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Things to do in Montréal: May 5 to 11

With spring comes new delights in Montréal: step back 50 years in exhibitions about Expo 67, conduct an orchestra of fountains downtown, marvel at a Cirque du Soleil show, new theatre and illuminating visual art, listen to live music of all kinds, and explore the city. Springtime scenes It’s time to play in the heart of downtown: hop on a colourful, music-making swing at the 21 Swings installation and conduct your own virtual orchestra connected to a system of high-powered water jets in Maëstro – both outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles, part of this year’s Digital Spring art-meets-tech creations. Walk through the Botanical Garden‘s blooming grounds and tropical greenhouse and take a tour with avian experts during Bird Fest at the Biodôme at the Montréal Space for Life. Also fun for kids: solving forensic mysteries at the Montréal Science Centre’s CSI: The Experience in the Old Port. Walk up Saint-Laurent to see bright building-sized murals or take a walk off the beaten path to discover welcoming and wonderful quirky spots in Montréal. Find out more about free things to do this Spring in Montréal and the city’s secret corners in this spring’s Grande Tournée events. Une publication partagée par Spade & Palacio Tours (@spadeandpalacio) le 20 Sept. 2016 à 8h56 PDT Food and fashion  See the city sights and eat well in… / Read More →

Expo 67: forever in fashion

Since before it opened its doors and throughout the following 50 years, Expo 67’s effect on Montréal cannot be understated. As the city’s de facto débutante ball entrance onto the world stage, Montréal pre and post Expo 67 are two different cities. And giving proof of Expo 67’s reach into all facets of Montréal life, the Musée McCord’s Fashioning Expo 67 takes a close look at the fashions directly related to, influenced by, and seen at the world’s fair. A fashion kaleidoscope Expo 67’s spotlight on Montréal has been interpreted countless times through its transformative architecture and achievements in bringing the world together on two man-made islands in the St Lawrence. “Though Expo 67 left an indelible legacy, its spotlight on fashion has been all but forgotten,” notes Suszanne Sauvage, the Musée’s President and Chief Executive Officer. For the first time, Fashioning Expo 67 examines the fair’s influence through its fashions and also takes time to collect the opinions of those who wore them. Each pavilion brought along a team of hostesses, all outfitted with a unique look. And while each of these frocks brought with it a sense of national pride, not everyone was happy with her country’s chosen… / Read More →

Catch Trends on the Move with Montréal’s Fashion Trucks

Saddle up to the window, lean in, and order… a sweatshirt? Yes siree, after the worldwide trend of food trucks comes the new kid on the block: fashion trucks. Rather than carry the overhead of a street-front boutique, young designers from New York to Paris to Montréal are choosing to take their style on the high road. Why not, when you can drive to a new neighbourhood everyday, open your doors, and bring your customers the looks they want right at their doorsteps? Here’s a guide to Montréal’s new upwardly mobile fashion fleet. To know where there are right now, click their names to access their sites! OLDWIG The pink flamingos on the side of the truck say it: there’s whimsy and kitsch afoot! The Oldwig fashion truck contains vintage goods galore, both apparel and the occasional object. Whether you’re looking for that perfect vintage Adidas track jacket or the pair of cut-offs of your dreams, dive into the jam-packed selection and see what you can find. COVEN Dreamt up by a collective of fashion school graduates, the sleek white Coven truck with black logo announces its aesthetic – think stylish, minimalist, but overall, affordable. That was the whole idea… / Read More →

5 Montréal essentials: scarves

Montréal may be chilly in wintertime, but it’s a hotbed of creativity. Known for its unique Euro-American approach to style, the city is rife with fashion designers that make ordinary objects extraordinary, and create souvenirs actually worth bringing back. Get a load of the five hottest – literally – made-in-Montréal scarves out there these days. Mélissa Nepton Montréal designer Mélissa Nepton created a series of gorgeous scarves in her F/W collection, including the thick and chunky, grey, 100% wool felt Agathe scarf (pictured extreme left). It’s neutral enough for both genders, warm as heck and about five miles long, with an oversized fringe that gives it its signature flair. Find it online, or at carriers like Espace Pépin (350 Saint-Paul Street West), Unicorn (5135 Saint-Laurent Boulevard) and Olam (1374 Sainte-Catherine Street West) $88   Eve Gravel Always one to put a sexy twist on simple things, Eve Gravel dressed up the tube scarf with touches of leatherette this season. Available in both dark heather grey and sleek black, the scrunchy Tea Party scarf will give a sculptural look to any overcoat. Find it online, or at carriers like Onze (4151 Saint-Laurent Boulevard), Belle & Rebelle (6321 Saint-Hubert Street) and Simons… / Read More →

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…

MONTREAL DESIGNER EVE GRAVEL SPRINGS ETERNAL

Chicoutimi-born designer Eve Gravel moved to Montreal at the young age of 18 to pursue her studies in fashion. Since then, she’s become a symbol of the exciting local designer scene, with an ever-growing distribution (now in the U.S. and Europe!) and a loyal fan base…

MONTREAL FASHION WEEK DOES IT IN STYLE

Montreal Fashion Week is always cause for celebration, but in the drudgery of grey February, nothing lifts the spirit like the bright lights, flashing bulbs and glamour of groundbreaking fashion shows…