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World’s Best Gamers Get Ready to Battle it Out at 2018 DreamHack Montreal

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Video gamers prepare for 2018 DreamHack Montreal!

The world’s largest competitive video game festival, DreamHack, is coming to Montreal and will take place from September 7th to 9th. This year, the festival will move from Place Bonaventure to Olympic Stadium.

DreamHack Canada

 

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Whether you want to come to check out the world’s most-skilled gamers go head-to-head or take part in activities like cosplay, scavenger hunts and tabletop games, there will be plenty of fun for everyone.

This event is BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer), so make sure your battery is charged!

2018 DreamHack Montreal

Where: Olympic Stadium

When: September 7, 8 and 9

For tickets for this event: Ticketpro

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Dollarama’s New Competitor – Bargain Stop is eBay’s ‘Under $10’ Shop

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It looks like there’s some competition brewing against the Montreal-based extremely successful dollar store – watch out Dollarama ’cause here comes Bargain Stop is eBay’s ‘Under $10’ Shop.

ebay Bargain Stop

 

eBay just changed the online shopping game with the addition of their ‘Under $10’ shop. The shop offers a range of products with free shipping and zero bidding required.

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You can find millions of items ranging from cellphone cases to sunglasses and clothes that won’t empty your wallet.

The General Manager of eBay Canada and Latin America says the new, affordable shop is ‘making it fun and simple’ for shoppers to discover things on the site. To find what you’re looking for, you can browse by category, or check out trending items by price. It may be worth checking out the new shop before making your next purchase!

Montreal is Most Popular Tourist Destination in Canada

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Montreal tourism is red hot. Our great city earned the title of the most popular tourist destination in Canada, last year.

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Tourism Montreal’s latest annual report reveals Montreal saw a 5.1% increase in tourism from 2016 to 2017.

Tourists spent more than $4 billion on business and leisure in Montreal and it earned the title of the most popular tourist destination in Canada, last year.

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There was a significant increase in tourism from France, China, Mexico, and the United States. More than 18.2 million people flew through Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, marking a 13.5% growth in international passenger volume for 2017.

Business tourism and Montreal’s 375th anniversary definitely contributed to the increase in tourism.

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Canada’s Sweethearts Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are Coming to Montreal

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Canada Proud!

The wait is over! Olympians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are coming to Montreal and will be hosted by The Bell Centre at Stars on Ice on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. Tickets are already available online at Evenko.

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Your ticket for Stars on Ice will have you watching a show including not only the 2018 Olympic medalists, but other figure skaters including Katelyn Osmond, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Javier Fernandez, Patrick Chan, and Gabrielle Daleman.

Montreal, Plan Your Staycation in the World’s Third Best Spring Vacation City

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Montreal if officially recognized  internationally as a springtime destination! And it’s in our backyard, so start planning your staycation. 

Montreal ranks in third place in US News & World Report as one of the best places to take a spring vacation.

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The report notes that Montreal weather warms up in the spring, making way for the world renowned Montreal festivals. Let’s not forget the tons of activities, either while highlighting other entertainment to experience, even if it is raining.

Montreal was not alone. It was also accompanied by another Canadian city, Vancouver, BC, which took ninth place. It seems like a staycation is a great way to welcome the spring this year. But if you really want to get away, consider visiting London, the city which took first place.

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Montreal is Home to the Biggest St. Patty’s Day Parade & Now It Has a New Route

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montreal st patrick's day parade 2019

There is no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than to get downtown to the 2018 Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

 2018 Montreal St. Patrick's Day Parade
via @ St Patrick’s Parade Montreal

Everything you Need to Know about the 2018 Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 2018 Montreal St. Patty’s Day Parade is organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal and will take place on  Sunday, March 18th

This year, it will take a different route than in previous years. The parade has spent the last 50 years celebrating along Ste-Catherine Street, but not this year because of extensive construction along the city’s main downtown street.

Instead, the festivities will be found along Maisonneuve Boulevard.

The change of location will not stop the Gaelic music and dancing leprechauns. Put on your best greens and get your share of the luck of the Irish!

The 2018 Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade queen is 23-year-old Kathleen Brown-Vandecruys, a Dorval resident.

