Best Montreal Music Festivals

‘Tis the (festival) season.

No matter where you’re from in the world, it’s’ an undeniable fact that music brings people together. Even more so, there’s nothing like a music festival – summer vibes, like-minded music lovers, and top tier acts; it’s easy to see how music festivals inextricably linked to a great summer. Montreal being one of Canada’s premier art scenes, the city offers an abundance of festivals no matter your taste in music. Check out our list of the various MTL music festivals by music genre.

 

Ile Soniq

EDM lovers, this one is for you! Montreal’s somewhat new electronic dance music festival has proved to keep up with other big Canadian festivals like Toronto’s Veld and B.C.’s Pemberton.

 

Osheaga

This huge music and arts festiva gains attention globally, with top artists headlining and performing at the event. Not only are the shows amazing, but Osheaga village is a must-have experience at least once in your life!

 

Jazzfest

Jazz lovers, you’re in the right city. Join people from all over the world at MTL’s renowned Jazzfest.

 

Heavy Montreal

There’s even one for those that prefer heavy metal.

 

Montreal International Reggae Fest

We’re jammin’.

 

Picnik Electro

 

Picnik is a Montreal staple that runs every weekend during the summer – yes Every. Weekend. Make sure to grab your EDM loving friends and hit up Picnik for an unforgettable Saturday.

 

Valhalla Sound Circus

Rock-lovers, this is a premier rock-centric weekend event, packed with great acts alongside an environment of free expression synthesizing art, music, and adventure all into one weekend.

 

Festival Mondial des Cultures

 

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In the mood for a cosmopolitan event, incorporating music from all over the world? Expand your horizons and embark on a new cultural experience at this dance festival in Drummondville!

 

What are you waiting for? Pick an event and get to dancing!

5 Trends to Embrace this Summer

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As school comes to an end (for most of us), and summer trips and internships become top priority, this period marks the perfect time to try something new, make changes, or implement healthier habits. With that in mind, we’ve come up with our favorite lifestyle, fashion, party, and health trends for you to try this summer!

 

Make/Drink Juices

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Start your morning off right by ditching your first daily coffee for an organic juice. Whether made at home or a stopping it at Freshii, adding a juice to your diet is sure to have positive effects, and exhilarate your taste buds. Not only do many of these juices taste delicious, but wit active ingredients like ginger, they help speed up your metabolism too #winning.   

Check out some of our favorite recipes.

 

Hit up a Music Festival

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Okay, I know this seems like a basic summer element checklist item, but given the abundance of amazing festivals in Montreal, you can’t miss out on spending the day at least one festival. Feel the vibes and enjoy a day out in the sun, no matter your preferred type of music.

 

Go on a “Staycation”

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Because vacations are so last summer. Whether it be a weekend in Tremblant, visiting Chicoutimi falls(link), or simply experiencing some of Montreal’s own tourist attractions, take some time to discover the coolest spots in your city or Province.

 

Try Photography

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It seems like everyone’s taking up photography lately. Why not try it out? Expand your artistic portfolio and try getting behind the lens this summer! Montreal’s vibrant downtown, picturesque landscapes, and a constant stream of people make this city a perfect spot to get great shots, no matter the style you decide to try.

 

Enjoy Some Instagram-Worthy Bites

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Okay so everyone and their mom post food pics on Instagram, but we can’t help but encourage it when Montreal is home to countless Instagram-worthy meals. Whether you choose La Diperie ice cream, bites from Mandy’s food truck, or a healthier choice from Vivalia, this city is home to many picturesque food options.

 

Go Paddle Boarding (SUP)

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SUP boards have become huge over the past two years, and we can attest as to why; spending some time out on a board is both relaxing and fun. They also create a perfect afternoon no matter your vibes; adventurers can paddle across a lake, yogis can enjoy and challenge themselves with some SUP yoga, and chillers can just hang out and tan on their boards for a while. What are you waiting for? Rent a SUP board in MTL today!

You’re sure to enjoy these popular activities, we promise. After all, they’ve become trends for a reason!

BEST VEGAN/VEGETARIAN PLACES IN MONTREAL

This one’s for you, veggie-lovers.

