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Things to Do in Montreal: September 20-26

The fall season in all its glory starts now in Montreal with music festival Pop Montreal and a whole new season of theatre, dance, film, opera, art, and more. This week, go from live rock shows to a 19th-century opera, from film screenings to outdoor dance performances in downtown Montreal…

Come to Montreal and save with the amazing Sweet Deal Hotel Package

There’s no doubting, in many if not most instances, that food tastes that much tastier, entertainment is more entertaining, and relaxation is perceptibly more relaxing when you feel like you’re getting the best bang for your shiny plastic Canadian bucks. Life, in fact, feels sweeter when you’re getting a deal, and Montreal continues to outdo itself when it comes to the offer of Sweet Deals for lodging, gastronomic adventuring, stimulating activities and cultural exploration of all kinds…

Pop Montreal Beyond the Music: Art, Film & More

Along with welcoming hundreds of musical acts this year, from the soulful pop of The-Dream to the avant-garde sound of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, the 12th edition of international music festival Pop Montreal, September 25-29, hosts informal talks with musicians, showcases thought-provoking film and visual art, offers activities specifically for kids, and expands its fashion show and made-in-Montreal craft fair…

Ritz-Carlton Montreal: Inside Downtown Montreal’s most famous luxury hotel

Ritz-Carlton Montreal – the very first Ritz-Carlton in the world – was always a grand destination, but it has surpassed even its own standards since completing its redesign in 2012. Lead by Hong Kong-based designer J. Lee Rofkind, creative director of hotel specialists BUZ Design, the redecoration of the rooms and public spaces retained the property’s storied grandeur but updated it with new colours and materials. The guest experience was also enhanced with contemporary luxuries like roomier bathrooms and automatic blinds. We caught up with Rofkind about this exciting design experience…

Gardens of Light Illuminates the Night

As evening falls in the Montreal Botanical Garden from September 6 to November 3, the annual Gardens of Light show reveals all the delight, romance and mystery of a night walk through a pastoral space. The uniquely Montreal exhibition adds another level of adventure within the garden, whether you’re on a date, among friends or with the whole family… An abundance of light and colour fills the Chinese Garden, where lanterns of all shapes and sizes sit along the paths, nestle among the plants and float among the lily pads in the garden’s large pond. This year, the Magic of Lanterns focuses on the biodiversity of the lush tropical rainforest of Xishuangbanna, highlighting plants and trees of the region by surrounding them with lanterns that depict historical figures, represent regional artifacts, and take the shape of pandas, frogs, butterflies, catfish, and other animals. Learn more about Xishuangbanna on nightly tours beginning at 6:30 p.m., and throughout the evening hear music that emulates the rainforest. The bright and colourful display in the Chinese Garden contrasts beautifully with the subtle illumination of the Japanese Garden, an exhibition begun only last year as an addition to the 20-year-old Gardens of Light. Quebec design firm… / Read More →

Five cafés with international flair in Montreal

Montreal has seen a boom in independent cafés in the last few years. Champion baristas, single-origin beans and funky decors are part of every café’s equation. The following 5 picks are all that and so much more. Travel the world one cup of coffee at a time…

Climb Aboard Art at Les Escales Improbables

  Experience live music, visual art, dance and theatre in new, interactive (and free) ways at Les Escales Improbables, September 3-14, an international festival of eclectic performances – from a human jukebox to a human-sized paper boat – that reveal Montreal’s contemporary, cutting-edge style at several of the city’s unique historical sites.

Montreal’s Best Japanese Restaurants

Compiling a list of “best Japanese” restaurants in Montreal would be like asking a mother to pick her favourite child; impossible, because they are all different, each have unique characters, are loved differently even though each will most probably drive you into debt and lunacy in one way or another.

Do Your Thing in MTL: Transgender Model Carmen Carrera Nearly Naked in the Gay Village

Carmen Carrera is a stunning woman. She’s one of the first contestant from RuPaul’s Drag Race to come out as transgender. It’s hard to believe that she was actually born a he. For “Do Your Thing in MTL” she did a pop up burlesque show under the famous Boules Roses in the heart of Montreal’s Gay Village with local troop Speakeasy Burlesque! The video is about a a confused person, ashamed and afraid to be themselves. But with a little help from some friends, the cloak is torn away and Carmen Carrera is born! She’s confident, sexy, and exactly who she was meant to be…