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FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: DECEMBER

December can be a pricey month, what with all the gift-buying, celebratory dinners and holiday parties. Yet in Montreal there are still plenty of ways to avoid the cash drain – and not all of them involve being outside, though cross-country skiers and skaters take note: we’ve got what you need too. Art abounds at craft and artisanal fairs, outdoors and indoors, and in the sky during weekly fireworks events, and public spaces around town filled with people, music and dance performances, and even a parade or two…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: DECEMBER

With summer’s frenzy of activity behind us, Montrealers are ready for the slow, sweet pace of December – of course, slow is a relative term here, as holiday parties, gift shopping, music, dancing, theatre, art shows and all sorts of merry-making abound throughout the month. It’s a busy time, but with sparkling lights in the streets and plenty of warm places to cozy up, Montreal’s atmosphere is nonetheless relaxed and welcoming…

BIG BANG AT THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Art worlds collide in The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Big Bang exhibition, with filmmakers, fashion designers and musicians sharing gallery space with writers, architects and mural/graffiti artists, and more – each inspired by works of art in the museum’s century-spanning permanent collection. The multi-disciplinary, multi-media (and free) Big Bang isn’t your typical museum fare, but perhaps it should be…

TOYS EXHIBIT KICKS OFF CHRISTMAS AT THE MCCORD MUSEUM

It’s almost that time of year and, as always, toys are at the top of many Christmas lists. TOYS 2, the exhibit at Montreal’s McCord Museum from November 18 to March 11, is a delight for both the young and young-at-heart. I followed the path of tiny cat paws painted on the museum floor and they led me to this charming new show…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: OCTOBER 21-28

No doubt about it, it’s fall now – the north winds blow, the leaves fall, the days grow shorter. Which also means Montreal nights are longer, and what better excuse to eat, drink and be merry well into the wee hours. Lovers of live music will adore this week in Montreal, as will lovers of film, as one film festival comes to an end and another begins. Montreal stages brace for drama, comedy, politics and the stomping of hundreds of horses hooves (seriously!). Art, poetry and spoken word round out the busy week with heady, ready made-in-Montreal creative stuff..

MMFA OPENS BEAUTIFUL BOURGIE PAVILION AND CONCERT HALL

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is expanding in bold and beautiful ways. As autumn settles in and winter is trailing not so far behind it, art and music lovers can seek refuge in Montreal’s newest creative space – the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion and Bourgie Concert Hall…

FALL FOR THE MCCORD MUSEUM’S NEW EXHIBITS

Fall is a must-visit season at the McCord Museum, with famed photographer Edward Burtynsky’s panoramic look at oil and a high-tech way to discover the history of Montreal…

EXPLORING MONTREAL’S INSECTARIUM

If you think insects are just the neatest things scurrying across this wondrous planet of ours, then the Montreal Insectarium is a place you need to visit. It’s the largest insectarium in North America, so if you find bugs kind of terrifying, then…well, just get over it, because your kids totally want to go.

END OF SUMMER FAMILY FUN IN MONTREAL

The award for most flagrant misuse of an exclamation point can only go to “Back to School!”, a phrase coined by advertising execs who have managed to forget the bittersweet, oblique pain these last two weeks of summer inflict on school-age kids. So why not give the kids one last hurrah in Montreal this summer before the school bell tolls: get to know nature, play in the park, ride a roller coaster, swim, eat and enjoy these final summer days to the max…