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Game! Set! Match! Top women tennis players head to Montréal for Rogers Cup

The very best tennis players in the world are coming to Montreal for the 2016 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. World No. 1 player Serena Williams will attempt to win her fourth Rogers Cup crown in a field that features 30 of the Top 35 WTA players and nine of the Top 10. The matches will be held at Uniprix Stadium where festive daily off-court activities, a variety of dining options, retail shopping, games, performances and promotions create a festival-like atmosphere at the tournament. “We have an excellent player field this year, showing that Rogers Cup continues to be an important stop on the tour for the top women in the world,” says tournament director Eugene Lapierre. “We are one of the biggest women’s events across the globe.” Past tournament winners returning include Agnieszka Radwanska (2014), Petra Kvitova (2012) and Caroline Wozniacki (2010). Tennis Canada, the non-profit national sport association which runs the Rogers Cup, has announced 20 players ranked inside the Top 75 will battle for the twelve remaining places in the main draw. Included on this list is 2016 Wimbledon semifinalist Elena Vesnina, expected to be the top seed for qualifying in Montreal. The qualifying sessions (July 23-24)… / Read More →

Comedy, concerts, shows, evenings… the fun continues summer long at the Casino!

During festival season, the Casino de Montréal is even sparklier than ever. An awesome go-to to cap off your party evenings, it has tons going on during Montréal’s legendary festivals! Move to the beat at the Casino This summer, Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into a giant open-air concert hall with the super-charged festivals of Osheaga, Île Soniq and Heavy Montréal. Pre- or post-evening, you can quench your thirst at the new Jardin bar-terrasse with Shaydakiss on July 28 and Dragonette on July 29. At the Valet de carreau bar, sate your electronic music cravings with DJ Seibaz, Pierce Fulton and Michael Sparks on August 5. Wrap it up with a dash back to the 90s in the company of Sebastian Bach on August 6. Photos and autograph signing, of course! Mode et Design at the Casino August 18 and 19, during the Festival Mode et Design, take part in a bingo and high heels night, win gift certificates and let loose during a double bill DJ and comedy evening! The party keeps going at the Casino Thought of tucking in already? The night’s still young! World-class DJs, winners of the DJ Red Bull Thre3style competition, will be cranking up the heat… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: July 15 to 21

Sunny days and almost too much fun to handle make Montréal the place to be in mid-July: comedy, circus and music festivals fill the city with out-of-this-world performances, alongside an international film festival, a games festival, a world-class fireworks competition and more entertainment for all ages. Festival laughs Star-studded comedy festival Just For Laughs starts up this week with a free outdoor street festival outside Place des Arts – don’t miss the Mado’s Got Talent drag queen show on July 19 and nightly musical Jukebox – plus new editions of The Ethnic Show hosted by Rachid Badouri at Club Soda, and The Nasty Show  at Métropolis, a seriously dirty good time hosted by Mike Ward, who also performs a free outdoor show outside Place des Arts on July 16 at 9 pm. JFL’s “underground” program OFF-JFL begins with one-woman show 24 Hours with Mary Lynn Rajskub and new stand-up from Tom Green, with more shows running throughout the fest. Meanwhile, for kids there’s the V8energy labyrinth on de Maisonneuve Boulevard, daytime shows by puppeteer Jacques Boutin, dancer-clown Fifi Bric-à-Brac and more. Add to all that Zoofest, dedicated to wild indie humour and a fab drag show or two, and Oh My Fest!, celebrating a breadth of local YouTuber talent…. / Read More →

