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THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 6

It’s Labour Day long weekend and public life is in the spotlight this first week of September: live music, from indie-rock to hip hop, at Olympic Park and around town; film from around the world and from the bike world; fashion shows; outdoor art and performances; a food-and-shopping-filled street party – and it’s Burger Week too!

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST 24-30

Summer in Montreal isn’t over until we say it’s over – so even though this is August’s last hurrah for 2012, the sun is still shining and the party is still going on. This week, the St-Laurent Street fair brings everybody out for shopping, music and mingling, as does the 18th-Century Market in the Old Port, albeit in a different way. There’s also plenty of great live music, film, theatre and dance across the city…

A POP MONTREAL 2012 PREVIEW

For the past 11 years, September in Montreal hasn’t just meant the return of students and cooler days – it’s also the much-anticipated time of the Pop Montreal Music Festival, a fest that started small but keeps hitting new highs year after year…

EXPERIENCEMTL FEST ROCKS PARC OLYMPIQUE

The back-to-school chill may be in the air, but summer isn’t over yet: the all-ages ExperienceMTL, August 24 to September 1, with over 40 bands – including Public Enemy, Atari Teenage Riot and Malajube – ends summer vacation with a bang at Olympic Park in the city’s east end…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: MARCH 9-15

Montreal is teeming with activities – indoor and out – and creative talent this week, at film festivals and on stage in music, dance, theatre and art, whether you’re looking for a party, inspiration or quiet time…

UNDER THE SNOW FEST BURIES THE MILE END IN MUSIC

It doesn’t get more quintessentially Montreal than the new music festival, Under the Snow (March 14-18), which emphasizes alternative genres of music (shoegaze, post rock, experimental music, electronica and more) produced in Quebec and beyond. Aside from the great live shows, there’s also a record fair happening soon after for those that liked what they heard…

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…