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THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL IN FEBRUARY

In Canada, February is traditionally a month spent indoors at home (whether you’ve got a hot Valentine or not). But Montreal don’t play like that anymore: winter festival Montréal en Lumière makes the month bright, along with the festivities of Black History Month and an abundance of art shows, dance and theatre performances, winter outdoor activities, and, as ever, music…

BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN MONTREAL

Because this is Montreal, where festivals are so popular that a whole section of downtown is dedicated to them, it may come as no surprise that Montreal’s Black History Month has a festival spirit to it. Throughout February, Montreal puts black artists in the spotlight, with all kinds of music, theatre, fashion, food and more…

MONTREAL WINTER CONCERT ROUNDUP

This winter (which we’ll call, for these purposes, now until March), Montreal will be host to some big names concerts from The Black Keys, Van Halen and Megadeth, as well as shows from much beloved locals like the Sam Roberts Band, Sean Nicholas Savage and Plants and Animals. Here’s your Montreal winter music preview…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: JANUARY

Montreal has many secrets – rendez-vous locations, after-hours parties – but let me tell you a secret about winter in Montreal: it’s really not that bad. Oh, there was a time when winter in Montreal meant a certain amount of suffering, but these days, well, we have the technology to not only stay warm but to stay highly entertained. January alone features weekends of outdoor dance parties, the opening of an ice hotel (and bar), family fun in the snow, new contemporary art, wild theatre, dance and live music to warm the soul…

MONTREAL BUZZ 2011: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Over the course of 2011, we produced a series of videos in an attempt to document all the amazing things that were happening in Montreal. From festivals to food to gay montreal, from things to see to things to do, we were there. Check out all of the videos on Tourisme Montreal’s Youtube channel. As editor of this blog, I’d like to take a moment to thank our totally boss bloggers and our amazing cameraman Guillaume Langlois, who shot and edited all of these videos. See you all in 2012!

HOLIDAY CONCERTS IN MONTREAL

What is the sound of the holiday season? Traditional Christmas hymns, carols and compositions sung by a choir in an opulent church? Ubiquitous jazzy muzak renditions of the same through mall speakers? Well, Montreal’s got both, but we’ve also gone several steps further, with eclectic choirs, gospel goings-on, orchestral arrangements, Hanukkah shindigs, jazz interpretations and more than a few nights of good old-fashioned, possibly mulled, rock n’ roll…

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…

MONTREAL: A WORLD CLASS CRUISE DESTINATION

Montreal might not be the first metropolis that comes to mind when you think of a swish cruise destination, but it’s definitely a bustling port city – and with all her international festivals, happening food scene and fashion forward style, it only makes sense that passengers love stepping out when their grand ships shimmy up to the port…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: NOVEMBER 25-DECEMBER 1

In the wonderful week ahead, Montreal’s creative community is out in full force with their wares and artistic offerings in theatre, dance, music, yoga and miscellaneous (there’s always a lot of miscellaneous creative action in Montreal, which is part of why we love it so)…

M FOR MONTREAL 2011

Another great M for Montreal has just wrapped up and we got to the opportunity to see everyone from up-and-comers like Karim Ouellet to locals-done-great like Karkwa. M for MTL continues to be both a way for local bands to gain international exposure and for audiences to see a million (my estimate) bands in a couple days. Though 2011 still has plenty of great concerts on the way, our next big music fest here in Montreal is January’s Igloofest. See you there.