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.

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!

 

 

6 Reasons to Check Out Montreal’s La Ronde

You won’t regret this one.

With so many events to check out in the city throughout the summer, it can be hard to narrow down which ones are really worth doing on your days off. From brunch spots to concerts, the city is home to a plethora of daily and weekly activities. Today, we want to talk about one stop that simply can’t be missed. Montreal’s La Ronde is the city’s premier amusement park. Located at Parc Jean Drapeau, the Six Flags amusement park houses countless roller coasters and rides, sure to offer a thrilling experience. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons you need to spend a day at Montreal’s La Ronde.

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  1. There are over 40 rides and attractions specifically designed for your enjoyment!
  2. The park is offering an amazing sale! Tickets are only $40 for a limited time – a deal you surely won’t get again this summer.
  3. They just launched a new ride called “The Titan” that looks absolutely amazing (check it out for yourself below).
  4. The International Fireworks competition is going on at the parc. This is clearly the perfect way to finish off a day of thrilling adventures at the amusement park.
  5.  There is some seriously good food (and drinks).
  6. It’s a great excuse to try something new!

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Will you head out to La Ronde this summer? We sure will! Share your experience in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

Buy tickets here.

 

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.

 

5 Subscription Boxes You’ve Probably Been Missing out On

Things you love, delivered to your door.

As you’ve probably noticed, subscription boxes have risen to prominence over the last two years. With a bundle of things you love delivered to your door monthly, we understand why this trend has blown up. Now we sit a few years after the trend appropriation, and there’s a subscription box available for everything and anything. We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 favorite boxes we’ve come across, sure to please everyone from nerds to beauty-lovers.

 

Love with Food

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If you like to discover new snacks and healthy alternatives, Love With Food is guaranteed to be your favourite subscription box on the market. This monthly food and snack subscription box aims to help customers discover new organic, all-natural bites. For those that prefer a gluten-free diet, there’s also an option to get gluten-less snacks monthly.

 

Sci-Fan Bloc

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Sci-fi fanatics, this box is for you! Sci-Fan Bloc joins the science fiction and fantasy genres to deliver a subscription box that you’ll love. With 4-6 collectibles and an exclusive T-shirt every month, this crate was made to satisfy your inner nerd.

 

 

DoodleCrate

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Art lovers, Doodle Crate is your chance to get all your required materials delivered directly to your door! This subscription box aims to inspire young makers to learn new skills and gain creative confidence by providing subscribers with a fun DIY design project to create every month.

 

BeautyFix

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BeautyFix is the ultimate subscription box for beauty lovers. Unlike its competitors, this subscription box contains full-size high-quality makeup and beauty  ADD hair products. From eyelash curlers and Dermalogica face wash to beauty blenders and Smashbox mascara, this subscription box will have all beauty lovers ~geeking~.

 

Loot Pets

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Yep, there’s even a subscription box that caters to your pets! With pet accessories, toys, and treats, this box is the ideal box for your beloved pet friend.

 

 

Did we miss your favorite subscription box? Let us know which boxes you subscribe to in the comment section below.