Best Socially-Distant Road Trips to Take This Summer

We know that Covid-19 has messed with many summer vacations – including ours. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Get our of your Montreal student residence and check out our list of alternative vacations that you can take (near the Montreal area), while remaining 100% socially distant.

Quebec City

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Beautiful and rich with history, take a train up to Quebec city for a few days. You will be absolutely astounded by the beautiful streets, quaint shops, and historical landmarks.

Mont Tremblant

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Typically regarded as a winter ski destination, Mont Tremblant and Tremblant village in the summer is absolutely dreamy! If you are partial to adventure, hiking, cycling, and rides up the mountain, leave your Montreal student residence behind and head to Mont Tremblant!

Ottawa /Gatineau

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Ottawa is like Montreal’s little sister – and that alone makes it worth the visit. Ok, maybe not, but what does make it worth the visit is that it boasts something for everyone. History lovers and art fanatics will enjoy the galleries and parliament buildings, whereas outdoorsy types can head across the bridge to Gatineau for some gorgeous views while hiking. Oh and did we forget to mention Nordik Spa will take you to another heaven? Definitely worth the visit!

Toronto

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Head to Canada’s biggest city to enjoy living it up in style. Deemed a mini New York, Toronto has everything from posh bars and vibrant Distillery District, to the Royal Ontario Museum and Yorkville. Worth the trip in our books!

Muskoka

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If you’re looking for a luxury weekend getaway in the woods, there’s no luxury camping in Canada quite like heading to the Muskokas. Yours to discover, this area outside of Toronto is truly a breath of fresh air.

 

Did we miss your favourite socially-distant road trip destination? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging your Montreal student residence @stcathys on social media.

5 Montreal Restaurants You Have to Try!

Are you getting the itch to finally get outside and enjoy the social scene of Montreal once again? We sure are, we have compiled a list of five Montreal restaurants you need to try this summer.

Marcus

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Built two years ago by a celebrity chef in the four seasons, Marcus is a perfect place for a fancy night out. The food is amazing and the ambiance is on matched!

Bar George

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fancy a trip to London? Look no further than down the street from your Montreal student residence, at Bar George. With a British inspired menu in a gorgeous Victorian mansion, you won’t regret checking this place out!

Monarque

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An old Montreal staple, check out the gorgeous restaurant Monarque for a delicious yet relaxed meal. The food is to die for and the building is rich in history.

Liv Salads

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Want to grab something on the go? Liv salads on Saint Catherine Has a diverse menu of healthy meals with delicious salad staples. The best part? It’s just down the road from your Montreal student residence, Saint Cathy’s.    

Bhandari Cuisine Indienne

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Looking for a great Indian meal? Bhandari has a diverse menu with the taste of both north and south India. With a great location across from Concordia, this will become a new go-to lunch spot!

Did we miss your favorite Montreal restaurant? Let us know in the comment section below!

Your ‘Gram-Able Picnic Guide Has Arrived

If one post has become omnipresent during the pandemic, it’s the picnic. You know the one – we’ve all the influencer hosting picnic that seems to perfect to be real. Well turns out, they are real, and we can help you get that aesthetic pic of your dreams! Below find our steps to the perfect picnic!

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  1. Find the perfect spot in the park. Go with the greenery!
  2. Choose a blanket that is not too busy. We vote to stick with a white or cream sheet.
  3. Don’t cheap out on the extras – it’s all about that perfect basket.
  4. Accessorise! What really adds to the picnic is the flowers and greenery!
  5. Don’t do dishware – aside from wine glasses. Other than that, opt for bringing a wood cutting board rather than plates.
  6. Go with trendy (and easy) food. Did someone say cheese and meats?
  7. Choose your fruit strategically – go for trending colours like orange peaches and mandarins, or pink strawberries and raspberries.
  8. Take photos with strategic angles. We love an above-view!
  9. Dress accordingly. Choose outfits that are aligned with the colours of your picnic.
  10. Don’t forget the drinks! From blood orange juice to a crisp rose, the drinks are one extra layer of oomph that you can add to your picnic.

