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CHEFS MELISSA CRAIG AND LAURENT GODBOUT AT CHEZ L’ÉPICIER

I’ve eaten a lot of High Lights meals in this town, but I can safely say that none have been quite as close to perfect as Melissa Craig’s two-night stand at famed Montreal chef Laurent Godbout’s Old Montreal restaurant, Chez L’Epicier…

MEET A MONTREALER: MITCH JOEL

Marketing Magazine called Montreal’s Mitch Joel the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing”. Needless to say, we were very excited to add him to our Meet a Montrealer files…

The InterContinental Montreal

The InterContinental Montreal is truly one of the city’s most unique hotels. Following massive renovations in 2009, it manages to effortlessly combine its rich heritage with a contemporary design motive and the intimate feel of a boutique hotel with the service that only a luxurious Four-Diamond hotel can offer…

CARL CRAIG HEATS UP IGLOOFEST

When legendary Detroit techno producer Carl Craig plays Igloofest on Thursday, January 27, it will be only the fourth time he’s DJ’d in Montreal (most recently dropping a memorable set at Mutek in 2009). Montreal Buzz caught up with him at his Planet E offices in Detroit to find out what he’s got in store for us…

THE HEAT IS ON AT IGLOOFEST

Last week I went to my first Igloofest. Or, as one friend put it, “You lost your Igloofest virginity.” [Insert happy face here.] While I can’t exactly say I’m a brand new woman, I do have a new appreciation for the month of January. How, I wonder, did the last three editions of this massive outdoor party ever pass me by?

OLD MONTREAL GOURMAND À GO-GO

The Happening Gourmand festival is happening right now (it started Jan. 10) and will run until Jan. 31. For any Toronto-folk reading this and scratching their heads, this is sort of like your Winterlicious. For Manhattanites, think New York Restaurant Week, only smaller and wrapped up in Old World charm and ambience.

DANCE YOUR WINTER AWAY AT IGLOOFEST

Let’s face it, Montreal’s summer festivals have a pretty easy go of it. Have you seen Montreal in the summer? You could have an International Festival of Paper Clips and there would be 10,000 people partying downtown. But winter is a tougher sell, which makes the ongoing success of January’s Igloofest all the more impressive…

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S MENUS

Stay and Eat over the holidays in these elegant downtown hotel -restaurants Old Montreal is gussied up to its finest, with snowy streets and twinkling lights and all the romance you could ever want. So hunker down in one of the city’s glam hotels and check out the holiday menus at some of the city’s best restaurants, that you can slip into without weathering the wind outside… If I were coming to Montreal for the holidays, I would want to stay at the Hotel St-James, and I would want to eat Christmas dinner at XO, one of Montreal’s top-rated restaurants. The St-James is old-world elegant at any time of year, but over the holidays, the soaring 19th-century roo is in its element.

HILTON MONTRÉAL BONAVENTURE

The Hilton Montréal Bonaventure was built back in the day to accommodate the wave of foreign folk who would come for the International World Fair: Montréal’s fabulous Expo 67. Some 40 years later, this 395-room hotel has certainly been around the block, and then some.