Montreal Things to Do Tips by Gwenvar
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This weekend there is the Montreal High Lights Festival occuring hand in hand with the Lights Festival, better known as Le Festival des Lumières, where Montrealers celebrate winter in all it's glory. Especially on the night of the 3rd of March to the 4 th of March, when practically everything of a cultural nature is going to be open all night long. There are going to be a great number of events to attend, amongst them a night dancing to dj's music on Ste-Catherine street (in front of the Place des Arts). The Usine C in collaboration with the Sat are organising a great event http://www.elektrafestival.ca/. If your in town this weekend, it's no time to sleep!!! Even museums are supposed to stay open all night! ;-) Who said that winter was boring?
Elecktra is a Digital Arts Festival,
where events and performances are presented, often interactive ones to a public from all walks of life, who are curious enough to see what others' dreams are made of. For the imagination is constantly appealed to.
Made in collaboration with many Organizations and Companies who are knowned for their avant-garde visions on Electronic Arts, they showcase, to paraphrase them, "artists and works that combine innovative electronic music and creative imagery derived from new technologies (animation, installations and robotics). It is a nexus where the latest in digital technology meets diverse mediums, such as music, video, cinema, design, gaming and sound/interactive installations...While the event attracts avant-garde artists from around the world, it also shines the spotlight on home-grown talent, positioning Montreal as one of the North American hub for the electronic arts. "
You can find some interesting images, on their web site.
Click here for access to their BLOG
The seventh edition of the Elektra Festival, will be from the 9th through 14th of May 2006.
Address: East part of downtown
Directions: Their venues are situated around the East part of downtown Montreal.
Other Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are coming during halloween season, you won't be out of things to do.
There are things to do for all ages . Amongst them is the festival in Old Montreal called "La Grande Mascarade". It lasts for about 4 days. They have free oustide activities; not expensive theatrical type activities, costume parties with DJs for the older children, etc, etc...
Go to their web site, it will be better for explanations, than I would.
All I can say, is that it's great fun!!!
Address: Old Montreal
Directions: Metro Champs-de-Mars or Place-D'Armes. See map
Other Contact: email@example.com
Phone: (514) 712-0612
Daily Walk On The Mount-Royal
City of snow and of tunnels, where winter seems never to be ceasing, we wonder if we'll transform into moles by the end of it. That would be, if we did'nt have our beautiful Parc du Mont-Royal, our mountain in the middle of our island, and our multitude of parks and skating rinks.
This is where I learned to ski, both cross-country (there are 20 km of trails) and downhill and both with my cross-country skis, I don't suggest trying the later. Younger and older children can have fun tobogganing and tub sliding. When your older, you usually go at night with your friends, especially if there was a fresh fall of snow. And there are snowshoeing trails as well as ice skating. You can rent some equipment at the Beaver Lake pavilion.
In summer, thought, when we have our warm temperature back, then again do we go and enjoy our mountain. Sometimes for the Tam-tams, which are so many being percutionned that you can hear them well before you arrive. They are out as soon as the last snow has melted, as in this cold climate we take everything we can of the warm weather. Others go to participate or look at medieval tournaments. Made just for the fun of it, nothing organised. But fun enought for people who enjoy reenacting such battles.
Other than that, you can simply go and have a long nice walk amongst the trees, in small paths or on larger ones. And rent a pedal boat atop. Or rent a bike and go on the mountain biking paths.
Map of the park
Some history facts:
In 1535, Jacques Cartier climbed the mountain guided by the native inhabitants of Hochelaga (Native name for Montreal), and named it Mont-Royal. And in1874, Frederick Law Olmsted is hired by the City of Montreal to draft plans for the park. The same landscape architect who design Central Park, in New York.
To drive to the Mont-Royal Park: Car: Avenue Du Parc and take Voie Camilien-Houde to go up, there's lots of parking spaces.
Le MontRoyal driving instructions
Address: By Park Avenue and/or Cote-Des-Neiges
Directions: From Place-Des-Arts Metro, Jeanne-Mance exit, take either bus 129, 80 or 535 towards the North. It's hard to miss.
From Mont-Royal Metro, Only one exit, take either the 11 bus the only one that can take you all the way up the mountain or the 97 bus.
A Smoken' Dragon
Halloween is something that we take very seriously over here...as serious as we can be with a witch's hat on our heads...and a crooked nose on our faces.
Ok! Ok! we're not serious at all, but it's a good thing, since we create tons of activities for kids of all ages. And one of them is this fun labyrinth that the people at the Botanical Garden re-invent every year, during their Great Pumpkin Ball. I saw adults of fifty getting more lost than some of the kids, and looking like they had the time of their lives! They were really cute to watch.
The Pumkin Ball usually lasts from October 4th to 31th.
Other actvities are their Pumkin-Decorating Contest exhibition in their greenhouse, and the Magic of Lanterns in their Chinese garden. Both to see in two other " Things to do tip".
Address: 4101, Sherbrooke East, Montreal
Directions: Montreal's Botanical Garden, one block North of PieIX Metro
(Green line, direction Honore-Beaugrand). From downtown take Sherbrooke all the way to the East, till corner PieIX.
Phone: (514) 872-1400
The Museum Of Contemporary Art Of Montreal was founded by the Quebec government in 1964. Since then it has presented Contemporary Art Exhibitions from Quebec, Canada and the rest of the World, and has gained a Permanent Collection comprising some 7,000 works. It has a Media Centre which is Canada's largest library devoted to contemporary art. The Museum also hosts multimedia events, including performance, new dance, experimental theatre, contemporary music, video and film. On top of Daily Workshops for every age.
Here is the page containing General information about the Museum.
They have a Restaurant called La Rotonde which is very good but costly. As well as a Bookstore (Olivieri) doubling as a Cafe.
Map for directions.
Address: 185 Ste-Catherine West, Montreal, QC
Directions: On the Place des Arts site opposite Complexe Desjardins. Place-des-Arts metro. Bus numbers that you may take are : 15, 55, 80, 129, 535.
Other Contact: Fax : (514) 847-6291
Phone: (514) 847-6226
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