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    Elektra, A Digital Arts Festival

    by Gwenvar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Elecktra is a Digital Arts Festival,
    where events and performances are presented, often interactive ones to a public from all walks of life, who are curious enough to see what others' dreams are made of. For the imagination is constantly appealed to.
    Made in collaboration with many Organizations and Companies who are knowned for their avant-garde visions on Electronic Arts, they showcase, to paraphrase them, "artists and works that combine innovative electronic music and creative imagery derived from new technologies (animation, installations and robotics). It is a nexus where the latest in digital technology meets diverse mediums, such as music, video, cinema, design, gaming and sound/interactive installations...While the event attracts avant-garde artists from around the world, it also shines the spotlight on home-grown talent, positioning Montreal as one of the North American hub for the electronic arts. "
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    You can find some interesting images, on their web site.

    Click here for access to their BLOG

    The seventh edition of the Elektra Festival, will be from the 9th through 14th of May 2006.

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    Halloween at La Grande Mascarade

    by Gwenvar Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are coming during halloween season, you won't be out of things to do.
    There are things to do for all ages . Amongst them is the festival in Old Montreal called "La Grande Mascarade". It lasts for about 4 days. They have free oustide activities; not expensive theatrical type activities, costume parties with DJs for the older children, etc, etc...
    Go to their web site, it will be better for explanations, than I would.

    All I can say, is that it's great fun!!!

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    Immersing in Montreal's History

    by tpal Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This dramatically contemporary building stands in stark contrast to its purpose within. This is the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, also known as Pointe-à-Callière.

    I have to admit that I often pass on museums when I travel. They often take too long to see properly and I feel like they remove me from the place I am visiting. This, however, is a little different.

    There is, of course, a broad array of beautifully crafted displays for artifacts but the best part was the "Where Montréal Was Born" exhibit. This is actually an excavation of the birthplace of Montreal, including the foundations of original buildings, its first public square, the first Catholic cemetary and best of all the canalized river that became a collector sewer. And better yet, you see this by descending far below the present day streets where daylight hasn't been seen in hundreds of years.

    Pointe-��-Calli��re Museum of Archaeology Subterrainian Exhibits Montreal Sewer Tour
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    A Mountain in the City!

    by wahine76 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There's a mountain right in the middle of the city and it is called Mont-Royal...which is where Montreal (Mont-Real) is taking its name from! Paul Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve, first erected a wooden cross on the mountain in 1643.

    Mount-Royal is also a huge park where locals like to go for walks, runs, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, picnics or walk their dog...Locals and tourists also go there to have a breath-taking view of the city and its surroundings. The best spot is at the Belvedere. The park was actually designed by FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED, the famous landscape architect who also designed New York City's Central Park. The Mount-Royal Park was officially inaugurated in 1876.

    A view of downtown from Mont-Royal

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    Opened year long... the public markets

    by vibi68 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    North Americans do not shop for food as often as Europeans for the good reason that we are used to store lots through hard and cold Winter times, come Spring it is never a habit that dwellers take up, for summer being so short the custom doesn't have enough time to sink in. Nevertheless, we do appreciate fresh products and are very lucky that our markets stay open all year round. Of course, the outside part disappears when frost knocks at our doors, but in the inside part always offers all we need. Montreal counts four large public markets: Jean-Talon, Maisonneuve, Atwater and Lachine; they are open all week long, usually from 8h00 to 6h00, and later on Thursday and Friday evenings. A few other smaller markets exist such as the Mount-Royal metro station market, the Rosemont Christmas tree market in the winter. For the interested, our typical produce count blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, maple sirup, corn on the cob (See local custom), rhubarb, deer meat, ostrich meat, game and many more others.

    Jean-Talon market
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    The 12 days of Montreal's International Jazz Fest

    by vibi68 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This year, 2005's Montreal International Jazz Festival will be held from June 30th to July 10th, as it usually always falls on or around the first week of July in its habitual location of the Place-des-Arts metro station vicinity. Many stages such as the Loto-Quebec stage, Stella-Artois stage, GM stage await your venue to offer you an amazing brochette of Jazz, Rythm & Blues and World music shows, all for free. Day, Evening and night people will be enjoying some of the greatest names in the musical industry; one can also enjoy interior shows for which you need to buy tickets, for example Pat Metheny's, Khaled's, Michael Bublé's, The Neville Brothers', Gregory Charles' and many others. There are no age restriction to attend outside shows, even children have a special designated musical area close to the Place-des-Arts complex Esplanade area. Expect a lot of people at all times of day and rest assured that shows are never cancelled due to bad weather, only sometimes delayed but always continued as the weather permits. Part of Ste-Catherine St. is closed throughout the event as one will find vendors of all kinds: food, drinks and Jazz Fest souvenirs to bring back home.

    Jazz Fest at Places-des-Arts' Esplanade
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    A breathtaking outdoors show... Fantastic Legends

    by vibi68 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the "Village Québécois d'Antan", situated at 1425, Montplaisir St. in Drummondville, you will find an extraordinary outdoor show called "Légendes Fantastiques". Over 225 artists, acrobats, singers, comedians, dancers, musicians and jugglers form an amazing troup that will light up your dreams on a gigantic exterior stage in the middle of a centenial forest and lake. Surrounded by bigger than life movie decors, spectacular pyrotechnics, special effects and a giant water screen, all will transform into a village, a battlefield, an island and a forest... permitting you to witness great legends. From June 28th to August 20th, Tuesday to Saturday always in the dark of the night; exit 177 from highway 20, one hour from Montreal and a little more from Quebec to enjoy a fabulous magical and musical outdoor show. In French only... yet as visualy and musicaly captivating for English speaking people. Prices are around $38.50 for adults and $19.25 for children under 12... and well worth it! Diner packages and other special forfaits available.

