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Things to do in Montréal: February 24 to March 2

With the idea of spring in the air, Montréal celebrates with one of the biggest winter festivals in the world, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, along with more inspiring dance, theatre, art, film and music, plus some top-talent hockey, indie video games and outdoor fun. Winter city lights Montréal is no stranger to winter festivities – we’ve been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years – while these last 18 winters have been even brighter with the wonderful MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts, culture and fine dining festival. From Feb. 23 to March 11, the fest shines with an all-new program of performing arts, diverse fine dining options, all-nighter event Nuit blanche on March 4, and the free and family-friendly downtown outdoor site. That’s where you’ll find great local food and drink (sample Québec cheeses, sip Cabral porto, roast marshmallows over open fires), live music and performances such as X-Lumina, and more unique activities: take a ride on the illuminated Ferris wheel, glide down the urban ice slide and zip line, and try your hand at a classic Canadian sport with Curling en lumière.  Activities for all Among the many free things to do this winter, try tobogganing or ice skating on the Mountain or visit Mammouth Village at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade, featuring skating, ice slides, activities… / Read More →

Your spring break guide to all things Montréal!

If you thought you needed to head south for spring break to feel the heat, you couldn’t be more wrong. Not only is Montréal a sizzling hot spring-break destination, it has some of the coolest urban neighbourhoods to eat, drink, and party till the early morning hours. Most importantly, you won’t have to break the bank. Thanks to an attractive U.S. exchange rate and budget-friendly prices you can indulge like a superstar on the budget of a roadie. These neighborhoods are just some of where the action is. Favorite bar in town, favorite staff and everything! Also the light there during Sunday brunch is just perfect!✨👌🏻 Une photo publiée par Sarah Babineau (@kara_bino) le 11 Janv. 2017 à 12h18 PST Little Italy and Villeray One of the funkiest, up and coming areas in Montréal these days are the Little Italy and Villeray neighbourhoods, where a healthy fusion of old and new come together to form a uniquely original urban vibe. Brasserie Harricana borrows amply from its Québec roots, but this popular meeting place for the locals remains a modern, experimental craft brewery with its own line of in-house beers and a long list of comfort-food offerings. Fried beer can chicken,… / Read More →

Winter thrills at Fête des neiges 2017

Whether you welcome winter with freshly sharpened skates or prefer sipping hot chocolate by the fire, Fête des neiges de Montréal helps us all celebrate snow days in the best ways, turning Parc Jean-Drapeau into a playground for all ages, every Saturday and Sunday from January 14 to February 5. Active entertainment Hand-in-hand with the Montréal 375th anniversary, Fête des neiges de Montréal is all about brightening up your winter days and nights. Not only can you go skating, snowshoeing, skiing and sledding around the sprawling, picturesque park, but access to the Fête des neiges site and the majority of activities is free. See live musical performances and ice sculpting; play boot hockey and soccer; become a player in a human-sized foosball game; climb into a plastic battle bubble; ride the 16-metre ice slide; try curling and snow-yoga, and more. La grande roue du @parcjeandrapeau vous attend pour admirer la superbe vue et avoir un aperçu de la multitude d’activités prévues durant la Fête des neiges. C’est chaque week-end jusqu’au 5 février prochain. #375mtl #Hivernales #Fêtedesneiges #mtlmoments Une photo publiée par 375e de Mtl / 2017 (@375mtl) le 22 Janv. 2017 à 12h23 PST Winter adventure Add to all that… / Read More →

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 →

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE offers another sparkling edition of delicious food and fun

Each winter, Montréal sparkles with light, entertainment and gourmet goodness during the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Festival. And this year, our favourite winter mood-booster is an official event on the program of Montréal’s high-profile 375th anniversary celebrations, offering even more brilliant ideas on how to spark up your life with fun, food, light and music. Here’s what you need to know about the 2017 edition, and why it makes sense to head north this coming February 23 to March 11. Fébrilité dans l’air dans l’attente du dévoilement de notre programmation gastronomique. On vous dit tout très bientôt ! #MTLenLumiere | Photo : Frédérique Ménard-Aubin Une photo publiée par MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (@mtlenlumiere) le 28 Nov. 2016 à 9h08 PST Treat your taste buds to the fine cuisine of Lyon For the festival’s gourmet component, we’ll be lionizing the fabulous cuisine of Lyon, France. The festival’s grand featured city, home of an impressive 21 Michelin-starred chefs and some 4,200 restaurants, will lavish us with its lovely gastronomy, thanks to an impressive contingent of its chefs, including Jérôme Bocuse and Christopher Muller, the two honorary co-presidents. In restaurants across Montréal, the creativity will be flying off the charts as our guest chefs and local… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: March 4 to 10

