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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 →

Spring break for families in Montréal

Kids can slide down hills in the snow, discover nature’s wonders or play all kinds of games indoors this spring break in Montréal – find fun, memorable and even free things to do for every kid at every age, March 6 to 12. Family-friendly 375th anniversary activities Montréal’s 375th Les Hivernales family programming makes the most of winter – and makes downtown Montréal sparkle during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, February 23 to March 11.Ride an illuminated ice slide and Ferris wheel, play gamesand go curling, roast marshmallows over fire pits, listen to live music, marvel at the giant projections and interactive art of ILLUMINART and much more at the winter festival’s free outdoor site outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des spectacles. Check out the art brightening up the underground city linking downtown‘s Complexe Desjardins, Place Ville Marie, Place Montréal Trust and Centre Eaton during Art Souterrain. And on March 4, the whole city gets in on the Nuit Blanche celebrations, with activities and entertainment for all ages, all night long.   Une publication partagée par Espace pour la vie (@espacepourlavie) le 15 Févr. 2016 à 14h14 PST Toddlers and pre-schoolers Thrill younger kids with the antics of lynx, otters,… / Read More →

Your Montréal Nuit blanche survival guide, 2017

How do you distill year-long celebrations of Montréal’s 375th anniversary, Canada’s 150th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Expo 67 World Fair into one wild party? Nuit blanche, that’s how. The arts, culture and performance all-nighter will take on a “1967” theme this year in commemoration of one of the pivotal moments in the history of Montréal, and we offer you this guide to “surviving” it in style. The event The 14th edition of Nuit blanche, part of the annual MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts and culture festival taking place at locations all over downtown Montréal and in surrounding neighbourhoods. The “white night” starts on Saturday, March 4 and ends in the wee hours of Sunday, March 5. Avez-vous essayé notre Tyrolienne RBC ? #MTLenLumiere Photo : Victor Diaz Lamich Une publication partagée par MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (@mtlenlumiere) le 20 Févr. 2016 à 16h48 PST What you’re getting yourself into One of the highlights of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is the always illuminating, always epic Nuit blanche all-nighter. Nuit blanche invites all comers to partake in upwards of 200 (mostly free) activities this year centred around the theme of revisiting the spirit of Expo 67. These will include live music, film, dance, performance art, interactive installations, storytelling, digital… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 17 to 23

It may be February, but Montréal’s intent on keeping things hot this week: Off-Igloofest gets us dancing in the snow; indoors there’s art, ballet, comedy, theatre and music to keep us on our toes; and brilliant winter festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE kicks off with constant entertainment. Winter festivals In a city that’s been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years, this winter’s Les Hivernales 375th anniversary events have been a stand-out – they wrap up as electronic music festival Igloofest continues with Off-Igloofest on Feb. 17 – ÎleSoniq festival presents Aussie producer Thomas Jack – and on Feb. 18, an entirely free all-ages night with music from Le Matos, Hatchmatik and more along with the Nordik games (including the Slap Shot movie zone) – and don’t miss the Nordik Slide and Nordik Village on the afternoon of Feb. 19. Among this week’s extreme winter sports: race along with or cheer on the participants of the Polar Hero Race on Feb. 18 at Parc Jean-Drapeau, featuring a unique 5-km, 25-obstacle course and a 10-km, 50-obstacle course. And the wonderful MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts, culture and fine dining festival starts Feb. 23 at various locations – among the outdoor site activities to try: Curling en lumière.  Une publication partagée par Emily Leclerc (@tomorrow_emily) le 10 Févr. 2017 à 13h08 PST Active February… / Read More →

Your MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE survival guide

Winter festivals don’t get much more fun than MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE – with Montréal’s 375th anniversary added to the mix this year, the arts and culture festival outdoes even itself. Get ready for downtown Montréal to become a blizzard of entertainment and activities, from glamorous theatres to revamped outdoor sites. The event The 18th edition of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts and culture festival, at various locations in downtown Montréal from February 23 to March 11, 2017. What you’re getting yourself into Over the course of 17 days, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE welcomes millions of fearless fun seekers to one of the largest winter festivals in the world. Whether you love live music and fine dining or your kids can’t get enough of ice slides, the annual event is sure to please with an excellent program of performing arts (live music, theatre, dance, circus arts and more), innumerable gastronomic options (over 500 chefs, wine producers and culinary experts have participated over the years), and all kinds of events and activities at the action-and-art packed outdoor site. All that plus epic all-nighter Nuit blanche. Where everything’s happening  Over 100 paid indoor performances and concerts (from jazz, classical and rock concerts to theatre and circus) take place at dozens of venues… / Read More →

Your spring break guide to all things Montréal!

