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 Places to Travel From Montreal

Time for a trip!

As easy as it can be to get caught up in the fun of a Montreal summer, it turns out the rest of the country is pretty amazing too. In fact, there are a ton of places considerably close to the city that guarantee a change of scenery and an amazing vacation weekend. So much so, that we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 places outside Montreal you have to hit for a quick trip this weekend.

 

The Laurentians Hiking Trail – Gatineau, Quebec

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The Laurentians are one of Ontario and Quebec’s most famous (and lengthy) set of mountains. Spanning from Ottawa to passed Tremblant, these hills are a site to see – especially from the amazing lookout in Gatineau Quebec. Best yet, you can make a day of it by hiking from the bottom of the trail, rewarding yourself with the amazing view and picnic at the top!

 

 

Tremblant Village – Mont Tremblant, Quebec

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Who would’ve known that the famous ski resort is just as great of an experience during the summer? Tremblant’s village does not loose its charm, no matter the season. With mountain biking trails, spa days, kayaks/paddle boards, and some of the province’s premier swimming holes, this stop must be on your radar this summer.

 

The Muskokas – Muskoka, Ontario 

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Although a slightly further venture, if you have not yet been, The Muskokas are worth a trip. This world-renowned location has grown famous for its natural beauty, attracting celebrities and nature-lovers alike. From Glamping to fishing, the Muskokas has activities and events to suit your preferences, no matter what type of weekend you’re looking for.

 

Parachute Montreal Inc. – Saint Esprit, Quebec

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Not in the mood for a calm weekend in the woods? We get it. Oh, and don’t you worry – we have the perfect trip planned for you adventure lovers as well! Drive a little ways out of Montreal to satisfy your thrill craving at Parachute Montreal Inc. – the perfect place to host the sky diving excursion of your dreams. Jumping out of a plan is sure to be a trip you never forget!

 

New York, New York

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Still not satisfied with our trip options? Well then, you must be a city slicker! In that case, grab your friends and your favourite playlist and head to the Big Apple. From Times Square to Central Park, there’s plenty of NYC tourist staples to check out.

 

Will you check out any of these great day/weekend trips this summer? We sure will! Share your experience with us in the comment section below, or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

 

 

5 Concerts You Need to Attend!

Concert time!

Montreal is a city known for its strong culture and world-class art scene. Needless to say, the city attracts huge stars and great shows all year ’round. With energetic crowds and ~good vibes~, plenty of headliners ensure Montreal is a stop on their tour. With so much action and top of the line artists coming to the city, it can be challenging to narrow down which shows are worth checking out. To make it easier, we’ve curated a list of the next 5 concerts you need to be at! Trust us, you’ll be having some serious #Fomo is you neglect to attend one of these shows.

 

Jay-Z

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After the release of his new album, Jay-Z is heading on tour! We’re beyond ecstatic to announce that the king himself has decided to make Montreal a stop on his 4:44 Tour in November. The show will be held at the Bell Centre and tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 14th at 10:00 in the morning. This show is sure to sell out fast, so you’ll have to be quick to score yourself a ticket!

 

Imagine Dragons

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The famous indie-alternative rock band Imagine Dragons will be making their mark on the city at the Bell Centre on October 27th. Having had many hits within different genres of music over the years, the Friday night show is sure to attract a diverse crowd of true music lovers. Plus, with a newly released album that we can’t stop singing along to, we’re sure this show will be one for the books.

 

Queen & Adam Lambert

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Classic rock lovers, you won’t want to miss out on Queen in Montreal on July 17th. Sure to be a rocking’ Monday, former American Idol winner Adam Lambert serves as lead vocals with the band. Tickets may be slightly harder to score on such short notice, but if you are successful in scoring yourself a pair last minute, you won’t regret heading out to the Bell Centre for this show.

 

Kendrick Lamar

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Coming off his arguably best album yet “Damn.”, Kendrick Lamar has scheduled a stop in Montreal at the end of August. The rap superstar’s show is guaranteed to be electric, with thousands of fans gathering to show their support. We can’t wait to see if he brings any surprise guests (Rihanna anyone?)!

 

Lady Gaga

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If you’re in it for the theatrics, this is a show you won’t want to miss out on! Famous not only for her amazing voice AND throwing a great party but presenting a distinct performance, Lady Gaga is sure to provide you with an amazing experience. She will be performing at the Bell Centre on September 4th; the perfect way to spend your labour day.

 

I don’t know about you, but we’re ready to rock! Did we miss any amazing concerts coming to Montreal in the near future? Let us know who you’re excited to see in the comment section below.

5 Montreal Shops to Checkout

Shopping time!

As you probably already know, shopping in Montreal is unlike any other. Montreal has countless areas of the city solely dedicated to shopping (St Cat. anyone?). Although many big commercial stores, the city also has an abundance of stand-alone unique boutiques. Whether a street-style guru or all about the preppy style life, there’s a Montreal-only boutique calling your name. Wondering where to find these ~magical~ stores? Check out our list of the city’s top 5 exclusive shops.

