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Your Montréal Nuit blanche survival guide, 2017

How do you distill year-long celebrations of Montréal’s 375th anniversary, Canada’s 150th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Expo 67 World Fair into one wild party? Nuit blanche, that’s how. The arts, culture and performance all-nighter will take on a “1967” theme this year in commemoration of one of the pivotal moments in the history of Montréal, and we offer you this guide to “surviving” it in style. The event The 14th edition of Nuit blanche, part of the annual MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts and culture festival taking place at locations all over downtown Montréal and in surrounding neighbourhoods. The “white night” starts on Saturday, March 4 and ends in the wee hours of Sunday, March 5. Avez-vous essayé notre Tyrolienne RBC ? #MTLenLumiere Photo : Victor Diaz Lamich Une publication partagée par MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (@mtlenlumiere) le 20 Févr. 2016 à 16h48 PST What you’re getting yourself into One of the highlights of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is the always illuminating, always epic Nuit blanche all-nighter. Nuit blanche invites all comers to partake in upwards of 200 (mostly free) activities this year centred around the theme of revisiting the spirit of Expo 67. These will include live music, film, dance, performance art, interactive installations, storytelling, digital… / Read More →

Your MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE survival guide

Winter festivals don’t get much more fun than MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE – with Montréal’s 375th anniversary added to the mix this year, the arts and culture festival outdoes even itself. Get ready for downtown Montréal to become a blizzard of entertainment and activities, from glamorous theatres to revamped outdoor sites. The event The 18th edition of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts and culture festival, at various locations in downtown Montréal from February 23 to March 11, 2017. What you’re getting yourself into Over the course of 17 days, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE welcomes millions of fearless fun seekers to one of the largest winter festivals in the world. Whether you love live music and fine dining or your kids can’t get enough of ice slides, the annual event is sure to please with an excellent program of performing arts (live music, theatre, dance, circus arts and more), innumerable gastronomic options (over 500 chefs, wine producers and culinary experts have participated over the years), and all kinds of events and activities at the action-and-art packed outdoor site. All that plus epic all-nighter Nuit blanche. Where everything’s happening  Over 100 paid indoor performances and concerts (from jazz, classical and rock concerts to theatre and circus) take place at dozens of venues… / Read More →

Barbegazi kicks off the outdoor winter action for Montréal’s 375th

There’s no ignoring the word action in this year’s fifth edition of the wild and woolly Barbegazi Winter Action Sports Festival, which this year has the high honour of launching Hivernales, the first major participatory event of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary celebrations. If snowskating, woodcutting, Christmas tree tossing or a large-scale obstacle course, among other things, tickle your wintry fancy, then Barbegazi’s got the family-friendly goods. And the snowball on the cake? It’s all free. The annual Barbegazi Winter Action Sports Festival – named for mythical, gnome-like, Alpine creatures with frozen beards and a compulsion for avalanche surfing – takes place this year at Îlot Clark in the downtown Quartier des Spectacles. Over two weekends, January 6-8 and 13-15, the outdoor space will be transformed into an expansive playground for both young and old alike. As mentioned, the festival kicks off the Hivernales portion of the city’s year-long birthday party. The all-encompassing Hivernales runs from January 6 to March 11 in Old Montréal, the Quartier des Spectacles and Parc Jean-Drapeau. It’s a blanket term covering numerous events: from the Classique Montréalaise pond hockey tournament to the Montréal en Lumière arts and culture festival; from the Fêtes des Neiges outdoor winter fun… / Read More →

Kiss 2016 goodbye with our New Year’s Eve party guide

It’s only fitting, in light of what’s shaping up to be 365 days of partying for Montréal’s 375th birthday next year, that we should kick it all off with what’s always the single biggest night of celebration in la belle ville, New Year’s Eve. We offer the following guide to help get you going in the right direction on the road to ringing in 2017. Speaking of big… The Merry Montreal-organized outdoor New Year’s Party in Old Montréal’s Place Jacques-Cartier and the quays of the Old Port, now in its fourth year, will once again be by far and away the largest gathering of New Year’s revelers in the city. Last year tens of thousands of celebrants turned up for the free concerts by top-tier Québec performers, the midnight countdown and massive fireworks display, as well as the all-night DJ dance party afterward. The free concert and party gets going at 7 pm. (And let’s put it out there right away that getting around will be a breeze on the Eve since the metro – Montréal’s subway – will be open all night.) Une photo publiée par Hotel William Gray (@hotelwilliamgray) le 6 Oct. 2016 à 6h15 PDT Speaking of… / Read More →

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE offers another sparkling edition of delicious food and fun

Each winter, Montréal sparkles with light, entertainment and gourmet goodness during the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE Festival. And this year, our favourite winter mood-booster is an official event on the program of Montréal’s high-profile 375th anniversary celebrations, offering even more brilliant ideas on how to spark up your life with fun, food, light and music. Here’s what you need to know about the 2017 edition, and why it makes sense to head north this coming February 23 to March 11. Fébrilité dans l’air dans l’attente du dévoilement de notre programmation gastronomique. On vous dit tout très bientôt ! #MTLenLumiere | Photo : Frédérique Ménard-Aubin Une photo publiée par MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (@mtlenlumiere) le 28 Nov. 2016 à 9h08 PST Treat your taste buds to the fine cuisine of Lyon For the festival’s gourmet component, we’ll be lionizing the fabulous cuisine of Lyon, France. The festival’s grand featured city, home of an impressive 21 Michelin-starred chefs and some 4,200 restaurants, will lavish us with its lovely gastronomy, thanks to an impressive contingent of its chefs, including Jérôme Bocuse and Christopher Muller, the two honorary co-presidents. In restaurants across Montréal, the creativity will be flying off the charts as our guest chefs and local… / Read More →

