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SUONI PER IL POPOLO PREVIEW

I’m not sure what Suoni means but I do know that it’s synonymous with the very best of musical ingenuity and is one of Montreal’s most loved festivals that delights the city for the entire month of June. The festival is a celebration of the eclectic and this year is no exception, with a lineup that includes artists who play free jazz, noize, bent rock, electronics, country, folk and underground pop. The program features familiar faces, new groups and people you’ve never heard of…

LE FILET: MONTREAL’S BEST NEW SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Every town has its share of culinary stars who attract buzz- in New York, it’s Daniel Boulud (Daniel, Bar Boulud, etc.) and David Chang (Momofuku Ko, Ssäm Bar, etc), in Paris, media darling Iñaki Aizpitarte (Le Chateaubriand) gets that honour. In Montreal, the crowd favourites are David McMillan and Fred Morin of Joe Beef fame, and Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier of Club Chasse et Pêche and their much buzzed-about new venture, Le Filet…

BRUNCH IN THE PLATEAU

A quintessential Montreal weekend starts with brunch. And if you’re a lucky (lazy?), it starts around midday and chugs merrily along until late afternoon…

AVENUE DU PARC: A MONTREAL STREET PROFILE

Since our last street profile focused on Rue Bleury it makes perfect sense that our next installment touches on Avenue du Parc, the butterfly of an avenue that the Bleury, uh, caterpillar transform into once it crosses Sherbrooke. Heading north from the Sherbrooke intersection, Parc extends all the way up to Jean-Talon, along the way showcasing a ton of great spots

THRIFT SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

Montrealers love their thrift shops.  That is probably why you’ll find some in almost every neighbourhood of the city. Conveniently, three of our favourites ones are neighbhours, which makes for an easy vintage shop-hopping sessions on Saint-Laurent Boulevard.  Moreover, these boutiques have a unique way to play with retro stylings, making them an awful lot of fun to walk into, even when you’re not looking to actually buy anything.

MONTREAL GRAND PRIX 101

Great news guys! As you may already know, 2010 marks the return of the official Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal – and with it, three days of incredible nightlife and outdoor activities taking place from June 10 to June 13. The annual stopover in Canada is the most prestigious automotive event in North America and now is your chance to witness the incredible atmosphere that takes over Montreal during F1 weekend. When Grand Prix rolls to town, thousands of F1 fans and thrill-seekers take over the streets, making Montreal one of the most popular F1 cities in the world. I’ve already offered you some precious hotel recommendations last week, now here is some general Montreal Grand Prix knowledge that you’ll need during your Montreal trip.

SALON BELLE ÉPOQUE: CLASSIC HAIR WITH A TWIST

One of the best ways to feel refreshed on any weekend getaway is to get your hair cut and styled. In Montréal, Salon Belle Époque is a classy choice for sophisticated ladies and gentlemen.

LE QUARTIER GÉNÉRAL: MONTREAL’S NEWEST ‘BRING YOUR OWN WINE’ BISTRO

The Montréal foodie scene is buzzing with the new arrival of an Apportez Votre Vin (Bring Your Own Wine) Restaurant called Le Quartier Général. Nestled on Gilford Street in the heart of the trendy Plateau, Le Quartier Général is a welcoming French bistro where the locals are rushing for great food, ambiance and conversation.