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Things to do in Montréal: September 16 to 22

Mid-September eases between summer and fall in Montréal – the sun keeps shining on open-air markets and outdoor performances while a major Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition and Opéra de Montréal’s AIDA wow and POP Montréal keeps Montréal nightlife wild. Outdoor time Beautiful day and night, the Botanical Garden hosts its annual Gardens of Light lantern exhibition – walk through the Chinese and Japanese gardens after sunset in a soft glow. Montréal’s favourite terrasses stay open for meals, drinks and revelry – don’t miss the FoodLab terrasse at the SAT, where the Omnivore World Tour offers one-of-a-kind feasts, workshops and more, Sept. 16-19. You’ll also find excellent food, drink and entertainment at markets Jardins Gamelin and Village au Pied-du-Courant downtown, Marché des Éclusiers in the Old Port and Les Jardineries at Olympic Park. Take a cruise along the Saint-Lawrence River with Croisières AML for a laid-back brunch or gourmet dinner. For more activities, see our guide to Free things to do this fall in Montréal.  City-wide POP entertainment The 15th edition of POP Montréal starts its engines on Wednesday night with dozens of music shows along with talks, art exhibitions, the professional-level Puces POP craft fair, film screenings, kids events and more until Sept. 25 – get the low-down in our Survival Guide to POP Montréal and… / Read More →

Fill Your Luggage at the Puces Pop Craft Fair

Pop Montréal is always cause for celebration: it fills Mile End with awesome indie music. But it’s also a shopper’s delight. Puces Pop is a craft fair that takes place during the festival and that’s become so popular, it now happens three times a year. That’s because it goes well beyond your average craft fair – it gathers the city’s very best artisans and artists and features goods ranging from silkscreened posters to baked goods, jewellery, fashion, apothecary goods and even miniature arboretums. If you’re looking for unique, made-in-Montreal souvenirs, this is the place to be from September 23 to 25. The main fair goes down in the basement of the St-Denis Church this year, which will be jam-packed with beguiling goodies. Among the offerings you’ll find mainstays, like coloured posters by PSKD, jewellery by Tilly Doro and tees by the Stay Home Club – but you’ll also find a ton of exciting newcomers awaiting discovery. In addition to the main fair, the beloved Record Fair returns, filling the basement of the Ukrainian Federation in Mile End with a TON of vintage vinyl. It’s the best spot to find that rare find you’ve been looking for, and to discover recordings… / Read More →

Your 2016 POP Montréal survival guide

For five days in September, the city rocks out and sings along to the music of POP Montréal, encompassing indie rock, electro, hip hop, punk, classic R&B and new music that defies genre let alone “pop” – plus films, talks, kids activities, star-studded basketball and more. From September 21 to 25 the POP tradition continues in its 15th year as venues big and small welcome over 350 artists, from The Kills to John Cale. Event The 15th edition of POP Montréal , September 21 to 25, 2016, with performances and events from daytime to late-night. What you’re getting into With show venues city-wide and strong connections to many of Montréal’s music scenes, POP Montréal doubles as a great way to see both major sites and lesser-known parts of the city – from a church on Rachel Street to Mile End’s Ukrainian Federation and Rialto Theatre to downtown’s Métropolis and Musée d’art contemporain. The proceedings Some shows sell out fast, so get your tickets well ahead of time. Or take advantage of POP’s pass options: go for the full-festival deal with the Super Pass or one-night POP-hopper pass. Add POP’s Tourist Package and get some pretty sweet store and restaurant discounts plus a tour of the Mile-Ex… / Read More →

Get shopping at Montréal’s indie fall and winter markets

This city is a creative volcano, constantly erupting with new things to do, see and buy. There’s no better place to start for the latter than in the Montréal’s indie markets, especially around the holiday period, when they rev up their offerings of independent fashion, design, décor, jewellery and more. So save your green, it’s time to paint the town red! Marché des ateliers Capitol: November 13-14 Get your fash on at this market uniting 30 local designers in the Capitol building, in a two-storey space in the heart of Mile End. Capitol regulars will be on the spot, including women’s wear designer Betina Lou, unisex accessories brand Cantin and kids brand Romarine. There’ll also be guest designers, like the cute sweatshirt makers La Montréalaise Atelier, dress designer Valérie Dumaine and menswear brand Of Sharks & Men. Come of Friday night for wine, bites and music by DJ Noah Bick. Expozine: November 14-15, 2015 An indie fair like no other, Expozine is organized by Archive Montreal, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving local independent culture. This ode to the printed page unites hundreds of tables full of zines, comics, novels, poems, postcards and posters by publishers including Drawn… / Read More →

