5 Must-Do Activities this March in Montreal

Spring is in the air!

With the month of March quickly approaching, we’re starting to get over the winter blues and ready to begin

 

Check out to Bal en Blanc

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Ready to ring in the spring with an awesome party? Then grab your favorite white festival attire and head to New City Gas’ Bal en Blanc this March.

 

Try a Sugar Shack

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In true Canadian-fashion, check out one of the many sugar shacks surrounding the city. What better way to enjoy the mild end-of-winter weather than with a tasty treat?

 

Spring Skiing

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Get some friends together and head out to Mont Tremblant for a spring skiing trip. With the snow quickly melting, this will be your last chance to hit the slopes until next winter.

 

Enjoy the St. Patricks Day Parade

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Montreal’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is lit! On Saturday March 17th, Saint Catherine street will turn into a celebration of all things Irish. Between the bagpipes and the floats, this is the perfect daytime event to get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!

 

Take a Road Trip

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Now that the icy roads have finally melted seize this opportunity to take a road trip to one of Canada’s great cities. Looking for something close? Check out the nation’s capital city, Ottawa,  and all the fun that comes with it. If you’re ready for a longer drive, Toronto is calling your name!

 

What will you be doing during the month of March in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

5 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Montreal

Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner (literally, it’s tomorrow)! Did it sneak up on you? Don’t worry, if you haven’t quite gotten around to planning something mind-blowing for your special someone, it’s not too late – check out our list of 5 exciting things to do in Montreal this Valentine’s Day.

Carriage Ride

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Take your date on a romantic excursion in Old Montreal! The city has horse-drawn carriage rides every 60 minutes that take you on a scenic tour of Old Port for two!

 

Doggy/Cat Cafe

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Dating an animal lover? Take your s/o to either Le Doggy Cafe or the Cat Cafe based on their animal preferences (of course).

 

Le Blossom

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Not only will your s/o absolutely love the ambiance and giant pink blossom tree inside the restaurant setting the perfect scene for romance, but Le Blossom’s sushi and sake are absolute to die for!

 

Bota Bota

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If you really want to spice it up and surprise your s/o, try booking a romantic spa day or evening for two at Bota Bota. From the view to the service, the Old Port staple will surely blow you and your date away!

 

Keməstrē Bar Gourmet

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Feel like indulging in some drinks and delicious food? Keməstrē is your place to be! Try their excellent mixology drinks created by luxury vodka brand Grey Goose and the delectable bites from a menu curated by one of North America’s top Chef; Joe Mercuri. Oh, not to mention it’s right next door!

 

What will you and your Valentine do on this special day in Montreal? Share your experience with us in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

We’ve Just Made Your Weekend Plans!

It’s time for an unforgettable experience.

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As Thursday rolls around, you’re likely starting to think about the weekend. Do you have plans already? Well, cancel them. – because this weekend is the last weekend of Montreal’s famous winter music festival Igloofest. Attracting some of the world’s best DJs and music producers, Igloofest is a highlight of any young Montrealers winter. Check out our schedule below to find out when (and why) you need to be at this festival this weekend in Montreal!

Thursday

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The fun starts tonight! Kannibalen Records – the label behind Snails, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Apashe, and many more, shows the city what home-made talent really is with some of their biggest names performing this evening. From DJ ESCO and Vnce Carter Dabin on one stage to Apashe and Black Tiger Sex Machine, tonight will surely set the tone for Igloofest’s final weekend. Get tickets here.

Friday

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Day 2 of Igloofest’s final weekend promises to be just as entertaining, especially for those like deeper styles of electronic music. Tone Depth, Sasha & John Digweed, and Pulses, promise to deliver the ambiance and funk (and vibe) you’re looking for on a Friday night. Don’t forget to check out the awesome winter ice slides! Get tickets here. 