If you thought you needed to head south for spring break to feel the heat, you couldn’t be more wrong. Not only is Montréal a sizzling hot spring-break destination, it has some of the coolest urban neighbourhoods to eat, drink, and party till the early morning hours. Most importantly, you won’t have to break the bank. Thanks to an attractive U.S. exchange rate and budget-friendly prices you can indulge like a superstar on the budget of a roadie. These neighborhoods are just some of where the action is. Favorite bar in town, favorite staff and everything! Also the light there during Sunday brunch is just perfect!✨👌🏻 Une photo publiée par Sarah Babineau (@kara_bino) le 11 Janv. 2017 à 12h18 PST Little Italy and Villeray One of the funkiest, up and coming areas in Montréal these days are the Little Italy and Villeray neighbourhoods, where a healthy fusion of old and new come together to form a uniquely original urban vibe. Brasserie Harricana borrows amply from its Québec roots, but this popular meeting place for the locals remains a modern, experimental craft brewery with its own line of in-house beers and a long list of comfort-food offerings. Fried beer can chicken,… / Read More →

Get outside and play in Montréal this winter

Montréal is known for summer street festivals and open-air events, but the outdoor fun doesn’t stop when the weather gets cold. This January also marks the start of Montréal’s 375th anniversary – bet on plenty of celebratory snow-and-ice themed outdoor activities all winter. Winter sports action The first of Montréal’s 375th anniversary events begins with Les Hivernales, an action-packed program for all-ages, featuring outdoor hockey games, curling, a soap box derby on St-Denis, an ice-canoe challenge and more. In the heart of downtown, the Barbegazi winter action sports festival installs an skill-testing obstacle course January 6-8 and 13-15, along with chances to try snowskating, fatbiking, wood cutting and Christmas-tree throwing. White out at the skating rink 🇨🇦⛸❄@vieuxportmtl • @mtlblog @livemontreal @montreal_gallery @imagesofcanada @explorecanada @tourcanada @montreal @montreall #montreal #mtlblog #livemontreal #montreal_gallery #imagesofcanada #explorecanada #tourcanada #way2ill #illgramers #moodygrams #agameoftones #thismtl #mtlmoments #fm2mag #eatplaylive #thecreatorclass #mg5k #vol10k #aov10k #beautifuldestinations #cbcmontreal #hbouthere #sdmtravels #streetsof514 #wudupmtl Une photo publiée par 🚧 Montreal | Canada 🍁 (@ericbranover) le 31 Déc. 2016 à 8h55 PST Snow park life Go play in the snow, ice skate, ride the ferris wheel and so much more at family-oriented Fête des Neiges at Parc Jean-Drapeau Jan. 14-15 and Feb. 5-6. Ice skate at the Old Port’s Natrel Skating… / Read More →

Igloofest goes Nordik for Montréal’s 375th

There may not be any actual igloos, per se, but the same concepts of warmth and community under one roof are still two of the big drivers behind Montréal’s annual Igloofest outdoor dance party. And this year, as part of the wintry Hivernales portion of the city’s year-long 375th birthday party, Igloofest is far more than simply a celebration of the best that electronic music has to offer: it’s an expanded, family-friendly festival for all. With a beat. Over the course of six (up from four) weekends this year – January 12 to February 19 – dance enthusiasts by the tens of thousands will warm themselves to the sound of leading edge electro while immersed in Igloofest’s magical multimedia environment. Custom-designed stages, as well as immersive video and laser light displays, are all diamonds in a setting that’s equally spectacular in its own right: the Jacques-Cartier Quay in the picturesque Old Port of Montréal, in the glow of Old Montréal. As mentioned, Igloofest falls under the umbrella of Hivernales, which runs from January 6 to March 11. It’s a blanket term covering numerous events, from the opening Barbegazi Winter Action Sports Festival to the Classique Montréalaise pond hockey tournament; from the Montréal en… / Read More →

Free things to do this winter in Montréal

Montréal knows how to do winter right, from indoor entertainment to outdoor illuminations – and in celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary this year, even more free activities fill the calendar from December into March. December festivities Outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal transforms Sainte-Catherine Street at Place des festivals into a winter village – find locally made goods and goodies, an activity area for kids, live music and, of course, Montréal’s first giant Christmas tree. Nearby, the 13,000 lights of the Place Ville Marie Christmas tree structure light up the business district. In Old Montréal, drink hot chocolate around a cozy fire and wander through a Christmas market at Merry Montréal at Place Jacques-Cartier. Walk down Mount-Royal Avenue for Noël sur l’Avenue and experience Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin downtown and in Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau. Indoors, the Complex Desjardins Magic Kingdom makes the mall delightful with a mini train, carousel and the multimedia Fontaine Boréale show. Winter wonderlands Take a whirl spinning fairy-tale images in giant zoetropes at this year’s Luminothérapie interactive-art playground at Place des Festivals to Jan. 29. Look towards Mount Royal (“The Mountain” to Montrealers) to see Aurores Montréal, a new 15,000 square metre light projection by artist Marc Séguin and multimedia company 4U2C…. / Read More →

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE offers another sparkling edition of delicious food and fun

Each winter, Montréal sparkles with light, entertainment and gourmet goodness during the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Festival. And this year, our favourite winter mood-booster is an official event on the program of Montréal’s high-profile 375th anniversary celebrations, offering even more brilliant ideas on how to spark up your life with fun, food, light and music. Here’s what you need to know about the 2017 edition, and why it makes sense to head north this coming February 23 to March 11. Fébrilité dans l’air dans l’attente du dévoilement de notre programmation gastronomique. On vous dit tout très bientôt ! #MTLenLumiere | Photo : Frédérique Ménard-Aubin Une photo publiée par MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (@mtlenlumiere) le 28 Nov. 2016 à 9h08 PST Treat your taste buds to the fine cuisine of Lyon For the festival’s gourmet component, we’ll be lionizing the fabulous cuisine of Lyon, France. The festival’s grand featured city, home of an impressive 21 Michelin-starred chefs and some 4,200 restaurants, will lavish us with its lovely gastronomy, thanks to an impressive contingent of its chefs, including Jérôme Bocuse and Christopher Muller, the two honorary co-presidents. In restaurants across Montréal, the creativity will be flying off the charts as our guest chefs and local… / Read More →