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Annual Events in Montreal
L'Off Festival de Jazz (October) - over nine days, the L'Off Festival de Jazz presents approximately 200 performers in a passionate and creative program of concerts.
Montreal High Lights Festival (December) - billing itself as three festivals in one, the Montreal High Lights Festival is a 10-day event that attracts visitors from near and far. The event consists of the Hydro Quebec Celebration of Light which includes a range of evening activities such as the Montreal All-Nighter, the Wine & Dine Experience where 50 of the city's best chefs prepare gastronomic delights for patrons and the Sun Life Financial Performing Arts event which features a variety of dance, theatre and musical performances.
Fête de Neiges (January-February) this annual festival of snow is held at Parc Jean-Drapeau. There are snow games, sculpture contests, skating, a tube slide and many other snow-oriented activities.
FIMA - Festival International Montreal en Arts - More than 250 artists take part in this highly anticipated annual celebration of creativity. Showcasing both professional and emerging artists, the festival takes place along BoulevArt (Ste. Catherine Street, between St. Hubert and Papineau).
Les FrancoFolies de Montreal This celebration of French language, music and song is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Visitors have the opportunity to see performances by established artists as well as up-and-comers from various French-speaking countries around the world. More than 50 indoor shows take place during the event and each evening a number of free outdoor shows ensure the streets of downtown Montreal are filled with music as varied as world beat, rock, hip hop and electronic.
Gran Prix Montreal (June) - tens of thousands of pilgrims have flocked to the island to watch the gods of motor racing. First there was Gilles Villeneuve. Then came Jones, Piquet, Mansell, Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Hill, Alonso, Hamilton and others, who all came to triumph and keep building on the legend of this always-thrilling Grand Prix.
Montreal International Jazz Festival - Certainly at the top in world Jazz Festivals, this annual event brings the sounds of jazz to the streets of Montreal every summer. The festival brings in some of the world's greatest jazz performers as well as other renowned artists, and draws crowds of up to 2,000,000.
MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE (July) - everyone is invited to taste from a wide-ranging menu featuring every imaginable variation on a single ingredient: the circus! Daring prowess and sheer folly is the main seasonings in the melting-pot of genres offered by the Festival.
Montreal International Dragon Boat Race Festival - Attracting over 50,000 spectators and over 200 race teams from all across North America, this annual event features vibrant dragon boat races, a vendors village, children's activities and International food kiosks. Races and events occur at the Olympic Basin in Parc Jean-Drapeau.
Just For Laughs Festival Montreal - Street and stage comedy performances and galas in both English and French are featured at this long-standing festival, which showcases emerging and established performers from regional and international locales.
Montreal Pride Celebrations - Occurring in August, this vibrant festival celebrates gay, lesbian and transgender culture through theater, art exhibitions, live concerts, variety shows, club events and a grand parade. Festivities occur at a variety of venues around the village and the city at large.
New York Times Article: Old Montreal, Newly Hip
Written by: Michael Kaminer
For decades, period architecture and pristine cobblestone streets have kept Old Montreal well trodden by tourists. But this gracious waterfront area, dating back centuries, is regaining cachet with locals, and high-end retail has followed. A western stretch of narrow Rue St. Paul, where souvenir shops once hawked Québécois kitsch, has become an unlikely hub for high fashion. Huge picture windows in restored stone buildings now showcase of-the-moment looks to rival the hippest that New York or Paris have to offer — all with an insouciant Montreal twist.
New York Times Article: 36 Hours in Montreal:
Written by: SETH SHERWOOD
CANADA’S second-largest city may be the second-largest French-speaking metropolis on the planet (after Paris), but the attention lavished on its Frenchness — Bistros! Baguettes! People saying “Bonjour”! — tends to nudge aside the many other ethnic communities within Montreal’s remarkably diverse urban sprawl. Italians, Portuguese and Lebanese have a very visible presence, and the city hosts annual festivals dedicated to everything from Asian-American films to Caribbean food. Throw in a pulsing alternative community and creative scene (this is a place that engendered talents as diverse as Saul Bellow, Arcade Fire and the irrepressible William Shatner), and a whole new Montreal opens up. Whether your passion is Syrian cuisine, contemporary art or vintage shopping, Montreal is serving it up with aplomb. C’est vrai.
Official Tourism Site of Montreal: Things to See & Do
Double Decker City:
Nestled between mountain and river, Montréal's compact downtown core vibrates to a world beat. This is where Montrealers live, work and play—there's no 6 p.m. exodus to suburbs unknown.
Then there's downtown's famous alter ego: the underground pedestrian network. Directly under the heart of the city lie 32 kilometres (20 miles) of brightly lit, scrupulously clean passageways, linking thousands of boutiques, major hotels, restaurants, universities, dozens of office buildings and attractions. This is definitely the Montréal of Montrealers.
Here’s a perfect way to experience Montréal’s culinary diversity. Start with a sampling of exciting new trends and tasty traditions in Old Montréal before trying an exotic treat on the bustling streets of Chinatown. From there, you’ll discover the smorgasbord of shops and eateries along lively Saint- Laurent Boulevard and enjoy a few local favourites like poutine, bagels and smoked meat. Later, you’re off to the open-air Jean-Talon Market, the biggest of its kind in North America, to savour the incredible cornucopia of fruits and vegetables grown by Québec producers. Your return trip takes you to the upscale Saint-Denis Street for a glimpse of some of the hottest dining spots in town.
Winter... à la Montréal:
Don't miss the unbridled enchantment of Christmas time in Montréal. Relive the magic and excitement of the holiday season as you make your way through the city's vibrant and snow-covered streets.
A short excursion north of Montréal takes you to one of the greatest ski spots around. Mont Tremblant caters to beginners and experts alike, with more than 90 runs, and excellent snow conditions.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts:
CANADIAN ART: The Museum has an exceptional collection of Canadian art.The visitor can trace the course of Canadian history from the struggling colony of 17th-century France to the present day through decorative art, painting and sculpture.
ANCIENT CULTURES: The Museum's collection of antiquities consists of terra cotta figures, relief fragments (including an Assyrian eagle-headed genie from 877 B.C.), sculptures, bronzes, earthenware vases and pottery, as well as a small but significant collection of Coptic textiles.
EUROPEAN ART: The Museum has a rich collection of paintings by European masters, as well as sculptures and objects from the Middle Ages to the present day, from 14th-century religious scenes to grisaille paintings by Mantegna.
The Montreal Planetarium:
What is a Planetarium?
The main feature at any planetarium are the astronomical shows presented in the "Star-theatre," so special attention has to be paid to the theatre’s design. At the Montréal Planetarium, our Star-Theatre seats 385 people in a series of concentric circles. Above the theatre there sits a hemispherical dome, 20 metres in diameter. In all, 1309 thin aluminum plaques, each containing 2500 tiny perforations, cover the inside of the dome’s tubular support structure. The perforations reduce weight and undesirable echos, by allowing sound to pass right through the dome. This means loudspeakers and even lighting effects can be placed behind the dome out of public view.