Saturday

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What better way to end the day after the St Cathy’s Olympics games by heading to Old Port for an unmatched dance music show. Finish up your weekend and Igloofest at the festival’s final event. Sure to have many surprises in store, Igloofest’s closing night will feature shows from 14 artists, including renowned producers Worakls and Mike Laz. This will surely be an unforgettable show – and definitely something you won’t want to wait another year to experience. Don’t miss out; get your tickets here.

Are you ready for the best winter weekend of the year? Share your Igloofest experience with us by tagging @stcathys on social media. We can’t wait to see how you braved a Montreal winter for the love of music!

15 Ways to Spend a Cold Day in Montreal

Ah, Canadian Winters.

As we ring in mid-January in Montreal, it’s no surprise that there’s been some seriously frigid weather and large snowfalls. As we know all too well, it won’t stop here – the coldest days are upon us with some that have yet to come. With such weather, signature Montreal activities often become limited. Instead, next time you’re ~basically too cold to move~,  try one of these 15 fun things to do in city’s cold, cold weather.

Dance it off at Montreal’s premier winter festival; Igloofest.

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Warm your insides with a hot coffee from downtown’s newest cafe, Cafe Jouney.

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Sweat it out at one of Montreal’s premier spas … but be sure to stay in the warm baths!

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Go shopping for an absurdly over-sized blanket scarf, and then wear it.

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Stage a Staycation at a Montreal hotel or Air BnB.

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Whip out your warm socks and hot cocoa, and binge-watch your favorite Netflix show.

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Don’t be constrained just because it’s too cold (and snowy) to enjoy a real picnic, create yourself an indoor picnic!

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Get liquid warmth at Montreal’s newest mixology bistro Kemestre Gourmet Bar.

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Hangout in tropic-assimilated weather at Montreal’s Biodome.

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Take a cute photo in your favorite winter wear.

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Grab your favorite friends/family and make a board game day/night!

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Brace the cold and going skiing at Parc Mont Royale.

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Culture always beats cold! Spend the day at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Grab your bestie and try making one of these awesome (and healthy-ish) recipes.

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When all else fails, curl up with some tea and one of these great books.

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We’re ready to brace the cold! How will you beat the cold this winter in Montreal? Share your experience and photos with us on Instagram.

5 Things to Do This Holiday Season in Montreal

‘Tis the Season

The holiday spirit is officially in the air in Montreal! With the end of finals nearing, free time will soon become abundant. With that in mind, there are a few signature activities that absolutely must be packed into your time off this year, ensuring you get to experience the best of Montreal holiday affairs. Below, we recount our favorite winter-based activities that are this season’s Montreal must-sees.

Atwater Market

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Atwater Market, a Montreal staple, is being transformed into the official Montreal Christmas village complete with holiday goods for purchase, free activities for adults and kids alike, a fire for roasting marshmallows, and charming chalet-style kiosks. This is one market you won’t want to miss!

Verdun Holiday Lights

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Check out the way in which the town of Verdun has lit up the popular Wellington Street for on any gorgeous winter evening outing. This site is truly magical, but remember to dress warmly as this is an outdoor

Skating in Old Port

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Old Montreal is just as charming in the winter as it is in the summer! Embody your winter holiday spirit by skating with your bestie and/or loved ones of any ages on the beautiful Old Port skating rink. Once again, be sure to bundle up for warmth throughout this activity (and take a #instapic of the gorgeous ferris wheel).

Montreal’s Christmas Tree

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Check out the city’s official Christmas tree to get yourself and friends in the holiday spirit. This tree, although on the tall and skinny side of things, is a balsam fir – a tree that originated in Quebec. How special!

See the Nutcracker

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Feeling like something more original? Check out the Nutcracker at Place des Arts. This is sure to be an enjoyable evening full of culture and class!

What are you waiting for! Finals are over and it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! Share your experience with us via Instagram.