    Fantastic Legends
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    St. Joseph's Basilica

    by kala6487 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This massive church sitting atop Mont Royal is probably one of the most visited places in the city. It sits high on a hill with many stairs leading up. Local custom says that if you want something badly enough, you can kneel on each step and pray until you get to the top. Definitely not for the faint at heart.

    I did not go inside, it was merely a photo stop for us. However, drive by at night - it is an amazing sight.

    St. Joseph's Basilica

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    Laser Quest!

    by Lisser Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is a maze, fog, darkness, dim neon lighting, ramps, catwalks, music and Twilight Zone sound effects for an experience that is escapism at its best. Many different games are available.
    This was unbelievably fun!! Each game lasts about 30 mins, after which time they call you out of the maze and you must holster your laser gun and hang up your glowing, target shooting vests :) A very good time!

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    Things to do in Montreal Dec/Jan

    by lugubres Updated Dec 21, 2010

    To answer question 3, you could visit the Old Port, there are different activities (see web site http://www.quaysoftheoldport.com/home.html). There is the Montreal Science Centre as well.

    TOHU the circus complexe http://www.tohu.ca/en/ There are always shows there.

    Bell Centre for any hockey games or shows http://www.centrebell.ca/

    In terms of sites, there's the Mount Royal Park http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=175,4878067&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
    http://www.lemontroyal.qc.ca/en/learn-about-mount-royal/homepage.sn

    Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame) in Old Montreal.
    http://www.basiliquenddm.org/

    Oratoire St-Joseph http://www.saint-joseph.org/en_1001_index.php

    I think Cirque du Soleil's Quidam is playing in Montreal. http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/home.aspx#/en/home/americas/canada.aspx

    If you want a French feel, then Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) is good for drinks. One bar on St-Denis is Ile Noire, specialty is whisky but there are drinks. http://www.ilenoire.com/index.html; English info can be found at http://www.montrealinfo.com/Ile-Noire/en

    Montreal is also known for microbreweries. Since you have a car, you can drive to the areas outside the downtown core. For example: Dieu du Ciel - 29 Laurier W., Montreal (http://www.dieuduciel.com/) There are others of course.

    St-Denis street above Sherbrooke Street have many boutiques and restaurants that might interest you.http://www.la-rue-st-denis.com/

    Then there's Laurier Street as well.

    Crescent street is another club/drinks spot. http://www.crescentmontreal.com/english_main.htm

    Due to the holidays, my brain seems to lean towards food and drinks. That's all I can think of for now.

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    Farmer's Market of Montreal!

    by Marisola Updated Jun 9, 2010

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    The Jean-Talon market is one of the most beautiful and colorful markets I've ever been to! They have around 300 vendors, so there is a lot to see! Take a walk around and browse all of the stands of fresh fruits, flowers, vegetables, meats, fish, cheeses and coffee. Open daily at 8am at any time of year! >>See my Travelogue for more photos!

    Marie aux Legumes! Marie au Marche!
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    Canadian Centre of Architecture

    by brazwhazz Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    Even if you don't like architecture, I strongly encourage you to at least pass in front of the impressive Victorian mansion that houses the Canadian Centre of Architecture.

    It is hard to imagine that the Shaughnessy House (the part of the CCA shown in the photo) is the last of what was once a row of beautiful Victorian homes. It is even harder to believe they were torn down for the sole purpose of enlarging René-Lévesque Boulevard.

    If you want to visit, please note the CCA is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. It is open from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Regular admission is $10, but entry is free on Thursdays after 5:30 p.m.

    Across René-Lévesque Boulevard there is a sculpture garden which is also part of the CCA. Notice how the "unfinished" foundation mirrors that of the Shaughnessy House.

    Winter shot of the Shaughnessy House
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    Montreal Science Centre

    by brazwhazz Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    The Montreal Science Centre presents many exhibitions, most of them geared toward families and/or kids, about all things scientific. It also contains an IMAX theatre that shows 3D movies, but entry to the theatre is not included in the Exploration package (i.e. the ticket that grants you access to the exhibition halls).

    This is not a "must-see" in Montreal, but many tourists cannot resist the urge to have their photo taken with the giant red molecule in front of the Centre. So if you are ever walking in the Old Port area and stumble across this weird sculpture, you will know why it is there!

    People hogging the molecule
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    Montreal Museums Day

    by brazwhazz Updated Mar 29, 2010

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    If you are in Montreal in May, look up the "Journee des musees montrealais" (Montreal Museums Day), which usually takes place on the last Sunday of the month. On this day, entrance to some 30 city museums, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the McCord Musem and the Biodome is free!

    There are even a free bus shuttles between museums. However, if you decide to use this service instead of travelling on your own, keep in mind there are 4-5 different bus routes (each identified by a different colour) and that they do not go to the same museums.

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    St. Catherine's Street

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Like every city there are certain main streets and places to be. I am sure Montreal has many others but for me St. Catherine street was one of the most happening places in the city.

    There was a lot of shopping, a lot of great places to eat and a lot of entertainment.

    The street is long but take your time and explore around. If you are staying downtown most everything you are going to want will be on this street!

    Enjoy Montreal!

    St. Catherine's Street

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