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Things To Do in Montréal: August 28 to September 3

From the World Press Photo exhibition to the World Film Festival, the best of the planet is uniting in Montréal this week. Plus there’s enough outdoor fun to enjoy the best of this heat wave, including open-air art festivals, concerts in the botanical gardens, and more food than you’ll be able to fit in. Picture this The World Press Photo exhibition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, returning to Marché Bonsecours in Old Montréal to wow image lovers until September 27 with the world’s very best in professional media photography. Read more here. On the Plateau, the 20th edition of the street-long happening on Mont-Royal Avenue, Nuit Blanche sur Tableau Noir, turns the street into a canvas from August 27 to 30. Watch as artists create live works right there on the asphalt as local musicians provide the ambiance, and games like mini-putt and bouncy castles add even more life to this lively street. Meanwhile, downtown, head to Place Émilie Gamelin for Chromatic Festival on Saturday, August 29, put on by MASSIVart. The fest presents urban art and graffiti creative workshops for kids and adults, plus shows off the fun with  live painting and music for passersby from 10 am… / Read More →

10 Montréal “Musts” For First-Time Visitors

A first-time visit to any city can be overwhelming. What to see? What to do? And most importantly — how to prioritize it all?  To simplify your initial Montréal visit, we’ve compiled a simple list of crowd-pleasin’ attractions. Think of it as a “greatest hits” list of what to see and do in a diverse and exciting city. In no particular order, here are ten activities and attractions that first-time Montréal visitors might want to put on their “must see” list. Climb Mount Royal (The Lookout) Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (the same landscape architect who crafted New York’s Central Park), the “mountain” park at the heart of the city is the city’s most iconic landmark — and the most popular place to snap a Montréal selfie. Reach the viewpoint at the top of Mount Royal Park by walking up the stairs or with a guided tour. In the chalet at the summit, visitors will find washrooms and a small canteen for refreshments. Give yourself a breezy two hours. Spree on St-Catherine As one of the longest commercial strips in Canada, Sainte-Catherine Street is the perfect place for retail rehabilitation. You’ll find international fashion mainstays such as Gap, Victoria’s Secret… / Read More →

Your survival guide to Jackalope, Montréal’s urban action sports fest

When we talk about surviving a Jackalope, we’re not talking about surviving the fearsome half-jackrabbit, half-antelope creature of lore. Rather, we’re talking about wringing maximum satisfaction out of the fourth edition of Montréal’s unique urban action sports festival Jackalope, which takes place July 17-19 on the outdoor Esplanade of the Olympic Stadium. Let this be your guide to getting in on the action. What to expect at Jackalope: Thousands and thousands of adrenaline junkies and urban action sports enthusiasts gathering for three days of high-level competitions, demonstrations and participation in an eclectic range of sports disciplines including skateboarding, wakeskating, motocross, slacklining, highlining, rock climbing, a fixed-gear bike race and more. Enhancing the experience are over 40 pop-up shops and food trucks, DJs and, of course, the after-parties. Where you’re going: From a sports, architectural and entertainment perspective, you’re going to one of the coolest places on the island of Montréal. The Olympic Park, built for the 1976 Montréal Summer Olympics, is the site of the city’s one-of-a-kind Olympic Stadium, formerly the home of the Montréal Expos, and the winter domicile of the city’s professional soccer team, the Montréal Impact. While there bus lanes that connect to the east Montréal Olympic Stadium, the easiest,… / Read More →

Plan an Adrenalin Weekend with the Jackalope Action Sports Fest and More

Welcome to the jungle. The urban jungle that is, where many of Montréal’s wilder denizens are prepping for an “Adrenalin Weekend” that includes an action sports festival, Old Port ziplining, a massive weekly outdoor dance party and, of course, fun food for energizing your good times. The fourth edition of Jackalope, an urban action sports fest taking place July 17-19 on the vast outdoor Esplanade of the Olympic Stadium, is a call to action unlike any other in Montréal. Not only are professional urban athletes drawn to intense, high-level competition in an eclectic range of sports disciplines – skateboarding, wakeskating, motocross, slacklining, highlining, and now rock climbing and more – but audience members are encouraged to engage at a number of different participatory events as well. As a sanctioned World Cup Skateboarding (WCS) event – the only one in Canada – with a $10,000 prize purse, Jackalope is expecting to draw top men and women skateboarders from approximately 10 countries. The event consists of a Friday practice session, Saturday qualifying round and finals on Sunday. The victor will be the skater with the best trick session on a custom street course. But Jackalope is way more than just decks. There are also freestyle… / Read More →