ILLUMINART lights up Montréal’s 375th anniversary

In 2017, the spotlight will be on Montréal as the city celebrates its 375th anniversary. Once these celebrations are in full swing and the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival gets underway, ILLUMINART will present the first edition of its outdoor display. From February 22 to March 11, this luminous 3.6-kilometre (over 2-mile) circuit of 25 technological works is sure to dazzle, amaze and chase away the winter blues. For the past 15 years, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (MEL) festival has been investing its energies in creating immersive interactive activities focused on light to brighten its outdoor site. MEL introduced the first giant projections and video mapping effects on Montreal buildings, as well as events integrating new technologies with onstage performances. ILLUMINART will enhance MEL’s growth, development and reputation. S & Y – It’s magic #montreal #opticalfiber #blue #nuitblanche #nuitblanche2016 #activity #fun #brillant #city #mtl #514 #mtllife #landscape #scenery #photooftheday #igersmontreal #beautiful #night #nightout #nightlife #light #amazing #instagram #instapic #like4like #mtlenlumiere #instaart Une photo publiée par S & Y (@simple_and_young_x) le 4 Mars 2016 à 11h25 PST “Combining art and innovation, this free event will showcase the technological know-how of our creators. We’re proud to be encouraging local talent and expertise with… / Read More →

Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour ready to score big in Montréal

While it’s actually quite remarkable that a city that’s equal parts hockey and festival crazy does not have an actual hockey festival per se, Montréal will nevertheless host the very next best thing when the super popular Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour pulls into town for the first time. Hometown Hockey will be setting up camp in the downtown Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles – also the site of other major MTL fests like the Montréal International Jazz Festival and Just For Laughs – on Saturday, November 12 (from 12-6 p.m.) and Sunday, November 13 (12-10 p.m.), and the atmosphere will indeed be festive. #ThatAwesomeMoment when Patrice Brisebois subbed in for a little one-on-one on the @mcdonaldscanada rink. #hometownhockey Une photo publiée par Rogers Hometown Hockey (@hometownhockey) le 22 Oct. 2016 à 10h47 PDT Fun for hockey fans of all ages Family-friendly programming and activities are planned for the entire weekend, and it’s all free. These include a concert by Montréal-based rocker Sam Roberts, two circus performances, as many as five or six Montreal Canadiens alumni live and in the flesh onsite (whom you’ll be able to meet at The Community Locker Room), local celebrities, a virtual autograph… / Read More →

Music, food and dancing in the streets at OUMF Festival

September may mean back to school but it doesn’t mean summer festival season is over yet in Montréal – the  OUMF Festival of live music (this year starring DJ Jazzy Jeff and Skratch Bastid!), breakdancing, art and performance throws a free, three-day street party for students and everyone else who knows that sunshine and warm nights don’t end in August. With two stages and more music and activities than ever, the 6th edition of OUMF takes over St-Denis Street in the Latin Quarter from September 7 to 10, turning the street into a pedestrian-only zone between Sherbrooke and Sainte-Catherine in the Quartier des Spectacles. Along with live music, expect to see theatrical circus antics by troupe Cirquantique, friendly sports and game competitions, and the pavement transformed into a canvas for street artists of all ages. This year, OUMF even has its own beer, courtesy of 3 Brasseurs! On stage more than 20 bands play, programmed by the M FOR MONTREAL festival (held annually in November), make every night one to remember. This year, hip hop DJ legends DJ Jazzy Jeff and Skratch Bastid play back-to-back, amazing with their spinning skills and music selections.  Stick around for more great music from… / Read More →

Where to find Wi-Fi when travelling in Montréal

Travel is fun. Roaming fees, not so much. Fortunately, Montréal is a destination with plenty of Wi-Fi options. This means that in various corners of the city, visitors can access wireless networks — most of them free — to send an email, post a picture or even capture that darn elusive Pokémon. Here are some of our favourite Wi-Fi options in Montréal. Old Montréal. Launched last year as part of the Montréal’s Smart and Digital City Plan, the majority of Old Montréal is now a Wi-Fi zone. Simply select MtlWifi on your wireless device and start surfing — no hoops to jump through! While you’re wandering through Old Montréal, use the network to view the Cité Mémoire exposition, the largest outdoor video-projection installation in the world. The Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. After your flight lands in Montréal, you might have a few moments of wait time for your luggage. Use the airport’s free Wi-Fi to post an official “I’m in Montréal” selfie! (Just don’t forget to tag it #MTLmoments.) The Entertainment District. The Quartier des spectacles (as it’s formally known en français) is the cultural heart of Montréal. Throughout the year, the district is home to massive outdoor live performances during such events as the Montréal… / Read More →

MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL Survival Guide 2016

MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL features circus shows in all shapes and sizes – some for families, some for late-night thrill seekers – but no matter what, expect to be amazed and delighted by international and local performers doing what they do best in a city known to push the limits of circus. Event The 7th edition of MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL, July 7–17, 2016 Official Social Media @mtlccirque #mccirque Location Various locations, including TOHU, one of the world’s largest circus arts centres, and Place Émilie-Gamelin and St-Denis Street in the Quartier des Spectacles downtown, plus neighbourhood shows city-wide. How to Get There For downtown outdoor venues, take the metro to Berri-UQAM, or Place d’Armes for Old Montréal. For TOHU, located at 2345 Jarry East (above Highway 40 east of Papineau Avenue), take the metro’s blue line to Iberville station and bus 94 north or the metro’s orange line to Jarry station and bus 193 east. If driving, pay parking is available on site. What to Bring A sense of humour to go with your sense of adventure. What not to Bring A fear of clowns. What to Wear Sunglasses, sunscreen and silly hats for daytime outdoor shows. Casual chic for indoor shows… / Read More →