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M for Montreal Showcases New Pop, Hip Hop & More

Every year, the late-autumn music festival M for Montreal expands its eclectic programming, with this year’s roster reaching almost 100 up-and-coming bands playing electro-pop, indie-rock and hip hop at some of Montreal’s coolest venues, all in the short span of November 20-23…

Hotel Gault: A four-star getaway in Old Montreal

Hotel Gault, in the heart of Old Montreal, is one of the city’s most unique luxury stays. Set in a fully restructured historic building, reinforced against earthquakes with injected concrete, its aesthetic is less ancient than other Old Montreal hotels. By the time Montreal design firm YH2 began work on the project, the original structure had already been transformed through time – it was used as offices and storage space, and few of the original elements were recoverable. The result is a historic exterior and a spacious, gorgeous interior oasis of peace and tranquillity whose aesthetic is mostly contemporary. We spoke to YH2 designer Marie-Claude Hamelin…

Things to Do in Montreal: November 8-14

As the city recovers from over a week of Halloween activities, entertainment options pop up everywhere. Eat, drink and be merry during the TASTE MTL restaurant event, see new films at two international film festivals, run away with world-class circus and theatre, and rock out to live music…

See the World’s Best French Films at Montreal’s Cinemania

New French-language film comes to Montreal at the Cinemania Film Festival, November 7 to 17, featuring 49 films, several of them Cannes-selected and over 30 in their North American premieres – and all accompanied by English subtitles. The 19th edition of the festival doesn’t neglect the past, however, including nine retrospectives and several special presentations featuring actors and directors in discussion…

Phi Centre examines the art of being Rad Hourani

Rad Hourani is one of Montreal’s best known fashion exports, with collections in 130 shops and galleries in 30 countries around the world. But the Montreal-based world traveler and general creative mind is much more than an award-winning unisex fashion designer – he’s also a filmmaker and an artist. Until November 30, Montreal’s progressive Phi Centre is showing us the extent of his vision…

A New World of Documentary Film at RIDM

With over 135 films from more than 40 countries, the 16th annual Montreal International Documentary Festival, November 13–24, tackles a diversity of timely and contentious topics – from war and revolution to media and art – while also leaving space for seemingly small stories with big hearts. Along with film screenings, the festival hosts discussions with directors to get deeper into the issues many of the films raise, and parties and other events to keep everyone talking…

Things to Do in Montreal: November 1-7

The city pulls out all the stops for Halloween, with wild and eerie entertainment and parties all weekend, while still attending to another of life’s necessities: food, courtesy of TASTE MTL. Once Halloween ends, the food fun continues along with innovative theatre, dance, art and live music… (restaurant hopping) Montreal holds its own version of restaurant week with TASTE MTL, November 1-11, inviting over 100 restaurants to prepare affordable 3-course meals, giving culinary tours around the city, and offering wine tastings, cooking classes and workshops with master chefs and gastronomy experts. Restaurants Tasso, Au Cinquième Péché and Le Continental on St-Denis Street even host Opéra de Montréal singers on select evenings, and, as an enticement to sample restaurants on Mont-Royal Avenue, on the evenings of November 1-2 and 8-9 see several hundred candles light up in an art installation outside Mont-Royal metro station. (fright nights) Halloween happens all weekend in Montreal, so expect to see costumed hoards aplenty. Celebrate the season outdoors at the Montreal Botanical Garden, where the Great Pumpkin Ball and the Insectarium’s Spiders Unmasked shows entertain all day, or go on a ghost tour of the city with Fantômes Montreal. Of course, night time is when the real… / Read More →

TASTE MTL 2013: Late Night Menus

If you haven’t already heard the news, the second edition of TASTE MTL takes place November 1-11, showcasing over 100 restaurants around Montreal featuring signature fixed price and table d’hote menus. Late night diners can now take part in the culinary party, as the 2013 edition of this restaurant week sees the addition of a late night menu by a handful a restaurants…

Pointe-à-Callière looks at the Lives and Times of the Plateau

While Old Montreal’s cobblestone streets and 18th-century buildings offer a picturesque glimpse of the city’s roots, the surrounding neighbourhoods have their own historically significant stories to tell and impressive architecture to match. Lives and Times of the Plateau, a new exhibition at the Pointe-à-Callière history and archaeology museum, illuminates the colourful nooks and crannies of over 200 years of everyday life, industry and creativity in the Plateau neighbourhood…

The MMFA brings the sound of Venice to Montreal

In a uniquely multi-sensorial, immersive experience, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has brought to its Desmarais pavilion perhaps not the taste, but certainly the sounds of Venice… The exhibition, titled Splendore a Venezia, is entirely dedicated to art that illustrates the centrality of music to the famous Italian city. From 16th century paintings by Titian to 18th century works by Francesco Guardi, the works on the wall all portray musicians, or musical instruments, or musical patrons, or are by artists who were themselves musicians. At first it may seem like a niche theme, but by golly, this exhibition proves it was about time someone created an exhibition to unite is all. Accompanying the visuals, there’s a soundtrack playing from room to room with classical compositions also ranging in historical periods and styles. And that’s not counting the audioguide, which has 18 pieces to listen to according to prompts on the gallery wall. With the walls painted bright colours and a contemporary Venetian twist to the interior décor, the result of all this stimulation is overwhelming at times, but in a cornucopia kind of way. The riches on display (which include instruments galore, musical partitions and a full-scale gondola, just… / Read More →