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Pointe-à-Callière looks at the Lives and Times of the Plateau

While Old Montreal’s cobblestone streets and 18th-century buildings offer a picturesque glimpse of the city’s roots, the surrounding neighbourhoods have their own historically significant stories to tell and impressive architecture to match. Lives and Times of the Plateau, a new exhibition at the Pointe-à-Callière history and archaeology museum, illuminates the colourful nooks and crannies of over 200 years of everyday life, industry and creativity in the Plateau neighbourhood…

The MMFA brings the sound of Venice to Montreal

In a uniquely multi-sensorial, immersive experience, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has brought to its Desmarais pavilion perhaps not the taste, but certainly the sounds of Venice… The exhibition, titled Splendore a Venezia, is entirely dedicated to art that illustrates the centrality of music to the famous Italian city. From 16th century paintings by Titian to 18th century works by Francesco Guardi, the works on the wall all portray musicians, or musical instruments, or musical patrons, or are by artists who were themselves musicians. At first it may seem like a niche theme, but by golly, this exhibition proves it was about time someone created an exhibition to unite is all. Accompanying the visuals, there’s a soundtrack playing from room to room with classical compositions also ranging in historical periods and styles. And that’s not counting the audioguide, which has 18 pieces to listen to according to prompts on the gallery wall. With the walls painted bright colours and a contemporary Venetian twist to the interior décor, the result of all this stimulation is overwhelming at times, but in a cornucopia kind of way. The riches on display (which include instruments galore, musical partitions and a full-scale gondola, just… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: October 25-31

As both winter and Halloween approach, Montreal continues to entertain with live theatre and music, intriguing art, designer shopping, and horror movies, along with many chances this week to make the most of the fall weather, whether it’s sunny for daytime ambling or eerily overcast for costumed cavorting…

Beat Nation Remixes Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop

Drumbeats, many resounding like the rhythm of the human heart and some more akin to electronic dance music, accompany an array of sculptural, painting and new media work by a new generation of North American Aboriginal artists in Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, at the Musée d’art contemporain this fall…

Hotel St-Paul: A Luxury Boutique Hotel in Old Montreal

Designer Anna Borallo isn’t only the creative mind behind the décor of Old Montreal’s jewel, Hotel St-Paul; she also decided on the spatial planning. That’s because before the hotel opened in 2000, the beautiful historic building seen from the outside was entirely gutted and build anew on the inside. That’s what makes the white-walled rooms so spacious and the construction so carefully and beautifully measured. There’s a respect for nature’s colours, and a generally sleek minimalism that gives the property its eminently tasteful feel. We asked the designer about her inspirations…

Quebec Maple Syrup Producers take centre stage at TASTE MTL

Think Quebec and the word maple quickly comes to mind. Our fair province’s biggest gourmet export is the delicious liquid gold that seeps out of our majestic maple trees every spring to then be turned into a wide variety of sweet maple products. It seems quite fitting, then, that maple products take centre stage for the second edition of TASTE MTL, the city’s most delicious event presented by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ) from November 1 to 11, 2013…

Things to Do in Montreal: October 18-24

Montreal finds itself at the height of autumnal glory this week, not only in its colourful falling leaves, breezy days and Halloween preparations, but with the onset of hockey season, complemented by an NBA basketball game and all kinds of film screenings, live music, and world-class dance and theatre productions…

A Freaky Family Halloween in Montreal

Montreal takes their Halloween very seriously. Elaborate costumes, buckets of candy, and pumpkins everywhere. There’s a huge number of fun activities in and around Montreal for the whole family to enjoy. Check them out below…

Sports in Montreal: NBA, UFC, Lacrosse and more

While it’s that time of the year when most Montreal hockey and football fans are focused, laser-like, on the fortunes of the just-getting-started Montreal Canadiens and the coming-down-the-home-stretch Montreal Alouettes respectively, there’s a lot more sports life out there than just the big tickets…

Wild Entertainment at the Phenomena Festival

Montreal’s Phénomena Festival, October 18-25, defies definition with its array of avant-garde performances by 150 local and international artists, known for their unique, often humorous, approaches to theatre, dance, music, puppetry, fashion, poetry, film, cabaret and visual art…