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8 Montréal women who make their city shine

Montréal has an inexhaustible resource: strong women who forge ahead, driven to create. As vibrant as the city they live in, they are an inspiration to us all and showcase homegrown talent around the world. In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, here are eight women whose talent and passion make Montréal shine. Régine Chassagne This member of the popular band Arcade Fire cofounded KANPE, an organization that aims to bring together the Haitian diaspora and people who feel drawn to the Haitian cause. KANPE applies a sustainable working model to combat poverty by helping the neediest families become more autonomous. Thanks to donations collected through ticket sales for Arcade Fire shows across the world, Régine and her band have raised over two million dollars for Partners in Health and KANPE. Safia Nolin This young singer-songwriter makes headlines with a voice that exudes strength and melancholy to create a captivating sound. Limoilou, her first album, won her the Felix award for 2016 discovery of the year. After her controversial acceptance speech at the ADISQ gala, she hit back at critics with a brilliant open letter published by Urbania, in which she denounces the fashion constraints placed on women…. / Read More →

Our favourite romantic #MTLmoments

Love is in the air in Montréal! To mark the occasion, we selected a few romantic #MTLmoments to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Vive l’amour! Wedding bells and blue skies at Saint Joseph’s Oratory Give in to temptation with a decadent hot chocolate Une photo publiée par Juliette & Chocolat (@juliette_chocolat) le 10 Mai 2016 à 13h20 PDT A romantic aurora on Mount Royal Savouring the moment at Bota Bota Une photo publiée par Kristina Argento (@kristinaargento) le 15 Janv. 2017 à 16h21 PST Autumn wedding pics on Mount Royal Stealing a kiss in Old Montréal Snowflakes and hearts at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts Une photo publiée par ⠀⠀⠀⠀Mon✟réal, Le Quebec, 🇨🇦 (@mtlshot) le 24 Janv. 2017 à 9h46 PST Quiet reflection at La Fontaine Park Une photo publiée par Alma Lzg (@almalzg) le 10 Oct. 2016 à 11h44 PDT Skating hand-in-hand Une photo publiée par Anne-Charlotte Brault (@anne.charlo) le 10 Janv. 2017 à 16h42 PST Tea time! Made with love… Une photo publiée par Bex Adel (@bexadel) le 20 Janv. 2017 à 20h33 PST Family stroll in the snow Une photo publiée par mon œil! ©Sébastien Fortin (@cba5ti1) le 5 Janv. 2017 à 9h13… / Read More →

#MTLaTABLE 2016 in photos

Well, that’s a wrap for another delicious edition of Montréal’s restaurant week, MTLàTABLE!  With150 participating restaurants across the city, local and visitors had a veritable cornucopia of culinary discoveries to savour. And who can resist sharing a great recipe? Here is just an appetizer of the mouth-watering #MTLaTABLE pics shared on Instagram. Une photo publiée par @afoodieinmtl le 15 Nov. 2016 à 22h40 PST Tuna tataki at Decca77 Restaurant Une photo publiée par Foodologie – Photographie (@mtlfoodologie) le 14 Nov. 2016 à 12h18 PST Scallop tartare at Lili.Co Une photo publiée par Karine 🐨 (@karinegvs) le 14 Nov. 2016 à 9h52 PST Dinner at Decca77 Restaurant Une photo publiée par On Déjeune (@ondejeune) le 27 Oct. 2016 à 10h00 PDT Brunch at Au Petit Extra Une photo publiée par Victor (@randomcuisine) le 11 Nov. 2016 à 11h10 PST Laurie Raphaël half-baked chocolate cake Une photo publiée par Eva Wang (@eatwitheva) le 11 Nov. 2016 à 6h17 PST Peppered squash with goat cheese at Restaurant Les 400 coups Une photo publiée par FDN (@foodiedatenight) le 5 Nov. 2016 à 3h52 PDT Foie gras at Restaurant La Chronique Une photo publiée par Alice Thirion (@alicethithi) le 4 Nov. 2016 à 21h17 PDT Dessert… / Read More →

