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Where to enjoy natural wines in Montréal

For the past few years, the term “natural wine” has carved itself a larger spot in our daily vernacular as well as on restaurants’ menus. The natural wine phenomenon is nothing new but its “rebirth” and its newfound popularity is. This latest buzzword designates wines that have been grown and processed with minimal intervention and no added chemicals. Instead of trying to control nature, natural wine producers embrace and work with it. This produces wines that are a true representation of their unique terroir. The natural wave hit Montréal a few years ago and the city has since become one of the best in the world to enjoy these funky wines. Several restaurants in town boast a great carte de vins natures that are fun to explore. Pastaga is one of the first restaurants in Montréal to popularize natural wines since it’s opening in 2011. The opening of its sister restaurant and wine shop Cul Sec located around the corner, has consolidated the natural wine love affair these two spots have going. Vin Papillon’s sommelière Vanya Filipovic’s passion for great wines and fantastic winemakers is evident in the care and research that goes in the creation of the restaurant’s outstanding… / Read More →

Things to do during the Labour Day Weekend: September 2 to 5

A slew of exhibitions, world-class auteur film, a mind-blowing art performance, a giant round-up of food trucks, a food fest that shines the spotlight on Québec cuisine, activities for families and hot party evenings: it’s going to be one mighty fine long weekend in the city! Exhibitions Montréal’s museums and art galleries are teeming with excellent exhibitions. On September 2, the MAC opens the doors to its popular Nocturne from 5 p.m. to 2 in the morning. Take advantage of your visit to see Edmund Alleyn. In my studio, I am many, Jean-Pierre Gauthier and Ryoji Ikeda. Orchestrated, Liz Magor. Habitude and Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin. Priority Innfield while you’re there. At the MMFA don’t miss the last days of the POMPEII until September 5 and take part in a musical experience that combines urban art and play structures with the sweet 21 balançoires (21 swings) on the Promenade des Artistes at the Quartier des spectacles. Starting August 31, you can see the World Press Photo at Bonsecours Market, which showcases the winning photographs of this prestigious professional world competition. On September 4, take the family to see the Harvest Festival at Maison Saint-Gabriel for a day of fun and market-fresh abundance that… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Raphaël Gaspard, owner of Garçon fleur

September 10, 2015 Editor’s note: The Garçon Fleur shop is closed for an indefinite period. Garçon fleur, a.k.a. Raphaël Gaspard, has been delivering happiness on a bike for over a year. With the wind in his hair, he rides the streets of Montréal, distributing beautiful bouquets of wild flowers, which he creates himself with great attention and discernment. This expanding bucolic and environmental project has been hugely successful in reviving the image of florists. Two years ago, Raphaël also co-founded Gaspard & Roy with Félix Roy (singer for the Montréal rock group Human Human and head barman at Bouillon Bilk), a chic bar service that offers custom-made cocktails and showcases fine alcohols with market-fresh products. For Mother’s Day, this thriving young man, born in Germany but a Montréaler for 20 years now, shares his favourite go-to spots on where to smell the first blooms of spring and spend a perfect day with mom. What’s new with Garçon fleur in 2015? Garçon fleur is expanding with three new delivery bikes that will be bombing around the streets of Montréal selling bouquets to passers-by—a veritable wildflower shop on wheels. We’re also preparing lots of exciting partnerships and the release of our second… / Read More →

Merry Montreal Celebrates Holiday Season in the City

The cobblestone streets of Old Montreal bustle with classic sights and all-new entertainment this holiday season: each weekend, from December 14 to January 5, Merry Montreal lights up the historic district, inviting everyone to eat, drink, and, of course, be merry…