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Things to Do in Montreal: July 19-25

Summer entertainment keeps the heat at bay this week in Montreal with jokes, music, fresh air and movies: see Just For Laughs comedy festival shows from some of the most brilliant comedians working today; Shakespearean performance in the parks; underground films in air-conditioned theatres; and live music from Beyoncé to beats brought all the way from Africa…

The Montreal First Peoples’ Festival

Once again, a massive, colourfully-lit teepee in the heart of downtown’s Place des Festivals marks the beginning of Montreal’s First Peoples’ Festival, now in its 23rd edition, July 30 to August 5…

Dance, Cruise and Rock at the MEG Music Fest

Electronic music comes in many forms, but the kind that the MEG Montreal Electronic Groove music festival specializes in is all about having a good time, whether that means dancing all night on a boat or rocking out in a St-Laurent bar. With over 70 artists at 10 different venues (yes, including a boat), this year’s festival, July 26 to August 3, celebrates 15 years of bringing artists and audiences together in the name of new electronic sounds…

VIDEO: Feist performs at free outdoor Montreal Jazz Festival show

The 2013 edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is now in the books and while shows by Amadou & Mariam, The Cat Empire, Ravi Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Oliver Jones, Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak and Mother Mother had people talking, it was, without question, the free outdoor show put on by Feist in the Quartier des spectacles to open the festival that buzzed brightest. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014!

See the World at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Week-ends du Monde

Montreal may be known primarily for its unique Quebecois culture and French roots, but the city’s cultural picture spans much further and wider. Since 2005, Week-ends du Monde has turned the spotlight on the diverse communities that make Montreal what it is: this year, the festival makes itself at home again at Parc Jean-Drapeau, filling the weekends of July 6-7 and July 13-14 with music, dance and culinary delights…

VIDEO: Grand Prix Montreal 2013

The Grand Prix du Canada 2013 was another can’t miss-party in Montreal for serious F1 aficionados on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and casual race fans looking for fun on Saint-Laurent and Crescent. See you all again in 2014!

Do Your Thing in MTL: Figure Skater Johnny Weir Slices Some Ice in Montreal

For the third Do Your Thing in MTL video, Johnny Weir-Voronov did what he does best. In sparkly spandex couture, he hit the ice hard and proved that he is more than just a decorated world-class figure skater slash LGBT activist with a pretty face… He’s a small town gay boy who followed his dreams!

Tune in to the 2013 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Famed American composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose 1959 album Time Out was the first jazz record to sell over a million copies, did what was the unthinkable for a good many jazz musicians of his era: he lived a long, very long, life. Brubeck, who played the Montreal International Jazz Festival no less than 14 times, went to the great jazz club in the sky last December just shy of his 92nd birthday, and only six months after his final Jazz Fest appearance. This 34th edition of the Jazz Fest is dedicated to his memory…

All kinds of funny at Just For Laughs 2013

July is a loose, silly time in Montreal, not only because it’s the height of summer holidays, but because long-running comedy festival Just for Laughs, July 10-28, lets some of the biggest names in comedy reign the city’s downtown core…