“Yours Truly, Montreal is a multimedia show using striking and evocative images to present the city’s history. It takes viewers to the heart of the action as they watch Montreal grow and earn its international reputation, from the birth of the island to the 21st century.” One of the best ways to obtain a solid understanding of any destination is to learn a bit of local history. Montreal, considering its mélange of English and French lineage, has a unique evolution which has positioned the city as unparalleled in North America for creativity, open-mindedness and French flair.
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One of the greatest things about Montreal is the diversity in activities that one can do. For instance, this weekend you can go from a Zen poetry reading on Friday night to a monster truck rally on Saturday night. And then on Sunday you might find yourself getting a massage in a nineteen century cavern or studying the threads of Montreal’s most famous fashion designer. Curious? Check out what to do this weekend in Montreal.
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.
Music and art go together like… well… John and Yoko. Where the cadence of a chord progression ends, the visual stimulus of a painting begins. On the first Friday of each month the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum hosts an event called Friday Nocturnes. They invite a trendy band or musician to perform, while giving visitors the opportunity to engage with contemporary art.
Love, Death and the Terrifying and Beautiful World of Otto Dix, is only part of the title of the current Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) show: But it is a perfect description of his work.
If you’ve ever been sitting on a airplane giggling at the “Just For Laughs Gags,” you’ve already experienced a little slice of Montreal. Seen in 75 countries, “Gags” is a hidden camera/reality TV series, and most definitely one of our greatest exports. The Just for Laughs Festival, in all its humorous forms, has begun this week in Montreal! And if your funny bone doesn’t need tickling, we’ve got 10 other perfect reasons to come to Montreal this weekend. Take a plane. Take train. Take a kayak. Just get here if you can!
Remember drive-in movies? Today, many are abandoned. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Drive-End, a collection of Martin Beauregard’s photographs, many of which show these mammoth screens sitting silently. No one is watching anymore.
Senior contributing editor to WIRED UK, and renowned blogger Geoff Manaugh (of BLDGBLOG fame) and author (BLDGBLOG The Book) joins the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) for a summer blogging series called CCA from…, as Visiting Scholar 2010. But this is no dusty academic! He has taught design studios at Columbia University and Pratt, so he kind of knows a lot of stuff.
If you want to tackle everything that is happening in Montréal this weekend, then we hope you brought your palm pilot*. You’re going to need some sort of technical magic to keep you on schedule. Our suggestion: DON’T PANIC. Instead, choose 3 or 4 things and keep it fun. Here are nine recommendations on what is hot and happening in Montréal this weekend! —————————————————————————————————————— [car racing] GRAND PRIX – Thousands of F1 fans and thrill-seekers will take over the streets of Montréal this weekend. Crescent Street will be shut down, as will Boulevard Saint Laurent. Basically EVERYWHERE will be a party. And we support partying. [concert] MEMORIES OF THE 50’S – Michel Comeau interprets great the great ones: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Yves Montand, Charles Trenet, Michael Bublé and many more in a show recalling the crooners of then and now. Feel like a randy teenager again!
The downtown district of any major city often tops the list of things ‘to do’ for a traveler. Montréal’s downtown is a mélange of stores, restaurants, cafés, galleries, corporate headquarters, and yes, those famous “adult cabarets.” Yet the central business district of every metropolis can risk blandness. And a selection of discriminating Montréalers have accused the downtown area of being overly commercial, with a heavy emphasis on big-brand shopping. And we understand that one could feel blasé in any given retail area. But among the generic giants there are plenty of gems. You just have to know what to look for. Here are a few of our favourite things about Montréal’s Downtown district.