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Well, that’s our guide to the perfectly ‘grammable picnic. What are your favourite tips? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on Instagram!

 

Staycations Are Here to Stay!

With the uncertainty surround Covid-19, we can’t blame you if you’re not quite ready to go back to life as (semi) normal. No worries, there are many ways to enjoy your summer inside! Here’s our guide to hosting yourself an ultimate Staycation.

Gourmet  Drinks

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Whether it’s hipster coffee or a champagne treat, go for your favorite indulgent drinks to add a special aspect to your staycation.

 Special Snacks

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Alright similar to gourmet drinks, indulge a little in your favorite snacks. We’re personally going with truffles or coconut oil popcorn!

Get that Spa-Level Fun

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Go for your favorite face masks and at-home spa treatments. That way, you will get the rejuvenation of a spa with the relaxation of being at home.

 Two Words.. Comfy Socks

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Fluffy, exfoliating, amazing…need we say more?

Choose Your Entertainment 

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Maybe it will be a classic film, favorite book, or that new Netflix series you’ve been dying to watch. Either way, one thing’s for sure – the entertainment makes the staycation that much better!

Well, it’s official, staycations are the best socially distant summer activity! Did we miss your favorite at-home tip while staying in your Montreal Student Residence? Let us know in the comment section below

5 Post-Quarantine Ways to Enjoy Montreal

Now that the quarantine has lifted, it’s time to get out and enjoy Montreal. Make the best of it with these 5 activities that will have you enjoying the summer.

Go for Lunch or Dinner

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From Bar George and Marcus to Chez eric or Monarque, Montreal is one of the best foodie cities in the world! Take advantage of this and enjoy a socially distant meal while restaurants remain open.

Run The Mount Royal Hike

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The quarantine taught us how to enjoy exercising outside, don’t let that be done now – try the stair path at Mount Royal. Best yet, you’ll get to enjoy the wonderful view from the top!

Picnic in Parc Angringon

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Leading nicely into our point about a new appreciation for nature, try having an Instagram-ready picnic in the gorgeous Parc Angringon. We promise it’s worth the metro ride!

Walk Through Old Port

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There’s nothing like Old Port in the summer. Grab your masks and check out the recently reopened Old Montreal area – it’s the European vacation you’ve been wishing you were on!

Hit a Rooftop

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Another sure way to enjoy summer in Montreal? A rooftop of course. Hit Terrace Nelligan or William Grey with your friends to enjoy a drink or brunch in the sun.

Have a Staycation in Your Montreal Student Residence

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Just because things are open, doesn’t mean you need to be outside! Host a dreamy staycation in your very own Montreal student residence room and enjoy some well-earned chill time.

There you have it – it almost feels like a real Montreal summer! What are your favorite Montreal activities to do now that the city has opened back up? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys.

Do it for the ‘Gram – Top 10 Food Insta Spots in the city

 

Are you an Instagram diva? Looking for the right spots to hit the most amazing food inns in Montreal? Well, you will be now attracting more than hundreds of followers just by adding these Instagramable food spots. We have collected the most visited, most ‘Grammed food spots for your ease!

 

 La Diperie Ice Cream

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If you are looking for an original, of higher quality, attractive to the eye and delicious creamery then La Diperie is the place. Get a wide range of exotic flavours, colourful gelato and lots of topping options. From wide variety of chocolates to fruity and bubblegum flavours; each dessert is a delightful sight to the eyes and tongue! So if you are whore for good instagram photos head up to the this great venture!

 

 

Le Blossom

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If you crave asian cuisine then Le Blossom is the right place to hit. The ambiance will take you to Japanese spring streets, loaded with blossoms. The beautiful blossom tree right in the centre is a great attraction to all the visitors. Le Blossom is not only famous for the ambiance rather they serve extremely delicious asaina cuisines. Their fried apple pie gyoza served with vanilla ice cream is to die for. We can definitely say that it is worth the hype.