 

5 Ways to get A’s this Semester

Back to the grind…

Guys, we have some bad news … as you’ve probably noticed, school is about to start back up once again. Instead of crying over the end of everyone’s favorite season and the omnipresent workload, we’ve decided to go into it with a positive frame of mind this year. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of 5 tactics to ensure you get the best grades yet in all of your classes this semester.

 

Stay Organized

Whether your organizational weapon of choice is a giant calendar, iPhone, or agenda, staying organized is crucial for a successful semester. Not only will you be able to track important dates and schedule studying time, but with a standardized scheduling system, you will have peace of mind due to a direct overview of all of your tasks, commitments, and due dates.

 

Find your Workflow

One of the hardest parts of getting your semester in order is finding your workflow. From in-lecture reviews, reading, writing assignments, and studying for tests/quizzes/exams, it’s no secret that students are bombarded with work. However, figuring out which ways you work best make tackling this workload a breeze. Map out your workflow, and stick with it! Need some extra guidance? Try using Trello.

 

Schedule Studying Time

This goes without saying, the more you study, the better you will do on exams and tests. Even if it’s once a week to review the notes you’ve taken and concepts you’ve covered in your lecture, scheduling study time is an inherently critical activity when aiming for high grades. You’ll be thanking yourself when you no longer feel the need to stay up all night, cramming for the next morning’s midterm. No matter how many classes you’re taking on this semester, scheduling study time will help you get that A! Do you prefer studying on-the-go? Check out Cram (thank us later).

 

Live Healthily

This probably isn’t the first you’re hearing of a healthy lifestyle being relative to good grades. This is because proper sleep and healthy food ensure your brain is in an optimal state to learn and retain information, and your energy levels are where they should be. Nothing’s worse than feeling drained and still having a 3-hour lecture to attend before going home…

 

Attend your Classes

Ok, this one goes without saying, yet may be the hardest of them all. Attendance and good grades are inextricable from one another. Despite cold wintery mornings, getting out of bed and to class is guaranteed to improve your grades. Feeling like skipping out on some readings? All the more reasons to get your butt to classes! You won’t regret it.

 

What are your favorite tricks to ensure good grades in your classes? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

 

This Week is the Best Time for a New Business Idea

Time to make your money!

Whether you’re a psychology or engineering student, in today’s society, conducting business is an inextricable factor when aiming for success within any industry. Like so many before us, prosperity has been found time and time again among budding young entrepreneurs and inventors alike. In fact, countless world business leaders realize how important it is to inspire young entrepreneurs and have implemented programs to motivate young people to chase their dreams and become the next generation of business leaders.

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And yet, there’s never been a better time to be a young entrepreneur. Not only because so much support and resources are available, but some colossal news has just been announced. According to Product Hunt this week only, serial (and Canadian!) entrepreneur Elon Musk has announced the Bored Elon Seed FundFor one week only, all entrepreneurs and inventors have a chance to pitch their ideas to Elon Musk via Twitter, with the top 3 ideas receiving seed funding from the technology mogul himself

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So why does this program have us declaring the best week ever to have a business idea? Well, it turns out that the seed funding is quite significantly, 5 million for the top 3 ideas. Better yet, Elon himself is taking 0% equity of the winners’ companies. 0%. This is truly a blessing for anyone hoping to start a company!

What are you waiting for? Brainstorm your best business ideas and pitch it to @elonmusk on Twitter today. This just may be the start of a new career! Let us know what you think about this effort in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

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Read Elon’s full statement here.

You’ll Never Guess What Drake is Pouring Money Into Now

Straight out the 6.

World renowned Candian rapper Drake is about as familiar with investing in projects and partnering with companies as he is with promoting his home base, Toronto (#sixvibes). From the Sher club and Virgina Brand Whiskey to investing in tech start ups and acting as a brand ambassador for the Raptors, Drake has embarked on countless business ventures while building his brand. But you’ll never guess what his latest LA-based project is…

Drake’s latest thing is literally paying for giant billboards all over LA. What do these billboards say you may wonder? Well, they’re promoting Canada’s ability to get along wih one another – how relevant. Although these billboards are actually an ad campaign to promote his latest OVO merch, kudos to Drake for showing his Canadian pride (and maybe inspiring some envy among our southern neighbours).

