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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…

PINKARNAVAL: A JEAN PAUL GAULTIER-INSPIRED PARADE

Montreal’s love affair with designer Jean Paul Gaultier poured out onto the streets when Pinkarnaval, a Gaultier-inspired parade and party, took over downtown. As he did for the premiere of his internationally-acclaimed exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Gaultier himself showed up to join in on the fun…

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: JULY

This year’s Jazz Fest is now over, but in its place comes not only more music but barrels of laughs alongside every funky beat and magical melody. Much of it for free too! Wild parades – Just For Laughs puts on more than one and Montreal’s Caribbean community struts its stuff – high-flying circus shows, live music from around the world, and, of course, outdoor dance parties are basically par for the course here in July…

INDIANA JONES EXHIBIT BY DEERUS

It’s so cool that Montreal is the first city in the world to host the new Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology museum exhibition at the Montreal Science Centre. It’s all about the science of archaeology and ALSO the Indiana Jones movies, which are of course the most exciting archaeological blockbusters ever made. It was basically dreamed up for guys like me who are experienced at archaeology AND going to movies…

MONTREAL MUSEUMS DAY: MAY 29, 2011

Everybody, mark your calendars! On May 29th it’s Montreal Museums Day. On this fine day, Montreal opens 30 museums for free and to sweeten the deal, there are even shuttle buses, activities and events- all free of charge.  If lasts year’s numbers still ring true and are any indication of how things will go this year, 100,000 people will be soaking up the culture, expanding their horizons and eating ice cream…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MAY 5-8)

Once May hits, Montrealers let themselves believe that summer is really coming and so we go outside, a lot, with other people, in the streets and in the parks, at festivals and sometimes even to dance. This weekend, witness spring’s bloom in world-renowned dance, electronic arts, on-stage historic Montreal and movies and music made for dancing…