 

Falafel St.Jacques

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Check out wide variety of Arabic cuisine. Ranging from shawarma wraps to falafels, this food in is quite a treat for vegans. 

 

The LockHart Bar

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Try wide range of eye appealing drinks and a variety of pastas and starters at Lockhart Bar.

 

impasto

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This amazing eatery is all about pastas. Scallops, shrimps, chicken coupled with pasta of all shapes and sizes that takes you back to the streets of Italy. 

 

Patisserie Rhubarbe

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Get to indulge in various mouthwatering desserts. This amazing patisserie offers the most colorful and photogenic rhubarbs, tarts, cakes and desserts.

 

Makro Restaurant

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Hands down to the Montreal’s best seafood restaurant. Order their live octopus to flaunt the photos on Instagram! 

 

Ca Lem

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Home of the infamous charcoal ice cream!

 

Marcus

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Marcus is the newest addition to Montreal’s foodie scene by Harlem Chef Marcus Samuelsson. And we assure you, every dish looks as delectable as it tastes! Located inside the Four Seasons, this is the perfect spot to splurge a little.

 

Did we miss one of your favourite Instagram-ready food spots in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below or on Instagram at @Stcathys.

10 Unique Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday in Montreal

It is that time of the year again where you start questioning the significance of birthdays. So lets not be a bore anymore and not celebrate the cliché birthday with cutting a boring cake and hanging out in the neighbourhood bar. As life is too short, spruce your special day up by putting one of these ideas to life and you would want to do these over and over again!

Paint the Night

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Get the tickets at the yaymaker.com for yourself and friends and paint the night with exquisite selection of wine. The fun is to take your created art pieces back home as a permanent memory of the day.  It’s a unique way to celebrate that you surely have yet to try!

 

Relax at Bota Bota

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What could be more fun than pampering with your girl gang on your special day. Head to Bota Bota for amazing spa experience. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance for best prices. Oh, and did we mention you can add a massage or spa treatment for an extra special day?

 

Try Water Rafting

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If you are an adventurous person and would want some adrenaline rush on this birthday sign up for white water rafting. Book yourself in advance not to miss out this utter fun.

 

Paintball Time!

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Shoot away the birthday boy this day! Head to this fun activity at Skorpion Paintball. The cherry on the top is the free admission to the birthday boy/girl. So without a second thought book your passes. We’re dying to try it out!

 

Take a Cool Dip (and Road Trip!) to Calypso Waterpark

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If your day falls in summer then you are in for a great treat. Experience water fun and games at Calypso intense wave pool. Enjoy cold beers at the well-lit bars with scrumptious chicken wings and burritos. What else could one ask for on a birthday?! Book your tickets now.

 

Celebrate by Wine Tasting

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Celebrate by tasting the sophisticated Italian wine with French cheese. You may take a trip to vignoble Bouche Art in Bouchard Island and celebrate by getting drunk with your gang!

 

Picnik Electronik

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This yet again is a birthday treat for all those who are born in summer. Dance to the beats at only ten minutes outside of Downtown Montreal, and featuring local and international DJs and producers.

 

Bord’elle

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Want to have a birthday inspired by the Great Gatsby? Bord’elle is the right place for you to party! A venue having a space inspired by the 1920s, that will make you feel as if you have traveled back to a time of great prestige. Enjoy the fabulous dinner followed by the course of sophisticated wine round to end your special day in style.  

 

Go-Kart It

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Enjoy the go-karting experience with your crazy friends and race around one of the most amazing racing tracks at Action 500. So go drive Wild on your birthday. 

 

Surf Away

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Surfing is another exciting way to spend the day. Try Montreal’s river surfing on the Lasalle rapids if you are an adventurous person. But if you want to play safe then hit up Brossard’s Oasis Surfing! It’s an indoor surfing complex with an amazing bar and restaurant.

