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M for Montreal 2015

M for memory making, for motivating and, oftentimes, for magic. But more than that, M for Montreal stands for M for amazing music. This year the tastemaking music festival and conference, which aims to assist up-and-coming artists not just at a local level, but internationally as well, is pulling out the stops for its 10th anniversary edition. For four days and nights, November 18-21, well over 100 local and international acts will be showcasing in more than 20 venues around Montréal in tandem with numerous conferences and networking opportunities with recognized music industry heavy hitters. Panels and workshops with specially selected delegates from around the world are a key feature of M for Montreal which, like the city it calls home, aims to strike that perfect work/play balance. “It’s really special for us to see many of the international delegates and media experience Montréal for the first time,” says M for Montreal programming director Mikey Rishwain. “And we try to build on that by making magic happen between business and pleasure.” The wizardry this year includes a markedly increased focus on electronic and hip-hop music. This is in addition to, of course, the usual onslaught of leading edge, mostly made-in-Montréal… / Read More →

Classical music under the stars

There is a rich tradition of classical music in Montreal, from small chamber orchestras to the city’s famed Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. While some recitals, operas and concerts can be society affairs, in summertime the OSM reaches out to the masses with hugely popular free outdoor concerts in parks throughout Greater Montréal. This summer the OSM in the Parks series of three free concerts will be held in Parc Charleroi in Montréal North on July 17; in Parc équestre in Blainville on July 22; and in Parc Bellevue in Pincourt on July 23. The OSM will perform music by such composers as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla and Gershwin. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and will take place rain or shine. “Only thunderstorms may oblige us to interrupt a concert,” the OSM states. The OSM also presents its fourth annual Festival La Virée classique which kicks off August 5 at 7 p.m. with a big outdoor free concert on the Esplanade at the Olympic Park, expected to draw 40,000 classical music fans. Grammy-winning Maestro Kent Nagano will conduct the OSM in a concert that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, then present a recital concert of Bizet’s opera… / Read More →

Infographic: Igloofest 2015 in Montréal’s Old Port

IGLOOFEST 2015 is ready to bring the heat to Montréal! Check out this infographic for a quick reference to ticket prices, dates and the incredible DJ line-up. Remember to bundle up! If you wear the proper attire, then Igloofest could be best night of your year. Without the right gear, you’ll spend the entire night thawing inside instead of dancing outside! Note: The infographic is an animated GIF so please let it load before scrolling. Details January 16 – February 8, 2015 Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port of Montréal Some icons made by Freepik from is licensed by CC BY 3.0

Things to do in Montreal: December 12-19

By Rudolph’s red nose, the holidays are but seconds away! The cold is buffered by a beautiful big blanket of snow this week, making Montreal the real twinkly winter wonderland it’s destined to be. The fun has spread everywhere, from the ice rinks to the Place des Arts…

Things to do in Montreal: December 5-11

Feeling the flutter of gift-giving jitters? That’s because there are less than 20 days of shopping time before C day! Get your holiday on with cultural events all over town, from street-corner tree markets to choir concerts to craft fairs galore. With our help, you’ll have that list ticked in no time.

M for Montreal 2014

Interactive possibilities notwithstanding, short of using an actual springboard, there is little that the taste-making M for Montreal music festival and conference can’t or won’t do in its now nine-year-old quest to catapult worthy, primarily Montreal-based music artists onto the international stage. Hey, there’s always the tenth anniversary next year…

Fall Into the Classical Arts

After letting the festivals take over the spotlight of summer entertainment, Montreal’s more classical culture institutions are revving up their programming for the new season. Expect operatic heights, symphonic grandeur and balletic prowess…

Things to Do in Montreal: August 22-28

The final days of August show no signs of summer activities slowing down in Montreal: from food festivals and fresh market fare to film festivals and live rock and electro shows, the city keeps on shining under the sun…

Things to Do in Montreal: August 15-21

Music makes the city move this week – choose from reggae and electro festivals, classical and rock concerts, and tunes that go hand-in-hand with Montreal Pride, catwalk fashion shows, family-friendly carnivals, and delicious locally-made food.

Your September 2014 To Dos

School is back and so is the frenetic fall schedule in this city bursting with arts and culture. So crack open your fresh notebooks, and note down these things to do!