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Things to do in Montréal: August 19 to 25

Montréal feels lively and carefree this week as the sun shines on family-friendly outdoor sports event Jackalope, the Fashion & Design Festival, the St-Laurent street fair, pretty parks and open-air bars, all with music and food to keep us going. Soak up summer Skateboarding, motocross, fixed gear biking, bouldering and a massive watergun fight await at JACKALOPE at Olympic Park, Aug. 19-21– but the family-friendly festival (kids 10 years and under get in free! And there’s a babysitting service!) isn’t only about extreme sports: chill out in a hammock, do some yoga, listen to live music from High Klassified, The Posterz and more artists, and eat great food from food trucks – later on, go to official after parties in Mile End. HOT AIR BALLOON SUNSET🎈#bucketlist #7yearani Une photo publiée par @sallysaleh le 15 Août 2016 à 17h23 PDT Slow down by swinging to the sound of musical art installation 21 Swings outside Place des Arts, or cruising along the Saint-Lawrence River on a laid-back brunch, afternoon or gourmet dinner cruise with Croisières AML. Or float above the city and countryside: hot air balloon and music festival International des Montgolfières Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu runs to Aug. 21 in nearby Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Play time Watch the final three days of the Rio 2016… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Street artists MissMe, Zek One and Dodo_ose

Street art in Montréal not only brightens the urban core and surrounding neighbourhoods but reflects the spirit and culture of the city, whether in a colourful two-storey mural downtown for Mural Festival, live group painting at Under Pressure or a wheatpaste print in a side-street alley. Tourisme Montréal recently talked to three of the city’s most intriguing street artists: the mysterious “artful vandal” MissMe – known best for her Portrait of a Vandal print series of a naked woman wearing a Mickey Mouse-eared balaclava – and A’shop crew artists Zek One and Dodo_ose, the creative minds and deft hands behind several prominent murals in Montréal and other major cities. How has Montréal influenced your style? MissMe: Montréal has allowed me to explore and to evolve. I work alone, but I end up meeting and knowing other artists because ours is still a small community even though it’s recently grown so much. Montréal is so special because of the vibe of this city, the people, there’s something very human and organic about it – the art in the street reflects that. It may seem messy for some, but it gives the city more personality. Zek One: Back in ‘93, I started… / Read More →

Your guide to Omnivore 2016

The Omnivore food festival takes place September 16 to 19 in association with the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]. 2016 marks the fifth year this traveling celebration of gastronomy hits Montréal. This year’s theme highlights “young cuisine”, as noted by founder Luc Dubanchet. In an editorial on the official site, Dubanchet acknowledges the culinary landscape in Montréal forged by the likes of Normand Laprise, Au Pied de Cochon and the guys of Joe Beef. However, this year’s festival focuses on the new generation of culinary talent whose prowess is fortified year after year—as exemplified by some of their popular establishments. Masterclasses The Masterclasses are one of the most highly anticipated events of the festival. They showcase cooking demonstrations and lectures by some of the most creative culinary minds, both locally and internationally. Some of this year’s masterclass hosts will be Leigh Roper (Foxy), John Winter Russell (Candide), Johnathan Rassi (400 Coups), Juan Lopez & Samuel Pinard (Farine), Patrice Demers (Patrice Pâtissier), Aaron Langille (Le Diplomate) as well as international guests such as Pedro de Artagao (Irajà), Daniel Burns (Luksus) and Daniel Eddy (Rebelle). Tickets for the Masterclass demonstrations are free, but they sell out fast. Reserve here. Extra Dinners… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: August 12 to 18