 

Hopefully around this year you won’t have to look at the boring birthday cake only because we called everything out for you. So enjoy the day out and book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. If you have some more ideas to add write in the comment section or follow us on Instagram.

Brunch Spots You Need to Try 3rd Edition (Yeah, There’s That Many Awesome Brunch Spots in MTL)

Friday heading up in the week, gets you thinking for a sumptuous brunch on a weekend, right? Who would want to get up on a weekend morning and make scrambled eggs? Nobody! Well, while you are in Montreal, weekend brunchin’ ai’nt no biggie.

Here are the best summer brunch spots you need to hit while in Montreal. Find a place according to your taste and pocket. 

 

Le Butterblume

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Situated on 5836 St Laurent Blvd this brunch spot has an ever changing menu and uses fresh, organic and purely  local ingredients. Don’t miss out on their roasted pork belly, poached egg, marinated red & yellow beets, sour cream & poppy seed toast. 

 

Olive et Gourmando

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The Montreal-foodie favourite has been serving at its best for the past two decades, and it truly never fails to surprise.  If you are visiting, don’t for get to try on their famous crunchy granola or truffle mac-n-cheese.

 

Fabergé

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Situated at the Mile End, this brunch place offers a wide variety on the menu. You ma not regret driving all the way down after having their amazing smoothies, mimosas and freshly squeezed juices. You’ll definitely fall in love with them. 

 

Au Festin De Babette

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This fabulous restaurant offers everything from quiche, eggs, and ham to their delicious savoury and sweet crepes. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Au Festin De Babette has you covered!

  

LOV

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Want to invite your special one to brunch date? LOV is ‘the place’. Other than their beautiful ambience it offers a wide variety of delicious brunch entrees. All the entrees are so delicately and intricately plated that you will think twice before disturbing them to eat. Definitely a ‘Grammable place and food! Not only this, they have vegan menu for the all the vegans out there.

 

Arthurs Nosh Bar

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This is generally the busiest places over the weekend. And they have earned this traffic! A beautifully lit stylish space, that specializes in Jewish cuisine. They also tend to serve an incredible brunch! If you plan to hit here you will have to get up a bit early as the place fill sin really fast. Try their Moroccan Toast and we promise you will fall in love with the taste.

 

Maison Publique

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If you are a finicky person for eating farm fresh ingredients than you must go to none other places that this. Maison Publique is known for its market-fresh dishes and comfy environment. Stuff your face with some of their amazing pancakes and cure all that bothers you during the notorious weekdays. 

 

So for the next weekend if you don’t find a sophisticated place to sit in for morning, try one of these place s and thank us later! Got something more to add? Write to us @stcathys or leave a comment below!

10 Things to Do this July in Montreal

July announces the official mid-point of summer in Montreal. Believe it or not, it is the most happening time of the city too. People hibernating for long in the harsh winters, come out of their cocoons to enjoy the most of sun and summer time – and you should too! Kick it off with our list of ten things that you can do during July in Montreal to make your month fun.

 

Outdoor Movie Screening

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Gather your friends or mark a date with some one special. Plop a mat on grass and enjoy your favourite movies outdoors every weekend at  ‘Cin’Hoc De L’ete’. Did we mention it’s totally free?

 

Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park

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When the entire town is buzzing with the F1 prix mania, get out of the paparazzi and head to enjoy the serenity of cap-saint-Jacques Nature Park. Let the fresh air sink deep in your lungs and detoxify!

 

Squeeze Sundays

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At the River side Henri, enjoy the free barbecue every Sunday. Food with the beautiful view! Isn’t it great? 

 

Eureka!

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Head out to the Old Port of Montreal, where every summer Eureka festival attracts children and adults to showcase unique science experiments. It also exhibits the technology advancement of the current year!

