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Downtown’s stunning new observatory, Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, opens its doors

An observation deck with 360° views, a gourmet brasserie with a year-round terrace, an interactive cultural exhibit: it’s all there in the newly revamped Au Sommet Place Ville Marie, which opens its doors to an eager public this Thursday, June 23.  Situated in Montréal’s iconic Place Ville Marie, the cruciform jewel of downtown designed by I.M. Pei and Henry N. Cobb, the Au Sommet project offers Montrealers and visitors a brand-new creative, contemporary and immersive space. Place Ville Marie has long occupied a special place in the heart of Montrealers. This prestigious building, which was inaugurated in 1962, signaled an era of economic prosperity. It is at the heart of the RESO Underground Pedestrian Network, home to the city’s massive revolving spotlight as well as the giant illuminated Christmas tree in winter. It was also here, on the top floor, that the city’s legendary Altitude 737 bar was located. Now, Au Sommet will bring the top four floors of the city’s “Grande Dame” back to life with spaces fully dedicated to celebrating the heart and soul of downtown Montréal. From the café and boutique on the commercial level to the 43rd floor foyer For years, people have been flocking to… / Read More →

7 Montréal essentials: Festival wear

The key to an amaaazing festival experience? First: killer programming. (We’ve got you covered.) Second: The perfect gear. You want to be as cute as a groupie, but also light on your feet, prepared for weather changes, and ready to dance at all times. Here’s all the festival wear you’ll need, courtesy of 100% Montréal brands. Atelier New Regime The five-panel camper-style Hammers cap with snazzy New Regime label woven on the front says nonstop summer fun with its floral print and sportswear look. Lightweight and adjustable, it’s the perfect way to manage the sun during those hot daytime shows. Find it online, or in person at New Regime’s workshop at 4030 St-Ambroise, Suite 311. $20.95 Maison Bourdon These sunnies are designed and made in Montréal, which is only part of what makes them so cool. They’ll be an essential part of your daytime festival experience, both to add an air of mystery to your outfit, and to protect your eyes from the glare of the superstars onstage. Find this or three other models online, or at carriers including Diffusion Griff 3000 (350 Saint-Paul E.) and Signatures Québécoises (560 rue St Joseph E.). Starting at $150 The Editorial Magazine Face… / Read More →

Montreal Designers Open Their Doors This Spring

Design buffs will get an inside view this spring, as two events invite one and all to enter the intimate creative spaces of some of Montreal’s most acclaimed designers, architects, fashion creators and artists…

Montreal Designer Duo UNTTLD Shine Off Screen

With their collection of touchably sleek and sexy women’s wear now at Simons department store as well as in Old Montreal at the beautiful Quai 417, it’s a cinch to get a piece by UNTTLD, Montreal’s most vibrant young fashion duo, to bring home as a souvenir…