It’s festival season! Well, festival season never really stops in Montréal, but in the warm months it revs up into a positive frenzy, where there’s so much going on, you don’t know where to turn. This week, pick between live music, street art performances, mass cycling, circus exploits… or mash it all together for the week of a lifetime. It’s showtime See that sexy 25-year-old over there? That’s the Montréal Fringe Festival. At a quarter-century-old, the massive, entertaining theatre, dance, comedy and myriad performance experiment festival is as youthful as ever, offering the best and cheapest way of having a good time for the next few weeks. From June 1 to 21, hundreds of performers will attempt to wow you with their homespun shows and then gather alongside you in the Fringe Park, at the corner of Saint-Laurent and Rachel, for a beer or five. Don’t miss the good times! If circus is what you’re after, head to TOHU: Les Étincelleurs and L’Art de la Fugue, both until June 7, are shows by the best and brightest of the National Circus School. The first is high-octane acrobatics, the second a more poetic homage to Bach (circus style). Festival TransAmériques continues… / Read More →
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It’s hopping in town this week – between C2MTL, Museums Day, MUTEK and Festival TransAmériques, our schedules are already full! But with the weather the way it is, it’s essential to take a chill pill and hang out in the sun a bit too. Culture corner It’s Museums Day! This Sunday, May 24, all museums and most cultural institutions in the city of Montréal offer free entry, plus shuttle buses along five different trajectories to take you from one to the other. It’s the best way to explore areas off the beaten track. Two shows launch at TOHU this week: Les Étinceleurs, which runs from May 26 to June 7, a high-octane show featuring the best and brightest of the National Circus School, and L’Art de la Fugue, starting on May 27 and running until June 7, which is an homage to Bach, à la circus. Not to be missed! May 23 is your last chance to catch Death and the Maiden by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, a choreography by Stephan Thoss inspired by the Franz Schubert score of the same name and presented at Théâtre Maisonneuve. (Don’t miss the free pre-show talk hosted by Shelley Pomerance an hour before… / Read More →
You know it’s the unofficial start of summer when the season’s festivals start popping up. Time to hit the pavement and enjoy some of the best things about this city, including unparalleled entertainment, amazing green spaces and tasty, tasty food. Festival land The season’s first festivals are blooming left, right and centre, so be sure not to miss a beat with this festival guide. You’ve got until May 24 to take in some of the beautiful events during the 20th anniversary of Accès Asie, a festival celebrating Eastern cultures ranging from Iranian music to visual arts by Chinese artists. (Don’t miss the new media performance entitled The Thomas Wang Project on May 22 between 5 and 7 p.m. at Oboro). May 21 marks the opening of the exciting performance festival Festival TransAmériques, with offerings ranging from dance to theatre, and all the stage arts in between. Get the goods on six unmissable shows here. And, of course, the interactive spaces, visual and audio performances, immersive experiences, 3D productions, cutting-edge electronic music, vernissages and world-class events of Digital Spring also continue until June 21. Outdoor fun What better way could there be to celebrate the long weekend than by dancing it… / Read More →
Feel your appetite being whetted? That’s because the food trucks are back! Outdoor life returns in full swing this week as the sun shines its heat on the city’s parks, bike paths and terrasses. But keep your evenings free: there are enough shows going on to fill two lifetimes. Spring is in the air You know it’s spring when you see your first food truck! May 1 marks the time for foodies to celebrate the great thaw with a sampling of what’s out there. Whether its tacos, poutines, grilled cheeses or salads, check out our list, and don’t miss a beat! Other reasons to celebrate (besides the Montréal Canadiens being in the hockey playoffs, which you should watch from these hot spots) include the reopening of the bike paths all over the city, the amazing jogging trails that are just waiting for you to enjoy and the millions of fun activities for the whole family happening over the next couple of months. Avid shoppers will want to stroll the streets for some made-in-Montréal style, thanks to this handy-dandy fashion map, whether you’re looking for jewellery or other goodies. And of course, every day is a good day for a drink on… / Read More →
