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Things to do in Montreal: February 26 to March 4

Yes, yes, y’all, it’s Nuit Blanche! This Saturday brings with it the best excuse to stay up all night since the last Star Trek marathon on Space TV. Grab your friends and family and hit the streets and cultural centres of the Montréal, open all night and jam-packed with special programming. All-night art The only bad thing about Nuit Blanche is figuring out how to divide your time – there’s just that much to do. The best strategy this Saturday, February 28, is to start with all your favourite places, whether that’s the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Phi Centre, the Olympic Stadium, Fonderie Darling or the Belgo Building, because you’ll get to access them for free. Plus you can be sure they’ll be pulling out all the stops for this special night with unusual and exciting programming, whether that’s live music, workshops, free performances and more. But afterwards, it’s time to discover. Nuit Blanche is really about broadening your perspectives, while having a good time, so an adventurous attitude is de mise. This year you might be tempted by the film screening night at Nouveau Palais restaurant. Or maybe you’ll want to try the all-night collage party at Monastiraki? And,… / Read More →

Nuit Blanche: Montréal’s all-nighter lets your wild side be your guide

A wild night out might include a zip line or an ice slide. Or rock climbing, rock concerts or underground adventures. Maybe a veritable gourmet buffet, nighttime acrobatics or a dance club ski lodge and spa. But what about all of those things, and much more, on one single night? It would have to be, by anyone’s measure, the wildest night of the year. Welcome to Montréal’s Nuit Blanche. Starting on Saturday, February 28 and wrapping up pretty much whenever you want it to wrap up in the morning hours of Sunday, March 1, this 12th edition of Montréal’s “white night” is practically incandescent with activities. Nuit Blanche puts an exclamation point on the city’s MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter festival, closing out the annual extravaganza with an all-night citywide party. Some 211 separate activities – 178 of which are absolutely free – will be spread out across three city districts: Old Montréal, most of downtown and the Plateau/Mile End. And don’t worry your head about transportation. Montréal’s metro system will be open all night long, and a free shuttle service (4 routes and 65 stops) connecting the aforementioned districts will run every 10 minutes from 8 pm to 3 am. But more importantly, the fun stuff. Montréal… / Read More →

Montréal celebrates food all year round

[Updated on July 17, 2015] Montrealers love to celebrate anything and everything, especially food and drink. Here are the top 15 food events that you need to look out for! First Fridays (Annually from May to October) Join the fleet of Montréal food trucks every first Friday of the summer and autumn months at the Esplanade Sun Life at the Olympic Park, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. for some awesome open air eats. Montréal Oysterfest (August 29 & 30, 2015) A weekend-long festival that brings together some of the city’s finest restaurants and bars to celebrate our all-time favourite bivalve mollusc, the oyster. Omnivore Food Festival (August 20 to 24, 2015) In collaboration with the SAT (Society for Arts and Technology), the Omnivore World Tour returns every year in the month of August to discuss and demonstrate trends and innovative techniques by world-renowned chefs. Le Burger Week (Annually in September) Initiated by the same people who bring you La Poutine Week, Le Burger Week features over 30 restaurants around Montréal that offer their tasty interpretation of the humble hamburger. MTL à TABLE (October 29 to November 8, 2015) Montréal’s own restaurant week: over 140 restaurants in the city serving specialty table d’hôte menus at… / Read More →

Activities for all ages during Spring Break in Montréal

“Spring Break” is a misnomer – it should be called “Spring Blast.” Whether you call it Spring Break, March Break or as we say in French, “la semaine de relâche,” the weeks ending February and beginning March in Montréal are exploding with entertainment and events tailored to the kids and the kid in you. It begins with the end of massive winter arts and culture festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (February 19 to March 1), which takes place in the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown Montréal. The festival presents an action-packed program of performing arts, culinary creations and a dynamic range of outdoor activities. The free and family-friendly outdoor site is alive with interactive installations, dining areas, a Ferris wheel, ice slides (one each for adults and the little ones) and, new this year, zip lines that run the length of the festival site. MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE concludes with the epic Nuit Blanche all-nighter on February 28, which consists of more than 200 (mostly free) activities including live music, film, performance art, interactive installations and visual arts. Nuit Blanche takes over three districts of aboveground Montréal (served by shuttles) as well as underground Montréal. In fact, the city’s renowned “Underground City”… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Laurent Saulnier

