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.

You Need to Check out These Websites Right Now!

Ah, the internet.

Who doesn’t love wasting countless hours surfing the web? Okay, so maybe it’s a guilty pleasure. Either way, cool new websites are always launching yet often missed by internet-lovers due to the abundance of content on the internet. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of our top 3 cool sites that you may be missing, but are seriously worth checking out!

 

Girlboss.com

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Created by the amazing Sophia Amoruso – CEO/founder of everyone’s favorite clothing site Nastygal, GirlBoss.com is the perfect spot to read thought-provoking articles on just about anything! From health to beauty and business, this site is the ideal answer for anyone looking to get productive and interesting insights while simultaneously wasting time on the internet (it’s called multitasking, duh!). 

 

Producthunt.com

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Another great site for those interested in business, Product Hunt is keeping you updated on the latest products and news in an inherently entertaining fashion. A personal favourite, this website is worth checking out whether

 

Iwastesomuchtime.com

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This website says it all directly in the name – it is your hub to waste so much time. From hilarious videos to thought-provoking infographics, you will be hooked from the first page on.

 

Which websites do you visit to get caught in the spiral of the internet? Let us know in the comment section below or tag @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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Your Ultimate Guide to Osheaga 2017

It’s time!

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Everybody’s favourite weekend has finally arrived; it’s time for Osheaga once again. The 3-day music and arts festival kicks off tomorrow afternoon marking 3 days of non-stop music, events, and contemporary art displays. Whether you’re on Osh veteran or a heading out for the first time this year, the festival can be absolutely hectic. To help you navigate the chaos and get the best out of your weekend, we’ve created the ultimate Osheaga 2017 Handbook composed of essential tips and tricks to assure a magical time.

 

#1 Plan ahead- download the app.

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Don’t end up telling your Osheaga story with the line “Oh no we didn’t know what stage they were on/when they were playing so we missed them”-  plan ahead! The official Osheaga 2017 mobile app is your go-to tool. Not only is jammed packed with features to get you hyped for the festival, but there’s both a comprehensive lineup overview with dates, times, and stages, as well as an awesome functionality to create your own schedule complete with notifications. That’s right, there’s no excuse not to plan (and stick to) the perfect schedule for this weekend.

 

#2 Bring lots of water… for the line.

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With copious amounts of people in attendance and a forecast of sunny hot weather, bringing water for the lineup in is absolutely essential. Although you can’t bring outside liquids in, it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the wait – which can amount to anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes. Oh, and pre-hydration is the also a great way to avoid $5 water bottles for a little while at least.

 

#3 Visit Osheaga Village.

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You can’t complete the Osheaga experience without spending some time in Osheaga Village. Perfect for some downtime between sets, Osheaga Village spans through the park and forest areas of Parc Jean Drapeau. Consisting of amazing interactive and static art setups, spots to chill, games, and other attractions, this section of the festival is worth checking out just as much as the shows.

 

#4 Check out the commercial areas.

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Another great Osheaga perk? There’s a ton of free stuff. From shoes and clothes to energy drinks and makeup, the commercial area is filled with top brands setting up fun activations for festival goers to enjoy. Need some convincing? Last year NYX Cosmetics set up a free touch up station, while Vans Montreal opened a mini skate park, and H&M had a full on party going on inside their tent. Needless to say, the commercial is definitely a must-see for new and veteran Osheaga goers alike.

 

#5 Eat something delicious.

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Have you been to First Fridays yet? If not, you’re in luck as Montreal’s awesome food truck scene shows up for the fun at Osheaga. From iced coffee spots to mid-day waffles or Montreal favorite Mandy’s, the food choices at this festival are nothing short of amazing. Get the full experience by trying one of the many great food options this weekend, you surely won’t regret it.

 

You are now officially ready for Osheaga! Did we miss one of your favorite festival prep steps? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us on Instagram at @stcathys.

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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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The Just for Laughs Shows You Can’t Miss!

Now that’s comedy.

