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Things to do in Montréal: March 17 to 23

Even in the midst of a snow storm, the idea of spring is on the minds of Montrealers by late March – one of the sure signs of the season is the city’s huge St. Patrick’s Day parade, joined this week by sugar shack season, a Pink Floyd opera, the vivid colours of Chagall, butterflies at the Botanical Garden, and plenty more. St. Patrick’s Day party Montréal may be one of the biggest French speaking cities in the world, but its varied history wouldn’t be quite as colourful without its long-standingn Irish contingent. That’s why Montréal boasts the longest consecutive running St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world – see what it’s all about on March 19 as the parade dances and drums for all ages along Sainte-Catherine Street downtown. Add to the annual tradition by raising a glass at the city’s best Irish pubs – our guide to 10 things you didn’t know about the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Montréal makes for great bar fodder. Une publication partagée par #CINQCENTQUATORZE ® (@jfsavaria) le 16 Mars 2017 à 7h52 PDT Spring anticipation Snowstorms rival sunny days in March, so if you’re here on Spring Break, keep your plans flexible: our guide to… / 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 →

Things to do in Montréal: February 3 to 9

Winter’s feeling fine as Montréal settles into February by going dancing in the snow, digging into La Poutine Week (perfectly paired with the Superbowl) and doing a little freestyle snowmobiling – with some opera, art, live music and speakeasy cocktails on the side. Montréal turns 375 From Montréal’s first winter carnival to this winter’s Les Hivernales events, the city has been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years. This weekend keeps the party going by day with free and family-friendly Fête des neiges at Parc Jean-Drapeau (complete with games, an ice-sculpted pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel and more), and at night with electronic music festival Igloofest in the Old Port – dance to music by Green Velvet and more artists on Friday and Dave Clarke and other beat-droppers on Saturday, plus incredible visuals. Day or night, try Igloofest’s Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier or visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier. Freestyle snowmobiling is way up there on the list of extreme winter sports: see world snowmobiling champions perform unbelievable aerial tricks this weekend at free event Motoneige MTL Xtrem at Philips Square. On the other end of the e-sports spectrum: Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Invitational gaming event at Usine C. And hear campfire songs and stories at Feu, feu, joli feu, un karaoké… / Read More →

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts opens the Pavilion for Peace

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is already an unmissable stop on any visitor’s itinerary, but now it’s got a fifth pavilion to add to its appeal: the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, as venerable in spirit as it is as a space dedicated to historical art and art education. 🎉 Bonne et heureuse année 2017! 🎉 Le #MBAM s’engage plus que jamais à soutenir des valeurs sociales et citoyennes. #Montréal, ville de la Grande #Paix historique, demeure un havre pour les migrants et les citoyens du monde. ✌ Avec le Pavillon pour la Paix Michal et Renata Hornstein, le #Musée rend hommage à la donation majeure des Hornstein, ces rescapés de l’Holocauste et ces généreux mécènes pour leur ville d’adoption. Prévu pour les célébrations de 2017, il souligne la qualité architecturale de Montréal, Ville #UNESCO de #design, tout en constituant l’un des éléments phares du 375e anniversaire de la métropole québécoise. Au plaisir de vous accueillir au Musée! 🎉 #HappyNewYear 2017! 🎉 The #Museum has been more committed than ever to supporting social and civic values. #Montreal, the city of the Great #Peace, has been a haven for migrants and citizens of the world. ✌ With the… / Read More →

Blockbuster winter and spring 2017 Montréal museum exhibitions

Famed Russian-French artist Marc Chagall, French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier and legendary Canadian photographer William Notman take centre stage in blockbuster exhibitions at Montréal museums this winter and spring 2017. Chagall: Colour and Music at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the largest exhibition ever devoted to Marc Chagall (1887-1985) in Canada, featuring some 500 works and documents—paintings, collages, watercolours, sculptures, stained glass windows and ceramics—which show how Chagall’s aesthetic and artistic world is imbued with music. The exhibition includes his creations for the stage, notably 40 rarely-seen costumes and sets for the ballets and operas Aleko (1942), The Firebird (1945), Daphnis et Chloé (1958) and The Magic Flute (1967). No less than famed art critic Robert Hughes called Chagall “the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century.” Chagall: Colour and Music runs from January 28 to June 11. After such a great adventure, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” seen by two million visitors in twelve cities over five years couldn’t end like this… As cherry on the cake, as a very early Christmas gift or as a 2017 good resolution, the @mbamtl is presenting a surprise return of the most incredible wedding moments by… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 6 to 12