 

 

Exclucity

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Exclucity unisex boutiques are the city’s best stop for sneaker lovers. Not only do these Montreal store chains carry exclusive shoe models such as Adidas NMD’s and retro Air Jordans, but also home many unique street style-inspired pieces for both genders.

 

Influence U

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One of the coolest Montreal-exclusive boutiques, Influence U is your one-stop-shop for the coolest duds. From  Y-3 and Moschino to Yeezy and Alexander McQueen, this boutique is home to all of your favorite designer brands.

 

Boutique 1861

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Boutique 1861 is built for the princess in you! With an abundance of gorgeous pieces and custom-made unique dresses, all of your lace and frilly pieces are awaiting at Boutique 1861. Feeling like something less girly? Try their spin-off store Le Petite Garcon – located two doors down from their Saint Laurent location.

 

Editorial

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Find the most exclusive brands at Montreal’s editorial boutique. Conveniently located right beside Peel metro, Editorial houses Fenty x Puma, Fils, Jeffery Campbell and every other brand you’re looking for to be Instagram-ready.

 

Tea You

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Get your bikini shopping on at Montreal’s Tea You! Known for bathing suits and body-con dresses, this unique brand is sure to help modernize your wardrobe.

 

We can’t wait to shop, can you? If we missed your favorite Montreal-exclusive boutique, let us know which ones and why you love them in the comment section below!

7 Best Shows on Netflix Summer 2017

For when time simply needs to be wasted. 

Both TV series and Netflix are undeniably awesome. That being said, as you may have noticed Netflix changes often changes their queue. This can pose some issues for a dedicated audience, expecting their favorite shows to be readily available. If you’ve fallen victim to a queue update resulting in the removal of your favorite TV shows, don’t worry – we are here to help. We have put together an updated list of our top seven favorite TV shows on Canadian Netflix right now – May 2017.

 

Bill Nye Saves the World

Follow everyone’s favourite scientist as he tackles issues from climate change to fad diets through a scientific perspective.

 

Scream Queens

Join the “Chanels” as they wreak havoc all over their campus, while a serial killer lurks. This horror-satire is one healthy season of entertaining episodes.

 

Cosmos

Renowned astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson teamed up with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to create a docu-series that highlight humankind’s quest for knowledge, with clearly portrayed concepts, presented with both skepticism and wonder.

 

Walking Dead

Luckily the hit series Walking Dead doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Season 1 to 7 are readily available on Canadian Netflix!

 

Family Guy

Feeling like something a little more laidback? Enjoy ~everyone’s~ favorite adult cartoon – Family Guy. Canadian Netflix currently hosts 15 seasons. Needless to say, you will be amused for a while.

 

Friends

The 90’s classic sit come Friends is a perfect show to watch, no matter your tastes. With a healthy 10 seasons available on Canadian Netflix right now, this cast will have you laughing for (at least) a few weeks.

 

Suits

Yet another hugely popular series, Suits is currently available on Canadian Netflix. With seasons 1 to 6 readily available, you will be able to follow Mike, Harvey, Lewis, and Donna’s journey from the very start.

 

Did we miss any great shows that are currently hosted on Netflix? Let us know which of your favorite shows are on Canadian Netflix right now, in the comment section below.

 

 

 

 

7 Tricks to Ace Your Next Paper

Put your best foot forward this semester.

Writing papers can be a burden, nerve-wracking, and difficult for anyone. Even the most seasoned writers can face issues when writing. From run-on sentences to improperly cited sources, it’s easy to loose marks just because of writing errors. To help you get your best grades, we’ve put together a list of our favorite paper writing tricks for your benefit.

 

Start With an Outline

By formulating a strong outline, you remove the possibility of any clarity and have a writing plan! This should be the first step to any essay.

 

Get Someone to Peer Edit your Paper

Sometimes another set of eyes can help you notice errors and fundamental issues with your paper.  A fresh look never hurts!

 

Write Without Fluff

A sure way to get a clear point across in your writing is by avoiding the fluff and instead writing the way you speak.

 

Use Google Scholar

Instead of wasting tons of time trying to find acceptable academic sources, use Google Scholar- a Google search tool that only offers academic articles.

 

Use a “Contradicting Paragraph”

This can be the difference between a B+ and an A! Using a theory or argument that contradicts your thesis in an essay will earn you bonus points with your Prof. Just make sure you don’t forget to include why this view is invalid otherwise it will confuse your argument.

 

Cite with Easybib.com

Don’t spend extra time citing your sources when you can simply copy/paste the URL in Easybib and get a citation generated for you. Whether MLA, APA, or Chicago, you’re sure to get exactly what you need from this cite.

 

Restate your Thesis

Restating your thesis at the end of each argument you make will not only help keep you on track with what you’re writing, but re-elaborates your argument for the reader, reinforcing it at the end of every parameter.

 

Happy writing!