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11 Awesome Places In Montreal To Buy Gorgeous Souvenirs

Tchotchke, knickknack, bauble, or doohickey; call them what you want, but souvenirs bought in those run-of-the-mill souvenir shops are more often than not, forgotten. Here is a list of 15 awesome places to buy unique, locally made, Montreal-inspired artisan creations. In other words, a souvenir that actually does justice to the fond memories of your trip to Montréal! 

Designed in Québec

To say that Montreal is a creative city is like saying that Paris is kinda pretty. This city is an idea volcano in constant eruption, with generation upon generation of artists, authors, actors and acrobats producing new madness every day. One of our strongest arts: fashion design, because of some great local fashion schools and, let’s not mince words, Montrealers’ native sense of style. C’mon, it’s famous. Here’s a list of our go-to made-in-Quebec labels, with deets on where you can get their wares to take home…

Vintage Chic in Montreal

Seekers of classic styles in Montreal are soooo lucky – there’s a great culture of vintage shopping here, with stores to suit every need from ball gowns to cowboy shirts. In addition to the bargain-basement biggies like the Salvation Army, Renaissance and Village des Valeurs, there are many stores with carefully curated vintage collections. Here are our favourites.

Guide to the 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival

The 35th edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival lights up the city with hundreds of live music concerts, June 26 to July 6. Let our festival guide lead the way through some of the fest’s top-billing sweet sounds and an array of dining, shopping, late-night entertainment, and family-friendly options too…

Guide to Grand Prix Montreal 2014

Apart from the fast-paced F1 action on the track, the hundreds of thousands of elite racing fans who take part in Montreal’s Grand Prix Weekend also engage in a more leisurely paced race to take in a head-spinning array of associated offerings guaranteed to fly a green flag over their good time…

Aires Libres & Les Boules Roses light up Montreal’s Gay Village

Summertime in Montreal’s Gay Village is a dream. When the sunlight diffuses through the 200,000 pink balls strung above the pedestrian-only road, it casts a rosy glow that sets a beautiful atmosphere for sangria drinking, people watching, and club hopping. Check out what’s going on during the 2014 edition of Aires Libres in the Gay Village…

Memorable musical gifts to take home from the Jazz Fest

Every year for 35 years, the Montreal International Jazz Festival has stood out as an annual highlight for Montrealers and visitors alike, from memorable music performances to quiet nights walking the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal, a saxophone sounding in the distance. Keep those memories vibrant at this year’s festival, June 26 to July 6, with a variety of souvenirs and gifts unique to Montreal.

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.

Shop Montreal Fashion at Braderie de la Mode

What better time than spring to say out with the old, in with the new! And if that means a wardrobe overhaul, Montreal makes finding a fashionable new look (or 20) easy and affordable at La Grande Braderie de la Mode Québécoise – otherwise known as the Big Fashion Sale of Quebec Designers, happening April 10-13. The renowned sale, held at the massive-yet-welcoming Bonsecours Market, not only gives shoppers a crash course in Quebec-made fashion, but samples and still-in-style liquidation items go for 50 to 80 percent off. While women’s clothing – from casual to corporate to lingerie – dominates the bustling sales floor, the Braderie also boasts an array of high-quality menswear, children’s clothing, outerwear, jewellery and accessories. With over 100 designers to choose from, La Grande Braderie de la Mode feels much like an extensive boutique store, with styles to suit everyone and prices too good to pass up. Look sleek while staying comfortable in a new pair of Second Yoga Jeans – truly flexible enough to do yoga in, but without a hint of yoga-pantsness to them – or anything by Jennifer Glasgow Design (especially her dresses), Atelier b. (masters of soft cotton, seen here in top photo),… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: November 15-21

Montreal’s entertainment and arts scene this week is all about shifting from big outdoor crowds to getting cozy inside, whether that means watching new and rare films, going to the circus or the opera, shopping for winter wear, or turning the heat up at a rock show…