If you subscribe to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, you may be used to having a hard time finding a suitable restaurant or fast-food options, but luckily Montreal likes to cater to the healthy! Here’s a list of 10 of the best vegetarian and vegan places in Montreal:

 

Crudessence – 2157 Rue Mackay

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Vegan restaurant or healthy living classes? The choice is yours as Crudessence! Focused on serving you healthy, energy-filled meals, Crudessence offers 100% organic, gluten-free, vegan, and homemade dishes, perfect for getting the healthiest and most efficient energy out of any meal! They also offer healthy living/cooking classes, so if you’re into fitness or healthy eating, this will be your new fav place!

 

Bonnys – 1748 Rue Notre Dame O.

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If you’re into eating vegetarian, yet love ethnic foods, a unique dish, or global culinary culture, Bonny’s if for you. This restaurant strives specifically to make vegetarian and vegan dining fun and exciting- and do so by providing diverse selections of delectable ethnic tastes from around the world… I’m already hungry.

 

Aux Vivres – 4631 Boul. Saint Laurent

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This bright hangout is one of Montreal’s best vegetarian restaurants. Similar to Bonny’s, Aux Vivres focuses on ridding the idea of boring from vegetarian dishes, and creates innovative delish vegan food. Between that, the extensive (and delicious) juice bar, and an attractive patio, Aux Vivres is begging to host your next lunch date. 

 

Burrittoville – 2055 Rue Bishop

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All the joy of a burrito, without the meat. Burritoville is an OG Montreal vegetarian restaurant, featuring no-meat tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. In the chill setting with live music and art, this is a perfect spot to mix Montreal culture with mouthwatering vegetarian burritos.

 

Resto Vego – 1204 Avenue Mcgill College

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Montreal’s Resto Vego combines the savoir-faire of over 35 years in the vegetarian restaurant industry, with the ~bombness~ of a buffet restaurant. That’s right, ALL. YOU. CAN. EAT. Go ahead, indulge a little.

 

Lola Rosa Cafe – 545 Rue Milton
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Lola Rose is perfect when you’re seeking a pub night or actively looking to fill a bar-food craving. With beers on tap and an extensive menu, Lola Rose Cafe is the perfect night spot to stay awhile and indulge with your friends.

 

Antitode Comtpoir Vegane – 3459 Rue Ontario

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Antitode Comptoir Vegane is a big Montreal vegan restaurant that works in promotion of eco-friendly, healthy, organic, and vegan eating in Montreal. This restaurant, however, goes above and beyond an ordinary dinner- the brand also offers an email list containing healthy recipes, online grocery shopping, and members rewards and discounts. Antitode is much more than a restaurant- more like a healthy-living and vegan community.

 

Sushi Momo -4669 Rue Saint Denis

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Yes, this city has it all- Sushi Momo is Montreal’s premier vegetarian sushi spot. The restaurant focuses on vegetarian sushi and Japanese cuisine, offering a big selection with over 10 types of vegetarian sushi- the most diverse in Montreal!

 

La Panthere Vert 2153 Mackay & 66 St. Viateur

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Smoothies, sandwiches, cookies & cakes, juices- Le Panthere Vert’s menu is catered to be the perfect lunch or mid-afternoon munchie spot for vegetarians and vegans around Montreal. Not only that, but if you or your date has a sweet-tooth, the above mentioned available cookies & cakes are an entire menu section with many options and flavours – sure to satisfy even the most sugar-obsessed.

DECORATE YOUR RES ROOM TO SUIT YOUR PERSONALITY

Personality traits have favorite colours too.

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Ah, the satisfaction of getting a new place… It’s almost like dying your hair, getting a new job, or starting at a new school – it feels like a new start, and a chance to redefine yourself. That’s because it is! To make sure your room screams boss babe/boy this September, we have put together some of our favorite Res room looks, by colour and corresponding personality traits (& suited zodiac signs- just for fun!).

 

Blue

Personality Traits: reliable, trustworthy, sincere and genuine, rational, logical, responsible, harmonious, confident, self-controlled, friendly and sociable, sensitive, thirst for knowledge, approachable, sentimental, hard on yourself

Blue Zodiac Sign(s): Sagittarius, Aquarius

Looks: 

aqua

blue and white and colours

blue decor again

blue decor

blue dorm decor

blue dorm

blue

blueee

blueeeeeee

men blue
navy

Find out more about the colour blue here: http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-blue.html

 

Red

Personality Traits: extroverted, optimistic, courageous, confident, active, energetic, ambitious, energetic, enthusiastic, passionate, competitive, impulsive, can be aggressive.