Get ready to play at Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec 2016

Games go beyond the screen at Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec, a free family-friendly event that installs hundreds of board games, video games and larger-than-life physical games outdoors in downtown Montréal – making it the biggest outdoor gaming area in Canada! Hot on the heels of Montréal Comiccon, the third edition of Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec takes over a few blocks of de Maisonneuve Boulevard in the Quartier des spectacles July 16 to 30, with game developers, producers and retailers offering not only their wide world of games to all but their expertise as well – every weekday from 6 to 11 pm and weekends 3 to 11 pm. Try your hand at award-winning new games developed in Québec and Canada and battle it out in games you may know all too well, like chess and Scrabble. The event’s giant games are definitely the Mondial des jeux’s most eye-catching and novel – nowhere else will you find a foosball table this big. As well, nowhere else boasts this many free-to-play classic, free-to-play arcade games all in one place. There’s even an ongoing juggling workshop for those who want to solve first-hand that particular mystery of physics and coordination. Known for decades as the go-to store for… / Read More →

Drift the thrift: Budget-savvy Montréal

For those who’ve got their eye on a Montréal getaway, we couldn’t have better news: in this city, you can live large on very little. Get the most out of la belle ville—and your dollar—with these hot tips on cool deals. Where to stay With so many affordable hotel options available, you can tailor your accommodations to fit your exact needs. Yearning for a poutine fix over a long weekend? Check out The Sweet Deal package, where participating hotels offer the third night’s stay at 50% and you’re hooked up with a booklet full of exclusive citywide deals. For those on a family vacation, check out The Family Deal which offers savings specific to children under 12 (and don’t miss checking the attractions they can get into for free). If you’re traveling in a big group, try the apartment stay experience of Like a Hotel, where you can live like locals and pull a divide-and-conquer on the cost. Flown in and renting a car? Take a look at deals to be found at hotels near the airport; downtown is a mere 20-minute drive away. Student or solo travellers looking for a more social sojourn should try one of Montréal’s youth hostels or residences,… / Read More →

Fantasia Film Fest makes fantasy a reality

For its 20th anniversary edition, Fantasia is doing things MAJOR! We’re taking Marilyn Manson, Takashe Miike, Shinsuke Sato, Kevin Smith and Guillermo Del Toro (in his inaugural Montreal appearance) as star guests, TONS of world premieres, conferences and master classes galore, and 130 international feature films to be seen over two jam-packed weeks of fun from July 14 to August 3. I know what you’re thinking: where to begin?! Well, here. Below are five flicks you won’t want to miss in your wildest Fantasia dreams: Let Me Make You a Martyr Directed by Corey Asraf and John Swab Trailblazing musician and multimedia artist Marilyn Manson stars and co-produced this gripping and poetic modern film noir, shown at Fantasia in a world premiere. Set in the a debauched Midwestern town, it’s a thinking man’s genre thriller that touches upon themes ranging from child abuse to life after death and features its fair share of muscle cars. July 22 at 9:35 pm, Concordia Hall Theatre King Dave Directed by Daniel “Podz” Grou (Canada) This is the festival’s opening film for a reason: it’s local, plus it’s horrific. Violence, heartache and betrayal lie ahead when Dave (played by Mommy’s Alexandre Goyette) gets caught… / Read More →

More new music to groove to at MEG Montréal

Dive right into Montréal’s hip hop, electro and indie-rock music scenes this July at Festival MEG Montréal. The 18th edition of the Montréal Electronique Groove summer music festival keeps the beat alive July 21 to 31, at venues all along Saint-Laurent Boulevard. MEG’s first weekend proves why Thursdays are the new Fridays, starting off the fest on July 21 with a feel-good techno party featuring French band Salut c’est cool, Jérôme Soudan’s Mimetic and local producer Mr. Deraspe at the SAT while over at La Sala Rossa it’s French vocal and multi-instrumental duo Mansfield.TYA, Montréal synth-folk-pop duo Co/ntry and  ethereal vocal-synth artist Stranger Familiar. Of course, Friday still lives up to the Friday-night hype with creative electronic dance music at the SAT from French artist Superpoze, the house-R’n’B of Club Cheval and Montréal’s Frame, while Wake Island, Syngja and Syzzors twist indie-rock into wild new forms at Divan Orange. Spend Saturday afternoon with notable DJ Omni and the fun live visuals of VJ Homing in a free “Mini MEG” 3 pm show for kids and adults alike at Divan Orange. Stay up late on Saturday night with hours of dance music from Robert Robert, La Fine Équipe and surprise guest DJs at airy dance venue… / Read More →