 

Bixi Sunday

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Get those calf muscles working and enjoy free bixi rides on Sunday! Cycle through the roads of Montreal downtown or Old Montreal and burn those extra calories that have been stored up during long winters! 

 

Cruise Night

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If you are a whore for vintage cars and ham burgers  then this definitely your place to go. Enjoy the showcase of all time vintage cars. Every Wednesday at Orange Julep!

 

Visit to ClockTower Beach

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Summer calls for a dip in blue waters. A visit to the most beautiful clock  tower beach is a must!

 

St-Anne-De-Bellevue

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Enjoy the scenic view from the fancy terraces of St-Anne-De-Bellevue. Enjoy late night sittings with cold drink overlooking the beautiful fleuve.

 

Mtl en Arts

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Experience the colours of an outdoor art exhibition where more than 160 artists showcase their artwork. Get to talk to the artists, watch their paintings and sculptures and buy the art pieces.

 

 Beavertails

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Last but not the least; munch on the sumptuous beaver tail pastry in old port. You will forget all the other pastries you have ever savoured! 

 

So slip on your flip flops and smear your sun block and strode out to witness the busy colourful summer! If you have something more to add to the list, leave a comment or follow us on Instagram to add your opinion. We would love to hear your part too! 

Your Ultimate Montreal 2019 Summer Festival Guide

Summer time is the only time in Montreal when people come out of hibernation to enjoy the sun. A lot of festivals occur during the same time of the year as for to entertain maximum crowd. The summer calendar is crammed up with so many of these, that its hard to pick out the best ones to attend.

 

MURAL Festival

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Somewhere, between the 6th to 16th of June this colourful festival is held to promote the public art. Artists from around the globe are invited over to paint graffiti and murals on the facades of buildings. You may take an art tour, have BBQ and enjoy the night!

 

Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada

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 If you are an F1 fanatic then don’t even think of missing this. Witness the best F1 drivers hitting up to the highest of speeds at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Later the drivers sign autographs for local public at downtown!  

 

Montréal Chamber Music Festival 

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Get to experience the beautiful symphonies of chamber music. World renowned musicians come over to showcase their talents with their special musical instruments. 

 

Eureka! Festival 

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Targeted for all ages this interesting festival is all about new advancements in science in technology. There are displays and demonstrations of what’s new in to attract and entertain the children. 

 

Festival ELEKTRA 

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Festival ELEKTRA showcases the contemporary concept of digital arts in audiovisual performances, live music, innovative design, gaming and interactive art. The year 2019 will be marking 20 years of Elektra being celebrated!

 

Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal

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Over the Canal waterway, witness the locals promoting the folk and traditional music. This is an entirely family festival and people from around the city come to enjoy for days. Local and traditional footstalls and games are a favourite of this festival.  

 

Francos de Montréal 

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Skeptical about your French speaking skills? Yet, this festival is for you! Get to hear pop, jazz and rock French music. Get to see, hear and meet French musicians. Who knows you get to meet your favourite this year!

 

 Montréal Baroque Festival

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International musicians and emerging artists play baroque music in intimate concerts in churches and cafés as well as cheery outdoor concerts in Philips Square downtown. 

 

Mtl en Arts

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 Is an outdoor art exhibition where more than 160 artists showcase their artwork. People talk to artists, watch their paintings and sculptures and buy the art pieces.  

 

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

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The biggest Jazz festival celebrates its 40th birthday this year! This amazing festival fills the downtown with jazz lovers who tend to groove on the tunes from morning to night. Get to witness big names like Buddy Guy, Diann Reeves, Alan Parsons, Peter Frampton and many more!

 

L’International des Feux Loto-Québec 

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This unique festival is competition of world class fireworks by some of the best pyrothetic companies of the world. The sky lites up with the beautiful fireworks over the Lawrence river is a sight for everyone to witness. 

So if you staying back in town for this summer, we bet Montreal is going to offer you the best of itself.