5 Things To Do In Montreal This Weekend!

There’s nothing like Montreal in the summer.

With the first truly sunny week in Montreal, it’s beginning to actually feel like summer. Needless to say, we are slightly less hesitant to break a Netflix binge and actually go explore the city. Whether you’re going through Grand Prix withdrawals, or simply feel like being out and about in the sun, try one (or all) of these Montreal activities to do this June weekend.

 

Mural Fest

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Enjoy Montreal’s St-Laurent area during Mural Fest. With countless cool Montreal brands and artists showcasing their work, delicious food and entertaining music/performances, Mural Fest is the perfect destination for your weekend outing.

 

Weekend Du Monde

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Get your dose of world culture at the last Weekend Du Monde Event, held at Parc Jean Drapeau. This annual event will take your sense around the world through dance, art, music, and culinary experiences of different cultures. Oh, and did we mention it’s completely free?

 

Mount Royal

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Wishing you could get out of the city for a few minutes? Luckily Montreal’s Mount Royal will make you feel at one with nature for a few hours. With a gorgeous hiking path and even more stunning view of the city from the top of the mountain, Montreal’s Mount Royal is an ideal outing to make the most of the sunny weather.

 

Botanique Gardens

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Check out (and take some amazing photos of) Montreal’s most renowned outdoor garden. With over 70 hectares of vegetation, you will be able to experience gorgeous flowers and greenery, tropical rainforests, and an amazing Chinese-inspired garden, all in one place.

 

Fringe Festival

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Enjoy some cool performances during the last weekend of Montreal’s Fringe Festival. From theater and dance to music and comedy, there is sure to be numerous amazing performances, no matter your tastes.

 

Needless to say, we will busy this Montreal June weekend! What will you be getting up to? Let us know your favorite Montreal weekend activities in the comment section below.

10 Coolest Courses Offered at Concordia University

Fill those electives.

Most undergraduate students have at least one free elective within their degrees, some with many more. When you’re left to choose a course (for once), it’s important to pick one that truly spikes your interest. To help fill your schedule with some ~really cool~ courses next semester, we’ve compiled a list of Concordia University’s most exciting educative courses.

 

 

Montreal’s Festival Culture

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Let’s face it – this city is full of festivals. From Igloofest, Jazzfest, and Osheaga to Beerfest and Poutinefest, if we know one thing, it’s that Montreal likes to ‘fest. Why not build a course around it? That’s exactly what Concordia’s Fine Arts department decided to do, offering a course entitled Montreal’s Festival Culture. If you’re taking a summer course (and you should)why not dedicate that time to studying some awesome parties festival culture? We bet there’s at least one awesome field trip involved.

Course Code: FFAR298

 

When Good Kids Go Bad

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Ever wonder why some kids go on to graduate at the top of their classes while others make significantly poorer decisions? This entertaining psychology course will answer all of your questions regarding behaviours in infants, childrens, and teens that range from problematic to straight-up dangerous. Aside from engaging content, the prof is known for his original teaching style and wisecracks, making this an ideal elective for any student.

Course Code: PSYC235

 

 

The Art Of Cool

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Because as all of you cool people know, it really is an art. Brought to you by Narycist (Yasim Aslaman) a Montreal MC and journalist, Concordia offers a course discussing what it means to be cool. Okay, so you won’t exactly get a step-by-step guide to becoming the freshest on the block, but the content is pretty intriguing nonetheless. From discussing the social construct of being “cool”, to how the media perpetuates this idea, this course determines what it means to be, and why people are perceived as cool.

Course code: FFAR298

 

Forensic Analysis

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Do you dream of performing autopsies and being a ~bad ass~ forensic scientists (maybe with your own tv show?). Concordia is here to help you make your dreams come true. This forensics science course teaches students the fundamentals of forensic analysis and research, as well it’s capacities and limitations. The prof warns however, he will not take responsibility for damages caused when you begin yelling at your TV during you favourite crime shows after taking this cool course.

