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10 Montréal Instagrammers we love

With its kaleidoscope of festivals, activities, cutting-edge art and historical architecture – not to mention a mouth-watering food scene – Montréal is a city that never ceases to amaze and inspire. So it’s no wonder that so many Montrealers share their love and passion for their city in images on Instagram. Here are some of our favourite local Instagrammers sharing outstanding #MTLMOMENTS. @jfsavaria @mayssamaha @shutupandeatmtl @evablue @susanmossphotography @marikamtl @Tobrook @montrealismes @francisduval @uneparisienneamontreal Want to see more incredible images by these talented Montréal Instagrammers? Scroll down and enjoy!

Why Montréal’s parks and public spaces are a great place to park it

Because many Montrealers don’t have backyards, green and public spaces are a big deal here, especially in the long, languid days of summer. They offer excellent spots to chill, converge, and often take in some fun extras like music, markets and theatre. Read on for where to get more of a Montréal summer’s one-of-a-kind al fresco entertainment. Shakespeare in the Park – Just bring a lawn chair or blanket and soak up the beautiful language of the Bard. For the past 26 years, Repercussion Theatre has been staging Shakespeare’s plays for free in parks across the city. Each year, they inspire a love of the language of Shakespeare, through sonnets, speeches, soliloquies and solid acting. The production for summer 2015 is Twelfth Night: Or What You Will. Yours to enjoy, under the twinkling firmament. McCord Museum Urban Forest – Say what? You read that right: urban forest. And what you’ll wander through is a flora and fauna of food trucks, pianos picnic tables and, of course, people, all downtown, on Victoria Street, between Sherbrooke Street West and President-Kennedy Avenue. Until September 27, you can sample delectable dishes from food trucks during the week, plus learn how to dance swing two… / Read More →

Fun with Kids this Summer in Montréal

It’s summer and the kids must play – Montréal keeps kids happy, entertained and active all day and into the night with festivals, music, games, swimming, sports and more throughout July and August. Many of the city’s famed festivals not only welcome families but feature outdoor shows and activities made just for kids. Step into the Place de la Famille kids zone at Just For Laughs at Place des Festivals, full of amusement park rides and games, laughter workshops and performances, open afternoons and evenings July 11-25, while street buskers amuse us at every turn and the Twins Parade on July 18 delights with wild costumes and music. Hot air balloons may be the heart of the International de montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, but the festival also boasts a variety of kid-focused activities and performances, August 8-16. With more activities than ever, it’s easy to spend a day or two in the Old Port of Montréal: from a sky-high zipline ride to an authentic French carousel, mini-train adventures to a Bateau-Mouche boat ride on the river, the SOS Labyrinthe‘s biggest indoor maze in the world and the skill-testing, all-ages Peur Dépôt live game. Kids can play pirates for hours at Voiles… / Read More →

Masterpieces from the 2015 MURAL Festival

Every June in Montréal, buildings along Saint-Laurent Boulevard get an artsy makeover during the MURAL Festival. MURAL’s mission is to celebrate the city’s creative talent and democratize urban art. Visitors and locals alike can marvel at the making of murals in real time, attend exclusive musical events and seminars, and enjoy outdoor exhibitions and sumptuous gastronomy. Fun fact: Earlier this year, thanks to MU and MURAL, Montréal became the first Canadian city to be included in the Google Art Project. Here are some of the MURAL masterpieces from the 2015 Festival. Bicicleta Sem Freio Elian Eric Clement Mc Baldassari Artwork Nychos Tin Melissa Del Pinto Curiot Emmanuel Jarus Faith 47

Things To Do in Montréal: July 17 to 23

Whether you’re looking for laughs, experimental post-punk, a chance to shake your tail under the sun or the best souvenirs EVER as produced by local artisans, Montréal is the place to be this week. Come on, jump in! (hot music) Catch the last of the Nuits D’Afrique festival until July 19 for a taste of the best of African and world music from all over the globe. For continued world-music bliss, check out this guide to clubs and happenings around town. It’s the second and final weekend of the inaugural feminist/queer Slut Island Festival, with a focus on experimental, post-punk, rock, plus raging dancing fun in the sun and around the city, July 17, 18 and 19. Don’t miss Dômesicles on Thursdays until August 13 at SAT, where dance beats rule both the Satosphere dome and the Foodlab terrasse. July 26 features Shaydakiss, A-Rock, TiND and Push 1 Stop. Starting July 23, dive right into MEG Montréal, Montréal’s hip hop, electro and indie-rock fest at venues along the Main, on outdoor stages and on the infamous MEG Boat in the Old Port, all until August 2. For more inspiration, check out our great guide to the summer’s music festivals. (arts… / Read More →

Go west, young man, go west: a day in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

Located at the westernmost tip of the island of Montréal, a mere 25 minute drive from the city centre is the charming waterfront town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Nestled between Lac des Deux Montanges and Lac Saint-Louis, at the confluence of the St-Lawrence and Ottawa rivers, there’s little wonder why the town’s name “de Bellevue” translates to “of the beautiful view”. Home to all manner of local artisans, farmers, historians, activists, academics and entrepreneurs of all ages, Sainte-Anne never fails to capture the hearts of those who visit it. Below are a few examples to showcase how this little town au bout de l’île has small and active culture—and tourist industry—all of its own. Sainte-Anne is probably best known for its scenic canal, where boats fill the waterway and busy terraces line the boardwalk. For those of us who crave the open water, SkiWakeSurf and Griffin Sailing Tours are two Sainte Anne institutions committed to getting you out on the lake. SkiWakeSurf offers both individual and group lessons and activities for those who want to paddle surf, waterski, or wakeboard. Another option is to hop on a jet ski for a thrilling guided ride, or rent one yourself with a valid license…. / Read More →