Hot! Hot! Hot! African restaurants put sunshine in your plate

Montréal’s African cuisine scene is heating up, with an abundance of warm eateries to thrill our taste buds. From Ethiopia to Senegal, Mauritania to Morocco and Tunisia, here’s the lowdown on some truly mouthwatering specialties and flavours. Whet your appetite with this culinary tour of African food in the heart of the city. Tasted and recommended! WEST AFRICA #brunch #lakhaima #yaaam 👌👌👌 Une photo publiée par la Khaima (@lakhaima) le 27 Févr. 2016 à 8h31 PST Mile-End/Mauritania — La Khaïma “A visit to La Kaima is a genuine taste of the nomadic experience, of savouring time and being in the moment.” That sums it up. This Mauritanian restaurant in Mile End has become one of the city’s most popular African eateries. With a wide, welcoming smile chef Atigh Ould, invites you to try a table d’hôte “under the tent” in the finest desert tradition. Scrumptious seasonal dishes, served on big, inviting plates are devoured with pita bread. Mezzes, comforting soups, spicy tajines and coucous are all there to share. Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will adore this flavourful, cuisine, which makes us dream of exotic lands, created with Québec products, with halal meat and gluten-free options. Be sure to try the… / Read More →

Beauty hacks and laugh attacks at Oh My Fest! and Zoofest

Just to add to the festival frenzy going on in town, Zoofest and Oh My Fest! each offer a whole world of programing to fill your July with fun. While Zoofest (July 7 to 30) branches out into a uniquely cool indie humour vibe with everything from straight-up stand-up (by Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick and George Wallace, among others) to weird yet hilarious stage shows, Oh My Fest! (July 16 and 17) is all about celebrating YouTuber talent from all over Quebec, live and in the flesh. Here are five shows you won’t want to miss at both events. 1) Oh My Fest!: Humour Panel Comedy is in the air, so might as well get neck-deep with YouTube’s funniest Québécois dudes! At this Oh My Fest! panel you’ll meet, greet and ask questions to Élie Pilon, Simon Leclerc, Massi Mahiou, Mahdi Ba and Thomas Gauthier. Practice your funny accents, because this event is in French. July 16, 1:15 p.m., Monument-National 2) Oh My Fest!: Lifestyle Panel Did you always want to know how to contour like a boss, style jean cutoffs and find your best angle? This is the panel for you, where YouTube beauty gurus GirlyAddict, Jessibouu, Gloria-Bella, Élie Duquet,… / Read More →

2016 Just For Laughs Festival Survival Guide

The laughs keep coming at the 2016 edition of the Montréal Just For Laughs Festival which will showcase some 100 comics from around the world, between July 13 to August 1. In addition to ticketed shows, Just For Laughs is hosting a twins parade and full schedule of free events on their outdoor site at Place des Arts. Here are all the details you need to get the most out of the festival experience. Montréal Just For Laughs Festival, July 13 to August 1, 2015 What you’re getting into A world-class event that unites the globe’s funniest people in Montréal’s downtown core, pretty much. From July 13 to August 1, Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles and a few venues slightly beyond host dozens of ticketed indoor shows and more free exterior entertainment than you can shake a funny bone at. This edition features such unmissable headliners as Carrie Fisher, Nathan Lane, Sarah Silverman, Howie Mandel, Russell Peters, NHL superstar P.K. Subban and NBA superstar Blake Griffin, Janeane Garofalo, Lewis Black, Scott Thompson, Emo Philips, Hannibal Buress, David Cross, Bobby Slayton and George Wallace. Highlights include The Ethnic Show (July 13 to 28) hosted by Rachid Badouri and The Nasty Show (July 20 to 30)  hosted by Mike Ward,… / Read More →