I’ve already mentioned a few projects that were going on in Montreal in MY RESPONSE to Tyler Brûlé’s Monocle issue about the world’s Top 25 Liveable Cities. One of these major initiatives is the Quartier des Spectacles (that’s French for “performance neighbourhood”), which will encompass a large portion of the downtown area. Near St. Laurent Blvd. and Ste. Catherine Street, the Quartier des Spectacles will offer tourists and locals the opportunity to discover the latest in theatre, music, cinema, dance, design, visual arts and several other disciplines, in more than 80 cultural venues.
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I’ve known for a long time that Bronte is one of Montreal’s best fine dining restaurants. Chef Joe Mercuri is a master when it comes to creating unusal fusions of textures and flavours. But when I finally went to eat there (a treat for my birthday!), I was astonished to meet a local couple that has eaten there more than a 100 times.
Montreal’s working class district of Little Burgundy is transforming itself into a new trendy neighbourhood, while never forgetting its past or denying its roots. Follow me on a tour of this old part of the city that has found the way to fight back recessions and crises.
Focusing on independent, mostly unknown films from the four corners of the world, Montreal’s World Film Festival has very little in common with Toronto’s International Film Festival. Without any big Hollywood productions, some people might say it lacks sparkles and glamour, but I think the opposite; a film festival should be about real, unforgettable filmmaking, not Dior dresses and big-name movie stars. Read the full story to know why the World Film Festival attracted Ingrid Bergman instead of Brad Pitt.
Let’s face it, food is one of the best aspects of almost any vacation. And what better way to discover local foods than taking a cooking class? It’s a little more original than a bus tour! You learn something new, meet people and jump straight into the local food culture. Plus, you get new recipes to bring home.
September is Photo Month in Montreal, or Le Mois de la photo, as it is officially called. Held bi-annually, it is Montreal’s biggest photographic event. Everywhere in the city, you’ll be able to find artwork from internationally acclaimed photographers and artists. Remarkable photos will be displayed in museums and art galleries, but also in the street, and on the walls of old industrial buildings. This year’s theme is “The Spaces of the Image,” which invites people to be part of a truly memorable experience about our perception of photography. Read the full story to know more about this exceptional photographic event.
I’ve always loved hotel rooms, because they allow you to truly be yourself – or somebody else, like a crazy rock star or a Russian oligarch. And there’s that level of intimacy and solitude that’s almost impossible to achieve at home. Read more to find my suggestions of the best hotels to get inspired in Montreal.
Last weekend, journalist extraordinaire Darrell Hartman and I walked through the streets of Montreal, chasing art galleries, museums and shops, having drinks and enjoying summertime in public parks. As his host, I wanted to show him what Montreal is really about. Read the full story to find out more.
Last week, I was in New York City meeting with locals from the Big Apple and giving away free trips to Montreal (Oh, isn’t life rough?) And as I interacted with people on the street, I quickly realized that many myths about Montreal persist in the collective imagination of Americans. Myths that need some rapid debunking…
The MONTREAL JAZZ FEST has just wrapped up. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find great spots around the city to hear trumpets and saxophones year-round. Here’s my list of recommendations for those of you who missed some of the big gigs from the summer festival. Read out more about my alternative picks to enjoy up-and-coming young musicians, old ragtime classics or world-influenced jazz beats.