Relax the way Montrealers do in August with outdoor classical music concerts and film screenings, set your kids free at family-focused events, or party like a Montrealer at Montréal Pride and the Fashion & Design Festival. And definitely eat like a Montrealer – we’ve got recommendations. Music for all ages Classical music enthusiasts of all ages will love the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Couche-Tarde Classical Spree, August 10-13: 30 affordable concerts at Place des Arts starting with Kent Nagano conducting the OSM in Chariots of Fire, plus matinée shows for kids, free activities and two free outdoor concerts: Mozart’s Magic Flute opera on Aug. 12 at 7 pm, and four orchestras performing in Spotlight on Youth on Aug. 13 at 10:30 am. Make your own music just by swinging: outdoor art installation 21 Swings is back until Sept. 5 outside Place des Arts. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts transforms a side street into Toulouse-Lautrec’s Belle Époque on Aug. 13 at noon, featuring Cancan dancers and music by the Alex Francoeur jazz trio. La Tohu circus centre hosts FALLA, a free event of world music, circus acts and kids activities, Aug. 11-13. And the Olympic Park hosts kids event Carnaval estival on Aug. 13. Montréal Pride… / Read More →

Great Greek restaurants in Montréal

If breaking plates were allowed as seen in movies, Greek restaurants would be the most fun spots in town! Vandalism aside, Greek cuisine, although simple, is one of the tastiest, especially in summer when one can leisurely sample a variety of cold and warm mezzes (Greek tapas) and a few grilled specialties. Below are some of our favourite Greek restaurants in Montréal. Milos –  5357 Du Parc Avenue New York, Athens, Miami, Vegas and London, the Milos empire reaches far and wide but the original one where it all started is on the famous Du Parc Avenue in Montréal. Freshness and authenticity are what made Estiatorio Milos one of the best fine dining establishments in Montréal. The fish is imported daily from the Mediterranean, the olive oil is Milos’ own private label, the vegetables are locally sourced and everything else, including the service, is tended to with much care and professionalism. The Milos Special, a mountain of thinly sliced, battered and deep fried crispy zucchini and eggplants served with tzatziki are a must, as are any of the fish on display. Fresh Grilled #Shrimp and Warm Weather – This Is Turning Out To Be A #Beautiful September 👌😉 #yum#yummy#igers#igersmontreal#livemontreal#igdaily#instafood#instagood#instalike#instalove#DDO#food#foodie#foodpic#foodgasm#Greek#Grecque#Fresh#delicious#greekfood#Laval#Montreal#montrealfood#mtlfood#photooftheday Une… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Plastik Patrik

Montréal nightlife icon and queer androgyne Plastik Patrik has been entertaining audiences for over two decades, before the current generation of club kids was even born! Once, when Cyndi Lauper discovered Plastik Patrik – “What a fabulous name!” she said – and Patrik’s then-band One 976, she invited the glam-punk rockers to sing two encores with her (La Vie en rose and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun) onstage at Le Metropolis de Montréal in 2004. Patrik would go on to form another band, Patrik et les Brutes, and became a much in-demand DJ. Patrik – who keeps fit by swimming laps and running marathons – is also the emcee for the women’s exciting Montreal Roller Derby league. Job: I’m a multi-tasker. Make-up artist, DJ, party planner, performer, emcee, roller derby announcer. Favourite pastime: Exercise. Club nights and gigs have come and gone but I’ve always trained. Obsessively. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? Summer in the city is always a treat, that’s no secret. One of my favorite festivals is MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL. They always have a big show in Parc Émilie-Gamelin. Big outdoor circus in the summer, that’s Montréal full spin. What’s the next big thing you’re… / Read More →

JACKALOPE, Montréal’s action sports fest, jacks up the fun for its 5th anniversary

Montréal’s love of urban action sports comes to the fore when JACKALOPE by Lait au chocolat rolls out at the Esplanade of the Olympic Stadium from August 19 to 21. Adrenaline junkies from across the extreme sports spectrum can come and watch as competitors kill it on skateboards, slacklines, fixed gear bikes, motocross, climbing and a base jump off the Olympic Tower this year. You heard that right. Base jumping off the Big O. Êtes-vous prêt pour @jumpoff.city ?! Are you ready for @jumpoff.city ?! #jackalopefest #jackalope #festival #basejump #teaser #mtlmoments #jumper #jumpoff #montreal #mtl #events #olympicstadium Une vidéo publiée par JACKALOPE (@jackalopefest) le 2 Août 2016 à 10h51 PDT JUMP OFF at the Olympic Tower For this edition of JACKALOPE, you can watch in awe and be a part of history as Montréal hosts Canada’s first official base jump competition at the Olympic Tower. Standing at 165 metres (541 feet), this 45-degree architectural wonder and world’s tallest inclined tower offers an exhilarating locale from which to leap. The competition will feature 10 competitors, including one wheelchair athlete, who will jump off, free fall for 60 feet then parachute glide for another 490 to try to nail targets on the… / Read More →