Where better to be in winter than in Montréal? Immerse yourself in the entertainment and culinary arts of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter festival, the city’s all-ages Spring Break activities, hockey games and Barbegazi sports, dance, theatre, film, art and live music. Brighten up MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE keeps downtown bright and bustling until March 5 with music and theatrical performances, extraordinary meals (including pay-their-age prices for kids), and a free outdoor site at downtown’s Place des Festivals featuring multimedia shows, ice slides, a Ferris wheel, a zip line, fabulous food and more – get the inside scoop with our MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE SURVIVAL GUIDE. Art lovers can do some shopping and see excellent contemporary art throughout the underground city during winter exhibition Art Souterrain. Consult our Guide to Spring Break Montréal Style for high-energy nightlife and restaurant ideas. On the glittering ice at the Bell Centre, watch the Canadiens play the Stars on March 8 and the Sabres on March 10. And make your visit even smoother with these Montreal-specific apps. Delightful menus Along with the many fine dining options at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, sit down to a gourmet meal during restaurant festival Relâche Gourmande, highlighting special table d’hôte menus… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 26 to March 3

This week everyone’s talking about Nuit Blanche, Montréal’s city-wide all-nighter event with free music, theatrical performances, art exhibitions and more, part of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter festival. Add to that Spring Break activities for all ages, butterfly spotting, the games festival, dance, theatre, film, art and live music. All night long Spend the night of February 27 out of the town with thousands of jubilant Montrealers – and do it just right with our Nuit Blanche Survival Guide, letting you in on what it’s all about and what not to miss, from circus acrobatics and African dance to YouTube battles, NFB documentaries, the Karnival dance party and must-see contemporary art event Art Souterrain throughout the underground city. Nuit Blanche highlights Montréal’s biggest family-friendly festival of the season, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, featuring music and theatrical performances, culinary feasts and workshops, and a free outdoor site at downtown’s Place des Festivals with music, multimedia shows, ice slides, a Ferris wheel, fabulous food and more – get the inside scoop with our MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE SURVIVAL GUIDE. And if you’re technically inclined, make your visit smoother with these Montreal-specific apps. Urban outdoors Whether you’re outdoors or having an indoor day, find something… / Read More →

Nuit Blanche: Montréal’s all-nighter lets your wild side be your guide

A wild night out might include a zip line or an ice slide. Or rock climbing, rock concerts or underground adventures. Maybe a veritable gourmet buffet, nighttime acrobatics or a dance club ski lodge and spa. But what about all of those things, and much more, on one single night? It would have to be, by anyone’s measure, the wildest night of the year. Welcome to Montréal’s Nuit Blanche. Starting on Saturday, February 28 and wrapping up pretty much whenever you want it to wrap up in the morning hours of Sunday, March 1, this 12th edition of Montréal’s “white night” is practically incandescent with activities. Nuit Blanche puts an exclamation point on the city’s MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter festival, closing out the annual extravaganza with an all-night citywide party. Some 211 separate activities – 178 of which are absolutely free – will be spread out across three city districts: Old Montréal, most of downtown and the Plateau/Mile End. And don’t worry your head about transportation. Montréal’s metro system will be open all night long, and a free shuttle service (4 routes and 65 stops) connecting the aforementioned districts will run every 10 minutes from 8 pm to 3 am. But more importantly, the fun stuff. Montréal… / Read More →

Light up your taste buds during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

Winter winds may blow, but Montrealers don’t let frosty temperatures dampen their spirits: we embrace the season and celebrate it. One way we shake off the cold is with one of the world’s largest winter festivals, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIERE, from February 19 to March 1. For 11 days, visitors and locals alike can experience the pleasure of a Montréal winter through a unique program of activities that brings together performing arts, free outdoor family-friendly activities and, most importantly, gastronomy! Since 2000, over 500 world-renowned chefs have been paired with local culinary talent at the city’s finest tables to express their passion for the art of food. Here are some of the gastronomy events not to be missed. Honorary President of the festival, Pierre-André Ayer from the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Pérolles – voted western Switzerland’s chef of the year –joins host Jérôme Ferrer at Europea. He will be presenting a six-course meal of dishes that have helped build his reputation. The two Honorary President Dinners will be accompanied by some of Switzerland’s finest vintages never seen before in Montréal, hand-picked by Paolo Basso, named World’s Best Sommelier in 2013. Twice Michelin-starred chef Reto Lampart joins Riccardo Bertolino and Daniel Boulud and… / Read More →

A MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE CULINARY RECAP

Trying to decide where to eat and which culinary event to attend at Montréal en lumière is always a dilemma. There are enough options spanning the duration of the festival to keep one busy all day, everyday. This year, I decided to attend a few different things…