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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 →

Things To Do in Montréal: July 17 to 23

Whether you’re looking for laughs, experimental post-punk, a chance to shake your tail under the sun or the best souvenirs EVER as produced by local artisans, Montréal is the place to be this week. Come on, jump in! (hot music) Catch the last of the Nuits D’Afrique festival until July 19 for a taste of the best of African and world music from all over the globe. For continued world-music bliss, check out this guide to clubs and happenings around town. It’s the second and final weekend of the inaugural feminist/queer Slut Island Festival, with a focus on experimental, post-punk, rock, plus raging dancing fun in the sun and around the city, July 17, 18 and 19. Don’t miss Dômesicles on Thursdays until August 13 at SAT, where dance beats rule both the Satosphere dome and the Foodlab terrasse. July 26 features Shaydakiss, A-Rock, TiND and Push 1 Stop. Starting July 23, dive right into MEG Montréal, Montréal’s hip hop, electro and indie-rock fest at venues along the Main, on outdoor stages and on the infamous MEG Boat in the Old Port, all until August 2. For more inspiration, check out our great guide to the summer’s music festivals. (arts… / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal: May 15 to 21

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 →

Things to do in Montréal: February 5 to 11

We’ll be missing the fun frenzy of Igloofest after this weekend, when the 2015 edition comes to a close, that’s for sure – but lucky for us, there’s lots more Montréal madness where that came from. How about we stay in this week and soak up some cool culture? Last hurrah Don’t you go missing the last of the outdoor dance festival Igloofest now, which will go out with a bang with a wild weekend featuring international track masters Paco Osuna, Midland B2B Paul Woolford, Dubfire, Luciano, Girl Unit and Ernesto Ferreyra. Locals will be lighting up the nights too, with Jimmy Be, Robert Robert, Cri and Dead Horse Beats presiding on Friday night; Nico Sé, Eekkoo and Maybe Moby Is Playing Tonight on Saturday; and Cristobal Urbina and The One Tash signing out until next year on Sunday. For those interested in winning the Iglooswag contest, based on best costume, the theme for the last weekend is “white as snow.” So pull out your white one-piece snowsuit! Arts with heart February 5 marks the opening of two exciting exhibitions at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. British artist Simon Starling brings us 15 works under… / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal: October 17-23

This week holds tons of free and less-free entertainment, but both are guaranteed to make you feel phenomenal in their special way. Keep some energy to party – there’s some hopping musical acts in town…

The Best in New Electronic Music & Art at EM15

Cutting-edge electronic music and digital art meet at EM15, combining the forces of the Mutek and Elektra festivals in one big 15th-anniversary celebration. Over six days, May 27 to June 1, EM15 delivers 85 dazzling outdoor and indoor performances, featuring sonic and visual innovators from around the world…

Things to Do in Montreal: January 17-23

Enjoy Montreal’s winter traditions this week, from tobogganing to warming comfort foods, and find yourself transported by all manner of entertainment: electronic dance music, Chinese dance, Russian ballet, high-tech French film, inventive art, and more…

Phi Centre examines the art of being Rad Hourani

Rad Hourani is one of Montreal’s best known fashion exports, with collections in 130 shops and galleries in 30 countries around the world. But the Montreal-based world traveler and general creative mind is much more than an award-winning unisex fashion designer – he’s also a filmmaker and an artist. Until November 30, Montreal’s progressive Phi Centre is showing us the extent of his vision…

Things to Do in Montreal: October 25-31

As both winter and Halloween approach, Montreal continues to entertain with live theatre and music, intriguing art, designer shopping, and horror movies, along with many chances this week to make the most of the fall weather, whether it’s sunny for daytime ambling or eerily overcast for costumed cavorting…