From kimchi to kalbi: authentic Korean restaurants in Montréal

Montréal has a happening Asian food scene and Korean cuisine is represented well. From family-style restaurants to do-it-yourself barbecue and casual student-centric eateries, the choices are vast. Korean food has a reputation for being one of the few Asian cuisines that have been adapted or “westernized” the least, so it’s safe to say that you’re getting the authentic Korean food experience no matter where you go. But where do you go? Here’s the best of the best Korean restaurants in Montréal. 🍛🍴🍲 Une photo publiée par @zoechabot le 12 Déc. 2015 à 15h40 PST Chez Hwang – 5545 Upper Lachine Road This is a no-frills, to-the-point type of restaurant. A large open space with minimal decor is in no way reflective of the kind of food you’re going to get at Chez Hwang. Home-style-cooked Korean comfort food that sticks to your ribs is what’s in store for you. Speaking of ribs, get the kalbi, deliciously grilled Korean short ribs served with rice and delectable banchan (side dishes). The jokbal (braised pork shank), which feeds an army, is popular, so try to get in on it before they sell out. As the name suggests, dining at Chez Hwang feels like you’re… / Read More →

Your 2016 POP Montréal survival guide

For five days in September, the city rocks out and sings along to the music of POP Montréal, encompassing indie rock, electro, hip hop, punk, classic R&B and new music that defies genre let alone “pop” – plus films, talks, kids activities, star-studded basketball and more. From September 21 to 25 the POP tradition continues in its 15th year as venues big and small welcome over 350 artists, from The Kills to John Cale. Event The 15th edition of POP Montréal , September 21 to 25, 2016, with performances and events from daytime to late-night. What you’re getting into With show venues city-wide and strong connections to many of Montréal’s music scenes, POP Montréal doubles as a great way to see both major sites and lesser-known parts of the city – from a church on Rachel Street to Mile End’s Ukrainian Federation and Rialto Theatre to downtown’s Métropolis and Musée d’art contemporain. The proceedings Some shows sell out fast, so get your tickets well ahead of time. Or take advantage of POP’s pass options: go for the full-festival deal with the Super Pass or one-night POP-hopper pass. Add POP’s Tourist Package and get some pretty sweet store and restaurant discounts plus a tour of the Mile-Ex… / Read More →

Where to enjoy natural wines in Montréal

For the past few years, the term “natural wine” has carved itself a larger spot in our daily vernacular as well as on restaurants’ menus. The natural wine phenomenon is nothing new but its “rebirth” and its newfound popularity is. This latest buzzword designates wines that have been grown and processed with minimal intervention and no added chemicals. Instead of trying to control nature, natural wine producers embrace and work with it. This produces wines that are a true representation of their unique terroir. The natural wave hit Montréal a few years ago and the city has since become one of the best in the world to enjoy these funky wines. Several restaurants in town boast a great carte de vins natures that are fun to explore. Pastaga is one of the first restaurants in Montréal to popularize natural wines since it’s opening in 2011. The opening of its sister restaurant and wine shop Cul Sec located around the corner, has consolidated the natural wine love affair these two spots have going. Vin Papillon’s sommelière Vanya Filipovic’s passion for great wines and fantastic winemakers is evident in the care and research that goes in the creation of the restaurant’s outstanding… / Read More →

Latex jetset fly in for 2016 Montréal Fetish Weekend

Passion, fashion and kink-themed late-night parties are the order of the day when fetish lovers from around the world jet in for the Montréal Fetish Weekend, a throwback to the revelry of Montréal’s Sin City golden era. This year’s 12th annual Montréal Fetish Weekend has workshops, kink expos, fashion shows and all kinds of fantasy adventures programmed over six days, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. Here are some highlights from this year’s Montréal Fetish Weekend: Attendees come from as far away as Japan and Germany, and the hugely popular Welcome Dinner and Cocktail on Sept. 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Hotel Gouverneurs is one of the best ways to meet new friends and renew old friendships. The ambiance is casual to all-out fetish. A fetish-fantasy, goth-glamour dress code is suggested. The annual KABARET KINK takes place Sept. 1 at Montréal’s iconic Café Cléopatra, a showbar since 1893 and the last hold-out from Montréal’s fabled Sin City-era red-light district. Cleo’s classic cabaret space is on the second floor, above their first-floor strip joint. Featuring seating for 100+ guests—with décor, lighting and disco balls straight out of the 1970s—this year’s theme is “Burlesque Elegance.” The floorshow will feature many sexy and exciting… / Read More →

