5 Artists you Can’t Miss at Each Day of Osheaga

Party time!

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Guys, Montreal’s best weekend is almost upon us. Yes, you guessed it, Osheaga Music and Arts festival is just around the corner. With over 100 great artists, it’s hard to narrow down which sets are worth checking out. To make it slightly easier, we’ve reviewed the schedule and narrowed down the top 5 must-see artists for each festival day. Read below to find out which 15 sets made our list!

Friday

  1. Griz – EDM lovers, you won’t want to miss this artists’ set.
  2. Justice – Justice is the perfect set to get you and your friends up and dancing!
  3. Lorde – The songbird’s set is sure to hit you right in the feels.
  4. Milky Chance – This indie rock band will not only having you feeling the vibes, but the talented musicians are sure to amaze you as well.
  5. MGMT – Iconic psychedelic rock band is making a stop in Montreal. This set will make you a true Weekend Warrior.

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Saturday

  1. Broken Social Scene – Indie rockers and festival goers alike are sure to love this band’s upbeat yet cool vibe.
  2. Cage the Elephant – We can sum our reasoning up for seeing these guys in a few simple words: There ain’t no rest for the wicked.
  3. Lil Uzi Vert – Hang with the hippest festival goers while Lil Uzi Vert performs his latest album The Perfect Luv Tape.
  4. Major Lazor – Jam out to some of the summer’s greatest hits at this evening set.
  5. Muse – Don’t miss Saturday’s headliners, soft rock band Muse. With many hits and creative songwriting alike, true music lovers are sure to enjoy this set.

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Sunday

  1. Flatbush Zombies – Hip Hop lovers can’t miss Flatbush Zombies. With an amazing album drop this year and a reputation for insanely high energy sets, this is one performance you won’t want to miss.
  2. The Weeknd – The Starboy himself will be gracing Osheaga with his presence. Show your support for this Toronto-native with the other 100 thousand screaming fans on Sunday night.
  3. Die Antword – Ready to get freaky? South African hip hop Die Antword sure is. Ninja, Yolandi and producer God are sure to put on an unforgettable show with arguably some of the most fun songs of the weekend.
  4. Foster the People – What better way to spend an afternoon than listening to Foster the People’s indie pop music live in the sun at Parc Jean Drapeau (trick question, there is none).
  5. Phantogram – Having been sampled by Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, and A$AP Rocky, making great music is only Phantogram’s day job. You will want to see this set as they mix sounds from rock, hip hop, and electronic music. It’s only a matter of time before the trio blows up, so get ahead of the crowd and check out this genre-defying band’s set at Osheaga.

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Will you cop a pair of Osheaga tickets to see these (and more) artist? Check out the full lineup and exact set times as well as stages for each of the mentioned artists by clicking here.  Which artists are you dying to see? Let us know in the comment section below.

Are you still looking for a place to stay? We’ve got you covered, stay with us! Click here to find out more. See you at the festival!

 

 

What to do when your friends come visit Montreal

We can’t wait!

One of the best parts of living in Canada’s (arguably) coolest city, is that your friends from out of town will always want to come visit. Nothing makes you feel more at home and excited than a longtime bestie coming to your new city. The question then becomes, what to do? We have compiled a list of the best activities and places to take your friends from out of town when they come visit, showing them the best of Montreal!

 

Mount Royal

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You aren’t a true Montrealer unless you take your guests to the top of the mountain. #InstaPic anyone?

 

Old Port

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From the actual port and the food trucks to the terraces and zip line, Montreal’s Old Port is the prime place to take your friends. Not only does it display the Metropolitan yet historically rich vibe that ~basically~ defines Montreal, but there’s just so much to do! Spend the day exploring Old Port, ensuring to take a moment to chill in the beauty of the city.

 

Rooftop Drinks

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Whether you prefer the likes of Old Port’s Terasse Bonsecours or W&G on Crescent, you surely have to take your out-of-towner friend to one of Montreal’s rooftop terraces. Nothing says city afternoons like Sangria on a roof.

 

A Montreal Sunday

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From Tam Tams and Beaclub to Picnik Electro, there’s nothing like Sundays in Montreal. Show your friends what it really means to be a Montrealer by taking them to one of the city’s infamous Sunday parties. Whether your guests prefer to party hard (beach club) or relax and take advantage of the city’s Picnic Law (Tam Tams), there’s a Sunday event to suit everyone’s preferences.

