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Jeff Stinco loves Montreal

Last week, I had the chance to catch up with Jeff Stinco, lead guitarist of the internationally renowned group Simple Plan. After travelling the world, here’s why Montréal is still at the top of his list!

Cavalia equals STUNNING

Pure Spanish, Arabian, Lusitano, Appaloosa, Criollo, Canadian, Belgian, and Comtois horses… Such a noble line-up can only mean one thing: CAVALIA is in town! This is an ode to splendour that you will not want to miss!

Montreal Cheese Shop: La Maison du Cheddar

It’s a fact: We, the people of Quebec, love our cheeses. Maybe it’s because of our French origins? Or maybe it’s because we know a good thing when we see it (or eat it, in this case). We eat it as part of our meals, as a separate course after meals, and also as a snack. In fact, stop in any Quebec convenience store, and you’ll find cheese curds right at the counter with the chocolate bars. Yes, that’s how dedicated we are to cheese.

How to order coffee in Montreal

Picture it: Montreal. A sunny Sunday morning. You walk into a romantic French café and decide to show your special someone just how worldly you are by ordering your coffee in French. “Un café, s’il vous plait.” Yeah, if only it were that easy. What your Berlitz book of French phrases didn’t tell you is that, in Montreal, there’s more to coffee than just “café.”

Freebies for the Ladies

Who doesn’t like a free dinner once in a while? Let’s face it ladies, economic times are tough. In the great depression of the 30s, women completely reinvented fashion by tailoring their old garments. Last week, Oprah was giving out free KFC dinners to all of America. She even said she had the newly grilled chicken for dinner and for lunch the next day. Why did she eat it? Because it’s free!

Elektra’s Shock Therapy

From May 1 to 10, we’re celebrating the 10th edition of Elektra. Dedicated to new forms of creative expressions, this event takes place in several cultural venues and art galleries all over Montréal, from Usine C to Galerie La Centrale, as well as Galerie articule on Fairmount and the Belgo building downtown. It features multimedia and electronic arts mingling together in a plural way that is almost indescribable. The program includes visual art, live performances, exhibitions and music shows from local artists and international visitors. They’re showing their work (or sometimes just the embryo of a creation or an unfinished concept), looking for people to react and interact with it. Admission is free for most art gallery happenings and projections, while performances usually cost a little more. More info about Elektra here. The photo is taken from Kurt Hentschläger’s FEED, a live performance during which you basically enter Usine C before midnight, and become surrounded by smoke machines and stroboscopes. Oh, and you have to sign a release paper before you go in, just in case something happens. Experimental and crazy, right? Yes, that’s how we like it here.

Bike + Taxi = BIXI

Get some exercise, explore the city and meet locals . . . by bike! Starting May 12, Montréal will have a brand new public bike system that will make it that much easier for tourists – and Montrealers – to take a spin around town. Get the goods on this fun travel option…

Drink in Montreal: an Introduction

Montreal has no shortage of places to have a drink. On some streets, like St-Laurent or St-Denis, you can’t move more than 5 feet without finding somewhere to grab a beer, enjoy an expertly-mixed cocktail or relax with a fine bottle of wine and some friends.

Mutek and Montreal

This year, Mutek celebrates 10 great years of showcasing some of the world’s best electronic music and culture. In that time, it has become not only one of Montréal’s most beloved festivals, but one of the premiere events of its kind in the world. It runs from May 27th-31st in some of the cities’ most interesting venues- check for the full rundown. I’m a huge fan of this unique event and will have a ton of exclusive tips, picks and profiles on this blog in the coming weeks. To kick it all off, I sat down with Dimitri Nasrallah, the Festival’s Content Manager and International Media Relations whiz. We talked about how the fest began and where it’s going…

Cirque du Soleil: Release your inner lady[bug]

The Big Top is up in the Old Port of Montréal and – although I would never wear royal blue and mustard yellow in the same outfit – those colours have never looked better together!