Non-Stop Action, Amazing Animation and Rare Films at Fantasia

The Fantasia International Film Festival, now in its 19th edition, has earned itself a world-wide reputation for bringing the most bizarre, bloody and rare action, horror and animation films to Montréal every summer – but the fest also peddles in comedy, B-movies and even the occasional sentimental stand-out for the faint of heart. Whether you’re a seasoned film fan or just want to see a seriously memorable movie, the 2015 edition of Fantasia, July 14 to August 4, lives up to the challenge: choose among 135 feature films and 300 shorts from around the world. High-budget explosive action movies from Hong Kong, Japan, China and South Korea (see Choi Dong-hoon’s Assassination, Kung Fu Killer, Golden Cane Warrior, Robbery and more) rub shoulders with shoestring features from Uganda (Who Killed Captain Alex?), wild comedies (like iPhone-filmed Tangerine) and documentaries (from the emotionally complex inspiration Thor to karate-master unveiling The Real Miyagi). Animation films many years in the making (see Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan, which is this year’s official closing film, opening film Miss Hokusai, On the White Planet and Teana: 10,000 Years Later) screen alongside new sensations such as horror-comedies Cooties (starring Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson) and SXSW official… / Read More →

Your survival guide to Jackalope, Montréal’s urban action sports fest

When we talk about surviving a Jackalope, we’re not talking about surviving the fearsome half-jackrabbit, half-antelope creature of lore. Rather, we’re talking about wringing maximum satisfaction out of the fourth edition of Montréal’s unique urban action sports festival Jackalope, which takes place July 17-19 on the outdoor Esplanade of the Olympic Stadium. Let this be your guide to getting in on the action. What to expect at Jackalope: Thousands and thousands of adrenaline junkies and urban action sports enthusiasts gathering for three days of high-level competitions, demonstrations and participation in an eclectic range of sports disciplines including skateboarding, wakeskating, motocross, slacklining, highlining, rock climbing, a fixed-gear bike race and more. Enhancing the experience are over 40 pop-up shops and food trucks, DJs and, of course, the after-parties. Where you’re going: From a sports, architectural and entertainment perspective, you’re going to one of the coolest places on the island of Montréal. The Olympic Park, built for the 1976 Montréal Summer Olympics, is the site of the city’s one-of-a-kind Olympic Stadium, formerly the home of the Montréal Expos, and the winter domicile of the city’s professional soccer team, the Montréal Impact. While there bus lanes that connect to the east Montréal Olympic Stadium, the easiest,… / Read More →

More New Music – and a Party Boat! – at MEG Montréal

Dive right into Montreal’s hip hop, electro and indie-rock music scenes this July at MEG Montréal. The 17th edition of the Montréal Electronic Groove summer music festival keeps the beat alive July 23 to August 2, at venues along St-Laurent Boulevard, on outdoor stages and on the infamous MEG Boat. MEG’s first weekend proves why Thursdays are the new Fridays, starting off the fest on July 23 with synth-addled indie-rock and electronic experiments by Dear Criminals, Secret Secret Girl and Doldrums at La Sala Rossa and an unmissable night of heavy dance music by Fool’s Gold collaborator High Klassifed, electro-dreamscaper J.u.D. and hip-hop remixer Dave Luxe at Le Belmont. Friday lives up to the Friday-night hype with hypnotic psych-rock beats from Fragile Feet, About:, Human Human and Syzzors at Divan Orange as multi-DJ group Melt Mtl, jazz-influenced producer Robert Robert and genre-blending French producer Fakear shake the dance floor at Le Belmont. Saturday night’s alright on land and at sea as the MEG Boat cruises at party speed along the St-Laurent River with hours of dance music from French house producers Darius and Myd, Belgium’s DJ Slow and local Fonkyson, while Ragers and Wasiu mix underground electronic with hip hop… / Read More →

Classical music under the stars

There is a rich tradition of classical music in Montreal, from small chamber orchestras to the city’s famed Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. While some recitals, operas and concerts can be society affairs, in summertime the OSM reaches out to the masses with hugely popular free outdoor concerts in parks throughout Greater Montréal. This summer the OSM in the Parks series of three free concerts will be held in Parc Charleroi in Montréal North on July 17; in Parc équestre in Blainville on July 22; and in Parc Bellevue in Pincourt on July 23. The OSM will perform music by such composers as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla and Gershwin. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and will take place rain or shine. “Only thunderstorms may oblige us to interrupt a concert,” the OSM states. The OSM also presents its fourth annual Festival La Virée classique which kicks off August 5 at 7 p.m. with a big outdoor free concert on the Esplanade at the Olympic Park, expected to draw 40,000 classical music fans. Grammy-winning Maestro Kent Nagano will conduct the OSM in a concert that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, then present a recital concert of Bizet’s opera… / Read More →