Course code: CHEM298AA

 

Hip Hop, Past Present & Future

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Imagine sitting through a lecture discussing Snoop, Biggie, and Kanye? Well now you don’t have too. From the prof who originated “The Art of Cool”, comes “Hip Hop, Past, Present, and Future”. This course explores contemporary issues surrounding Hip Hop, allowing for an open-ended platform that can be interpreted differently depending on your area of study. From feminist studies students to engineers, this course is guaranteed to facilitate intriguing discussions, with diverse issues, debates, and responses from students of all faculties. Oh, and we bet you’ll listen to some good tunes.

Course Code: FFAR398

 

 

 

The History of Satan

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Ever wonder how Satan came about? Probably not, but now that I’ve mentioned it, you have to be a little bit curious. Luckily there’s an entire course to answer this question. Concordia’s course “The History of Satan” not only discusses the construct and portrayal of Satan in Christianity and Judaism, but also allows students to ponder the ways in which the idea of the devil and evil have affected us from the Middle Ages to the present.

Course Code: RELI394

 

Introduction to Artifical Intelligence 

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Afraid that computers might take over the world? Mind as well go straight to the source in hopes to find a solution. Concordia’s Introduction to Artifical Intelligence is probably the coolest engineering course available at the school. From game-playing to cancer-curing algorithms, artificial intelligence and self-teaching machines are sure to be a staple of the future. Unfortunately, there are prerequisites, so this cool course is not open to all students.

Course code: COMP472

 

Don’t ever take a lame elective again. Now that you know the coolest courses to take at Concordia, which ones will you add to your schedule? Personally, we love the idea of the “Art of Cool”. Did we miss any awesome courses – leave us your suggestions in the comment area below. Happy Studies!

10 Things to Do in Montreal This June

Get out there!

Montreal is always busy. From recurring weekend events like Picnik Electronique and Tamtams, to the abundance of terraces calling your name in Old Port, the city has something to offer every weekend. If you find yourself wondering what to do in Montreal this June, check out one (or all) of these exciting festivals and events occurring this month:

 

Check off a few items from the ultimate MTL Bucket List.

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See gorgeous art at Montreal’s Mural Festival.

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Enjoy Montreal’s premier event – the Montreal Grand Prix!

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Check out fashion from the 60’s at this month’s Fashioning Expo 67.

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Try one of these awesome 15 places to spend a night on the town.

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See the amazing digital creations at MUTEK.

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Eat some delicious food truck food at Montreal First Fridays.

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Beer enthusiast? Good thing Montreal’s Festival Mondial de la Biere is coming up!

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Wish a happy birthday and celebrate Quebec with the rest of the city during la Fete Nationale June 23rd-24th.

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Chase the thrills for a day at La Ronde – Montreal’s top amusement park.

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From partying to food celebrations, now that you know the best events around the city this June, which ones will you go to? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

8 Reasons to Take Summer Courses

You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.

 

 

Although the thought of summer school was dreadful in high school, as we grow up and move through post-secondary, the stigma starts to shift. Whether it be to ameliorate your GPA or avoid repeating a course during the normal academic year, summer classes have been growing in popularity. As some of you might already know, there are some serious advantages to adding a course or two to your summer plans. We have come up with a list of the top 7 reasons to enroll in a summer course:

 

Graduate Quicker

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I may be stating the obvious with this one, but arguably the number one reason for taking summer courses is to graduate quicker. One course per summer and you’re 3 courses down! Two courses per summer and you cut an entire semester off your academic career. There is no question, earlier graduation is a great reason to take summer courses.

 

Get Better Marks

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As students who take 4-6 courses a semester, taking only 1 or 2 courses allows you to centralize your attention on a smaller amount of content. With a stronger focus and less to learn, you will inevitably get better marks. You might not want to sit through summer lectures, but you GPA will be thanking you.

 

Smaller Classes

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Without all enrolled students running through campus, summer courses allow for smaller classes and a much less busy campus. No more filing through giant groups of people in narrow hallways or waiting in a 20-minute line to talk to your prof. after lectures.   

 

Decreases Normal Workload

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Another great reason to take summer courses is to decrease your workload during the scheduled school year. Fewer courses = higher grades (and fewer finals!).

 

Stay Sharp

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Taking a summer course undoubtedly helps you get over that September slump. You know the one – when you’re not quite ready to be back in school so you ~slack off~ a little too hard during the first two three weeks. Taking a summer course allows you to do the bare minimum to stay in a routine and avoid that dreaded slump come the start of the new academic year.

