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Things to Do in Montreal: June 14-20

As the first official day of summer approaches, Montreal’s outdoor spaces call loud and clear, from the tree-lined paths of the Botanical Gardens to all sorts of entertainment on the outdoor stages of Les Francofolies music festival, the Folk Fest on the Lachine Canal, the Fringe Festival Park and more…

VIDEO: Mutek 2013

MUTEK, Montreal’s incredible electronic music and digital arts festival, continues to evolve and amaze. For 14 years now, Mutek has been moving minds and bodies with the latest and greatest sounds to come out of the vast genre of electronic music and, as the video above proves, this year was truly next level. See you all in 2014!

DO YOUR THING IN MTL: JONNY “GAY PIMP” MCGOVERN GIVES MONTREAL A FRENCH KISS

Queer MTL is officially launching Do Your Thing in MTL with a kiss! A big gay pimpin’ French Kiss from singer-songwriter-rapper-comedian Jonny McGovern. Do Your Thing in MTL is a video series that features some of the best LGBT talent around in Montreal just being themselves and doing their thing! Check out what Jonny “Gay Pimp” McGovern got up to during his time in Montreal…

Spend the night at Montreal’s Folk Fest on the Canal

With summer comes all variety of music festivals, from the action-packed and crowded to the calm and pastoral – this latter kind is exactly what the Montreal Folk Fest on the Canal embodies. The festival draws big names like this year’s headliner Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, and gathers some of Montreal and Canada’s best folk, bluegrass and country-inspired rock musicians to play under the June sun…

Play Time at the Montreal Fringe Festival

Going to indie-theatre’s biggest summer event, the Montreal Fringe Festival, is like going to a remarkably affordable casino: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but you always end up happy because you’ve met a few memorable characters and had a few beers…

Electronic goes symphonic at Mutek 2013

Certainly one of the highlights and biggest crowd pleasers at the Mutek festival is the late-night Nocturnes program of back-to-back DJs urning out non-stop dance music, but the other side of Mutek is dedicated to live performances that are often symphonic in nature, though electronically so, and almost always accompanied by stunning visuals…

DO YOUR THING IN MTL: A NEW MONTREAL LGBT VIDEO SERIES

Montreal likes to celebrate the LGBT community in big ways. This is why Tourisme Montreal is excited to announce Do Your Thing in MTL!, a video series of performances and interviews with top LGBT entertainers from around North America that we’ve invited to Montreal showcase their talent by using the streets and attractions of Montreal as their stage. We have amazing performances rolling out over the summer months by singer-songwriter Jonny “Gay Pimp” McGovern, lesbian comedian DeAnne Smith, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, trans drag performer Carmen Carrera, and the Queen of Montreal’s Gay Village Mado Lamotte…

Sunny Sundays at Piknic Electronik 2013

Summer in Montreal is meant for being outdoors, one of the reasons Piknic Electronik started up in the first place 11 years ago: the weekly event, held every Sunday afternoon from May 19 to September 22, combines the natural setting of Parc Jean-Drapeau, complete with a summer breeze coming off the St-Laurent River, with electronic dance music from some of the world’s top DJs and hundreds of happy, dancing people…. This year, the highly anticipated Piknic Electronik starts once more on a long weekend, meaning not one but two days of fun on two stages, one centrally located under the massive Calder sculpture and the other a little further into the park among the trees. On the main stage on May 19, hear house-label Leftroom producers Jay London and Laura Jones and UK disco and house master Matt Tolfrey, and livening up our holiday Monday afternoon is Montreal’s Casbour Records showcase on the Guru stage while the main Moog stage begins the afternoon with Creatures of Habit and ends the day with none other than Detroit house legend Carl Craig. Holiday long weekends continue to get the celebratory Piknic treatment: on St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec’s national celebration and always a party), Jun… / Read More →

7 must-see musical acts at FrancoFolies 2013

You may not know the acts or even understand all of the words, but trust us when we tell you that there’s amazing music to be had at this year’s edition of the French music festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal…

Chamber music meets jazz this may in Montreal

The 18th season of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, May 9 to June 1, mixes international and local string quartets, the brilliance of Bach and several evenings of jazz, all in the stunning, acoustically pleasing St. George’s Church in historical Old Montreal…