Laurent Saulnier is arguably one of Montréal’s most powerful musical tastemakers. It’s a notion that would doubtless make the amiable and unassuming Vice-President of Programming and Production for three of the city’s largest festivals – MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Les FrancoFolies – erupt in a fit of his signature laughter. Saulnier began working for the festivals 15 years ago after sharpening his skills as a music connoisseur at French-language alt-weekly Voir where he was music editor. Now Saulnier applies those same discerning tastes to the selection of the hundreds of artists of all genres who perform at the festivals’ indoor and outdoor stages. He is, in short, the VP of your good time. Job: Vice-President of Programming and Production at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal and Les FrancoFolies. What exactly do you do? “I’m responsible for all the stages and what’s on those stages, both indoors and outdoors. So it’s about choosing the artists, but it’s also about the lights, the sound and everything that’s on the stages themselves.” What’s the coolest thing about your job? “The coolest thing is being able to bring new faces, new talent, new… / Read More →

Best #MTLMOMENTS from Montréal en Lumière and Nuit Blanche

This past week, Montréal en Lumière and Nuit Blanche illuminated the city with vibrant lights and unique cultural highlights. We sourced some of the best pictures from Montrealers and visitors who came out to enjoy the food, fun, art, night, and lights… The pulsating crowd in Quartier des Spectacles during Montréal en Lumière. (Photo by benkiraneahmed) The now famous slide during Montréal en Lumière. Watching the joy on children’s faces when they whiz down is enough to warm your heart for the rest of Nuit Blanche! (Photo by susanmossphotography) This penguin at the Biodome on Nuit Blanche needs no introduction. (Photo by clemmtl) The brave took to the ice during Montréal en Lumière even though the temperature dipped well below freezing. (Photo by votretourdumonde) A stunning photo of the Grande Roue in Quartiers des Spectacles. Must have used a tripod… (Photo by vesia514) Two vibrant panoramas of the festival- such a whimsical sight! (Photo by photojpl) A special menu of edible art at Globe for the Montréal en Lumière festival. (Photo by montrealglobe) Keeping cozy and warm while fueling up on a snack around a fire pit during Nuit Blanche. (Photo by chenyunlv) Intricate alien-like body paintings at Hotel Le Germain on Nuit Blanche…. / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: February 28-March 6

The city lights up this week for the all-night festivities of Nuit Blanche, a Quebec-made beer festival, internationally-acclaimed circus, theatre, dance and live music, and even keeps family spirits bright throughout spring break…

Things to Do in Montreal: February 21-27

With a winter festival in full swing downtown, feats of outdoor athleticism in the Old Port, and an array of theatrical and music performances at dozens of venues, this week keeps winter brighter than ever…

Night Magic at Montreal’s Nuit Blanche

Everyone turns into a night owl on March 1 in Montreal as the entire city centre gets in on the Nuit Blanche celebrations, with over 200 free indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment for all ages all night long…

BEAUTIFUL TIMELAPSE OF MONTREAL AT NIGHT

Watch as Montreal flutters through a night in this gorgeous timelapse entitled “Night Lights” by Simon Huang. The phenomenal video features viewpoints of Montreal’s skyline from Mont-Royal, blinking lights and massive projections from Quartier des Spectacles, the spinning spotlight on Place Ville-Marie, and mesmerizing footage from Montréal en Lumière. The 2014 edition of Montréal en Lumière runs from February 20 – March 2, 2014, with Nuit Blanche (the all-nighter cultural event) taking place the evening of March 1, 2014. Take advantage of your stay in Montreal with this Sweet Deal package!