Red Zodiac Sign: Scorpio, Aries

Looks:

clean red

red bed

Well, then the question arises on how to select the bedroom scheme of a teenager?Go out and have a coffee or hot chocolate and figure out the feelings of your teen on certain favorite shades that brought about.Bedroom color schemes may fade out, but the sweet memories of their living heavens would be there for years to come, hence let them decide what they want.

red dorm

red mandala

red manly

redhipster

redngold

royal red

Find out more about the colour red here: http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-red.html

 

Purple

Personality Traits: Sensitive, compassionate, understanding, supportive, free-spirited,s peaceful, idealistic, a dreamer, inspiring, intuitive

Purple Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Looks:

Guest Room Amethyst West Elm bedding with Ikea Ekby Shelves at TidyMom.net

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pruprle

purp n pink

purple and blue

purple dorm

purple n white

purple n white2

purple room

purple

purple1

purplemason

Find out more about the colour purple here. http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-purple.html

 

Grey

Personality Traits: cool, neutral, protected, will compromise, balanced, calm, composed, collected, reliable, keep the peace, committed, loyal, hard worker, indecisive, good judgement, controlling, practical, can be lacking confidence, doesn’t always show excitement, good critic, impartial in arguments

Grey Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Looks:

grey and pink

grey and silver

grey and silverr

grey brown

grey clean

grey comforter again

grey dorm

grey light

grey marble bed

grey mens

grey

greysilver

Find out more about the colour grey here: http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-gray.html

 

Silver

Personality Traits:  intuitive, spiritual, insightful, introspective, imaginative, creative, good writer, deep thinker, open-minded, resourceful, flexible, positive, sophisticated, classy, romantic, snobby, conceited

No associated Zodiac sign

Looks:

silver and blue

silver and pink bed

silver bed

silver

silverr

silverrrr

white and silver

Read more about the colour silver here. http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-silver.html

 

Brown

Personality Traits: honest, down-to-earth, wholesome, steady, reliable, quietly confident, approachable, sincere, homebody, family life is important, simple, loyal, enjoys comfort, trustworthy, sensitive (esp. to criticism), hard working, open, structured, dry humour, frugal, safety is of concern

Brown/Black Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Looks:

brown antiqu

brown cozy

brown mandela

brown

brownboho

browndorm

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closet inspo

Find out more about the colour brown here. http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-brown.html

 

Pink

Personality Traits: loving, kind, generous, approachable, soft, nurturing, protective, sensual, sensitive, optimistic, organised, methodological, romantic, refined, naive, sweet, youthful, can struggle with self-reliance and trust

No corresponding Zodiac sign 

Looks:

pink and clean

pink bed

pink bnw

light pink

pink boho

pink n white

pink travel

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pinkdark

pinkdormm

pinkhippybed

pinkinspo

Find out more about the colour pink here. http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-pink.html

 

Black

Personality Traits: importance on prestige and power, conservative, rational, serious, can be intimidating, mysterious, intriguing, sensual, methodological, detail-oriented, keeps distance, dignified, keeps people at a distance

Black/Brown Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Looks:

black dorm

black room decor

black room

black

bnw

bnw2

bnwdorm

bnwdormm

bnww

boho black

bold b

Find out more about the colour black here http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-black.html

 

White and Light

Personality Traits: neat, immaculate in personal and home appearance, high standards, hygienic, positive, cautious, practical, frugal, wise, well-balanced, sensible, discreet, poised, confident, self-controlled, rational, very critical, moody, fair, hides flaws- perfectionist, can be closed minded

Light Zodiac Sign: Libra and Virgo

Looks:

cutewhite

different white

dorm white

darks

dorm

furwhiteagain

keepitlight

whitdorm

white and grey

white and lighht

white and silver bed

white bed

Find out more about the colour white here. http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-white.html

 

Green

Personality Traits: practical, down-to-earth, nature-loving, balanced, can be anxious, caring, nurturing, intelligent, love to learn, involved, lover, high moral standards, loyal, is a faithful partner, strong-willed, peaceful, can be envious/jealous, can forget to put self first

