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.

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.

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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Here’s What You Need to Rock at Osheaga this Weekend

It’s all about the aesthetic!

Well, time has come and gone, and Osheaga weekend is finally upon us. Hopefully, you planned well, but for the bulk of us that lack great planning skills, this can only mean one thing – time to get your last minute festival outfits ready! Luckily, Montreal has some seriously good shopping options, so finding the right pieces isn’t as hard as creating the look. Luckily, we’re here to help with the challenge! We’ve created a guide to all the great styles you need to rock at Montreal’s premiere music and arts festival this weekend. Without further adieu, here is your ultimate #FestivalFashionInspo for both men and women.

 

Ladies  

Ladies, it’s come time to ditch the flower crowns and crop tops (we know it’s hard.. they’re just so cute). Stand out from the crowd and ditch the basic festival style with one of these cute and creative looks.

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Gents

Guys, avoid becoming a “festival bro” and take some insight from a true fashionista; men’s festival style DOES NOT mean a bright (and tacky) wife beater and a pair of fraction glasses. Check out our favourite mens festival fashion looks below, showcasing how you can dress for both comfort and style this weekend.

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Couples

Feel like dressing with your boo without looking dorky? Don’t worry, no matching t-shirts here. Check out these flawless couple looks that will have everyone saying #CoupleGoals.

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How will you showcase your personal flare and style at Osheaga this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below or share your look with us by tagging @stcathys on social media. See you there!

 

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5 Things to do in Montreal This Weekend

It’s Friday!

Who doesn’t love a sunny weekend in Montreal? With such a rainy summer, the nice weather absolutely must be leveraged. Whether you’re looking to head out on the town or hang at a beach, we’ve compiled a list of perfect activities to check out this July weekend in the city.

 

Check out Montreal’s latest ‘gram-able food spot

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Les Gourmandises de Peyto just launched the most aesthetic and delicious looking treat in the city! This newly launched Montreal cafe is not only quite charming but houses the city’s first official Doughnut-Smoothie. This is the perfect weekend treat, as it is a slightly healthier version of the popular doughnut-milkshake trend that has taken Instagram by storm.

 

Brunch on a boat

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Do I really need to explain myself on this one – I mean what’s better than brunch? Brunch on a boat! Cruise around Old Port while enjoying afternoon snacks and a little bit of bubbly on Croisiere AML’s brunch cruise!

 

Hang out at Clocktower Beach

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As mentioned, Montreal has definitely not had the warmest or sunniest summer. With nice weather this weekend, take the time to work on your tan or simply enjoy the sunshine at Clocktower Beach. This is one place that has to be visited at least once a summer, so why not this weekend?

 

Buy a Cactus

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There’s a huge cactus and succulent sale this weekend in Montreal! Take this opportunity to add some greenery to your life. Whether you’re a seasoned cactus lover (and there are many in this city) or simply want to expand your horizons,  Electrik Kopper Tattoo’s cactus sale is sure to be a nice outing for a sunny Saturday.

 

Get your cinema fix at Fantasia International Film Festival

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Enjoy Montreal’s native film festival – Fantasia International Film Festival. This festival has gained some serious momentum since its inception in 1996, now being one of the country’s most popular cinematic festivals. Get you cinema critic on and check out one of the movies open to public viewing this weekend.

 

What will you get up to this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below or share your experience by tagging @stcathys on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

5 Productivity Tools Every Student Needs!

Get on track!

Naturally, during the busy school year, it’s easy to push things off until a calmer time rolls around. While the strenuous school year is out, take this opportunity to organize important parts of your life that you may get neglected as your time becomes increasingly occupied. From your health to financial management, check out these 5 great tools that will help you be your best self! Achieving your goals has never been easier.

 

FitnessPal

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Track your steps, exercise and eating habits with this goal-centric fitness mobile application. With a simplified experience that involves searching or scanning your food items and exercise, Fitnesspal is easily the best app to stay on top of your health!

