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JACKALOPE, Montréal’s action sports fest, jacks up the fun for its 5th anniversary

Montréal’s love of urban action sports comes to the fore when JACKALOPE by Lait au chocolat rolls out at the Esplanade of the Olympic Stadium from August 19 to 21. Adrenaline junkies from across the extreme sports spectrum can come and watch as competitors kill it on skateboards, slacklines, fixed gear bikes, motocross, climbing and a base jump off the Olympic Tower this year. You heard that right. Base jumping off the Big O. Êtes-vous prêt pour ?! Are you ready for ?! #jackalopefest #jackalope #festival #basejump #teaser #mtlmoments #jumper #jumpoff #montreal #mtl #events #olympicstadium Une vidéo publiée par JACKALOPE (@jackalopefest) le 2 Août 2016 à 10h51 PDT JUMP OFF at the Olympic Tower For this edition of JACKALOPE, you can watch in awe and be a part of history as Montréal hosts Canada’s first official base jump competition at the Olympic Tower. Standing at 165 metres (541 feet), this 45-degree architectural wonder and world’s tallest inclined tower offers an exhilarating locale from which to leap. The competition will feature 10 competitors, including one wheelchair athlete, who will jump off, free fall for 60 feet then parachute glide for another 490 to try to nail targets on the… / Read More →

Your 2016 Osheaga survival guide

No one goes to the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival to get away from it all. They go to have it all: the spectacular sights, the tantalizing wealth of tastes and smells (most of them anyway), the feel of summer on your skin. And, of course, the many, many amazing musical sounds. It’s an immersive sensory bath that is designed to overwhelm, albeit in a good way. Consider the following tips and helpful hints your guide to maximizing your time at Canada’s most unique outdoor concert event. Event The 11th edition of Osheaga, July 29 to 31. Doors open at 11 am and performances begin at 1 pm. Performances end at 11 pm. What you’re getting into A bucolic music and arts festival in beautiful Parc Jean-Drapeau, across the St. Lawrence from downtown Montréal, Osheaga unites some of the world’s best acts at an open-air site. From July 29 to 31, get ready to party to live performances by Brit-rock royalty Radiohead, hip-hop pioneers Cypress Hill, hometown indie-rock phenomenon Half Moon Run, the inexplicably popular Lumineers, funk-rock icons Red Hot Chili Peppers, original indie hipsters Death Cab For Cutie, the very deservedly much-loved Lana Del Ray – and sooo muuuuch… / Read More →


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 →

Summer in the Gay Village: Patios to discover

Montreal is famed for its hundreds of summertime patios where locals and visitors alike while away leisurely hours sipping hot cappuccinos or cold cocktails while people-watching. One of the city’s finest strips is the lively one-kilometre pedestrian mall on Sainte-Catherine Street in the Gay Village, stretching east from Place Émilie-Gamelin near Berri metro station to Papineau Street. Here, the city’s iconic “Boules Rose” cover the entire pedestrian mall, including the patios outside the many bars, cafés and restaurants. Here are some great patios to discover in the Gay Village: After its spectacular 2015 debut, Les Jardins Gamelin returns to Place Émilie-Gamelin at the western end of the Village, from May 12 to October 2. Les Jardins Gamelin features a hosting bar and restaurant services with a large patio from Thursdays through Sundays, and is covered by a spectacular suspended sculpture that forms a luminous canopy. In 2016, Les Jardins Gamelin again hosts a variety of cultural programming, including renowned DJs.  The site is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission and free Wi-Fi. The terrace at Cabaret Mado is one of the busiest bars in the Village and a great place to spot celebrities and drag queens. Named for Montréal… / Read More →

It’s terrasse season in Montréal

In Montréal, we do things – and say things – differently. Which is why a corner store is called a dep (from the French “dépanneur”), the subway is referred to as the métro, and outdoor patios are known as terrasses. For that added “je ne sais quoi” to your Montréal “joie de vivre,” here’s your guide to 10 amazing places for outdoor summer sippin’. Terrasse Nelligan: Seeing that Hôtel Nelligan is basically flawless, it makes sense that this Old Montréal boutique hotel’s rooftop terrasse is of equal quality, and comfy and casual too. Imagine unimpeded views of both Old Montréal and the Old Port, as well as the savoury scent of freshly cooked fish and meats on the venue’s outdoor grill. Auberge du Vieux-Port: Any discussion of picture-perfect Old Montréal terrasses would be remiss if it didn’t include the equally awesome Terrasse sur L’Auberge (atop Auberge du Vieux-Port), with its similarly inspired views of the St. Lawrence River and Old Montréal. This rooftop lays claim to being the best place to watch the annual fireworks competition. Irish Embassy Pub & Grill Faith and Begorrah! This traditional Irish pub is a hit with both visitors and happy gaggles of regulars alike…. / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: August 22-28

The final days of August show no signs of summer activities slowing down in Montreal: from food festivals and fresh market fare to film festivals and live rock and electro shows, the city keeps on shining under the sun…

Things to Do in Montreal: August 15-21

Music makes the city move this week – choose from reggae and electro festivals, classical and rock concerts, and tunes that go hand-in-hand with Montreal Pride, catwalk fashion shows, family-friendly carnivals, and delicious locally-made food.

Your September 2014 To Dos

School is back and so is the frenetic fall schedule in this city bursting with arts and culture. So crack open your fresh notebooks, and note down these things to do!

Feel the (One) Love at Montreal Reggae Fest 2014

Montreal makes its own chilled-out island vibe in August at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, adding the best in new and traditional reggae music to late-summer’s hot, sunny days.

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.