2018 Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Where: Corner of Maisonneuve Blvd. and City-Councillors Street.

When: Sunday, March 18 @ Noon

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Cricket Anyone? Loblaws Now Sells Cricket Powder for Protein Power

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Yuck is what most of you are thinking when you read that Loblaws is selling cricket powder – to eat. 

Let’s make no mistake about it. It’s out there now. Loblaws has now brought the protein alternative to grocery stores. Just so you don’t miss it, it’s selling under the President’s Choice label.

If that’s not enough to thrill your tastebuds, you might want to try other insect protein varieties, like honey-mustard flavoured whole crickets or mealworm bolognese sauce.

So, are you interested in eating insects, aka, entomophagy. It’s done worldwide and the most popular “flavours” are beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps and ants.

Pothole Season in Montreal is Officially Here – Drive Safe

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It’s spring so consider yourselves warned – we are in peak pothole season in Montreal.

Montreal Potholes

It doesn’t get worse than this for drivers. Montreal potholes are everywhere! And some are so big they can practically swallow your entire car, or at least, the front end of your car, and leave you with big repair bills.

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Unfortunately, the burden of proof is all yours when you hit one of these craters in our streets. If you don’t, you’re stuck footing the bill to repair whatever damage occurs to your vehicle.

The city of Montreal does try to repair these road hazards, and they turn to residents and drivers to help locate the potholes. All you have to do is download the free app called Montreal-Resident Services. From there you just take a photo and tag it to the location on the map. Or, for the less tech-savvy, just call 311 and report a potentially dangerous crater.

 

Montreal PotholesPotholes come out in spring as a result of mild weather, extreme cold, heavy snowfalls. Water just gets under the pavement and then freezes and thaws and eventually cracks the road’s surface.

All these repairs are just temporary, but at least the city is trying.

Can you guess how many potholes the city of Montreal filled in 2017?

The answer is – are you sitting down?  200,000!

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You Still Have Time to See the Leonard Cohen Exhibit at the MAC Museum

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Montreal Free Museum Day

Hurry because it won’t last long. The Leonard Cohen Exhibit at the MAC Museum in downtown Montreal is happening now. 

Leonard Cohen Exhibit

Leonard Cohen Honoured

If you’re a Leonard Cohen fan, you’ll be pleased to learn that Montreal’s Museum of Contemporary Art introduced a new exhibit in 2017 on the artist’s life. The exhibition is titled ‘A Crack in Everything’ and will honor the Canadian singer’s recent passing. The exhibit ‘pays homage to this global star and touchstone of Montreal culture.’

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The exhibit showcases art from local and international artists who were inspired by Cohen. The work includes various forms of art including, written word, film, visual arts and music.

Leonard Cohen Exhibit

The exhibit opened on November 9, 2017 and will be something you don’t want to miss but it is set to close on April 8, 2018.

For more details, visit the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art website.

Remember, the MAC is closed on Mondays!

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Welcome Spring with a Week Long Montreal Invasion Cocktail Festival

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Get ready because we’re celebrating spring with a week-long Montreal Invasion Cocktail Festival.

Montreal Invasion Cocktail Festival

 

Invasion Cocktail festival is returning this May. The festival’s organizers have confirmed the occurrence of the event from May 14th to 20th, which means Montreal’s locals will have a week to indulge.

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Though the full details of the Invasion 2018 have not been announced yet, this is the 5th edition and is sure to top all the previous editions.

Start marking your calendars, counting down to May 14th and preparing for an epic week!

Check out Invasion Cocktail’s Website for more details.

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Art Lovers Alert – Free Montreal Underground Art Festival is Back!

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The free Montreal underground art festival, Art Souterrain, is back and happening NOW!

free Montreal underground art festival
@Art Sousterrain

The non-profit founded in 2009 is dedicated to showcasing the ‘cultural heritage of Montreal’s underground city.’

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To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Art Souterrain will bring together 98 projects by 94 local and international artists.

The festival’s 2018 theme is Work. It explores the connections between different types of labor and jobs.