Your 2016 Fashion & Design Festival survival guide

Catwalks in the street, thumping beats, champagne flutes and stilettos left and right – the annual Fashion & Design Festival can be a dizzying affair! And since we want you to get the very most out of all your Montréal experiences, we’ve cooked up your complete guide to the summer’s most glamorous experience.   Event Fashion and Design Festival, August 15 to 20. What you’re getting into A major outdoor event celebrating fashion and design at Quartier des Spectacles, in the heart of downtown Montreal, presenting outdoor fashion shows, live music shows, workshops, film screenings, presentations and more shopping opportunities that you can shake a YSL baguette at, including the famous pop-up shops on the Place des Festivals. Participating labels this year include Robert Atelier, Waxman, Alton Gray, Bestseller, Le Château, Citizen Vintage and many more, while you’ll be able to hear free live music by Dear Denizen, Archichic, Fonkyson, Paupière and buy a private night with Trouble Andrew (get your tickets here). Check out the schedule of talks and workshops here; you won’t want to miss the costume workshop presented by designers for the Cirque du Soleil.   What to bring Like any other large-scale festival, there are a… / Read More →

La Virée Classique: Symphony Under the Stars

The world-renowned Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal kicks off its fifth annual OSM Couche‐Tard Classical Spree festival with its big free outdoor concert for tens of thousands of classical-music lovers on the esplanade outside Olympic Stadium on August 10. This outdoor concert is a unique Montréal tradition that, says OSM conductor and music director Kent Nagano, unites people from “across all socio-economic classes, all cultural and racial backgrounds, all nationalities and all generations.” The OSM’s Classical Spree festival – known locally as La Virée Classique OSM – will also feature three additional free outdoor concerts at the Quartier des Spectacles, as well as a series of 30 ticketed indoor concerts at Place des Arts, from Aug. 10 to 13. The opening Galaxy of Heroes concert at the Parc Olympique on Aug. 10 will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Montréal’s 1976 Summer Olympic Games and the athletes who left their mark on the global Olympic movement. The Olympics is also the theme for the OSM’s Chariots of Fire indoor concert at the Maison symphonique on Aug. 12. “People associate this music with the film Chariots of Fire, a great film about the Olympics,” says the California-born Nagano. “We wanted to carry on… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: August 5 to 11

August in Montréal means it’s time to relax a little even while festival season keeps the energy high. This week we’ve got classical, metal, electronic dance music, anime and First Peoples festivals along with the start of Montréal Pride and the Olympics – plus all the food and drink to match. Festival pride Classical music meets the Olympic spirit this week at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s Couche-Tard Classical Spree main event on August 10: free, outdoor show Galaxy of Heroes pays tribute to the 40th anniversary of Montréal’s 1976 Summer Olympics, at Olympic Park – music enthusiasts also won’t want to miss the Spree’s many affordable and abundant concerts, August 10-13 in the Quartier des Spectacles. Traditional music and hip hop, video and film, art and theatre made by Aboriginal artists take the spotlight as the Présence Autochtone Montréal First Peoples Festival, August 3-10 in and around the Quartier des Spectacles – evening shows include Innu singer Shauit on August 5 and Soirée ÉlectroChoc on August 6. Montréal Pride celebrates its 10th edition with parties, community and art events, cabaret shows, parades and more, August 8-14. For more festival fun, including Heavy Montréal and ÎleSoniq, see our live music section below. Fun and games The world… / Read More →