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Meet a Montrealer: Skateboarder Annie Guglia

Ranked 12th in the world among female skateboarders, Montrealer Annie Guglia stands out in a unique sport that is constantly pushing its limits and she is one of the few women who practice skateboarding professionally. Inspired by female skateboarders from a young age, she is now an inspiration for future generations. For starters, what led you to skateboarding? Skateboarding entered my life by a bit of a side door. My little brother got a skateboard for Christmas in 2000. In 2001, he was in the street and at Ahuntsic Park with his friends, and I thought it was really cool. I followed them everywhere. The following year, I got a skateboard for my birthday – or maybe it was Christmas, too. From there, I made friends, I began to learn tricks and I never stopped. Did you have female role models who were skateboarding when you were young? Or role models in other sports or activities? At that time, women’s visibility in the sport was pretty limited because there were so few girls skateboarding. My first contact with a female “skater”, like for many people, was Elissa Steamer in the Playstation game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skateboarding 1. Then, in the… / Read More →

Winter arts and culture festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is a bright light in a big city

Montrealers have long been predisposed towards thumbing their collective nose at deepest, darkest winter, so 16 years ago when the planners of a unique new February festival declared “Let there be light,” they weren’t kidding. Since then, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has evolved into one of the largest winter arts and culture festivals in the world. Organized by the same festive folks who produce Montréal’s globally renowned Jazz Fest and the FrancoFolies French music festival, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE annually draws some 1,300,000 visitors. The fest features an expansive and eclectic program of entertainment and activities encompassing an array of performing arts (live music, theatre, dance, circus arts and more), journeys in gastronomy, free outdoor family attractions/distractions and more than a few surprises. Every year the festival celebrates a featured country, and this year the spotlight is on artists from Switzerland. Internationally acclaimed Swiss pop singer/songwriter Stephan Eicher and ascendant Québec folk/soul artist Bobby Bazini are the honorary co-presidents of the fest, with Eicher performing the prestigious closing festival concert at Place des Arts, on February 28. For his part, Bazini will captivate the majestic Métropolis concert hall, February 26. The epicenter of all the action is MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE’s vibrant (and… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: August 22-28

The final days of August show no signs of summer activities slowing down in Montreal: from food festivals and fresh market fare to film festivals and live rock and electro shows, the city keeps on shining under the sun…

Feel the (One) Love at Montreal Reggae Fest 2014

Montreal makes its own chilled-out island vibe in August at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, adding the best in new and traditional reggae music to late-summer’s hot, sunny days.

The Blues Rocks the Park at FestiBlues International

Get to know Montreal’s blues-infused rock and folk music at FestiBlues, four hot August nights of live performances outdoors in the park and late into the night at several nearby bars and restaurants…

Eugenie Bouchard comes home to Montreal’s Rogers Cup

Move over KISS Army, there’s a new regiment on the march: the Genie Army. What began as an homage to Montreal tennis star Eugenie Bouchard by a dozen-or-so young men at the Australian Open in Melbourne earlier this year has turned into a movement with Genie Armies forming in Montreal, Quebec City and Trois-Rivières. And this original Aussie outfit of diehard fans is so dedicated to the number 7 ranked talent that they’ll be invading Montreal’s island shores to support Bouchard at the 2014 edition of the Women’s Rogers Cup tennis tournament…

Things to Do in Montreal: July 18-24

Montreal shakes up summer this week with dozens of all-star comedy shows, world-class live music, an extreme sports festival, movies under the stars, and cutting-edge fireworks displays shimmering high above the city…

VIDEO: Make Your Own Montreal Soundtrack

Get in the music this summer at one of Montreal’s many festivals and venues! Cheer your head off to Outkast, Jack White, Skrillex, Lorde, and The Arctic Monkeys at Osheaga; or rock out to Metallica, The Offspring, Slayer, and Lamb of God at Heavy Montreal! Dance to the best Urban and EDM from Tiesto, Adventure Club, Infected Mushroom, Tyga, Iggy Azalea and Juciy J at IleSoniq; or jam to the infectious rhythms of Maxi Priest, Etana, Sean Paul, and I-Octane at the Montreal International Reggae Festival. Whatever your musical tastes may be, Montreal has something for your ears, heart, and soul. Venues To Check Out: Check out the schedules at music venues like Metropolis, Club Soda, Theatre Corona, Bell Centre, Casa Del Popolo, Le National, L’Olympia, and Place des Arts to see who’s playing in Montreal when you’re in town! Also check out La Vitrine for a full array of cultural events happening around the city at any given time. Details Osheaga (August 1 – 3, 2014) Heavy Montreal (August 8 – 10, 2014) IleSoniq (August 15 – 16, 2014) Montreal International Reggae Festival (August 15 – 17, 2014)  

Things to do in August in Montreal

It can’t be… is that really Labour Day on the horizon?! Now’s your chance to do all the things you had on your summer bucket list before the nubile lifeguards go back to school. So get started – drink up the last drops of the sweetest season of all at these events…