Each installation will be displayed in a different underground tunnel in Montreal. In total, Art Souterrain will use several kilometers of underground space and 9 satellite spaces throughout the city.

Where: Various locations around the city. Check Art Souterrain for details.

When: March 3 to 25, 2018

Get Out to the Best Cabane a Sucre Near Montreal Before the Season Ends

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It’s time! The sugar shack season is here! So get out to the best cabane a sucre near Montreal fast.

Best Cabane a Sucre Near Montreal

We live in a great city and Montreal is surrounded by sugar shacks so you won’t have to travel for hours to enjoy this real Quebecois experience.

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Beyond the tasty treats, sugar shacks are fun and most offer great attractions to make the experience even more enjoyable for all ages.

Depending on the type of winter we’ve had, the cabane a sucre season usually starts around mid to late February and ends by April.

So, here are 3 of the best cabane a sucre places around Montreal where you can enjoy this authentic experience…

Best Cabane a Sucre Near Montreal

Sucrerie de la Montagne

In Rigaud, Quebec you’ll find la Sucrerie de la Montagne. There is a horse-drawn sleigh, free tours,and live music. Plus, it’s set on a historic estate with a general store that sells all the maple products they make, as well as a bakery nearby.

Where: 300 Chemin Saint-Georges, Rigaud, QC

Érablière au Sous-Bois Sugar Shack

Get ready for a sweet party at this rustic Mont-Saint-Grégoire sugar shack. This one is really special, with their petting zoo, hiking trails, playgrounds for kids, and dancing at night, and it doesn’t end there! This is a great place to enjoy the Quebec experience for the weekend. You’ll enjoy super food, like sausages and smoked ham dishes, in addition to one of the most extensive maple product selections in the province. You can buy maple jelly and candy, maple chocolate and even maple tea, among many more products.

Where: 150 Chemin du Sous-Bois, Mont-Saint-Grégoire, QC

Cabane a sucre Bouvrette

Not only is there a petting zoo here, but there’s also a train ride to make it an exciting adventure for kids. Enjoy homemade maple syrup, crepes, and sugar pies. Of course, like all sugar shacks, there is always the maple taffy.

Where: 1000 Rue Nobel, Saint-Jérôme, QC

Skateboarders Get Ready! New West Island Skatepark to be Built this Year

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Skateboarders will roll into the the new West Island skatepark as early as this year.

West Island Skatepark

The city of Pointe-Claire will invest a cool $600,000 to create this awesome 12,000 square foot skatepark to be built close to John Rennie High School, at the intersection of Douglas-Shand and Maywood Avenues.

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This is an exciting project that is sure to attract skateboarders from all over Montreal’s West Island and beyond as soon as it’s built. And, 40 athletes can use it at the same time! Up until now, skateboarders have to travel as far as Longueuil, Verdun, or Vaudreuil to to practice.

West Island Skatepark

But this modern park has lots to offer, like street, bowl and half-pipe features, with a 16-foot high capsule that cups one end of the park. And it has a similar feel to the one at the Olympic Stadium.

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Montreal Olympic Park Winter Village Returns

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The 2018 Montreal Olympic Park winter village has officially returned.

Who ever said there was nothing to do during winter? Here’s more proof of the outdoor fun you can have with friends and family.

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It’s on now through March 25, 2018. Hop on the outdoor skating new frozen trail and enjoy lots of other winter fun. Check out the different activities they have and browse the pop-up shops. You’ll discover artisanal products and get some much needed fresh air.

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2018 Flu Deaths in Kids on the Rise

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The flu is more than just a cold, and many don’t understand the differences and how serious it can be.

Across North America, the 2018 flu deaths in kids is worrisome, at least for parents. It’s not that children with underlying conditions are the only ones at risk. Healthy kids can also die after contracting influenza B.

In fact, two kids from the same elementary school in Ontario (Guelph) died because of the flu, and one of the kids had cystic fibrosis.

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To date, there have been SEVEN flu related deaths in children, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, with the last death awaiting to be confirmed whether it is flu related.

The flu shot wasn’t very effective this year, either, although it wouldn’t have hurt to have had one.

According to public health services, the flu is said to be WIDESPREAD in and around Montreal

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