Montréal officially kicks off celebrations for its 375th! The city marks its momentous anniversary this week – and all year – with seasonal activities and events, including a winter action sports festival, a giant ice slide and winter villages, an outdoor electronic music fest, all kinds of art and more. It’s January at maximum fun! Winter activities Les Hivernales events kick off Montréal’s 375th anniversary, beginning with the free Barbegazi winter action sports festival, Jan. 6-8 and 13-15 downtown – try the skill-testing obstacle course, snowskating, fatbiking, wood cutting and Christmas-tree throwing. Montréal has even more free things to do this winter – go ice skating at Mount Royal Park’s Beaver Lake or Park La Fontaine and at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade’s Village Mammouth where there’s also a tube slide, food and drink, and an activity area for kids. In Old Montréal, take a ride down the Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier, opening Jan. 12 – and when you get to the bottom, visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier – both built by electronic music event Igloofest. Spin fairy-tale images in giant zoetropes at this year’s Luminothérapie art playground at Place des Festivals. And now that the World Junior Hockey Championships has finished a stellar series at the Bell Centre, watch the Montréal Canadiens return to home ice on Jan. 9… / 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 →

Things to do in Montréal: December 9 to 15

The festive season truly fires up this week in Montréal – the city celebrates with outdoor events and markets brimming with local treats, Santa’s doing photo-op visits, The Nutcracker ballet graces the stage, along with Christmas concerts, a Leonard Cohen tribute and more. Festive fun outdoors In the heart of downtown, outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal glitters alongside Canada’s tallest Christmas tree outside Place des Arts – find locally made gifts and goodies, activities for kids, live music and more. While there, take a turn on the colourful 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie interactive outdoor art. Merry Montréal adds entertainment, a market, fire pits, films and warm drinks to the ambience of Old Montréal, and fireworks light up the Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink on Dec. 10. Live music and circus, food and drink, weekend visits with Santa – and with friendly sheep and amusing elves too! – make Noël dans le Parc a must at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau. Over at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade’s Village Mammouth go ice skating and tube sliding, snack on food truck fare and shop at the winter market. Find Santa and more seasonal things to do in our round-op of winter activities for… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 2 to 8

That festive holiday glow hits the streets of Montréal this week – a massive Christmas tree and an interactive art installation illuminate downtown’s Place des Festivals, markets packed with local creations pop up everywhere (and so does Santa), and new art, film and live music inspire. Festive outdoor events Canada’s biggest Christmas tree, illuminated by thousands of lights, brightens up December outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal, where you’ll find all kinds of local gifts and goodies plus an activity area for kids, live music and more. Right around the corner, play in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie interactive art project, opening Dec. 7. There’s more joy to be had at Noël dans le Parc at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin (opening Dec. 2 with live music from Beat Market and Loco Locass) and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau all month, as well as at the Merry Montréal celebrations in Old Montréal.  Santa also comes to the Plaza St-Hubert Christmas Parade on the evening of Dec. 2, Mount-Royal Avenue celebrates with the annual Noël sur l’Avenue all month, including a candle-lit parade and fireworks at  Parc La Fontaine on December 3 at 7 pm. Find more Santa and seasonal things to… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 25 to December 1

Montréal says goodbye to November and hello to December with glittering outdoor entertainment and indoor magic kingdoms, Cirque du Soleil’s OVO, designer Christmas markets, amazing new films, dance and theatre, and concerts for all tastes. Winter ready Step into an entertaining winter wonderland during Noël dans le Parc at downtown’s Place Émilie-Gamelin and at Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau neighbourhood, starting Dec. 1. Meanwhile in Old Montréal , join in the Merry Montréal celebrations, featuring a market on Place Jacques-Cartier, live music, food, microbrews and more. Visit Santa at the Complexe Desjardins Magic Kingdom, where you’ll also find a mini train and carousel, multimedia show Fontaine Boréale and performances, or find Santa in many forms at the historic Stewart Museum in a magical (and free) figurine exhibition. And explore the city streets with Art Public Montréal and in smart-phone multimedia tour Cité Mémoire in Old Montréal. Seasonal shopping Go shopping for locally made home decor, toys, clothing and accessories, beauty products, food, drink and more at the Marché Casse Noisette, transforming the lower promenade of the Palais des congrès into a glittering marketplace, Nov. 24 to Dec. 4. There’s more creative Montréal-made goods at the Souk @ SAT designer market, Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. Or shop vintage at the Empire Exchange launch in Mile End on Dec. 1. We’ve… / Read More →