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Lepage to Jodorowsky: Festival du Nouveau Cinema 2013

One of the best, most diverse film festivals in the city, the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is much like Montreal itself: cutting-edge and creative, exciting yet relaxed, intelligent and sexy. The 42nd edition of the festival, running October 9-20, not only brings almost 300 new films from around the world to multiple screens around the city, but hosts discussions, parties, a professional conference, and free outdoor screenings…

Germain Montreal: The Quebec hotel chain that celebrates art and design

Le Germain is a born-in-Quebec hotel chain whose luxury and high-quality service is now world-renowned. Its Montreal property, Germain Montréal, was the second in this empire-in-the-making, and it’s an example of the brand’s sleek, modern lines and impeccable attention to detail. From the desk attendants’ designer uniforms to the streamlined lobby furniture, style is everywhere. Always with its eye on local talent, the Germain group celebrated the Montreal property’s 10th anniversary by hiring local fashion designer Marie Saint Pierre to redesign its rooms. We caught up with Marie Pier Germain, a member of the Germain family and Director of Professional Construction Services, about the brand’s creative vision…

BLACK & BLUE 2013: NEW VENUE, NEW VIBE

Black & Blue 2013 explodes in Montreal this Thanksgiving long weekend, October 9-15, 2013. For this edition, Black & Blue is taking out a new lease on life with a brand new location and a refreshed vibe…

The second edition of TASTE MTL takes over Montreal’s restaurants November 1 to 11

Food lovers rejoice, the best time of year is here! For the second year in a row, TASTE MTL, our very own version of Restaurant Week, presented by Les produits d’érable du Québec in association with the SAQ, will take center stage throughout Montreal. This most delicious event takes place from November 1 to 11, 2013, and is a great opportunity to indulge in a variety of gourmet activities happening around the city…

Place des Arts celebrates its 50th in style

There’s really no other “place” quite like it – not in Montreal, not in Canada. On any given night of the week, Place des Arts plays host to world-class operas and orchestras, top-tier classical and contemporary dance companies, Broadway theatre, A-level musicians and comedians of all persuasions, outdoor concerts and multimedia presentations, and all within the confines of one square block of downtown Montreal. Okay, one enormous, meticulously designed and architecturally extraordinary block, but a block nonetheless…

Things to Do in Montreal: September 20-26

The fall season in all its glory starts now in Montreal with music festival Pop Montreal and a whole new season of theatre, dance, film, opera, art, and more. This week, go from live rock shows to a 19th-century opera, from film screenings to outdoor dance performances in downtown Montreal…

Come to Montreal and save with the amazing Sweet Deal Hotel Package

There’s no doubting, in many if not most instances, that food tastes that much tastier, entertainment is more entertaining, and relaxation is perceptibly more relaxing when you feel like you’re getting the best bang for your shiny plastic Canadian bucks. Life, in fact, feels sweeter when you’re getting a deal, and Montreal continues to outdo itself when it comes to the offer of Sweet Deals for lodging, gastronomic adventuring, stimulating activities and cultural exploration of all kinds…

Pop Montreal Beyond the Music: Art, Film & More

Along with welcoming hundreds of musical acts this year, from the soulful pop of The-Dream to the avant-garde sound of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, the 12th edition of international music festival Pop Montreal, September 25-29, hosts informal talks with musicians, showcases thought-provoking film and visual art, offers activities specifically for kids, and expands its fashion show and made-in-Montreal craft fair…

Ritz-Carlton Montreal: Inside Downtown Montreal’s most famous luxury hotel

Ritz-Carlton Montreal – the very first Ritz-Carlton in the world – was always a grand destination, but it has surpassed even its own standards since completing its redesign in 2012. Lead by Hong Kong-based designer J. Lee Rofkind, creative director of hotel specialists BUZ Design, the redecoration of the rooms and public spaces retained the property’s storied grandeur but updated it with new colours and materials. The guest experience was also enhanced with contemporary luxuries like roomier bathrooms and automatic blinds. We caught up with Rofkind about this exciting design experience…

Gardens of Light Illuminates the Night

As evening falls in the Montreal Botanical Garden from September 6 to November 3, the annual Gardens of Light show reveals all the delight, romance and mystery of a night walk through a pastoral space. The uniquely Montreal exhibition adds another level of adventure within the garden, whether you’re on a date, among friends or with the whole family… An abundance of light and colour fills the Chinese Garden, where lanterns of all shapes and sizes sit along the paths, nestle among the plants and float among the lily pads in the garden’s large pond. This year, the Magic of Lanterns focuses on the biodiversity of the lush tropical rainforest of Xishuangbanna, highlighting plants and trees of the region by surrounding them with lanterns that depict historical figures, represent regional artifacts, and take the shape of pandas, frogs, butterflies, catfish, and other animals. Learn more about Xishuangbanna on nightly tours beginning at 6:30 p.m., and throughout the evening hear music that emulates the rainforest. The bright and colourful display in the Chinese Garden contrasts beautifully with the subtle illumination of the Japanese Garden, an exhibition begun only last year as an addition to the 20-year-old Gardens of Light. Quebec design firm… / Read More →