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Hotspots To See & Be Seen At During Formula 1 Grand Prix

One of the many things that Montreal doesn’t suffer for is a lack of top-tier, A-list social establishments that excel at their primary mission in life: your good time. And during Grand Prix season in particular, many of this city’s finer places to see and be seen kick it into high gear.

Where To Eat Like a VIP In Montreal During Formula 1 Grand Prix

You may not be part of a Formula 1 team, you may not be a jet-setting celebrity, and the closest you may ever get to a “who’s who” is when someone hears your name and says, “Who?” But take heart: like many tens of thousands of other mere mortal F1 aficionados who work up a hunger for more than just racing, you too can at least eat like a VIP during the annual Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. And your choices are limited only by your tastes.

Where To Shop in Montreal During Formula 1 Grand Prix

When Formula 1 racing rolls (loudly) into town for three days, June 6-8, it’s not just about the action on the track, the raucous nightlife, the almost limitless adventurous gastronomic options, and panoply of Grand Prix–related activities. It’s also an opportunity for discriminating fashionistas, art aficionados and those looking for that extra-special something to get their shop on, Grand Prix-style.

Play Time at the Montreal Fringe Festival

Going to indie-theatre’s biggest summer event, the Montreal Fringe Festival, is like going to a remarkably affordable casino: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but you always end up happy because you’ve met a few memorable characters and had a few beers…

10 Great Montreal videos

We’ve curated what we think is a pretty great list of our favourite videos featuring Montreal-  check them out…

PIXINESS AT THE SAT

A new installation outside the recently renovated SAT (Society for Arts and Technology) is now lighting up part of boulevard St-Laurent. Pixiness, created by the visual artist Axel Morgenthaler, is a major work that fits into the lighting attractions found all over the Quartier des Spectacles. With 960 LED lamps, this impressive artwork offers a 24-hour a day show, constantly evolving as passersby can use their iPhones to interact with this unique piece of technological art.

OYSTERS ON THE MAIN

Winter is the traditional season for oysters, though Maestro owner and Maitresse d’hotel Ilene Polansky reminds us that the thing about only eating bivalves in months ending in “r” went out when refrigerated transport containers came in. But December reminds us that oysters are delicious, so we satisfied our craving the other night at Ilene’s Montreal classic, Maestro S.V.P.

SHOW & SELL – BARILÀ POP-UP SHOP

Barila Fall/Winter 2010 Campaign from Le Genou de Claire on Vimeo. Ladies, start your engines. Montreal-based fashion label Barilà is opening a pop-up shop. For ten days starting Nov. 14, get your fill of edgy frocks at major discounts. I’ve seen this local brand’s rocking show at Montreal Fashion Week; now it’s time for you to see the collection up close – and bring it home. To kick off Day One of this temporary boutique, there will be a special grand opening event with cocktails and nibbles. Plus, designer Sabrina Barilà will also be in the house to mix and mingle. I caught up with this super-stylish lady to chitchat about her ideas, her pop-up shop, and, of course, her clothes.

NOA SUSHI LOUNGE: TOKYO ON THE MAIN

Last Wednesday marked the opening of a new, exciting venue on St-Laurent blvd : Noa Sushi Lounge.  For the occasion, cordon-bleu trained creative director Nacim Louali invited two Japanese chefs : Taketsuna Araki (formerly from Kaizen and Soto) and Koichi (from Kioochi Club Hotel & St-Malo Kasukabe in Tokyo) – flown in from Japan for the occasion – to shake up the new sushi kitchen.