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Things to do in Montreal: February 26 to March 4

Yes, yes, y’all, it’s Nuit Blanche! This Saturday brings with it the best excuse to stay up all night since the last Star Trek marathon on Space TV. Grab your friends and family and hit the streets and cultural centres of the Montréal, open all night and jam-packed with special programming. All-night art The only bad thing about Nuit Blanche is figuring out how to divide your time – there’s just that much to do. The best strategy this Saturday, February 28, is to start with all your favourite places, whether that’s the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Phi Centre, the Olympic Stadium, Fonderie Darling or the Belgo Building, because you’ll get to access them for free. Plus you can be sure they’ll be pulling out all the stops for this special night with unusual and exciting programming, whether that’s live music, workshops, free performances and more. But afterwards, it’s time to discover. Nuit Blanche is really about broadening your perspectives, while having a good time, so an adventurous attitude is de mise. This year you might be tempted by the film screening night at Nouveau Palais restaurant. Or maybe you’ll want to try the all-night collage party at Monastiraki? And,… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 19 to 25

The city is alive with art this week, starting with a late-night art party that’ll put us in the mood for next week’s Nuit Blanche. There’s also a handful of new plays not to be missed, and a million hot music shows to warm your cockles. Art with heart For a full night of entertainment, look no further than the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal on Friday February 20, when the monthly Nocturne turns the museum into a party house. Starting at 5 p.m., and going all the way till 2 in the morning, get access to the three new exhibitions (Sophie Calle, Simon Starking and Allan Sekula and Noël Burch), a stream of video works in the “Projections” series and two performances (one by Sabrina Ratté and Roger Tellier-Craig, the other by Erin Gee), plus food, drinks, and electrifying music by DJs Dave Luxe, Ryan Playground, Nick Wisdom and Myfriendrick. All that for $14, or even better, for FREE if you purchase the super-cheap MACarte membership card! Meanwhile, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, don’t forget to check out the new exhibition by Benoit Aquin this weekend – the Montréal photographer was one of the very few people to have access to the site of the Lac-Mégantic… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 12 to 18

Love is in the air! There are a million ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in this joyful city, some involving the traditional red roses and gushy stuff, and some a little more unusual. Take your pick and show your favourite someone a good time – the Montréal way. Wining and dining You’ll never want for romantic spots for a tête-à-tête in food-centric Montréal, but some restaurants are pulling out all the stops during the Valentine’s Day period. This Friday, Saturday and, exceptionally, Sunday, treat your better half to one of the most memorable gastronomic experiences of their lives at Toqué! There’s a special eight-course tasting menu on offer at $135 a head. Nestled on Roy Street, on the Plateau, enjoy a sophisticated Basque feast at Pintxo, for an eight-course menu – this one to be $90 for two. On offer from February 12 to 15. XO Le Restaurant, at the opulent Hotel Le St-James, is serving an exclusive Valentine’s Day menu for $125 a head on Saturday, February 14 only. At Restaurant Tandem, in beautiful Villeray, enjoy seven courses on Valentine’s Day itself for $75. There’s nothing more Valentine’s than champagne, so head to La Champagnerie for the $50 special… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 23 to 29

It may be cold, but it’s cool, too. This week, Montréal is alive with the celebration of winter’s wonder, especially with the electrifying Igloofest outdoor dance party – but that makes the soul-warming indoor moments even more precious. Don’t miss the latest exhibitions, dance performances and live music shows. Outdoor fun Igloofest tops the charts of outdoor entertainment with its second weekend, featuring a mass of amazing DJs, including the spontaneous orchestrations of Germany’s Loco Dice and the heavy, hip-hop inflected tracks of Belgium’s Dave Luxe. Local acts include Enfants Malins, Da-P Dabeatx and Nick Wisdom, if you’re looking to move to Québec’s particular party sound. Parc Jean-Drapeau is a snowy haven of family activities during the Fête des neiges de Montréal, where the kids can skate, zip-line, slide, dog-sled and so much more. Get active alongside them and reward yourself with a feast from one of the food trucks. Or, in the Olympic Village, skate, go on sleigh rides or catch some live music all for free, as the Winter Village continues to emanate its charm. The free outdoor skating rink is one of the best maintained in the city, and what an impressive view! Cozy culture The latest, greatest show… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 16 to 22

With the crisp cold air and the bright shining sun, it’s easy to see the magical aspect of Montréal in the winter these days. It’s time to take full advantage of this world of extremes, where days of playing in the snow at Parc Jean-Drapeau or ice fishing in the Old Port give way to toasty warm evenings in a theatre or at a show bar. Winter wonderland The winter’s most amazing dance party is finally back for its 2015 edition: Igloofest lights up the nights in the Old Port for four consecutive weekends starting on January 16. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to dance the night away in -20 degree weather, now’s your chance! It’s even more fun than you can imagine. Check the site for the schedule and meeting place. If you like your outdoor time a little more mellow, head to the Old Port to try your hand at ice fishing – but make sure you reserve, it’s really popular. Or bring the whole family over to Parc-Jean Drapeau over four weekends starting on January 17, where the  Fête des Neiges de Montréal turns the park into a snowy fun fair with activities including ice sculpting, skating, dog-sledding, zip-lining, along with a disco tube… / 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: November 22-28

The city begins to sparkle with holiday spirit this week as rock, classical and electro music festivals light up the night, the Santa Claus Parade comes to town, one film festival ends and another begins, circus and dance delight all ages, and holiday fairs give us another reason to shop.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: MARCH 29-APRIL 4

The Easter long weekend sees Montreal relaxing as much as gearing up for springtime with plenty of things to keep everyone happy, whether you’re looking for delicious meals, kids’ entertainment, or the latest in arts and cultural happenings…