Bowled over: the food bowl trend hits Montréal

Looks like 2016 is the year the plate gets pushed aside to make room for the bowl. From power bowls to bibimbap, poke to acai and even porridge, the food bowl trend is picking up traction. What’s not to love? They’re healthy, low in calories, energizing and of course, Instragram-friendly. Here are our picks of the best Montréal food bowls to round out your culinary experiences. Maybe one of the cutest resto in the Old Port of Montreal 😍❤️ @venicemtl #venicemtl #resto #california #californiastyle #healthyfood #glutenfree #vegan #ondejeune #mtlmoments #mtlblog #mtlblogger #nightlife #levieuxmontreal #summer #love #❤️ Une photo publiée par VENICE RESTAURANT (@venicemtl) le 16 Août 2016 à 6h10 PDT THE POKE This typical Hawaiian salad is made of raw fish cubes or seafood, often seasoned with soya sauce, sesame oil, seaweed, sesame seeds and diced jalapeño and avocado. And Venice MTL smack in the middle of Old Montréal is totally on-trend, with its California vibe and healthy summery meals. The tuna poke with rice, edamame, mango, gingered tobiko, shoyu and spiced mayonnaise is not only divine, it’s addictive. Hawaii #powerbowl @lepokebar. Élu plat de l’été. Une photo publiée par Une parisienne à Montréal (@laurejuil) le 26 Juil. 2016 à… / Read More →

Things to do during the Labour Day Weekend: September 2 to 5

A slew of exhibitions, world-class auteur film, a mind-blowing art performance, a giant round-up of food trucks, a food fest that shines the spotlight on Québec cuisine, activities for families and hot party evenings: it’s going to be one mighty fine long weekend in the city! Exhibitions Montréal’s museums and art galleries are teeming with excellent exhibitions. On September 2, the MAC opens the doors to its popular Nocturne from 5 p.m. to 2 in the morning. Take advantage of your visit to see Edmund Alleyn. In my studio, I am many, Jean-Pierre Gauthier and Ryoji Ikeda. Orchestrated, Liz Magor. Habitude and Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin. Priority Innfield while you’re there. At the MMFA don’t miss the last days of the POMPEII until September 5 and take part in a musical experience that combines urban art and play structures with the sweet 21 balançoires (21 swings) on the Promenade des Artistes at the Quartier des spectacles. Starting August 31, you can see the World Press Photo at Bonsecours Market, which showcases the winning photographs of this prestigious professional world competition. On September 4, take the family to see the Harvest Festival at Maison Saint-Gabriel for a day of fun and market-fresh abundance that… / Read More →

Festival YUL EAT is back in Montréal this labour day weekend

The third edition of Festival YUL EAT is coming back to Quai de l’Horloge in Old Montréal on Labour Day weekend (September 3, 4 and 5). After last year’s very successful edition, this year’s chapter promises to be even better and more delicious. Free admission tickets will give festivalgoers access to the main site at the Old Port’s Clock Tower Quay where many food trucks will be parked to feed the hungry crowds. The full schedule hasn’t been revealed yet, so keep checking the YULEAT website for details. The YULEAT Festival will also include several other experiences, which we’ve detailed here below. YUL EAT Experience Festivalgoers who purchase tickets to the YUL EAT Experience will have access to a private zone where talented chefs and industry experts, winemakers and local artisans will be presiding over workshops and demos, food stands and wine and spirit tastings. Many industry experts such as chef and TV star Martin Juneau, pastry chef extraordinaire Patrice Demers, chefs Marc-André Jetté, Danny St-Pierre, oyster connoisseur Daniel Notkins and many more will be participants in this portion of the festival. Festivalgoers will also be able to attend some roundtables on some interesting topics pertaining to the culinary industry,… / Read More →