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FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: MAY

One of the reasons Montreal is so much fun in the summer is that May and June are basically a frenzied celebration of the fact that we made it through winter. And so, May is full of free activities to get everyone out in the city’s public spaces – a free museum day, dance classes and even a festival dedicated to the great outdoors…

MONTREAL BIODOME: A FUN FAMILY FAVOURITE

The Montreal Biodome (Biodôme de Montréal) is beloved by kids of all ages. Boasting a range of animals, plant life and ecosystems, it’s an environment that promotes education about the natural world. But you can leave “education” out of it when trying to convince your children and just say: “Penguins! Monkeys! Crazy looking fish!”…

THE MCCORD MUSEUM CELEBRATES 90 YEARS

Can you say ‘’history on an iPod’’? The McCord Museum on Sherbrooke Street, one of Canada’s oldest museums, is celebrating 90 years with a very forward-looking exhibit…

GABOR SZILASI LOOKS AT QUEBEC’S PAST

Montreal’s McCord Museum is featuring Hungarian photographer Gabor Szilasi. Organized by guest curator David Harris, Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday combines portraits, domestic and commercial interiors, cityscapes and images of rural life. It also includes environmental portraiture, a genre of photography in which the setting—a person’s home, workplace, or even a public place—plays an essential role in describing the subject…

THAT WAS THEN – A HISTORICAL LOOK AT SAINTE-CATHERINE STREET

My colleague Brendan Murphy recently posted a blog about Sainte-Catherine Street, as part of his Montreal street profiles series. I have many a fond memory of this vibrant main drag, one in particular includes a time when I flew in from Vancouver (where I used to live) and went to see a Boys to Men concert (they were cool back then) at the Pepsi Forum, which is no longer an arena and hockey home for the Habs but a cinema and retail funhouse. After the show, my girlfriend and I walked from there all the way to Parc Avenue and up to our hotel on Prince Arthur, which is now a dorm for McGill University. At that time there was no Simons department store, Cinéma Banque Scotia was known as the Paramount, and there was no H&M, much less two. In retrospect, it seemed like a really long trek. But that could’ve been in part due to the chunky platform heels I had on. They were cool back then, too – and I guess they’ve finally come back full circle. Anyhow, this is just a tiny example of how much Sainte-Catherine Street has changed since then, and since I moved… / Read More →

MONTREAL MUSEUMS MATCHED TO YOUR PERSONALITY TYPE

After the success of last summer’s wildly successul, Montreal festivals matched to your personality type, we’ve decided once again to incorporate our otherwise useless psychology degrees to help you find a Montreal experience that’s just right. Montreal has over fifty museums and galleries, each one specializing in a specific domain of creativity or human achievement or environmental phenomena. Here are ten of our favorites. But which one is right for you?

SHOPPING AT MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Whether you are in town for a meeting or with your family, friends or loved one, you will find many great holiday gifts ideas at the boutiques of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. There are two shops: M Boutique offers more traditional fares, and Design Space offers the cleanly contemporary.

DENIS GAGNON SHOWS ALL: FASHION AT THE MUSEUM

Yesterday, Montreal’s whos’who of art and fashion gathered at the Montreal Fine Art Museum for the opening of DENIS GAGNON SHOWS ALL, a contemporary art installation about Montreal’s edgiest fashion designer: Denis Gagnon. The installation, which takes up a single, large room featuring a giant inverted pyramid hanging from the ceiling, was built in collaboration with architect Gilles Saucier and photographer Martin Laporte. It is an invitation to explore the sinews of Gagnon’s creative mind. We asked Denis Gagnon, Gilles Saucier and Museum Director Nathalie Bondil to explain some of the ideas behind this daring new exhibit. Following, the 1963 Pierre Cardin and 2009 Yves St-Laurent exhibitions, it is only the third time that Montreal’s Fine Art Museum features a fashion designer within its walls. The exhibit is free and held until february 13th, 2011.

CHATEAU DUFRESNE MUSEUM: LIFE, A HUNDRED YEARS AGO

There are certain venues that have become so familiar to locals, that we forget what is so great about them.  For me, the Château Dufresne Museum is undoubtely one such place.  As a Montreal child I was reguralry dragged to the Château for my school’s bi-annual “artsy day trip”.  As you’d imagine, at twelve years old, my interest for Art Deco was, well, let’s say overshadowed by other aesthetical issues.  Things have changed since, and so have my artistic sensibilities.