 

Mint: Money Manager

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Save for your future house, retirement, or even just that clothing item you’ve been dying for with Mint Money Manager. There’s no better way to achieve your financial goals than beginning to track your finances and spending.

 

Trello

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Track your to-do’s, commitments, and goals, by using the new application Trello. This app is perfect to map out your schedule or track your workflow, no matter where you are in life; school, work, or aspiring to/running your own venture, among others. Best of all with mobile, tablet, desktop and Mac applications, this platform is always accessible.

 

Last Pass

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Okay, this one isn’t exactly free – but is sure to free up space in your mind! Last Pass is a mobile and desktop application that controls all of your passwords, automatically inputting them for each platform you choose to use. This way, logging in is as simple as the click of a button, while simultaneously only requiring you to remember one password.

 

Cram

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Cram is hands down the best study tool available today! This web/mobile application allows you to create countless flashcards for different subjects, that are shared between your web account and mobile application. This way, you can study on-the-go, while enjoying easy creation through their web-based platform.

 

Did we miss your favorite productivity app? If you have any hacks or tools to help get life on track that we’ve failed to mention, educate us in the comment section below!

 

 

 

 

 

Montreal Summer Jobs Calling your Name

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Now that the school year has come to an end, the next important order of business for most students is to find a job. And yes, your parents have probably been nagging about locking down your summer job for weeks (and maybe even months) now, but the procrastination is inevitable. In case slacked a little and are now rushing for a job, we’ve come up with a list of 10 Montreal summer jobs and internships that are available right now! Thank us later.

 

Tutor

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Use all your knowledge from higher education to tutor some younger students this summer. Know a second language? Even better!

Apply here.

 

Laboratory Assistant

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Science students, a lab job in your field is sure to look great on those precious med school applications!

Apply here.

 

Student Painter

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Spend time both inside and outside working as a painter this summer! It may not be the most glamorous job, but you’re sure to have a great crew full of people your own age, and still avoid a minimum-wage paycheck.

Apply here.

 

Multimedia and Communication Specialist

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Looking for something more interesting than a classic retail/fast food part time job? Seize your opportunity to network and build your resume as a Multimedia and Communication Specialist at CHIP.

Apply here.

 

Office Intern

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Want to get first-hand experience in a non-profit organization and build your resume, but still get paid? Well, then this internship has your name written all over it!

Apply here.

 

Customer Relations

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Get your foot in the door of the pharmaceutical industry with this customer relations positions. This summer job can hold great benefits for science, business, and communications students, while simultaneously serving as an alternative to the classic part-time job.

Apply here.

 

Summer Camp Facilitator

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For those in the health field, this position as a summer camp facilitator helping people with disabilities will be a great opportunity to ditch a PSW position and try something different, sure to be a fulfilling experience.

Apply here.

 

Brand Ambassador

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Change your pace with a brand ambassador position. Not only are these jobs well-paid, but what’s better than hanging out and interacting with people all day, both inside and outside. Oh, and did we mention there’s usually an exciting event and a freebie or two involved?

Apply here, here, here, or here.

 

What are you waiting for? Grab an awesome summer position while they’re still available.

10 WAYS MOVING OUT WILL BETTER YOUR LIFE

You do you boo boo.

Living alone is a big step in any student’s life, and as amazing as it is, it can also sometimes be stressful and lonely.  To keep things in perspective, we’ve taken this opportunity to list our favorite ways that living alone actually make you an increasingly complete person (#adulting):

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You become more responsible.

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You learn how to cook.

 

You learn how to fix things.
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You have time to self-reflect (no we don’t mean selfies) and discover.
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You learn how to depend on yourself and entertain yourself.
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You can order delivery at any hour (let’s be honest, that is a luxury).
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You can decorate however you please.
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You can do things on your own time, and have no one to blame but yourself for procrastination.
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You don’t have to answer to anyone when you come in at all hours of the night.
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THE BATHROOM. Never feel rushed, sing in the shower as loud as you please, and don’t ever put a toilet paper roll back on the holder.
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