 

Brunch

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Like most metropolitan centers, Montrealers love their brunch. Take your visitors to one of Montreal’s premier brunch spots during their weekend in town. A city famous for it’s culinary delights, they are sure to be blown away by any of these awesome spots. For an extra special experience, check out Old Port’s Le Bateau Mouche.

 

Place Des Arts

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Be true to Montreal’s artistic routes by checking out the latest instalment at Place des Arts. At the very least, you’ll be happy to stop by the musical swings.

 

St Laurent

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Check out some great shopping (1861 anyone?), Montreal’s famous gay village and rainbow balloons, and of course La Diperie, in the St Laurent area of the city. If you’re heading out later, don’t miss hitting up some of Montreal’s best clubs situated on the street!

 

Did we miss your favorite Montreal activity? Let us know in the comment section below. Need a place to stay with your friends for a weekend in Montreal? Our student housing serves as a hotel too! Get more information by clicking here.

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.

It’s Official, This is The Best Way to Get Around Montreal!

Never walking again!

Guys, there’s big news in the world of transportation in Montreal this week. As any true Montreal student knows, Bixis are the best. Whether you grab a bike to head to school, get to a friend’s house, or to explore your city, the convenience of Bixi stations all around the city is invaluable. The only unpleasant part of Bixi’s price system is the $100 deposit fee and the fact that a credit card is required to go through with the bike rental. Unfortunately, these requirements have stopped countless tentative Bixi renters, time and time again.

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Luckily, that’s all about to change. This week a joint effort between Bixi and STM was announced. In simpler words, Montreal transportation and Bixi have teamed up to offer a deal for all Montrealers. Now, with the ownership of an OPUS card, any individual is free to rent a Bixi directly from their card! Not only will this increase accessibility for all users, but it means a fundamental switch in their price model. For instance, when renting a Bixi with your Opus card;

  • No more Credit Cards!
  • No $100 Deposit!
  • No Wait times!

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not (thank god). In fact, getting access to the 540 participating Bixi stations is as simple as registering your Opus card on the Bixi site. Register and ride!

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Will you be renting a Bixi bike with your Opus card? We definitely will be. Share your experience with us in the comment section below.

 

Where to Brunch This Weekend in Montreal!

Who doesn’t love a good brunch!?

There’s arguably nothing better than waking up on a groggy weekend morning and heading out with friends or loved ones to brunch! Luckily Montreal is full of world-class culinary experiences (just check out our ice cream bucket list), with brunch spots being absolutely no exception. A few months ago we created a list of 13 mouth-watering brunches offered in Montreal. In fact, our last list was such a hit that we’ve decided to curate a second guide to some more of the city’s top weekend brunch spots. Without further adieu, here are 5 more stops you need to hit on your summer weekend brunch tour of Montreal.

 

Maison Boulud

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A slightly more indulgent outing, Maison Boulud is an elegant French eatery overlooking the Ritz-Carlton’s garden. This is sure to be a classy outing topped off with a delicious meal cooked by the hotel’s head chef.

 

SuWu

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Feeling like a chill Saturday/Sunday morning spot to hangout and grab some equally delicious food? Try rustic eatery SuWu. Not only do they have an amazing brunch, but this cozy spot will have you coming back again and again!

 

Rosewood

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Don’t miss out on Montreal’s best mimosa! Rosewood is not only a nice spot to hangout and grab food any time of the day, but they arguably have once of the best brunch menus in the city – start your morning off right this weekend at Rosewood’s.

 

 

H4C Place Saint-Henri

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This scenic spot is tucked away where an a Montreal post office once was; giving the restaurant a unique ambiance. With a cool environment and a sizeable brunch menu, you won’t regret spending a Saturday or Sunday morning at H4C.

 

Hoogan & Beaufort

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Spend your next Sunday at the charming Hoogan & Beaufort on rue Molson. This atmospheric spot doubles as a great place to take your friends or to venture to during your next brunch date, with an incredible menu sure to please everyone!

 

Did we miss your favorite brunch spot on our previous two lists? If so let us know where you think the best weekend brunch in Montreal is, 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!

