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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 →

Montréal’s winter and spring 2017 opera, ballet and classical music season

Opera, ballet and classical music lovers have a wealth of choices as international stars will grace Montréal’s finest stages this winter and Spring 2017, including Japanese-American violinist Midori and French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, not to mention the world premiere of Another Brick In The Wall – The Opera, based on Pink Floyd’s iconic album The Wall. There is also a lot of buzz surrounding the McGill Chamber Orchestra’s stellar 77th season: their Poperetta concert at the Corona Theatre on March 5 will showcase singers from the Atelier Lyrique de L’Opéra de Montréal; their Tenorissimo concert at the Maison Symphonique on April 25 will star Quebec’s “Prince of Tenors” Marc Hervieux singing Bel Canto’s best-loved arias for tenor; and the MCO’s blockbuster Carmina Burana concert at the Maison Symphonique on June 6 stars soprano Andriana Chuchman, baritone Theodore Baerg and internationally-acclaimed Canadian tenor John Mac Master. Découvrez les coulisses du monde merveilleux de l’opéra avec @lp_lapresse + http://bit.ly/2hcPs1h #mtlmoments #mtl #opera #operahouse #backstage #coulisses Crédit : Brent Calis A photo posted by Opéra de Montréal (@operademontreal) on Dec 9, 2016 at 7:03am PST The Opéra de Montréal’s 37th season continues with a production of Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc (Jan. 28 to Feb…. / 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 →

Winter holiday activities for families in Montréal

In excited anticipation of Montréal’s 375th anniversary, this winter holiday season feels even brighter and more festive than usual, with activities for kids – and parents – in ever corner of the city. Noël à l’intérieur @complexedesjardins #Christmas #ChristmasLights #Montreal #MTL #MontrealLife #Quebec #Canada #Pvtistes #OnePictureADay Une photo publiée par Marion (@marion.lafon) le 28 Nov. 2016 à 5h33 PST Holiday sparkle Gather ‘round the massive, illuminated natural Christmas tree at outdoor market Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal while eating locally made goodies – there’s also an activity area for kids, live music and more outdoor activities, December 2 to 24. Nearby, peer into the window of Ogilvy department store on Sainte-Catherine Street to behold a miniature winter wonderland. The 13,000 lights of the Place Ville Marie Christmas tree structure glitter among downtown’s skyscrapers. And in Old Montréal, the Merry Montréal festivities mean hot chocolate, cozy fires, Christmas-themed films and a Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier. Join in Mount-Royal Avenue’s annual Noël sur l’Avenue celebrations all month long – hear music and take carriage rides – or at Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin downtown and in Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie in the Plateau neighbourhood, Dec…. / 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 →

Deck the concert halls: A can’t-miss holiday music list

’Tis the season to be jolly, and as usual there’s no shortage of Christmas-themed concerts – from choirs to symphonies, from gospel to rock – to help you troll the ancient yuletide carol. The following are virtually guaranteed to get those sugar plum fairies dancing in your head. Let’s commence with one of the most-anticipated highlights of the holiday concert calendar, the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir’s annual “Gospel Celebration” Christmas show, which takes December 4 at Théâtre Maisonneuve in Place des Arts, located in downtown Montréal’s Quartier des Spectacles. This year’s 34th edition features over 50 singers and musicians (including a six-piece horn section). Indeed, Place des Arts’ cup overfloweth with Christmas cheer this year, especially at beautiful new concert hall Maison Symphonique. This includes Noël Symphonique, a classical interpretation of the “greatest Christmas classics” by a 38-piece symphony orchestra and some of Québec’s best known singers (two performances at 2:30 and 8 p.m., December 3). In the mood for a “Festive Russian Holiday”? Of course you are! Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Russian Christmas songs, and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Ave verum corpus are all on the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s playlist December 14 and 16. Or maybe it’s a “Christmas with Valérie Milot” that your… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 18 to 24

As Montréal waits for its first snowfall, Santa Claus arrives in a parade, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and wild circus shows thrill, new art and film transform perceptions, and live music from electro to Bach rocks our world. Seasonal sights Santa comes to town early for Montréal’s annual Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 19 along Sainte-Catherine Street starting at 11 am at Fort Street and ending at Place des Festivals – see floats, marching bands, Santa and his elves, and more! Walk through the city streets and among the skyscrapers on tours by Art Public Montréal. See another side of Montréal in quaint neighbourhoods and big parks, and step into the past in Old Montréal on multimedia tour Cité Mémoire. Indoors, see Nintendo characters in lifelike wax at the Grevin Museum’s Super Mario and Friends exhibition, and go on tropical and outer space adventures at the Space for Life’s Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme and Planetarium. In sports: the Montréal Canadiens play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 19, the Senators on Nov. 2, and the Hurricanes on Nov. 24 at the Bell Centre and Montréal’s Minor League Soccer team the Impact play Toronto FC on Nov. 22 at Olympic Stadium. Go shopping for all kinds of cute kids’ stuff at Marché Néné in Mile End this weekend, or get… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 11 to 17

