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Montréal’s Digital Spring 2015: 1 season, 90 organizations, 150 happenings

Spring in Montréal is always amazing, but this spring in Montréal promises to be particularly awesome because digital fever will be sweeping the city with the second edition of Digital Spring (known locally as Printemps numérique). But aside from the 100,000 participants who enjoyed the fun of the first edition, everyone is probably scratching their heads, wondering: “Digital Spring? What is that?” From March 21 to June 21, Digital Spring showcases and celebrates the capital of the digital arts in North America, a.k.a. our cutting-edge city of Montréal. Organized by the Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) (in English: regional conference of elected officials) in partnership with organizations from creative milieus or those interested in digital arts, Digital Springs showcases the organizations, artists and projects from the wide world of digital to the general public. So, what’s on the menu? Digital newbies and mavens alike will have the chance to enjoy interactive spaces, visual and audio performances, immersive experiences, 3D productions, cutting-edge electronic music, vernissages and world-class events. Where’s it all happening? City-wide. You can check out Digital Spring anywhere from the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium to the ELEKTRA 16 Digital Arts Festival to Piknic Électronik to the International Symposium on… / Read More →

Printemps Numérique as experienced by a shallow Torontonian

Montreal is one of those cities I always enjoyed growing up. It really is one of the only cities in North America with a rich history, which I find rather thrilling as a History nerd. But for all the times I traveled to the city to tour the museums, marvel at the architecture and enjoy their lower drinking age I never got around to experience the art scene. Now I would never call myself an ‘art person’, so when I was told I was traveling to the city to cover a Digital Art festival I was slightly terrified. I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to understand the art, let alone review it, but never one to reject an opportunity to visit one of favourite cities in the world I jumped at the opportunity before someone else snatched it up…

Things to Do in Montreal: June 13-19

Summer hits the city centre as French music festival FrancoFolies gets underway with all kinds of free outdoor shows, complimented by bike-worthy weather, a world-class beer fest, streets and parks filled with art and music, and more.