 

Take a Cool Elective

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Whether you’re taking summer courses to get ahead in your studies or decrease your workload throughout the academic year, taking a summer course can offer the opportunity to enroll in a cool elective you may not have had the chance to take otherwise. The Art of Listening, Sociology of Deviance, Horror & Fantasy Films? Count. Me. In.

 

Try Another School

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Another great reason to take summer courses is that you can sign up to take a class at another institution. With a simple “Letter of Permission”  or “Visting Student” application, you gain your ticket to ~summering~ in another city. Toronto, Vancouver, California, New York City – where will you vacation next summer?

 

Stay on schedule

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Avoid repeating a failed course in the normal academic year by taking it over the summer. This way, you won’t be stuck with a semester with the dreaded course overloading, nor will you be a course behind. Staying on schedule after a failed course is a great reason to taking summer courses.

 

 

What are you waiting for? Plan to sign up for a fun summer course!

 

8 Healthy Junk Food Alternatives

Healthy = delicious.

As summer approaches, many of us are making some changes in an effort to get that summer ‘bod. Whether you’re a ~seasoned~ juice cleanser, have doubled up on the cardio sessions, or are trying a (ridiculously unsustainable) fad diet, simply making some subtle adjustments to your daily routine such as adding 30 minutes of exercise to your day or increasing your fiber intake, can have an substantial influence on your efforts. If you’re a snacker, one proven way to slim down is by swapping your favorite junk foods for some healthy alternatives. We’ve put together a list of top 7 favorite healthy snacks and meals to substitute your preferred junk foods and meals, proving lifestyle changes don’t necessarily mean you will go hungry:

 

 

Chip Lovers

Alternative: Kale, Zucchini, Apple, or Sweet Potato Chips

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Who doesn’t love that crave that satisfying chip crunch? Luckily, there are many literally delicious healthy alternatives that deliver the same amount of crunch and flavour. Get 16 healthy chip alternative recipes here.

 

 

Wing Lovers

Alternative: Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

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When you just ~need~ buffalo wings, try this easy and healthy alternative to get both the flavor and the crunch of your favorite wings. Not a buffalo fan? Switch the sauce to your preference! Get the recipe here.

 

 

Chocolate Lovers

Alternative: Avacado Brownies

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I won’t insist that chocolate lovers switch to 70% cocoa chocolate (although delicious,  it’s not actually that healthy) because I’m here to help innovate your diet. For something completely different yet equally satisfying, try chocolate avocado brownies. You can eat these babies guilt free. Get the recipe here.

 

 

 

Popcorn Lovers

Alternative: Coconut Oil Popcorn

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A personal favourite, this is a great healthy (and cheap) alternative to junk food for when you’re on the go. Feel like spicing it up a bit? From chilli powder, lime powder, and salt & pepper, to traditional popcorn seasoning or vinegar, this snack is both quick and customizable. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Peanut Butter Lovers

Alternative: Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

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Peanut butter lovers, I get you. I could eat spoonful after spoonful, and you probably can too. Aside from simply switching over to natural peanut butter, another health-ish recipe to satisfy any peanut butter craving is dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Made with cocoa, coconut oil, and natural peanut butter, these are suitable for your healthy (and even ketogenic) lifestyle. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Pizza Lovers

Alternative: Cauliflower Pizza

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Why yes, there’s a healthy alternative for all of you pizza lovers too. With an abundance of veggies and healthy fats, cauliflower pizza is a personal pizza. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Candy Lovers

Alternative: Ketogenic Gummy Bears

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When you get a serious sugar craving, these gummy bears will help you get through the day. Get the recipe here.

 

 

Ice Cream Lovers

Alternative: Frozen Yogurt

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This healthy junk food alternative may seem basic, but I prefer calling it timeless. In a rush? Simply freeze your preferred type of yogurt add your favourite fruit, nut, or topping for the perfect snack. My personal favourite is strawberry greek yogurt with sunflower seeds. Get the recipe here.

 

 

No excuses! Try one (or all)  of these healthy alternatives to your favourite junk foods today.

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!