Montreal has a seriously good comedy scene. From The Comedy Nest to Montreal Improv, it seems like there’s a comedy club on every corner. Moreso, with Montreal’s famous Just for Laughs comedy festival in full swing, we decided it was time for a good laugh. If you’re also in the mood for a gut-busting chuckle, you’re in luck – we’ve compiled a list of the top JFL shows you can’t miss.

 

Rusell Peters

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Renowned Canadian comic Russell Peters is hosting a free event this Thursday night, starring hip hop greats and comedians alike, including Naughty by Nature. This show is sure to be an exciting art-filled night, sure to leave you both laughing and entertained.

 

Jerry Seinfeld

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Catch comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld TONIGHT for his performance at the Montreal Centre Bell. Joined by Gad Elmaleh, this show is sure to have any old school comedy fan in a laughing frenzy,

The Jane Krakowski Gala

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The hilarious Jane Krakowski will be hosting a JFL comedy gala this Friday at Place des Arts. As if she’s not hilarious enough on her own, her guests include renowned comedians Chris D’Elia, Jen Kirkman, Sean Emeny, Tituss Burgess, and Eman El Husseini, among others.

 

Craig Ferguson

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Funny man Craig Ferguson is performing his latest comedy show on July 29th at the Monument National Ludger Duvernay Theatre. This is sure to be a great show with an extra lively crowd as it will be filmed for his second Netflix special.

 

The Laverne Cox Gala

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Orange is the New Black superstar Laverne Cox is coming to Montreal this Saturday at Place des Arts! With special guests Gerry Dee (Mr. D) and Bryan Callen (Hangover, Ride Along, and more), these well-seasoned comics are sure to have you falling over with joy.

 

Will you check out one of these great comedy shows? We sure will! Share your experience or inform us of any other great comedy shows you’ll be attending in the comment section below or by tagging @stctahys 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 Montreal Restaurants You Need to Try This Summer!

We hope you’re hungry.

Montreal is a city known for its culinary experiences. With many renowned chefs, diverse environments and sly city ambiances, there’s a new restaurant worth visiting for every day of the summer. In an effort to avoid compiling a list with over 100 restaurants, we’ve decided to pick our top 6 – one for each remaining weekend of the summer. Join us, on this culinary tour of Montreal-based restaurants.

 

Bevo

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A personal favorite, Bevo in Old Montreal is the perfect evening stop. With amazing pizza and Italian-inspired food, gluten free options, and a large (and delicious) drink menu, you won’t regret hitting this spot up.

 

Terasse Nelligan

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This Montreal hot spot knows how to serve a great dish. If you’re into seafood or finger foods, definitely check out Terasse Nelligan in Old Port. To top it off, they have an amazing brunch, make your own mimosa kits (for only $40!), and one of the best views in the city.

 

Augusto Al Gusto
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This Verdun-based latin restaurant is seriously a hidden gem. Augusto Al Gusto not only knows how to serve an unbeatable meal with huge portions, but the ambiance is quiet and charming, making it the perfect place to grab a bite with your special someone. A word to the wise – you’re best to try this place on an empty stomach.

 

Jardin Nelson

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Feeling like a livelier setting? Downtown’s Jardin Nelson has you covered. Dine on this garden-inspire terasse, with live music and one of Montreal’s best Sangrias!

 

Warehouse

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Nothing beats a five dollar meal on Montreal’s lively Crescent Street. Warehouse Montreal is one of the most delicious stops for hungry individuals on a budget. With each meal costing but $5 and a vibrant atmosphere, this spot is sure to house the best deal (and meal) in the city.

 

Accords

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What’s better than a gorgeous environment, and a selection of wines paired with Quebec-sourced dishes? Well, nothing – and Bistro Accords knows that. This scenic bistro is the perfect restaurant to hit any time of the day!

 

 

We’ve worked up an appetite just making this list! Did we miss your favorite Montreal restaurant? Let us know in the comment section below.