We’ve Just Made Your Weekend Plans!

It’s time for an unforgettable experience.

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As Thursday rolls around, you’re likely starting to think about the weekend. Do you have plans already? Well, cancel them. – because this weekend is the last weekend of Montreal’s famous winter music festival Igloofest. Attracting some of the world’s best DJs and music producers, Igloofest is a highlight of any young Montrealers winter. Check out our schedule below to find out when (and why) you need to be at this festival this weekend in Montreal!

Thursday

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The fun starts tonight! Kannibalen Records – the label behind Snails, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Apashe, and many more, shows the city what home-made talent really is with some of their biggest names performing this evening. From DJ ESCO and Vnce Carter Dabin on one stage to Apashe and Black Tiger Sex Machine, tonight will surely set the tone for Igloofest’s final weekend. Get tickets here.

Friday

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Day 2 of Igloofest’s final weekend promises to be just as entertaining, especially for those like deeper styles of electronic music. Tone Depth, Sasha & John Digweed, and Pulses, promise to deliver the ambiance and funk (and vibe) you’re looking for on a Friday night. Don’t forget to check out the awesome winter ice slides! Get tickets here. 

Saturday

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What better way to end the day after the St Cathy’s Olympics games by heading to Old Port for an unmatched dance music show. Finish up your weekend and Igloofest at the festival’s final event. Sure to have many surprises in store, Igloofest’s closing night will feature shows from 14 artists, including renowned producers Worakls and Mike Laz. This will surely be an unforgettable show – and definitely something you won’t want to wait another year to experience. Don’t miss out; get your tickets here.

Are you ready for the best winter weekend of the year? Share your Igloofest experience with us by tagging @stcathys on social media. We can’t wait to see how you braved a Montreal winter for the love of music!

15 Ways to Spend a Cold Day in Montreal

Ah, Canadian Winters.

As we ring in mid-January in Montreal, it’s no surprise that there’s been some seriously frigid weather and large snowfalls. As we know all too well, it won’t stop here – the coldest days are upon us with some that have yet to come. With such weather, signature Montreal activities often become limited. Instead, next time you’re ~basically too cold to move~,  try one of these 15 fun things to do in city’s cold, cold weather.

Dance it off at Montreal’s premier winter festival; Igloofest.

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Warm your insides with a hot coffee from downtown’s newest cafe, Cafe Jouney.

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Sweat it out at one of Montreal’s premier spas … but be sure to stay in the warm baths!

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Go shopping for an absurdly over-sized blanket scarf, and then wear it.

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Stage a Staycation at a Montreal hotel or Air BnB.

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Whip out your warm socks and hot cocoa, and binge-watch your favorite Netflix show.

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Don’t be constrained just because it’s too cold (and snowy) to enjoy a real picnic, create yourself an indoor picnic!

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Get liquid warmth at Montreal’s newest mixology bistro Kemestre Gourmet Bar.

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Hangout in tropic-assimilated weather at Montreal’s Biodome.

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Take a cute photo in your favorite winter wear.

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Grab your favorite friends/family and make a board game day/night!

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Brace the cold and going skiing at Parc Mont Royale.

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Culture always beats cold! Spend the day at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Grab your bestie and try making one of these awesome (and healthy-ish) recipes.

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When all else fails, curl up with some tea and one of these great books.

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We’re ready to brace the cold! How will you beat the cold this winter in Montreal? Share your experience and photos with us on Instagram.

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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 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.

 

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.

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 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!

 

 

 

 

 

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!