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Things to do in Montréal: August 26 to September 1

The end of August doesn’t mean the end of summer in Montréal: warm weather keeps  restaurant terrasses open late and turns parks and city streets into entertainment venues. Also keeping things hot this week: a beer tasting event, new films and art, and live music. Late-summer days The Mont-Royal Avenue Street Sale closes the avenue to traffic Aug. 25-28, featuring plenty of shopping along with open-air restaurants and bars, entertainment – including music on Friday evening from Socalled in front of Mont-Royal metro, live painting, DJs and more – games and activities for kids – from face painting and rock climbing to an electric train and mini golf – at the corners of Mont-Royal and Cartier and Mont-Royal and Des Érables. Walk among farmers, craftspeople and entertainers straight out of 1750 at Pointe-à-Callière’s 18th-Century Public Market in Old Montréal, Aug. 27-28, featuring food, drink, music, storytelling and performances in the spirit of New France. Swing to the sound of musical art installation 21 Swings outside Place des Arts, or take an easy cruise along the Saint-Lawrence River on a laid-back brunch, afternoon or gourmet dinner cruise with Croisières AML. The SOS Labyrinthe and sailing-ship-themed ropes course Voiles en Voiles keep everyone on their toes in the Old Port of Montréal. Test your chess skills on the… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: July 22 to 28

Montréal turns the fun dial all the way up this week for comedy fest Just For Laughs, games fest Mondial des Jeux, two nights of fireworks, numerous outdoor activities and sports in the sun, new films and live music – we’ve even got Pokémon GO covered! Mike Ward, scène @videotron 🎉 // 16 juillet Une photo publiée par Juste pour rire (@juste_pour_rire) le 17 Juil. 2016 à 14h02 PDT Comedy gold Laugh out loud for days during comedy festival Just For Laughs, bringing headliners Nathan Lane, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Goldblum, Aziz Ansari, Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Russell Peters, Hannibal Buress and more comedy stars to Montréal until August 1. JFL’s free street festival outside Place des Arts entertains day and night – don’t miss the Twins Parade on July 23 and the Vintage Car exhibition on July 24, kid-focused V8energy labyrinth, puppeteer Jacques Boutin and dancer-clown Fifi Bric-à-Brac, nightly musical Jukebox and an array of food trucks. See new editions of The Ethnic Show hosted by Rachid Badouri and The Nasty Show, a seriously dirty good time hosted by Mike Ward. JFL’s “underground” program OFF-JFL features Janeane Garofalo, Tom Green, Scott Thompson, The Lucas Bros and more. Add to all that Zoofest, dedicated to wild indie humour and a… / Read More →

Your ultimate guide to Montréal’s marvelous patios

Call off the search! Summer in Montréal is sweet but short, and we wouldn’t want you wasting your time trying to track down outdoor patios for dining or drinking. Here are our picks on places up high, mid-level or on the street to enjoy bites and beverages al fresco. Rooftop roosts Au Sommet Place Ville Marie – With a June 23 opening date, you’ll soon be able to drink in the sights of downtown from 44 floors up as you leisurely sip cocktails. SAT – Foodlab – Be elevated by electronic and other sounds at this cutting-edge perch in Montréal’s former Red Light district. Renaissance Hôtel – With a plunge pool just beside, this brand-new downtown retreat lets you beat the urban heat while sipping cocktails. Auberge du Vieux-Port /Terrasse sur l’Auberge – The secret’s out: the soaring views from this Old World setting are simply amazing. Terrasse Nelligan – This Old Montréal top floor terrasse is such a stunner that you need to get here early to enjoy the spoils. Terrasse Place d’Armes – AA go-to for the glitterati, this wrap-around terrasse boasts a fold-down roof and gorgeous views of the old city. Hilton Bonaventure – A lush and… / Read More →

Frank & Oak: a Montréal success story

As founders of one of Montréal’s most successful independent fashion brands, Frank & Oak, Ethan Song and Hicham Ratnani clearly have the Midas touch. We sat down with them on the cusp of their appearance at the commerce and creativity convention, C2 Montréal, where they’ll be speaking about community, alternative business practices and the secrets to their success. How long have you been Montrealers? Ratnani: I was born here. Song: I was born in China, and came here when I was 6 ½. I lived for a while in Vancouver, but I was missing Montreal, so I decided to come back. That’s when we decided to start our business here. What is the unique factor in Frank & Oak’s business philosophy that helped your brand soar so successfully? Song: When we first started we saw two things: guys who wanted more out of life, who wanted to create their own identity, and there wasn’t a brand out there for them; and we combined that with the world stage that the internet gave us. So e-commerce and those men are what made Frank & Oak Frank & Oak. How important is a sense of community to the brand? Song: The whole… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: August 8-14

A slower summer vibe pervades the city in August, yet there’s still so much to do, from hard-rock and blues music festivals to world-class sports competitions to sampling the best in Montreal-made gourmet food.

Things to Do in Montreal: August 1-7

August happily arrives in Montreal to the tune of Osheaga’s three-day outdoor music festival alongside even more festivals filling the city with music, film, good food, and a fair amount of dancing in the streets…

MEG Music Fest Taps into the Montreal Groove

Montreal’s MEG festival is meant for making new musical discoveries: hear local and international indie-rock, hip hop and electronic music at some of the city’s best-loved venues this July 24 to August 2…

The Fantasia Film Fest Ventures Far & Wide

Few film festivals do what the Fantasia International Film Festival manages to do: bringing hundreds of hard-to-find international and local oddities to the big screen, all in one place, all in the span of three weeks…

Come play at the Mondial des Jeux 2014

Flex your thumbs, sharpen your senses, hype up your competitive side and put your game face on because it’s Mondial des Jeux Loto-Québec at Place des Festival from July 12 to July 26, 2014. Mondial des Jeux is a new festival that offers an massive array of games for anyone who likes to play…

Things to do in Montreal: July 11-17

As mid-July arrives in Montreal, the city streets fill with music, comedy, circus performances and outdoor markets alongside many ways to relax right downtown, in the parks and at the beach…