Summertime is here.. and summer in Montreal means JAZZ!
Come on down to the jazz festival, which takes place the last week of June through the first week in July. There are dozens of free open air concerts in addition to slickly produced shows, and it all takes place right in the very heart of downtown Montreal, near Place des Arts.
This whole area of downtown Montreal comes alive with colour, vibrancy, music, dance with musicians and visitors from all over the world! There are numerous stands and kiosks where you can pick up a free program, an honorary membership card, and even a souvenir tee-shirt with the famous logo, as well as plenty of food, drink and hotels!
And there's plenty for kids to do as well!! This Jazz Festival is a great place for kids. What do they all do? Well, for starters, they have a 11,000 sq. ft. play area, with a slide like a trumpet, ladder like a guitar -- you get the idea. And don't forget the giant musical piano ivories!! Add in face-painters, mask-makers, arts and crafts table for parents and kids, roaming clowns, jugglers, and acrobats... It's a jazz festival and good time for all!!
Come on down and enjoy!!
FireWorks festival competition is organized every summer, every wednesday and saturday the st-helene island is illimunated for 30 minutes with fireworks. The best place to watch it is near Jacques cartier bridge, st-helene island or near Papineau metro station.
Every year between Feb and Avril, the Montreal Botanical Garden organize a unique exhibition of butterflies called "Butterflies Go Free " where an environment is created with a special conditions to permit to hundreds of butterflies to fly together in small place and to visitors to get a close-up look at them, which is not possible in wild.
Every year on March 20th, Montreal celebrate St-Patrick’s day with a big and long parade on St-Catherine street where the green color is the mostly present. The parade starts at noon and ends around 3.00 pm, this is to celebrate the Irish heritage but montrealers from all origins and communities come to this event to share this celebration.
Montreal is a city which takes pride in its summer festivals. I happened to be in town for the World Beer Festival: can you say "happy coincidence"? The "Mondial de la Biere" provides a space for beer brewers - both local, national and international - to share their wares with beer locals from the region, from across Canada, and from around the world. Beer: bringing people together since 3240 B.C.E.!!!
In 2008 the festival was held at the Gare Windsor, an old train station in the center of downtown Montreal. There were over 150 "vendors" each with several different products to sample. A person could - and many did - spend all day for several days in a row without tasting more than a third of the potent potables on site.
"Tasting" was through a system of "tokens." Those attending purchased a set number of tokens: ten for ten dollars, say. Each vendor set a different # of tokens required to sample a certain beer. Generally, most vendors asked for 3 tokens for a five-ounce sample. You could bring your own glass, or purchase one available on site - which I did.
Summer activities overflow in Montreal like honey from a beehive. This here is one of the most famous Montreal summer festivals: The Montreal Jazz Festival. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO fun. There are a lot of free shows from muscicians (i can't spell that word) who have travelled from ALL over the world! They come to Montreal to do live, free shows, or to do more intimate shows (and more expensive :) like Lauryn Hill, whom I went to see this summer. It was quite unique and basic and primitive, which i love. I took some pretty colourful pics see? I can't add more than one unfortunately...
The international jazz festival is one of the most important events of the summer in Montreal, during few days the city become very active, lot of people and tourists come and the ambiance is at the top, many outside free shows as well as inside shows are available, every one can find some thing to watch and like, for sure ;)
Nuit Blanche is a city-wide artistic event that happens in late February. Many venues all over town host art exhibitions, classes, workshops, concerts, presentations, etc. There's something for everyone whether you're into theatre, music, photography, art exhibitions, film, dance, music, comedy, etc. Most events are either free or have a cheap admission price.
The metro is open all night and there are special shuttle services in high-traffic areas to bring people to/from event venues. Many events can become very crowded, especially downtown.