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Things to do in Montréal: July 15 to 21

Sunny days and almost too much fun to handle make Montréal the place to be in mid-July: comedy, circus and music festivals fill the city with out-of-this-world performances, alongside an international film festival, a games festival, a world-class fireworks competition and more entertainment for all ages. Festival laughs Star-studded comedy festival Just For Laughs starts up this week with a free outdoor street festival outside Place des Arts – don’t miss the Mado’s Got Talent drag queen show on July 19 and nightly musical Jukebox – plus new editions of The Ethnic Show hosted by Rachid Badouri at Club Soda, and The Nasty Show  at Métropolis, a seriously dirty good time hosted by Mike Ward, who also performs a free outdoor show outside Place des Arts on July 16 at 9 pm. JFL’s “underground” program OFF-JFL begins with one-woman show 24 Hours with Mary Lynn Rajskub and new stand-up from Tom Green, with more shows running throughout the fest. Meanwhile, for kids there’s the V8energy labyrinth on de Maisonneuve Boulevard, daytime shows by puppeteer Jacques Boutin, dancer-clown Fifi Bric-à-Brac and more. Add to all that Zoofest, dedicated to wild indie humour and a fab drag show or two, and Oh My Fest!, celebrating a breadth of local YouTuber talent…. / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: July 8 to 14

As always, July in Montréal means innumerable things to do: amazing shows at the Jazz Fest, Cirque Festival and in parks throughout the city; a Saturday night of fireworks; a family-friendly weekend of global culture activities and music; films new and old; and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. Jazz Fest fun The Montréal International Jazz Festival takes over the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown Montréal with hundreds of outdoor and indoor shows, numerous food and drink options, a kids’ activity zone and more to July 9 – let our Survival Guide to the Jazz Fest and our list of must-see concerts lead the way through the fest’s packed program. This weekend’s music includes the Swedish indie-pop of Peter Bjorn and John, The Wainwright Sisters, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a Women of Soul tribute concert, brilliant NYC pianist Aaron Parks and his trio, and dozens of amazing free shows. On top of all that, take a jazz-focused tour on foot or by boat during the festival, including a walking tour on the city’s history of jazz from the 1920s to present day, July 9-10 starting at noon. See even more of the city sights… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 1 to 7

April arrives in Montréal as sugar shack season begins to wind down – get your fill of maple syrup and more food before it’s over – and award-winning restaurants revamp menus while the spring cultural calendar heats up with multimedia art, dance, theatre, orchestra concerts and all kinds of live music. April flowers Step into Montréal’s Botanical Garden to see the very beginnings of spring in bud and sample maple taffy on snow during sugaring off time (only until April 3!), while indoors butterflies go free and caterpillars cocoon, and the Botanical Garden restaurant’s special Sugar Shack menu keeps everyone well fed to April 24. If you’re extending your Spring Break in Montréal, consult our Guide to Spring Break Montréal Style and Montréal nightlife guide for places to eat, drink, dance and chill out. If you’re here with family, our Spring Break for families in Montréal guide has some ideas for entertaining and even subtly educational things to do with kids. Throughout the season, find free things to do in Montréal – for families, for friends, for fun (speaking of fun, these great gifs illustrate the 10 Signs that spring has totally arrived in Montréal.) Do you love spas, fancy… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 5 to 11

We’ll be missing the fun frenzy of Igloofest after this weekend, when the 2015 edition comes to a close, that’s for sure – but lucky for us, there’s lots more Montréal madness where that came from. How about we stay in this week and soak up some cool culture? Last hurrah Don’t you go missing the last of the outdoor dance festival Igloofest now, which will go out with a bang with a wild weekend featuring international track masters Paco Osuna, Midland B2B Paul Woolford, Dubfire, Luciano, Girl Unit and Ernesto Ferreyra. Locals will be lighting up the nights too, with Jimmy Be, Robert Robert, Cri and Dead Horse Beats presiding on Friday night; Nico Sé, Eekkoo and Maybe Moby Is Playing Tonight on Saturday; and Cristobal Urbina and The One Tash signing out until next year on Sunday. For those interested in winning the Iglooswag contest, based on best costume, the theme for the last weekend is “white as snow.” So pull out your white one-piece snowsuit! Arts with heart February 5 marks the opening of two exciting exhibitions at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. British artist Simon Starling brings us 15 works under… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 9 to 15

The New Year creates a buzz in the air that’s electrifying – it’s like a new world of possibilities just opened up in front of you. Whether or not you’re into resolutions, taking in more entertainment is always a good thing. And is Montréal ever ready to oblige! This week we’ve got light shows, dance shows and rock shows to start 2015 off on the right foot. Let it snow Get a unique sense of the city in all its wintry wonder with a Fitz & Follwell outdoor adventure, like the Winter in the Park tour. Start by ice skating on Parc La Fontaine’s pretty outdoor rink, then stroll and learn about the Plateau’s rich history before stopping for a snack and a glass of wine (or hot cocoa). If you love skating, come to the Old Port of Montréal at dusk for one of the beautiful musical evenings, starting at 6 p.m., when you can skate under the twinkling lights with a view on the city on one side, and the St. Lawrence on the other. Or then again, maybe ice fishing is you’re your thing? Check out the annual Ice Fishing Village while you’re there! Luminothérapie continues at Quartier des Spectacles,… / Read More →

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: FEBRUARY 22-28

Even under a blanket of fresh snow, Montreal won’t slow down its pace, especially during this week of  entertainment and family-friendly activities indoors and out at the Montréal en Lumière festival, at the circus, at the Old Port (ice canoe races!), on stage and in museums and galleries, and in music venues everywhere…