This week in Montréal, eat well at MTLàTABLE restaurant week, take an art walk downtown or a hike up the Mountain, meet hockey stars, dive deep into digital art, and see films, dance, theatre and live music from here and around the world. Wine and dine Get a taste of the real Montréal during the decadent MTLàTABLE event, featuring 150 diverse restaurants offering multi-course prix-fixe menus at incredible prices, from $21 to $41, until Nov. 13. See what it’s all about in our Survival guide to MTLàTABLE and choose from restaurants to dine and party, places to brunch, where to taste dishes of the world, neighbourhood restaurants loved by locals, fabulous hotel restaurants, Languedoc wines and SAQ wine events, food-focused tours, an array of local cheeses and chocolate creations and more. Bon appetit! #ThatAwesomeMoment when Patrice Brisebois subbed in for a little one-on-one on the @mcdonaldscanada rink. #hometownhockey Une photo publiée par Rogers Hometown Hockey (@hometownhockey) le 22 Oct. 2016 à 10h47 PDT City sights Fun and free, the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour sets up outside Place des Festivals downtown, Nov. 12-13, with autograph sessions with NHL alumni, live music (including Sam Roberts on Sunday), circus shows and more. Walk through the city streets and among the skyscrapers on tours created by Art Public Montréal. See Montréal’s natural side in quaint neighbourhoods… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 21 to 27

Spend these crisp, bright Montréal days in colourful urban parks and Oktoberfest celebrations, diving deep into Björk’s virtual reality universe, at a playful weekend festival for kids, and taking in all kinds of new dance, theatre and live music. Colours of fall Explore the beauty and history of Old Montréal and downtown on a public art walk among the skyscrapers and in multimedia tour Cité Mémoire. Or walk among the changing leaves in the city’s quaint neighbourhoods and big parks and at Montréal’s Botanical Garden , hosting the family-friendly Great Pumpkin Ball and Gardens of Light lantern exhibition. From toys to TV shows and technology, Montréal KidCon keeps kids interested and entertained Oct. 22-23 at Stade Uniprix in Jarry Park. On Oct. 21, drink local brews, eat local foods and play silly games at Oktoberfest in the outdoor biergarten of the Olympic Stadium Esplanade. Find bright new designer clothing and accessories for an amazing deal at Braderie de mode Québécoise Oct. 20-23. And cheer in the hockey season as the Montréal Canadiens face the Flyers on Oct. 24 and the Lightning on Oct. 27 at the Bell Centre, while in the CWHL Les Canadiennes de Montréal take on Toronto on Saturday and Sunday. L’exposition Björk Digital est maintenant amorcée à @dhc_art! Jusqu’au 12 novembre, visitez… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 14 to 20

The bright colours of fall come out to play this week in Montréal on urban walks, in seasonal dishes, on stage in dance, theatre and live music, and even in an out-of-this-world Björk art exhibition. Errrrrrrybody was here yesterday! We are so lucky to have a mountain in the middle of the city! #chasinglight #chasingfall ##mtlmoments #montréaljetaime Une photo publiée par Anne McIsaac (@yellowillow) le 11 Oct. 2016 à 5h23 PDT Autumnal activities  Day or night, explore the seasonal spectacle of Montréal’s Botanical Garden at Montréal Space for Life, this month hosting the Great Pumpkin Ball and Gardens of Light lantern exhibition – and see more of the natural world at the nearby Biodome and the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Discover urban public art in a walk among the skyscrapers downtown and in multimedia tour Cité Mémoire in Old Montréal. Or head out apple picking with Labonté. Indoors, Disney on Ice’s Dare to Dream delights Oct. 12-16, and the Montreal Canadiens face the Pittsburg Penguins on Tuesday and the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, at the Bell Centre. Or scoop up a new designer wardrobe for an amazing deal at Braderie de mode Québécoise, Oct. 20-23. All that plus free things to do this fall. Tickets for La Sélection de Björk Night 2 and the Digital Exhibition… / Read More →