, are especially blessed in that there’s never a point in the calendar year when there isn’t a Montréal team to cheer on – be it the Montréal Canadiens, Alouettes or Impact – or some other major sporting event taking place. The following is a round-up of some of the can’t-miss biggies. We’ll kick things off with the National Hockey League’s Montréal Canadiens (or “Habs,” from the French word “habitants”) because they’re always the biggest sports story in town at this time of the year as we head into the final stretch of the regular season. As usual, expectations are high for a team that’s in the fifth year of a rebuilding plan under well-respected General Manager Marc Bergevin. With a string of wins under new coach Claude Julien, the “bleu, blanc et rouge” are moving in the right direction as they approach the playoffs. The regular season wraps up April 9 (The Habs’ final home game is against Tampa Bay, April, at the Bell Centre), and playoff tix will be available here. Montrealers looove their pigskin, and anticipation always runs high for the season start of… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 24 to March 2

With the idea of spring in the air, Montréal celebrates with one of the biggest winter festivals in the world, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, along with more inspiring dance, theatre, art, film and music, plus some top-talent hockey, indie video games and outdoor fun. Winter city lights Montréal is no stranger to winter festivities – we’ve been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years – while these last 18 winters have been even brighter with the wonderful MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts, culture and fine dining festival. From Feb. 23 to March 11, the fest shines with an all-new program of performing arts, diverse fine dining options, all-nighter event Nuit blanche on March 4, and the free and family-friendly downtown outdoor site. That’s where you’ll find great local food and drink (sample Québec cheeses, sip Cabral porto, roast marshmallows over open fires), live music and performances such as X-Lumina, and more unique activities: take a ride on the illuminated Ferris wheel, glide down the urban ice slide and zip line, and try your hand at a classic Canadian sport with Curling en lumière.  Activities for all Among the many free things to do this winter, try tobogganing or ice skating on the Mountain or visit Mammouth Village at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade, featuring skating, ice slides, activities… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 10 to 16

Love is in the winter air in Montréal this Valentine’s Day, but it’s not the usual romance: chocolate, wine and dinner is always an option here, but this week you could also dance in the snow, watch an ice canoe race, sneak into a hidden bar, raid a candy shop, contemplate Chagall, or sing along with C+C Music Factory. Une expérience spectaculaire vous attend le week-end du 11 et 12 février prochain, au Quai de l’Horloge au Vieux-Port 🚤 Venez  découvrir le Défi canot à glace Montréal et vivre un événement rempli d’adrénaline! #375mtl #montreal #mtlmoments #canot #vieuxportmtl Une photo publiée par 375e de Mtl / 2017 (@375mtl) le 1 Févr. 2017 à 16h30 PST 375 winters This winter’s Les Hivernales 375th anniversary events mark only the latest cold-weather activities in a city that’s been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years. The party keeps going as winter electronic music festival Igloofest extends its February reign in the Old Port with Off-Igloofest on Feb. 10, with hip-hop/electro from Tommy Kruise, High Klassified and more accompanied by incredible visuals, and on Feb. 11 with an entirely free night with music from Branko and Poirier, plus the Nordik games (including the Slap Shot movie zone.) Among this week’s extreme winter sports: hop on… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 3 to 9

Winter’s feeling fine as Montréal settles into February by going dancing in the snow, digging into La Poutine Week (perfectly paired with the Superbowl) and doing a little freestyle snowmobiling – with some opera, art, live music and speakeasy cocktails on the side. Montréal turns 375 From Montréal’s first winter carnival to this winter’s Les Hivernales events, the city has been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years. This weekend keeps the party going by day with free and family-friendly Fête des neiges at Parc Jean-Drapeau (complete with games, an ice-sculpted pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel and more), and at night with electronic music festival Igloofest in the Old Port – dance to music by Green Velvet and more artists on Friday and Dave Clarke and other beat-droppers on Saturday, plus incredible visuals. Day or night, try Igloofest’s Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier or visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier. Freestyle snowmobiling is way up there on the list of extreme winter sports: see world snowmobiling champions perform unbelievable aerial tricks this weekend at free event Motoneige MTL Xtrem at Philips Square. On the other end of the e-sports spectrum: Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Invitational gaming event at Usine C. And hear campfire songs and stories at Feu, feu, joli feu, un karaoké… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 27 to February 2

We’re having fun staying warm this week in Montréal, whether we’re outside on skates or contemplating Chagall in the museum, watching a hockey game or dancing all night, taking in a show or ringing in the city’s 375th anniversary. La grande roue du @parcjeandrapeau vous attend pour admirer la superbe vue et avoir un aperçu de la multitude d’activités prévues durant la Fête des neiges. C’est chaque week-end jusqu’au 5 février prochain. #375mtl #Hivernales #Fêtedesneiges #mtlmoments Une photo publiée par 375e de Mtl / 2017 (@375mtl) le 22 Janv. 2017 à 12h23 PST Celebrating Montréal Winter’s all fun and games with Montréal’s 375th anniversary Les Hivernales: this weekend have fun at free and family-friendly 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 more activities. Watch a game, meet former Montréal Canadiens players and listen to live music by The Planet Smashers and more at hockey tournament Classique Montréalaise, Jan. 28 and 29 in Parc Jean-Drapeau. Cross-country ski and snowshoe with the Grande Traversée du Saint-Laurent, a winter sports odyssey stopping on Jan. 28 in Mount Royal Park. Party in the Old Port at electronic music festival Igloofest, pairing exquisite visuals with electronic music… / 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 →

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 →