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Barbegazi kicks off the outdoor winter action for Montréal’s 375th

There’s no ignoring the word action in this year’s fifth edition of the wild and woolly Barbegazi Winter Action Sports Festival, which this year has the high honour of launching Hivernales, the first major participatory event of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary celebrations. If snowskating, woodcutting, Christmas tree tossing or a large-scale obstacle course, among other things, tickle your wintry fancy, then Barbegazi’s got the family-friendly goods. And the snowball on the cake? It’s all free. The annual Barbegazi Winter Action Sports Festival – named for mythical, gnome-like, Alpine creatures with frozen beards and a compulsion for avalanche surfing – takes place this year at Îlot Clark in the downtown Quartier des Spectacles. Over two weekends, January 6-8 and 13-15, the outdoor space will be transformed into an expansive playground for both young and old alike. As mentioned, the festival kicks off the Hivernales portion of the city’s year-long birthday party. The all-encompassing Hivernales runs from January 6 to March 11 in Old Montréal, the Quartier des Spectacles and Parc Jean-Drapeau. It’s a blanket term covering numerous events: from the Classique Montréalaise pond hockey tournament to the Montréal en Lumière arts and culture festival; from the Fêtes des Neiges outdoor winter fun… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 16 to 22

Montréal glitters this week as artistic light projections play across Mount Royal’s peak, outdoor activities keep everyone warm, markets beckon with local creations, The Nutcracker ballet delights, and live music has us singing along. Winter in the city Downtown’s Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal transforms Sainte-Catherine Street into a sparkling wonderland outside Place des Arts – find gifts and goodies, kids activities, live music and Canada’s tallest Christmas tree. Right around the corner, make art move with the push of a lever in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie. The Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink lights up with fireworks on Dec. 17. Hear music, eat, drink and even see Santa during Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie. Village Mammouth turns the Olympic Stadium Esplanade into a winter fun zone with ice skating, tube sliding, food trucks and a market. See our round-up of winter activities for all ages for more things to do, including tropical adventures at the Biodôme and the Botanical Garden. And find seasonal solace at some of the city’s most stunning churches and other sacred sites. Rise and shine au Salon des métiers d’art. J6. Une photo publiée par Baltic Club (@lebalticclub) le 13 Déc. 2016 à 8h58 PST Shop local, shop… / Read More →

Village Mammouth: Massive fun for the whole family

Village Mammouth is one of the highlights of the season, and it’s back again this year from December 9 to March 12. Featuring a new layout inspired by New York’s top winter fairs, the Village is rolling out the red carpet to the Olympic Park with more space and more entertainment. Things are heating up! Ok ! @lagaufrebe c’est juste TROP DÉLICIEUX ! #gaufresbelges🍫 #nutella #delish #villagemammouth Une photo publiée par Marjorie Vallée (@margevallee) le 19 Déc. 2015 à 12h42 PST What’s new? New edition, new look! This year, the Omnison contest promises to bring light and colour to the experience. Plus, Village Mammouth has joined forces with First Fridays to offer great food on site and keep the warmth in your belly. From January 28 to March 4, 2017, the Village will also host SnowFood Saturdays, featuring steaming food trucks and sizzling music from the best local and international DJs in the evenings (including New Year’s Eve and Montréal’s Nuit Blanche). The District North winter market will feature new and novel items made by local artisans. It’s a great chance to stock up on last-minute gifts in a fun-filled atmosphere. Meanwhile, kids can find an outlet for their energy… / Read More →

ILLUMINART lights up Montréal’s 375th anniversary

In 2017, the spotlight will be on Montréal as the city celebrates its 375th anniversary. Once these celebrations are in full swing and the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival gets underway, ILLUMINART will present the first edition of its outdoor display. From February 22 to March 11, this luminous 3.6-kilometre (over 2-mile) circuit of 25 technological works is sure to dazzle, amaze and chase away the winter blues. For the past 15 years, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (MEL) festival has been investing its energies in creating immersive interactive activities focused on light to brighten its outdoor site. MEL introduced the first giant projections and video mapping effects on Montreal buildings, as well as events integrating new technologies with onstage performances. ILLUMINART will enhance MEL’s growth, development and reputation. S & Y – It’s magic #montreal #opticalfiber #blue #nuitblanche #nuitblanche2016 #activity #fun #brillant #city #mtl #514 #mtllife #landscape #scenery #photooftheday #igersmontreal #beautiful #night #nightout #nightlife #light #amazing #instagram #instapic #like4like #mtlenlumiere #instaart Une photo publiée par S & Y (@simple_and_young_x) le 4 Mars 2016 à 11h25 PST “Combining art and innovation, this free event will showcase the technological know-how of our creators. We’re proud to be encouraging local talent and expertise with… / Read More →

Les Hivernales kickstarts an exhilarating 375th Montréal winter

When snow falls in Montréal this winter, it’ll be a cause for commotion – the good, fun, go-play-outdoors kind. A major event for Montréal’s 375th anniversary, Les Hivernales proves that this city loves to party all year round, no matter what the weather. Montréal has held plenty of winter events over the years, from the Montréal Snowshoe Club’s 1882 carnival to much more recent MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and Fêtes des Neiges, but Les Hivernales takes winter traditions to new heights in an all-out celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary. From January 6 to March 11 in Old Montréal, downtown’s Quartier des spectacles and Parc Jean-Drapeau, you’ll find activities for all ages – from pond hockey to late-night outdoor parties – that blend tradition with high-tech artistry, extreme sports and the city’s unique urban culture. In true Montréal style, Les Hivernales begins with a serious bang: the Barbegazi winter action sports festival transforms downtown’s l’îlot Clark into a wild (and free) obstacle course for two weekends, January 6-8 and 13-15 – hike through a forest, walk over a replica of the Jacques Cartier Bridge and more. Then see how you handle snowskating (yes, skateboarding on ice), fatbiking, wood cutting and Christmas-tree throwing… / Read More →


It may still officially be winter, but there’s a hint of spring in Montreal’s step, even if some of us are still stepping with snowshoes, skates and skis on – all good activities what with school still out for Spring Break this week. Plus there’s plenty of good food, exciting theatre, lively dance, interesting art and moving music…