Mr. Soccer, Francis Millien, talks FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada

They call him Mr. Soccer, and for very good reason. Francis Millien has had a hand – or perhaps a foot, rather – in the promotion of soccer in Montréal and Québec at virtually every level for over 30 years. As Venue General Manager at Montréal’s Olympic Stadium for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 (taking place in Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Moncton and Montréal from June 6 to July 5), Millien once again finds himself in service of the beautiful game. An assistant coach for the Montréal’s professional soccer team, the Montréal Impact, for five years, Millien played an active role in the organization of the U20 2014 and the U20 FIFA World Cup in 2007. A member of Montréal’s Comité Excellence Sportive since 2011 (responsible for supporting high performance sport in Montréal and showcasing the city’s sport scene), Millien’s duties at the FIFA Women’s World Cup also relate to upholding standards of excellence. “[My job] is to make sure that everything is prepared in good order and that everything follows the rules and criteria of FIFA ,” Millien explains. “There are very strict regulations we have to follow to make sure that the best service is given… / Read More →

Montréal pro-sports season round-up

It’s no accident that Montréal is home to one of the most legendary professional sports franchises in the history of pro-sports, the Montréal Canadiens. Montréalers are passionate about being, well, Montréalers, and love for the city’s sports teams and annual competitive events – the Canadiens, Alouettes, Impact, Rogers Cup and more – is DNA-deep in the identity of the city’s inhabitants. It’s a love that’s going to see its full expression over an action-packed pro sports schedule in 2015. The National Hockey League’s Montréal Canadiens (or “Habs,” from the French word “habitants”) are always the biggest sports story in town at this time of the year simply because we’re in the final stretch of the regular season. In decades past, now is when the Habs Nation would normally break out in a rash of collective anxiety. Not this year. Against pre-season expectations, The Habs are currently alternating for top spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, in large part due to the next-level net minding efforts of Carey Price, who’s spent a good part of the season writing the book on Zen and the Art of Goaltending Greatness. And despite a recent lapse in scoring, and a Western Conference road trip… / Read More →

The Top 10 must-see major concerts of 2015 in Montréal (so far)

Here is a “top 10” list of must-see concerts – from pop to rock to jazz and metal – that are set to make 2015 one of the most memorable years in Montréal music history. Montréal has always had a special relationship with radio rockers Fleetwood Mac, a mutual love affair that spans four decades, beginning with the release of 1975’s self-titled, multimillion-selling breakthrough LP, Fleetwood Mac. Now the band is on tour again, and this time with all five members of that hit-making 1975 lineup, including singer/keyboardist Christine McVie, who completes the Mac attack after a 16-year absence. The “On with the Show Tour” pulls into the Bell Centre on February 5. Love ’em or hate ’em (or love them and hate them, depending on the day), multiplatinum rockers Nickelback are firing up their massive rock’n’rollercoaster of a tour machine and will be heading out in support of their eighth studio album, No Fixed Address. The 61-city tour will touch down in Montréal at the Bell Centre on February 18. And there’s even more Canadian rock royalty on deck when the pride of Kingston, Ontario, pay tribute to their Diamond-selling (that’s a million) 1992 release, Fully Completely. The Tragically Hip are… / Read More →

Montreal’s Olympic Park Winter Village 2015

We can be comfortably certain that the African wise man or woman who coined the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” wasn’t figuring Montreal’s Olympic Park Winter Village into their observation. Still, as villages go, while our annual celebration of winter recreation may or may not raise your offspring’s life game, it’s pretty much guaranteed to supply him or her (or you) with the kind of outdoor frozen fun that creates memories that do indeed last a lifetime.

Montreal Holiday Guide for the Family

Deck the halls with a sparkling array of family-friendly things to do and see in Montreal this season. Dancing rats, ride-able train sets, roasted marshmallows, a veritable choir-palooza and answers to the burning question “Who Is the Real Santa Claus” are all part of the festive fun…

Things to Do in Montreal: April 11-17

Montreal celebrates spring this week with outdoor art and activities, from big-screen film art to a tailgate party, and an array of fabulous food, affordable fashion and entertainment to suit all styles…