For sports-minded Montrealers, plunging winter temperatures and copious amounts of frozen precipitation are less of an impediment to activity than they are an invitation to get outdoors and indulge themselves in a variety of different sporting options that are otherwise impossible during the steamy summer months…
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Whether you’re casually searching for a shooting star to wish on, an amateur astronomer itching to get a closer peek at some celestial objects, or a night owl who just feels at ease with the moon, Montreal has great ways to see the stars during unique nocturnal activities…
While some less cool cities might see it as just graffiti, Montreal knows street art brings a vibrant texture to our neighbourhoods. So we embrace it with pride. Our summer festival MURAL brings street artists from all over world to use the bricks of our buildings as their canvas, and as a result a stroll up Saint-Laurent Boulevard is like walking through an art gallery. At night the Quartier des Spectacles becomes decidedly futuristic when the digital projection mappings transform facades of entire buildings into hypnotizing swirls of sound and colour. It’s something you have to see to believe, so come check it out in Montreal soon! Book an art-filled adventure in Montréal: http://www.montrealoffer.com
Montréal is a city of festivals and we will find any reason to party. From month-long summer festivals to ones that take the winter by storm, we let nothing hold us back. Celebrating the season and the gift of frostbite, one needs to prepare adequately for outdoor activities; warm jacket, toque, scarf, gloves and the quintessential hot chocolate.
Across the Lachine Canal from downtown Montreal and running westward, Verdun is one of Canada’s oldest neighbourhoods, and it’s in continual transformation: every visit reveals a new hip restaurant or cute bakery. With the path-lined canal running along its southern tip, Verdun is an ideal place for cyclists and cross-country skiers – and, in summer, even amateur fisherman! But it’s also a growing commercial centre, particularly on Wellington Street, the ‘hood’s happening main drag. We suggest you start your visit at De L’Église metro station, conveniently close to Wellington and inches from the visit-worthy Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs church, built in 1914… (chilling) Wellington is the perfect promenade drag, similar to Mont-Royal on the Plateau or Park Avenue in Mile End. There’s something new everywhere you look, and its crowd of wanderers encourage you to do the same, just walk, without trying to get anywhere too fast. When your feet ache or your tummy grumbles, there re a million convivial spots to stop at, whether to sit or to take out for a Canal-side picnic. If it’s the situation calls for brunch, stop by the neighbourhood favourite Ma Douce Moitié, complete with leatherette booths and indulgent specials like the French onion soup sandwich…. / Read More →
Is it right that all I’m thinking about is the holidays? The snow is barely sticking to the ground these days, but the twinkly magic of Christmastime is all around. This week is the perfect time to start on your gift shopping and visit Santa… in addition to seeing a couple of plays, catching some live music and sampling the best in local wines, of course. (gift shopping) The magic returns to the Palais des Congrès until December 7, for the fifth annual Nutcracker Market by Les Grands Ballets de Montréal. Find the toys, jewelery, knits and tasty treats you need for your list, and help out The Nutcracker Fund for Children, which supports all sorts of arts and culture initiatives for kids. The annual and beloved Souk@SAT is back too this weekend and until December 30: this holiday bazaar unites the contemporary creations of over 70 local artists, designers and craftspeople. Souk@SAT takes over the entire Society for Arts and Technology building to showcase fantastic purchasable fashion, home décor, toys, accessories and more. Get a dose of Santa at Plaza St-Hubert this Friday, November 28, during the 10th anniversary of the Défilé des rêves holiday parade: activities, music and merriment are… / Read More →
It’s such an exciting theatre week! There are three solid plays to pick from, plus an exciting new Warhol exhibition, a whack of flicks for us film lovers, and the last shebang of M for Montreal. How will we ever manage to fit in any work?
Sharpen your wits and ready your elbows… it’s Black Friday! It’s time for some serious, competitive deal hunting and Holiday shopping. But it’s also chilly November in Montreal, so how about we keep things indoors?
In the west end of town, between downtown and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, lives a lush land known as Westmount. Its main artery is Sherbrooke Street West, between Atwater and Décarie, and one of its most impressive features is beautiful Westmount Park, complete with paddling pool, tons of jungle gyms, an arena, a library and even a small but breathtaking botanical garden. As you hike up the hill north of Sherbrooke, you’ll find the mansions that give the neighbourhood its posh reputation. South of Sherbrooke, it’s still fancy, but it’s more accessible to the rest of us, with pretty streets punctuated with unique stores and great spots to eat.
The chilly winds of mid-November in Montreal inspire thoughts of long winters curled up by a fireplace with a pile of good books. Get your seasonal stack – and more – at two fun events this month, perfectly suited to literary types: Expozine and Salon du Livre de Montréal…