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 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!

 

 

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.

 

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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.

What to do when your friends come visit Montreal

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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.

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!

 

 

5 Free Things to Do in Montreal This Month!

Get busy!

Montreal can be quite an expensive city, but who doesn’t love going out when it’s completely free? We sure do! Next time you’re bored and feel like saving some hard-earned cash, check out one of these five awesome activities that are available to you this July and best of all, completely free!

 

Montreal’s Gay Village

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Enjoy a walk under the rainbow balloons in Montreal’s Gay Village. These balloons are one of St Laurent’s must-see staples, with colours that change annually.

 

Atwater Market

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Soak up the sun and fresh flowers and take a walk in the Atwater Market. Make sure you have your phone because this vegetation is one of the city’s most picturesque.

 

First Fridays

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Check out Montreal’s world renowned food truck culture during the weekly First Fridays festival.

 

Free Yoga

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Change things up and check out Parc Lafontaine’s free yoga classes! Namaste.

 

Beats & BBQ

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Feeling like a party? Check out Abreuvoire’s Beats & BBQ event! We can’t help but check out a party with free admission and chill house music.

 

What are your favorite free things to do in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below!

What to Wear Canada Day 2017

What to wear, where.

Canada Day is always a hard event to dress for – whether man or woman, putting together a solid red and white look can prove to be quite challenging. Luckily, we’re here to provide you with some serious outfit inspo for both men and women’s fashion, to have you wearing Canada proud this weekend!

 

Let’s Start with the Ladies: 5 Great Canada Day Looks for Women

 

The Minimalist

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Pair a red striped shirt with red or white high waisted shorts for a minimalistic yet incredibly stylish look.

 

The Chic

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Catch eyes with your flawless style this Canada Day by using a white or red base with the opposite colour for accessories or tailored pieces. Take it a step further by carefully adding another accent colour to your look such as light blue or black (but beware of tacky-ness).

 

The Chill

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Heading out for a Canada day BBQ or day at the lake? Try a more casual red and white look, perfect for hanging around outside.

 

The Classic

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Not convinced? Go for the classic all white with red lipstick look! Simple & classy.

 

Now for the Men: 5 Great Canada Day Looks for Men

 

The Tailored

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Try a red and white tailored look to really turn heads this weekend. Although slightly more expensive, these staple pieces can easily be mixed into your usual wardrobe as well.

 

The Chill

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Feeling like something more relaxed? Try a casual look with boat shoes and jeans or shorts – pairing red, white, and a little bit of denim to complete your Canada Day look.

 

The Streestyle

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More of a street style type of guy? A red bomber jacket will keep you stylish and in the Canada Day spirit!

 

Laidback – Classy

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Pair your favorite red or white summer pants with the opposite colour top/jacket for a classy yet laid back look this weekend. Perfect for anything from a BBQ to fireworks!

 

The Classic

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Similarily to your female counterparts, if all else fails go for a classic all white look. Guaranteed to kill every single time!

 

How will you express your personal style in collaboration with your Canadian pride this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us in your pictures on Instagram using the handle @stcathys.

 

 

5 Ways to Celebrate Canada Day This Weekend!

O’ Canada.

As you’ve probably heard by now, Canada is turning 150 years old this weekend! Celebrations and homages to the Great White North have been in preparation for weeks now; this Saturday marking the nation’s actual birthday. Whether you’re a visiting student, a Canadian national, or busy a tourist, everyone is invited to celebrate Canada day, alike. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great ways to celebrate our amazing country’s birthday this weekend.

 

Watch the Annual Canada Day Fireworks

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Enjoy a classic Canada Day watching fireworks from countless spots in the city. From La Ronde to Lachine Canal and even Clocktower beach, all of your favorite Montreal hangouts will be hosting an amazing fireworks show.

 

Canada Day Parade

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Take part in the festivities by enjoying Montreal’s annual Canada Day parade. Conveniently situated in the downtown core, grab your favorite red and white pieces and show some Canadian pride!

 

Take a Trip to the Nation’s Capital

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Get in on Canada’s premier birthday party in the nation’s capital. Canada day in Ottawa is unlike any other! Grab some friends and head to Parliament Hill to enjoy countless festivities, a free concert featuring Canadian artists, and some awesome parties.

 

Celebrate in Old Port

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The Old Port of Montreal will have tons of activities and festivities set up for Canada day. From a petting zoo and face painting to inflatable games and delicious food, grab your friends and family and celebrate your nation in Old Port!

 

Check out Montreal Open Air Gallery

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Spend the day outside in Montreal’s Gay Village, as it hosts an amazing open air gallery. With countless amazing art pieces and tents to see while walking the streets, this is the perfect excuse to spend your Canada day outside.

 

What will you do this weekend to celebrate Canada Day in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below.

5 Things to Do The First Day of Summer in Montreal

Summer is upon us!

Guys, we made it – today is officially the first day of summer AND hump day! Needless to say, this gives us the perfect excuse to go out and do something fun in an effort to celebrate the coming of everyone’s favourite season while simultaneously grooming us to get through the rest of the week. To ensure you make the best of  today, we have curated a list of great Montreal activities you can partake in tonight to commemorate the coming of the summer sun:

 

Rent a Bixi

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Enjoy the warming weather by going for a bike ride around our beautiful city.
With Bixi station at every corner, you’re free to ride wherever.

 

Get Some Ice Cream!

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What better way to ring in the summer than with everyone’s favourite summer sugary treat? Better yet, try out one of Montreal’s premier ice cream spots for an especially mouth-watering experience.

 

Chill Out on a Rooftop Terrasse

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Feeling tired after a long day at work? What better way to decompress than enjoying a drink or some apps (maybe both) in the sun at one of Montreal’s amazing rooftop terrasses.

 

Head to Mount Royal

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Okay, we know hiking up the mountain has made countless lists/activity suggestions, but how can we help ourselves? The top of Mount Royal is debatably the best view in the city. Not feeling so adventurous? Then simply take a few minutes to soak up the sun or enjoy a bite in the park. Either way, this is a prime spot to enjoy the first day of summer in Montreal.

 

Enjoy Some Greenery

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From Jardin Botanique to Atwater Market, there are tons of places in Montreal where you can enjoy flowers, fruits, greenery, and so much more! From Japanese-inspired gardens to fresh fruits and vegetables, celebrate the coming of summer at one with nature – or at least getting some fresh food in your system.

 

What will you get up to tonight? If you know of any other great activities to celebrate the first day of summer in Montreal, let us know in the comment section below. Happy first day of summer everyone!