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Things to do in Montréal: July 22 to 28

Montréal turns the fun dial all the way up this week for comedy fest Just For Laughs, games fest Mondial des Jeux, two nights of fireworks, numerous outdoor activities and sports in the sun, new films and live music – we’ve even got Pokémon GO covered! Mike Ward, scène @videotron 🎉 // 16 juillet Une photo publiée par Juste pour rire (@juste_pour_rire) le 17 Juil. 2016 à 14h02 PDT Comedy gold Laugh out loud for days during comedy festival Just For Laughs, bringing headliners Nathan Lane, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Goldblum, Aziz Ansari, Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Russell Peters, Hannibal Buress and more comedy stars to Montréal until August 1. JFL’s free street festival outside Place des Arts entertains day and night – don’t miss the Twins Parade on July 23 and the Vintage Car exhibition on July 24, kid-focused V8energy labyrinth, puppeteer Jacques Boutin and dancer-clown Fifi Bric-à-Brac, nightly musical Jukebox and an array of food trucks. See new editions of The Ethnic Show hosted by Rachid Badouri and The Nasty Show, a seriously dirty good time hosted by Mike Ward. JFL’s “underground” program OFF-JFL features Janeane Garofalo, Tom Green, Scott Thompson, The Lucas Bros and more. Add to all that Zoofest, dedicated to wild indie humour and a… / Read More →

10 signs that spring has totally arrived in Montréal

While Montréal is an active and outdoorsy city throughout the entire year, the arrival of springtime is always greeted with a certain joviality. The locals swap their winter jackets for their bicycles. The sidewalks bustle a bit more. People are extra smiley. Romance is in the air. There is nothing quite like spring in Montréal, and here are 10 signs that it is most definitely here! 1) Like bees to blossoms, locals flock to patios for an espresso or a pint of beer! 2) One of Montréal’s most iconic images — pink balls — reappear in the Gay Village! (Coming in April, stay tuned…) 3) Montréal’s shared bicycle system BIXI return to the streets once again — ding ding! The 2016 season starts officially on April 15. 4) The students of Canada’s most distinguished university (McGill) start throwing the ol’ Frisbee around. Hello t-shirts and flip-flops! 5) From residential gardens to downtown boulevards, fetching flowers begin to nudge their way out of the soil. The blooming begins! 6) Crowd-pleasing Montréal ice cream shops such as Ripples, Bilboquet and La Diperie open their doors! 7) The store windows along Sainte-Catherine Street are packed with pretty sun dresses and handsome summerwear! 8)… / Read More →

Your Montréal pro-sports 2016 season roundup

Montrealers are passionate practitioners of, well, everything. It explains why we’re just as passionate when it comes to our support for professional sports, in particular those high-level competitors – like the Montreal Canadiens, the Alouettes and the Impact – who play for the pride of the city. The following is your primer for what’s shaping up to be a sports-action-packed 2016. Normally at this time of the year, the prospect of the impending National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs would see the excitement levels of Montrealers switching from simmer to slow boil. Alas, barring a miracle, Montreal Canadiens fans (i.e., pretty much everybody) will have to content themselves watching all the playoff action minus their beloved Habs. Though it was a season beset by injuries – including but not limited to franchise goaltender Carey Price – and unlucky bounces, it was, as always, far from boring down at the Bell Centre, and the club’s future prospects are encouraging. A few things to look forward to going into next season (which begins the first week of October): management seems intent on keeping the core players intact, there is a raft of top-tier farm team talent making its way up, and Price (fingers… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 23 to 29