Shop and eat local at POP Montréal’s Puces POP fair

Shopping and souvenirs might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think POP Montréal International Music Festival, but the city-wide fall festival’s Puces POP is one of the best places to find made-in-Montréal wares, from jewellery to baby clothes to baked goods. This year, Puces POP expands to fill a 14,000-foot loft space at 160 St-Viateur East, right in the heart of the ever-hip Mile End neighbourhood. From September 17 to 20, find 140 artists and artisans – including 65 new vendors – selling accessories, clothing, art, posters, baby’s and children’s ware, jewellery, body care, ceramics, food and housewares. Even if you’re ready to shop until you drop, POP Montréal comes to your rescue with a new Puces Lounge, a relaxing zone complete with a full bar – plus there’s food down every aisle, be it ready-to-eat chocolate and cookies or jams, pickled veg and hot sauce. Over those four days, Puces POP hosts an opening night party with a DJ providing ambiance and keeps the tunes going every day for a uniquely musical shopping experience. Find leather and cloth bags, wallets and belts from Marc Simard, Annoukis, Lajoie, Noujica, OUT and other great artisans. Prepare… / Read More →

POP Montréal must-see shows

For five days in September, the city rocks out and sings along to the music of POP Montréal, dancing to the beat of indie rock, electro, hip hop, punk, classic R&B and new music that defies genre let alone “pop.” From September 16 to 20 the POP Montréal tradition continues in its 14th year as venues big and small across the city welcome over 400 artists. Never a festival to cast aside history, POP Montréal honours the influential greats with shows that prove new music’s roots run deep. See Italian record producer and pioneering electronic dance music hit-maker Giorgio Moroder with local atmospheric electro duo Organ Mood, rave-ready electronic legends The Orb, chart-topping blues guitarist and songwriter Barbara Lynn and Louisiana Blues Hall of Famer guitarist Lil’ Buck Sinegal, heavy rock legends who’ve never quit Motörhead and Anthrax, enthralling  guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, American garage rock and DIY-proto-punk band The Sonics, once-members of Sonic Youth Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, Canadian old-school punks The Diodes, 90s indie-rock originators Built to Spill, industrial metal heroes Godflesh, and one of the original riot grrrl bands Babes in Toyland screaming right back onto the stage at POP. Montréal musician Coeur de pirate, known… / Read More →

10 Spots to Buy Affordable Contemporary Art in Montréal

You may never have considered becoming an art collector, but think about it: instead of those Ikea posters on your wall, you could have original art you love that will only increase in value over time. And you won’t need to mortgage your house! There’s loads of affordable art available in Montréal, for anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred. From April 24 to 26, at Paper15, an art fair that promotes objects made exclusively on paper (therefore that much affordable), you can peruse a whole bunch of art gathered in one magical, inspiring space. You’ll come across photography, prints and everything in between, as well as booths held by galleries from Montréal and further afield, including Joyce Yahouda Gallery, Diaz Contemporary, and dc3 Art Projects. But, if you can’t make the fair, fear not. Visit these 10 spots to buy affordable contemporary art, and you’ll soon be collecting like a boss. Expozine This small-press fair that occurs every fall in the basement of St-Enfant-Jésus du Mile End church, at Saint-Dominique and Saint-Joseph, is a choice spot for limited-edition prints, postcards or posters that look awesome in a frame. They’ll set you back no more than $100, and… / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal: December 12-19

By Rudolph’s red nose, the holidays are but seconds away! The cold is buffered by a beautiful big blanket of snow this week, making Montreal the real twinkly winter wonderland it’s destined to be. The fun has spread everywhere, from the ice rinks to the Place des Arts…

Things to Do in Montreal: December 13-19

This week is perfect for enjoying the winter light in Montreal, both natural and electrically crafted for the festive season: wander through downtown to see public art sparkle, go ice skating at night, do some holiday shopping at a cozy craft fair, and see stars of theatre, dance and music take the stage…

Pop Montreal Beyond the Music: Art, Film & More

Along with welcoming hundreds of musical acts this year, from the soulful pop of The-Dream to the avant-garde sound of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, the 12th edition of international music festival Pop Montreal, September 25-29, hosts informal talks with musicians, showcases thought-provoking film and visual art, offers activities specifically for kids, and expands its fashion show and made-in-Montreal craft fair…