As winter winds turn to balmy breezes, Montréal becomes the perfect place at the perfect time to spend a few hours exploring on foot and swinging (on art) outdoors as well as getting cozy inside with world-class dance, theatre, comedy and live music. Swing into Spring It’s easy to make your own music in downtown Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles this spring as the 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) art installation returns April 14 to May 31. The swings all make musical sounds – piano, guitar, harp or vibraphone – that create melodies as more and more people stop to swing along Promenade des Artistes (between De Maisonneuve Blvd. and President-Kennedy Ave.). More art that captures the city’s unique spirit from historical past to present can be found at several of Montréal’s museums and at the New Discoveries and Other Obsessions exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain, curated by the museum’s new director John Zeppetelli. Show time! Some of the best classical and modern ballet in the world graces the stage as Les Grands Ballets presents the Eifman Ballet in acclaimed Russian choreographer Boris Eifman’s passionate and psychologically complex Anna Karenina. With hockey playoffs just around the corner, catch the on-ice drama… / Read More →
The Easter long weekend in Montréal hints at the abundant spring to come – indulgence, playfulness, nature and creativity colour the many activities on hand this week in the city. Eat to your heart’s content at brunch or a sugar shack, relax with fine art and music, and find entertainment on stage and screen or in your own late-night dance moves. Easter treats Add some more Easter weekend ideas to your itinerary, whether you’re into egg hunting with the kids, visiting an historic church for Easter Sunday service, brunching with buds or partying with Montréalers. (Of course, whatever you’re doing, there’s always time for some high-quality, locally-made Easter chocolate.) In seasonal sports, the Canadiens play their second-to-last regular season NHL game at the Bell Centre, taking on the Washington Capitals on April 2 (the Habs go up against the Red Wings on April 9.) Meanwhile, baseball makes a comeback in Montréal this weekend too as the Toronto Blue Jays face off against the Cincinnati Reds in exhibition games at Olympic Stadium April 3 and 4. And for Easter Sunday party people, Bal en Blanc has become tradition, with thousands of revellers dressed all in white and dancing all night and… / Read More →
Easter Weekend in Montréal is a veritable fountain of fun and surprises. To usher in this sweet spring holiday, we’ve collected a basketful of great ideas to choose from. Herein, things to see and do for the young and old, traditional and trendy, and whether you want to do it relaxed and serene or bust out with a party. Have fun with the whole family (wee ones, especially) Take the kids to see the furry and feathered animals at the Ecomuseum Zoo and go on its cool egg hunt. The fun includes a traditional Easter Egg Fishing activity and the chance to meet the Easter Bunny, who will be handing out chocolates for everyone. April 4 and 5. The Dufresne-Nincheri Museum, for its part, invites little guys to take part in its annual Easter egg hunt in its garden. The package also includes a chance to win prizes, plus a guided tour of this little jewel of a museum. April 4 and 5. Sugar shack it with the best of ‘em Nothing says spring is here quite like sugar shacking. Getting your maple fix can be done in two ways: You can tap into the deliciousness at an array of… / Read More →
As part of our #MTLMOMENTS F1 Nightlife stunt , we picked a lovely couple from Toronto and brought them to Montreal for a wild weekend of nightlife. After leaving their hotel room at the Chateau Versailles arm in arm, they headed down to popular hangout Burgundy Lion for a few pre-dinner drinks. After they went to the Old Port to eat an incredible Portuguese meal at Helena, tore up the dance floor together at New City Gas, shared a poutine at La Banquise, and then retired to their hotel for some much needed sleep. Book your own wild weekend in Montreal at www.montrealoffer.com; and when you get here, don’t forget to share your Montreal Moments using the #MTLMOMENTS tag on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Make the most of your trip to Montreal with this exclusive Sweet Deal coupon booklet with special offers valued at $450!
As part of our #MTLMOMENTS F1 Nightlife stunt, we picked two fabulous ladies from Toronto and brought them to Montreal for a surprise weekend of wild nightlife. Dressed to the nines with a clutch packed with nothing but the bare necessities—lip gloss, ID, phone, hotel key—Meghan and Kate were ready to experience how Montreal does a girls’ night out. Strutting out of their suite at the luxurious Hotel Place D’Armes in the Old Port; they head to Suite 701 for some pre-dinner cocktails, La Fabrique for dinner, New City Gas for dancing, and finally ending the night savouring a famous poutine at La Banquise. After an unexpected weekend in Montreal, that clutch was filled with nothing but everlasting memories! Ready for your own soirée with your girlfriends? Book a wild weekend in Montreal at www.montrealoffer.com – and when you get here, don’t forget to share your Montreal Moments using the #MTLMOMENTS tag on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Come to Montreal and save with our amazing Sweet Deal Hotel Package!
Worlds of different, intriguing entertainment are ready to be stepped into this week in Montreal: the high-speed ways of the Canadian Grand Prix; pairings of fashion and music; incredible circus acts; avant-garde and independent theatre and dance; and nights packed with live music…