Late October in Montréal is all about food, art-abundant culture, live music and Halloween fun. The city’s official Restaurant Week, MTL à TABLE, kicks off with gourmet festivities and menu specials, just as a cultural feast is unleashed in theatres and galleries, touring bands thrill music fans and Halloween activities creep into our already wild nightlife. Fantastic food   Montréal is a food lovers’ city, with more restaurants than most major urban centres and the acclaim to match – try as many eateries as you can during MTL à TABLE, Montréal’s official Restaurant Week, happening October 29 to November 8 at 150 restaurants across the city. For 11 days, take advantage of table d’hôte reduced prices ($21, $31 or $41), culinary tours, wine tastings, special events and more, from family-friendly restaurants to group-friendly locales, bring-your-own-wine favourites to local cheeses. For more details on what to do and where to go during Restaurant Week, read our Tourisme Montréal Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à TABLE. Happy eating! Halloween anticipation Because Montréalers love Halloween, the costumed fun starts early. Cult movie fans cheer for both the film and a cast of characters on stage at the Rocky Horror Picture Show Ball,… / Read More →

10 (more) wonderful ways to explore Montréal

A second (or third or fourth) visit to Montréal is a time for really getting to know the city and its people – but where to start digging deeper? We’ve compiled a top-ten list that’s all about going beyond the main attractions – check our 10 Montréal “musts” for first-time visitors first so you don’t miss any of those! See a Show at Place des Arts Live music, theatre, dance and more is all under the roof of Place des Arts, the city’s biggest theatre complex, right downtown in the Quartier des spectacles. Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre Métropolitain play classical favourites and new music in the new Maison Symphonique, Opéra de Montréal stages lush opera productions, Danse Danse brings international dance stars to the Montreal stage, and rock stars and Broadway shows make appearances at PdA throughout the year. Shop the Plateau Find speciality stores and Canadian and Quebecois designers’ boutiques as well as bookstores, furniture and more on the streets of the Plateau neighbourhood, especially on Saint-Denis Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard north of Sherbrooke, Mont-Royal Avenue in the several blocks east and west of the Mont-Royal Metro station, and along Laurier Avenue west of Saint-Laurent. and if… / Read More →

Mr. Soccer, Francis Millien, talks FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada

They call him Mr. Soccer, and for very good reason. Francis Millien has had a hand – or perhaps a foot, rather – in the promotion of soccer in Montréal and Québec at virtually every level for over 30 years. As Venue General Manager at Montréal’s Olympic Stadium for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 (taking place in Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Moncton and Montréal from June 6 to July 5), Millien once again finds himself in service of the beautiful game. An assistant coach for the Montréal’s professional soccer team, the Montréal Impact, for five years, Millien played an active role in the organization of the U20 2014 and the U20 FIFA World Cup in 2007. A member of Montréal’s Comité Excellence Sportive since 2011 (responsible for supporting high performance sport in Montréal and showcasing the city’s sport scene), Millien’s duties at the FIFA Women’s World Cup also relate to upholding standards of excellence. “[My job] is to make sure that everything is prepared in good order and that everything follows the rules and criteria of FIFA ,” Millien explains. “There are very strict regulations we have to follow to make sure that the best service is given… / Read More →

Montréal pro-sports season round-up

It’s no accident that Montréal is home to one of the most legendary professional sports franchises in the history of pro-sports, the Montréal Canadiens. Montréalers are passionate about being, well, Montréalers, and love for the city’s sports teams and annual competitive events – the Canadiens, Alouettes, Impact, Rogers Cup and more – is DNA-deep in the identity of the city’s inhabitants. It’s a love that’s going to see its full expression over an action-packed pro sports schedule in 2015. The National Hockey League’s Montréal Canadiens (or “Habs,” from the French word “habitants”) are always the biggest sports story in town at this time of the year simply because we’re in the final stretch of the regular season. In decades past, now is when the Habs Nation would normally break out in a rash of collective anxiety. Not this year. Against pre-season expectations, The Habs are currently alternating for top spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, in large part due to the next-level net minding efforts of Carey Price, who’s spent a good part of the season writing the book on Zen and the Art of Goaltending Greatness. And despite a recent lapse in scoring, and a Western Conference road trip… / Read More →

Sports in Montreal: NBA, UFC, Lacrosse and more

While it’s that time of the year when most Montreal hockey and football fans are focused, laser-like, on the fortunes of the just-getting-started Montreal Canadiens and the coming-down-the-home-stretch Montreal Alouettes respectively, there’s a lot more sports life out there than just the big tickets…