5 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Montreal

Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner (literally, it’s tomorrow)! Did it sneak up on you? Don’t worry, if you haven’t quite gotten around to planning something mind-blowing for your special someone, it’s not too late – check out our list of 5 exciting things to do in Montreal this Valentine’s Day.

Carriage Ride

old_montreal

Take your date on a romantic excursion in Old Montreal! The city has horse-drawn carriage rides every 60 minutes that take you on a scenic tour of Old Port for two!

 

Doggy/Cat Cafe

cat cafe

Dating an animal lover? Take your s/o to either Le Doggy Cafe or the Cat Cafe based on their animal preferences (of course).

 

Le Blossom

le-blossom-bar-winter-things-to-do-montreal

Not only will your s/o absolutely love the ambiance and giant pink blossom tree inside the restaurant setting the perfect scene for romance, but Le Blossom’s sushi and sake are absolute to die for!

 

Bota Bota

BotaBota2

If you really want to spice it up and surprise your s/o, try booking a romantic spa day or evening for two at Bota Bota. From the view to the service, the Old Port staple will surely blow you and your date away!

 

Keməstrē Bar Gourmet

Catering-Main-Pic

Feel like indulging in some drinks and delicious food? Keməstrē is your place to be! Try their excellent mixology drinks created by luxury vodka brand Grey Goose and the delectable bites from a menu curated by one of North America’s top Chef; Joe Mercuri. Oh, not to mention it’s right next door!

 

What will you and your Valentine do on this special day in Montreal? Share your experience with us in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

We’ve Just Made Your Weekend Plans!

It’s time for an unforgettable experience.

igloofest

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

igloofest

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

Igloofest-Slide-Lea-Lacroix-e1452621116371

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

257932_d39938bb8188c35b9f5b0b7592ea2561b61fdab7.jpg_facebook

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.

igloofest

 

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

27eaf1df4dfc33748eb8f6817fd6215d6f7d2a3a.png_1200x630

 

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

spas

 

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

Mens-Blanket-Fashion-Manket-5

 

Stage a Staycation at a Montreal hotel or Air BnB.

257230_21af6b92a4822dd0053c074f5938944637bb232c.png_facebook

 

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

original

 

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

2f6cfc57cd65caa0718a94d10ea790bd--indoor-picnic-party-picknick-party

 

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

Google-Review-Image-Main-page

 

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

biodome

 

Take a cute photo in your favorite winter wear.

large

 

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

0588c2_506fb7ccf0c94f009052c0c17a39df6a_mv2

 

Brace the cold and going skiing at Parc Mont Royale.

2014-02-04-Enjoying-a-nice-winter-day

 

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

LMP003_Montreal_Museum_of_Contemporary_Art_01

 

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

hpb

 

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

bcd9975576a075de2e3a9d555625a29d--happy-tea-happy-coffee

 

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

20398721_208783142985186_4862958596134010880_n

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

croisieres_aml_montreal_2

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

clock-tower-beach-02

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

17817578_1834377393490258_7568816360873000960_n

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

post-fest-public-picks

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

russell-peters

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

689954-jerry-seinfeld-et-gad-elmaleh-950x0-2

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

jane-krakowski-745x490-bio

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

 

Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson on the CBS' THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON scheduled to air on July 15, 2013 the CBS Television Network.  Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS �©2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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

DFhvHxuXYAE1cON

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

Luskville_from_hills

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

gondola

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 

muskoka

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

download

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

nyc

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!

osheaga-2016_928x400

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.

MGMT-compressed

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.

2015Week_ItunesMusicFestival_Press_8_240915-1

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.

1f93276372110ae0ead9e43f2d274648ec4f2617.png_970x400

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

mountroyal2

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

 

Old Port

Old port adventure

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

bonsecours2

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

picnik1

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

brunch featured

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

swings

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

la dip

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 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

bixi

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!

18722219_284870358640286_3808890337984774144_n

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

nellligan2

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

mountroyal2

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

botanic

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!

 

10 PRODUCTS YOU’VE PROBABLY BEEN MISSING OUT ON

That new new.

Here at St Cathy’s, we try to never miss a beat- and there’s no exception when it comes to new products and trends. To keep you up-to-date (and just to inform you on some really awesome products), here’s a list featuring some of our favorite new or less popular products that we believe should be on your radar:

 

LED Slippers

LED slippers

Never slip on something you left laying around that jumps out at you in the night, ever, again with the help of these awesome LED slippers.

 

Retouch Magic

Point.-Shoot camera

Attention Instagram “stars”, this one’s for you! This Camera will allow you to refocus your photos after they’re taken- goodbye blurry selfies.

 

Laser Guided Scissors

laser-guided-scissors

From an engineer to a clothing designer, these laser guided scissors will absolutely do the trick when it comes to cutting in a straight line. I think this should just be scissor standard, don’t you?

 

Virtual Keyboard

virtual keyboard

Laptop broken? An outstanding paper that needs to be written while you don’t have computer access? Wiping out legit all of your homework/work excuses, is this virtual keyboard that produced a functional keyboard on any surface. Is this a gift or a curse?

 

Floating Speakers

floating speakers

If you’re preparing for a pool party, and feel that your Bluetooth speaker just doesn’t do the job, check out these floating speakers – sure to be the talk of the of the party!

 

Wifi Enhancer

WiFi-Antenna-Booster

Because I don’t care if the router is downstairs and my room is upstairs; I still wanna watch Netflix in bed.

 

Never Wet

neverwet

Don’t ruin your white shoes! I bet you’ve been waiting for this one for years (and RIP to all the corresponding white shoes).

 

To-Do List Temporary Tattoo

to do tatto

Never be without your to-do list, even if you lose that measly piece of paper or your phone dies, with this awesome (and non-toxic) to-do list tattoo.

 

The Self Mixing Mug

self mug

self stirring glass

No spills, no burns, and less dishes- say hi to the self-mixing mug. Yes, it’s time to make your morning even easier.

 

Solar Powered Tent

solar tent

With enough possible solar power to light up the tent and power small appliances, this solar powered tent is sure to be in your thoughts (and dreams) before your next camping trip.