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Things To Do in Montréal: August 7 to 13

From gay pride to heavy metal, to blues to high fashion – Montréal really does offer everything. In a single week! Forget about choosing, just walk around and soak it all up at once. Call it a cultural experiment. Fresh-air music Music fans, ready your ears: it’s Heavy Montréal! Get your hard rocks off in Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 7 to 9, as headliners including Slipknot, Faith No More, Korn, Iggy Pop and NOFX bring their death metal, hair metal, black metal, hard rock and hardcore to Montréal. All that aggression leaving you blue? Wallow in style at Festiblues International de Montréal, the all-blues festival that runs from August 6 to 9 in bucolic Parc Ahuntsic. Catch world-class blues from over 50 international artists. If pop is more your style, head to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, just 45 minutes from central Montreal, where from August 8 to 16 hot air balloons and even hotter music cohabitate at International des Montgolfières Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. With top acts like Meghan Trainor, Our Lady Peace, Radio Radio and Moist sharing the lineup with luminaries from closer to home like Éric Lapointe, Misteur Vallaire and Jonas and the Massive Attraction, it’s a high colour date not to be missed –… / Read More →

Things To Do in Montréal: July 17 to 23

Whether you’re looking for laughs, experimental post-punk, a chance to shake your tail under the sun or the best souvenirs EVER as produced by local artisans, Montréal is the place to be this week. Come on, jump in! (hot music) Catch the last of the Nuits D’Afrique festival until July 19 for a taste of the best of African and world music from all over the globe. For continued world-music bliss, check out this guide to clubs and happenings around town. It’s the second and final weekend of the inaugural feminist/queer Slut Island Festival, with a focus on experimental, post-punk, rock, plus raging dancing fun in the sun and around the city, July 17, 18 and 19. Don’t miss Dômesicles on Thursdays until August 13 at SAT, where dance beats rule both the Satosphere dome and the Foodlab terrasse. July 26 features Shaydakiss, A-Rock, TiND and Push 1 Stop. Starting July 23, dive right into MEG Montréal, Montréal’s hip hop, electro and indie-rock fest at venues along the Main, on outdoor stages and on the infamous MEG Boat in the Old Port, all until August 2. For more inspiration, check out our great guide to the summer’s music festivals. (arts… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 5 to 11

We’ll be missing the fun frenzy of Igloofest after this weekend, when the 2015 edition comes to a close, that’s for sure – but lucky for us, there’s lots more Montréal madness where that came from. How about we stay in this week and soak up some cool culture? Last hurrah Don’t you go missing the last of the outdoor dance festival Igloofest now, which will go out with a bang with a wild weekend featuring international track masters Paco Osuna, Midland B2B Paul Woolford, Dubfire, Luciano, Girl Unit and Ernesto Ferreyra. Locals will be lighting up the nights too, with Jimmy Be, Robert Robert, Cri and Dead Horse Beats presiding on Friday night; Nico Sé, Eekkoo and Maybe Moby Is Playing Tonight on Saturday; and Cristobal Urbina and The One Tash signing out until next year on Sunday. For those interested in winning the Iglooswag contest, based on best costume, the theme for the last weekend is “white as snow.” So pull out your white one-piece snowsuit! Arts with heart February 5 marks the opening of two exciting exhibitions at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. British artist Simon Starling brings us 15 works under… / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal: November 21-27

It’s such an exciting theatre week! There are three solid plays to pick from, plus an exciting new Warhol exhibition, a whack of flicks for us film lovers, and the last shebang of M for Montreal. How will we ever manage to fit in any work?

Tracing Greats Movements from Van Gogh to Kandinsky

What a difference 14 years makes. The turn of the 19th century in Europe was an incredibly fruitful time, and none so much as in the visual arts. Thanks to extensive research by Los Angeles-based curator Timothy O. Benson, the exhibition Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Impressionism to Expressionism, 1900-1914, on now at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, traces in detail the decade and a half that established the history of Modern Art as we know it…

Thing to do in Montreal: October 10-16

With Thanksgiving weekend ringing in the week, the theme is fall’s bounty, both outdoors and in. From film screenings to grandiose ballet productions to the beautiful changing colours on the trees, there’s a whole lot to take in…

Montreal’s two biggest museums join forces for 1+1=1

Montreal’s two biggest museums – usually competitors for traffic – have come together to produce a sum greater than their parts: the exhibition 1+1=1, featuring the best contemporary art their shared collections have to offer…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: October 12-18

The city-wide high-energy party that is summer in Montreal is over, but autumn comes with its own entertainment, namely in arts and culture: this week see films from around the world, ballet with Japanese flair, theatre that’s both dark and light and art that illuminates – and as always, live music is everywhere, every day.