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These billboards have caused a slight bit of controversy for LA residents and Americans in general – from capitalizing on tragedy as a promotion tool to the word Canada not being capitalized, these signs seem to be making people mad. That being said, we love them! What do you think about Drake’s latest ad campaign? Let us know what you think in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

You Need to Check out These Websites Right Now!

Ah, the internet.

Who doesn’t love wasting countless hours surfing the web? Okay, so maybe it’s a guilty pleasure. Either way, cool new websites are always launching yet often missed by internet-lovers due to the abundance of content on the internet. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of our top 3 cool sites that you may be missing, but are seriously worth checking out!

 

Girlboss.com

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Created by the amazing Sophia Amoruso – CEO/founder of everyone’s favorite clothing site Nastygal, GirlBoss.com is the perfect spot to read thought-provoking articles on just about anything! From health to beauty and business, this site is the ideal answer for anyone looking to get productive and interesting insights while simultaneously wasting time on the internet (it’s called multitasking, duh!). 

 

Producthunt.com

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Another great site for those interested in business, Product Hunt is keeping you updated on the latest products and news in an inherently entertaining fashion. A personal favourite, this website is worth checking out whether

 

Iwastesomuchtime.com

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This website says it all directly in the name – it is your hub to waste so much time. From hilarious videos to thought-provoking infographics, you will be hooked from the first page on.

 

Which websites do you visit to get caught in the spiral of the internet? Let us know in the comment section below or tag @stcathys on social media.

 

 

The 5 Sets You Can’t Miss at Ile Soniq This Weekend

House time is anytime.

Since its inception, Ile Soniq has attracted countless household names in the electronic music scene. As it kicks off its fourth year, the festival has delivered yet again, announcing an awesome lineup with countless notable acts. With so many great artists and such limited time, it can be hard to narrow down which shows to see. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the acts that will seriously blow your mind. If you’re heading to the festival this weekend, these are the top 6 sets you simply can’t miss.

 

Excision

How many amps of sound does it take to blow your mind? Excision will answer that question for you this weekend. Get ready for some head banging, because this show will go one hundred miles an hour from start to finish.

 

Jauz

Known for his amazing base drops and cool remixes, Jauz’s set is guaranteed to be one of the best of the weekend. Trust us when we say, you will not want to miss this one.

 

Rezz

Guys, Rezz is one lady you definitely won’t want to miss. This newcomer has made a name for herself in the EDM scene over the last few years, attracting international attention for her dark techno beats. Oh, and did we mention she’s Canadian (as if you needed another reason to love her)?

 

Louis the Child

Future bass lovers (think Flume and ODESZA), you can’t miss Louis the Child. Kings of unique drops and using great sounds in their music, this talented duo will play the perfect set to enjoy on a Friday afternoon – and luckily you can!

 

Migos

Time to get bad and boujee! Migos will be yet another great set you can enjoy at Ile Soniq this year. The hip hop trio has made waves over the past year and a half, with their hit song Bad and Boujee earning them international attention and invites to the esteemed Met Gala, with a new album drop on top of all that. Take your chance to see them while you can, as we’re sure their stardom will go nowhere but up from here.

 

Tiesto

Finish the night off with EDM veteran Tiesto’s set. This show is sure to bring great vibes to the crowd, mixing an entertaining light show with amazing music for all true electronic lovers.

 

A few more honorable mentions: Big Gigantic, Marcus Schulz, Porter Robinson, Afrojack, Desiigner, Robin Schulz, R3hab, Ghastly, and last but certainly not least Infected Mushroom!

 

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Montreal’s Ile Soniq this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below or tag  @stcathys on social media.

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