 

12 FUN DIY PROJECTS TO SPICE UP YOUR RES ROOM

You can (literally) do it.

In a world where people are daring to be different and continuously re-purposing the old to the new, frequent change has become increasingly inevitable. Don’t let your Res room get lost in time! With many students moving into their own places, we decided to put together a list of some unconventional DIY projects to ensure your room is as remarkable as you are:

Himmel Geometric Sculpture

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The beauty of DIY is the crazy supplies that end in a gorgeous project, and the Himmel Geometric Sculpture is no exception! Made exclusively with cocktail straws, wire, and optional spray paint, this sculpture can spice up any room.

Get the full scoop here:
http://ashandcrafts.com/himmeli-geometric-sculpture/

Crate Bookshelf

Crate Bookshelf

If you’re on a vintage vibe, check out this crate-made bookshelf, easily customized and sure to fit any classic decor.

Get the full scoop here:
http://www.taramichelleinteriors.ca/blog/2015/8/20/diy-crate-bookshelf

Honeycomb Shelf

Honeycomb Shelf

This honeycomb shelf is not only super original and soothing to the eye, but also made extremely simply with the use of Popsicle sticks.

Get the full scoop here:
http://makeanddocrew.com/diy-honeycomb-shelves/

Stepladder Side-table

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Surprisingly stylish, check out this stepladder side table. Made from an old wooden step ladder, this project is especially notable because you can choose the size of the ladder needed for storage, full-size or simply a few steps.

Get the full scoop here:
http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2014/04/stepladder-side-table.html

Marble Mugs

Marble Mugs

We aren’t solely here for your storage needs! Check out these gorgeous marble mugs. They can be easily made with nail polish, and are sure to add some colour and class to your kitchen and mugs.

Get the full scoop here:
https://www.babble.com/home/marble-mugs-using-nail-polish/

Pebble Place Mats

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Back at it again with spicing up the kitchen, next on our list are these pebble place mats. They’re super simple, and after being completed are sure to be one of the most unique pieces in your kitchen or dining area.

Get the full scoop here:
http://www.muyingenioso.com/salvamanteles-utilizando-piedras/
That and more pebble design ideas: http://www.topinspired.com/top-10-beautiful-ways-to-decorate-with-pebbles/2/

Painted Vases

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Not only are these vases a way to get rid of your empties add colour to your room frugally, they can be used in virtually any room, and for much more than just flowers! These vases can arguably be used in all sections of a place from a toothbrush or soap holder, to a place to keep your spices, the sky’s the limit with this fun painted project.

Get the full scoop here:
http://rusticweddingchic.com/diy-painted-vases

Fake Sea Glass

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Another fun glass project; turn any glass bottle or object into seaglass! The smooth, gorgeous, coloured glass to ideal to update any glassware object.

Get the full scoop here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-fake-sea-glass-at-home/

Ice Dyeing

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Like tie dyeing but so hot right now! Ice dying is a really cool abstract art procedure, doable on any pieces of fabric, which is sure to have you running around dyeing all of your possible clothes, pillows, and other available fabric. It’s. Just. So. Cool. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Get the full scoop here:
http://www.bloombakecreate.com/2011/02/ice-dyeing/

Mouse Pad

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And alas, we can’t complete this list without a funky school accessory, and with DIY mouse pads you can customize a mouse pad to your personal style and express yourself while working. This example is made from the brand Supreme’s logo, but again, the sky’s the limit here, and with very simple and affordable materials, what are you waiting for?

Get the full scoop here:
http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-floral-mouse-pad-for-spring/

Flower Letters

Flower Letters

Looking like they’ve been taken straight out of Vogue or from a Kardashian family event, these flower letters are to die for, and incredibly cheap with the use of dollar store faux flowers. I’m surprised we haven’t seen more of them, and suggest hopping on this trend before your friends get to it.

Get the full scoop here:
http://blog.lulus.com/general/blooming-monogram-diy/

Gemstone Soaps

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Not the simplest of projects, but for the ambitious DIY-ers, there are gemstone soaps. With hard work comes a great reward and these soaps are a prime example- with their twist of colours they are sure to be a conversation-piece and an undoubtedly intriguing part of any room.

Get the full scoop here:
http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-gemstone-soaps-my-makerskit-collaboration/