Green Zodiac Sign: Cancer, Taurus

Looks:

green bold

green chill

green dorm

green dormm

green nwhite

green room

Find out more about the colour green here. http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-green.html

 

Gold

Personality Traits: charismatic, very individual, loving, compassionate, warm, ambitious, optimistic, loving, understanding, respect, friendly, sophisticated, appreciative of life, practical, honest, wise and successful, leader, cheerful, good friend, selective, can cause yourself to be stressed and overwhelmed, hard time trusting others, can be unrealistic  

No corresponding Zodiac signs

Looks:

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goldbrown

goldnwhite

goldpink

goldpolk

mandelagold

Read more about the colour gold here. http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-gold.html

 

Orange

Personality Traits: extroverted, flamboyant, warm, optimistic, good-natured, assertive, determined, social, life of the party, helpful, can be a showoff, tolerant, accepting, intuitive, must keep up with trends, risk-taker, full of life, adventure, unpredictable, tend to care a lot about what people think, indecisive, practical joker

Orange Zodiac Sign: Leo, Gemini

Looks:

orange and blue

orange colored

orange dorm

orange dorm2

orange mandela

Read more about the colour orange here. http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/personality-color-orange.hdeco

HABITS OF THE WORLD’S MOST SUCCESSFUL

 

We’re all chasing the good life. 

September is quickly approaching, so what better time for a little inspo? The sky’s the limit when you work hard and lead your life with healthy habits- which is why we have created this list of the most common habits among successful people:

 

Read

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Successful businessmen such as Mark Cuban, and Bill Gates, among many other businessmen and women suggest reading for at least an hour daily.  Not only are they focusing constantly learning and improving (instead of who died on Game of Thrones this week), but also allow their reading to be increasingly effective by highlighting relevant information for future application.

 

Wake Up Early

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Many successful people such as Robert Iger (CEO of Disney), Tim Cook (CEO of Apple), and businessman Kevin O’Leary swear by waking up early. This is because the first half of your day is typically more productive, and your days result in having more time to spend working on your project, passion, or craft.

 

Get/Stay Active

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Getting active at least once a day is not only good for your body, but as Anna Wintour (Editor in Chief of Vogue) points out, it can also double as a way to clear your mind, and a time for one to indulge in meditation. This can help you develop clearer ideas and goals, one of the foundations of success- in any field. Arnold Schwarzenegger also swears by this.

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Write Down your Goals

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Writing has been scientifically proven as the most clear form of communicating a thought- and this is no exceptions when it comes to your personal thoughts. The most effective way to set goals, as noticed by Napolean Hill of Think and Grow Rich and Oprah, is by writing them down- they are not only mentally apparent, but also physically.

 

Budget

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The most efficient way to not spend all of your money is to budget. This will allow you to get a solid overview of your monthly spending habits, thus allowing you to create an increasingly better plan on how to save, spend, and invest your money. These are the wise paraphrased words of  financial planner, and founder of the company Financially Wise Women Brittney Castro.

 

Eat Healthy

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Successful people tend to realize that the food you decide to intake is then fuel, well, fueling your body- the healthier, the better. There are many reasons for this, but a main one being that what you eat truly affects productivity and energy levels, greatly. Healthy food also relates directly to better decision making, less stress, and improved memory capabilities. Just ask Victoria Beckham, the former spice girl and current fashion designer worth over 300 million (and that’s w/o David).

 

Live Minimally- Say No

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Many successful people are able to say no. Whether it be to negativity, an extra drink/ night out, or on a project that eventually will astray them from their goals- they can say no. This permits them to stay laser focused on their own projects, and permits learning to view essentials over luxuries- and exercise living within their current means. Warren Buffet is especially famous for endorsing both saying no and living within his means as tips for success;

  • “If you buy things you don’t need, you will soon sell things you need.” – Warren Buffett
  • “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”Warren Buffett

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Outsource Your Busy Work

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No we’re not talking about that paper, but what is being said is this: don’t waste your time trying to do something you’re not good at. This may sound harsh, but in reality it just means focus on the areas you excel in, and in your areas of weakness and busy work; outsource. Many successful business people have adapted this method, Peter Drucker being a veteran in outsourcing back in 1989, and today left a legacy as an author, management consultant, and educator- best known today as the Peter F. Drucker School of Management in the U.K..