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5 must-try burgers in Montréal

Montréal usually celebrates the humble burger during Le Burger Week in September, when over 40 restaurants offer specialty burgers at awesome prices. Unfortunately for burger lovers, a lot of these creations are retired after the event, never seeing the light of day again. But fear not! Here is a list of some must-try burgers that are available in the city all year long. Uniburger – Multiple locations Uniburger is Montréal’s answer to the popular American fast food chain, In-N-Out Burger. We suggest getting the “Uniburger,” which is topped with lettuce, tomatoes and signature Uniburger sauce. Pick from a variety of free toppings to your liking. The AAA grade Canadian beef is never frozen, and the fries are cut fresh daily. Don’t forget to order a classic chocolate shake with your meal—they use local Glacier Bilboquet ice cream! Notre-Boeuf-de-Grâce – 5732 Sherbrooke Street West A play on the name of the borough where it’s located (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce), Notre-Boeuf-de-Grâce (or NBG as it’s referred to by locals) is a popular neighbourhood burger joint that grinds its own meat, offering deliciously pink burgers. Start by choosing a 3 or 6 oz. patty and then pick from a list of 19 “free will toppings” or 12 “creation toppings” like pickled… / Read More →

Don’t whine, have wine! 10 places to drink up in Montréal

Wine is in Montréal’s blood, partly because it’s a bacchanalian sort of party town, partly because of its French heritage. But restaurants and wine bars go way beyond the limits of the Old Country today, with private-import wine lists from around the globe that inspire both oenophiles and weekend tipplers to open their minds and palettes. Here are some awesome spots to clink glasses. Philémon Bar The wine list at this stylish hangout may be short, but it hits all the marks and offers 16 choices by glass, plus it pairs perfectly with the tasty dishes so beloved by the hungry crowd of Old Montréal partyers. Try the beef tartare with smoked jalapeno sauce with a 2013 Pot d’vache Gamay from the Loire Valley. Cul-Sec Named after the French expression for “down the hatch,” this small wine hub in Little Italy invites people to take their organic, natural and artisanal wines to go (with a meal), or to sit down for a glass and a deceptively simple plateful of deliciousness, ranging from satisfying salads to decadent sandwiches (the boneless BBQ rib bun is not to be missed). Le Comptoir Nestled in a narrow storefront on the Plateau, this “comptoir à… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 13 to 19

Montréal offers a feast for the senses this week, with new films set on earth and in the sky, high-energy sports and video gaming, drama and dance, cutting-edge visual art and local artisanal creations, and a seemingly endless amount of live music. On-screen adventure Hundreds of new documentary features and shorts from around the world come to Montréal screens this week during the 18th annual Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), November 12 to 22 – along with so many eye-opening films on subjects ranging from war and refugees to environmental issues and government reform, go to talks by directors, actors and film industry members, special events and more. Catch the newest in French-language films (with English subtitles, bien sûr) at the CINEMANIA festival until November 15, including Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan and the premieres of Floride by Philippe Le Guay Marguerite et Julien by Valérie Donzelli and Je suis mort mais j’ai des amis by Stéphane and Guillaume Malandrin. As well, at the Phi Centre, see David Oelhoffen’s Loin des Hommes, November 16 to 18, an adaptation of a short story by Albert Camus and starring Viggo Mortensen. The Éléphant Classiq festival honours Québec cinema masterpieces, November 19 to 22, opening… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Actress Macha Limonchik

Popular Québec actress Macha Limonchik recently won a Gemini Award for her role in the Web series FÉMININ/FÉMININ, in which she played the role of Céline, a woman in her forties who has to face single life. Macha played key roles in ground-breaking Québec television series such as La vie, la vie and Tout sur moi, and is now a role model for young actresses. What made you decide to participate in the FÉMININ/FÉMININ project? I agreed to take part in the FÉMININ/FÉMININ series because I wanted to work with director Chloé Robichaud. I already knew her work and I was drawn to the series’ subject matter because of its social importance. How is the role of Céline different from your other roles? This was my first lesbian role. I felt a lot of pressure to play it credibly, to play the role of Céline well. I wanted to be true to the character and the universe created in the series. Who have been some of your female models in your career? I was very struck and inspired by the actors with whom I shared the stage for Michel Tremblay’s Albertine en cinq temps – Élise Guilbault, Sophie Clement, Andrée… / Read More →

M for Montreal 2015

M for memory making, for motivating and, oftentimes, for magic. But more than that, M for Montreal stands for M for amazing music. This year the tastemaking music festival and conference, which aims to assist up-and-coming artists not just at a local level, but internationally as well, is pulling out the stops for its 10th anniversary edition. For four days and nights, November 18-21, well over 100 local and international acts will be showcasing in more than 20 venues around Montréal in tandem with numerous conferences and networking opportunities with recognized music industry heavy hitters. Panels and workshops with specially selected delegates from around the world are a key feature of M for Montreal which, like the city it calls home, aims to strike that perfect work/play balance. “It’s really special for us to see many of the international delegates and media experience Montréal for the first time,” says M for Montreal programming director Mikey Rishwain. “And we try to build on that by making magic happen between business and pleasure.” The wizardry this year includes a markedly increased focus on electronic and hip-hop music. This is in addition to, of course, the usual onslaught of leading edge, mostly made-in-Montréal… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montréal October 30 to November 5

Clocks turn back but Montréal faces forward this week with innovate and affordable gourmet cuisine at MTL à Table Restaurant Week, all manner of Halloween celebrations, mind-expanding new dance, theatre, film and art, and live music that shakes up the status quo. Restaurant Week specialities Food, glorious food, rules the city this week as MTL à Table, Montréal’s official Restaurant Week, celebrates the pleasures of a good meal, a perfect snack and the best tipple to pair with it. Until November 8, food lovers can find table d’hôte reduced prices ($21, $31 or $41), culinary tours, wine tastings, chocolate sampling, special events and more at 150 restaurants and other locations throughout the city. See our Tourisme Montréal Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à Table for details and get ready to feast at brilliant brunch eateries, family-friendly restaurants, group-friendly locales, bring-your-own-wine favourites and much more, plus try out local cheeses or take a gourmet excursion. Alternatively, if you’d like to get in the kitchen yourself, choose the Montréal cooking class that suits your tastes. Find autumn delicacies at local farms and wineries and take a delicious piece of Montréal home with you in a jar with these locally-made treats…. / Read More →

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