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Fun with Kids this Summer in Montréal

It’s summer and the kids must play – Montréal keeps kids happy, entertained and active all day and into the night with festivals, music, games, swimming, sports and more throughout July and August. Many of the city’s famed festivals not only welcome families but feature outdoor shows and activities made just for kids. Step into the Place de la Famille kids zone at Just For Laughs at Place des Festivals, full of amusement park rides and games, laughter workshops and performances, open afternoons and evenings July 11-25, while street buskers amuse us at every turn and the Twins Parade on July 18 delights with wild costumes and music. Hot air balloons may be the heart of the International de montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, but the festival also boasts a variety of kid-focused activities and performances, August 8-16. With more activities than ever, it’s easy to spend a day or two in the Old Port of Montréal: from a sky-high zipline ride to an authentic French carousel, mini-train adventures to a Bateau-Mouche boat ride on the river, the SOS Labyrinthe‘s biggest indoor maze in the world and the skill-testing, all-ages Peur Dépôt live game. Kids can play pirates for hours at Voiles… / Read More →

Classical music under the stars

There is a rich tradition of classical music in Montreal, from small chamber orchestras to the city’s famed Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. While some recitals, operas and concerts can be society affairs, in summertime the OSM reaches out to the masses with hugely popular free outdoor concerts in parks throughout Greater Montréal. This summer the OSM in the Parks series of three free concerts will be held in Parc Charleroi in Montréal North on July 17; in Parc équestre in Blainville on July 22; and in Parc Bellevue in Pincourt on July 23. The OSM will perform music by such composers as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla and Gershwin. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and will take place rain or shine. “Only thunderstorms may oblige us to interrupt a concert,” the OSM states. The OSM also presents its fourth annual Festival La Virée classique which kicks off August 5 at 7 p.m. with a big outdoor free concert on the Esplanade at the Olympic Park, expected to draw 40,000 classical music fans. Grammy-winning Maestro Kent Nagano will conduct the OSM in a concert that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, then present a recital concert of Bizet’s opera… / Read More →

Montréal Ignites with Summer Festival Fun

Sunny days, high-energy nights and strikingly illuminated festival stages make the summer season bright in Montréal. The city ignites with a sparkling line-up of entertainment in July and August – get ready to laugh, dance, groove and be dazzled at these big festivals and more this summer. The one-and-only Montréal International Jazz Festival officially ignites the height of summer festival season June 26-July 5. Incredible talent graces historic night clubs and Place des Arts stages while downtown’s Quartier des Spectacles bustles with unmissable free outdoor shows, including the grand finale on July 5: a stylish, bluesy tribute to the late, great B.B. King. More music lights up the town as Festival International Nuits d’Afrique welcomes traditional and ground-breaking musicians from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and right here at home, July 7-19. Discover your new favourite indie, electronic and hip hop artists at MEG Montréal, July 23-August 2, and take a ride on the late-night MEG party boat. Osheaga Music and Arts Festival crams the biggest names and the brightest emerging artists in indie-pop, rock, hip hop and electronic music into three amazing days on Île Sainte-Hélène, July 31-August 2 – this year see Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar,… / Read More →

A classical start to spring with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

One of the true crown jewels in Montréal’s rich cultural scene, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is a gateway to an internationally acclaimed range of classical music. From within its slick, contemporary headquarters at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, it’s planning a spring full of treats for connoisseurs and newbies alike. Here are 10 concerts not to be missed between March and May. Adventures in the East kicks off the month on March 4 (8 p.m.) and 8 (2:30 p.m.) with a program presented in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and its exhibition Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain to Morocco, Benjamin-Constant in His Time. Directed by Kent Nagano, the concert features pieces by Saint-Saëns, Dukas and Strauss (“Dance of the Seven Veils”, from Salome), as well as the world premiere of works inspired by Sephardic and Arab-Andalousian songs by contemporary Montréal composer Kiya Tabassian. The eastern inflections continue with the concert on March 7 (9 p.m.), Travels with Philip Glass, which unites the work of Tabassian and Dukas with that of groundbreaking composer Glass. From March 11 to 13, flamboyant contemporary pianist Lang Lang is on the menu with two concerts, one titled Kent Nagano Greets Lang Lang (on March 11 and 12, 8 p.m.), the other… / Read More →

Thing to do in Montreal: September 26 – October 2

After the frenetic pace of Pop Montreal, a week to sit back and relax would be great right? Think again! Strap your boots on for Journées de la Culture, when every nook and cranny off the city opens up for your free cultural edification. Of course, you can also sink into a cushy seat at Place des Arts or in front of international silver screen award-winners to rest your weary head…

Fall Into the Classical Arts

After letting the festivals take over the spotlight of summer entertainment, Montreal’s more classical culture institutions are revving up their programming for the new season. Expect operatic heights, symphonic grandeur and balletic prowess…

Things to Do in Montreal: March 28 – April 3

Spring arrives in Montreal slowly but colourfully: the butterflies fly at the Botanical Gardens and Major League Baseball hits it out of the park, er, stadium, and the delicious joys of sugar shack season abound alongside international film, opera, art and dance, and mind-blowing rock shows…

Things to Do in Montreal: March 14-20

It’s not the end of winter yet, but the spring party spirit is in the air in Montreal, beginning with Sunday’s St-Patrick’s Day Parade and extending to indulgent sugar shack meals, enlightening on-stage drama, and live music that moves heart and soul…

Things to Do in Montreal: March 7-13

It’s been a busy, wintry February in Montreal, and March doesn’t show any signs of the city slowing down: there’s still plenty to do outside, especially if you’re traveling with the family, and music, art, theatre, circus and more to entertain indoors…

Things to Do in Montreal: February 14-20

Romance mingles with adventure and entertainment in Montreal as the glow of Valentine’s Day starts a week filled with outdoor activities, spectacular stage shows, delectable food, thought-provoking art, and all genres of live music…