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See the World’s Best French Films at Montreal’s Cinemania

New French-language film comes to Montreal at the Cinemania Film Festival, November 7 to 17, featuring 49 films, several of them Cannes-selected and over 30 in their North American premieres – and all accompanied by English subtitles. The 19th edition of the festival doesn’t neglect the past, however, including nine retrospectives and several special presentations featuring actors and directors in discussion…

Phi Centre examines the art of being Rad Hourani

Rad Hourani is one of Montreal’s best known fashion exports, with collections in 130 shops and galleries in 30 countries around the world. But the Montreal-based world traveler and general creative mind is much more than an award-winning unisex fashion designer – he’s also a filmmaker and an artist. Until November 30, Montreal’s progressive Phi Centre is showing us the extent of his vision…

Things to Do in Montreal: November 1-7

The city pulls out all the stops for Halloween, with wild and eerie entertainment and parties all weekend, while still attending to another of life’s necessities: food, courtesy of TASTE MTL. Once Halloween ends, the food fun continues along with innovative theatre, dance, art and live music… (restaurant hopping) Montreal holds its own version of restaurant week with TASTE MTL, November 1-11, inviting over 100 restaurants to prepare affordable 3-course meals, giving culinary tours around the city, and offering wine tastings, cooking classes and workshops with master chefs and gastronomy experts. Restaurants Tasso, Au Cinquième Péché and Le Continental on St-Denis Street even host Opéra de Montréal singers on select evenings, and, as an enticement to sample restaurants on Mont-Royal Avenue, on the evenings of November 1-2 and 8-9 see several hundred candles light up in an art installation outside Mont-Royal metro station. (fright nights) Halloween happens all weekend in Montreal, so expect to see costumed hoards aplenty. Celebrate the season outdoors at the Montreal Botanical Garden, where the Great Pumpkin Ball and the Insectarium’s Spiders Unmasked shows entertain all day, or go on a ghost tour of the city with Fantômes Montreal. Of course, night time is when the real… / Read More →

TASTE MTL 2013: Late Night Menus

If you haven’t already heard the news, the second edition of TASTE MTL takes place November 1-11, showcasing over 100 restaurants around Montreal featuring signature fixed price and table d’hote menus. Late night diners can now take part in the culinary party, as the 2013 edition of this restaurant week sees the addition of a late night menu by a handful a restaurants…

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…