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Holidays/Shopping: The Nutcracker Market

Thursday November 28, 2013

Montreal's Nutcracker Market

The Nutcracker Market offers values such as originality and rarity as far as the selection of merchants, products and services, with a magical setting inspiring a sense of wonder so typical of the holiday spirit. Exhibitor categories include, among others, jewelry, dinnerware, local products, interior and outdoor décor items, body-care products and toys.

  • When: November 28 to December 8, 2013
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Wed: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Thu-Fri: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Sat-Sun: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Montreal Convention Centre (View Map)
  • Official Website

Shopping: SOUK@SAT

Wednesday November 27, 2013

SOUK@SAT holiday market

Looking for a unique gift? Faithful to its mission of showcasing Montreal's coolest creations, Souk@Sat is reuniting once-again as every year, in December, under the same roof, over sixty local artists. The entire SAT space will be transformed into an immense loft filled with a multitude of Montreal's contemporary creations, original, stylish and well-thought-of gifts in a vivid atmosphere.

  • When: November 28 to December 1, 2013
  • Opening Hours: Thu: Noon to 10 p.m.
    Fri-Sat: Noon to 9 p.m.
    Sun: Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) (View Map)
  • Official Website

Holidays/Shopping: Christmas Market at Quebec City's Old Port

Wednesday November 20, 2013

Quebec City's Christmas Market

At Quebec City's Christmas Market, you'll find a variety of food products and handicrafts, perfect to decorate your reception or to give as gifts. Discover more than 70 local producers offering over 1000 exclusive products in a unique decor, the Marché du Vieux-Port de Québec.

  • When: November 21 to December 31, 2013
    Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Marché du Vieux-Port de Québec (View Map)
  • Official Website (in French only)

Exhibition: Scandal! Vice, Crime and Morality in Montreal, 1940-1960

Friday November 15, 2013

Centre d'histoire de Montreal

Discover Montreal's mysterious past: In a neon glow, from 1940s to the 1960s, Montreal moved to the rhythm of its innumerable cabarets and clubs. The city's often smoldering night-life overflowed into the dark corners of illegal gambling houses and beyond the curtains of brothels. Scandal! Had Montreal really become an epicentre of vice and corruption? An inquiry sets out to answer this question.

Festival: Cinemania French Film Festival

Thursday November 7, 2013

Cinemania French Film Festival

Starts today: Cinemania presents the best of this year's francophone cinema, with English subtitles - in a friendly cine-club atmosphere.


It's Montreal's Restaurant Week!

Thursday October 31, 2013

TASTE MTL - Montreal's Restaurant Week

The second edition of Montreal's restaurant week, TASTE MTL, is an invitation to locals and visitors to celebrate the richness and variety of Montreal's culinary scene. For 11 days, TASTE MTL offers the opportunity to discover over 125 restaurants, from neighborhood bistros to top-end restaurants, and take advantage of special, fixed-price menus. For more info, see TASTE MTL: Discover Montreal's Restaurant Week.

Choosing where to dine from so many mouth-watering options can be overwhelming. To help, I have selected 15 restaurants I believe to be the cream of the crop, guaranteed to please even the most discerning diner: 15 Restaurants to Try During TASTE MTL.

There really is no reason not to indulge in the city's delight this month. Good luck with choosing where to go and bon appétit!

November Events in Montreal and Quebec City

Thursday October 31, 2013

First snow in Montreal

November is one of the year's gloomiest months, with most days being cloudy and often rainy and the temperature regularly dipping below zero degrees Celcius, a sure sign of winter to come. It's the perfect month to get cozy and enjoy the province's delicious culinary scene (Montreal's restaurant week, TASTE MTL, is an excellent opportunity to do so) or visit some of the fascinating museum exhibitions happening in both cities.

To make the most of what's happening in November in Montreal and Quebec City, don't miss my monthly guides:

October Events in Montreal and Quebec City

Monday September 30, 2013

Squashes at Montreal's Jean Talon Market

October is a fun and beautiful month to visit Montreal and Quebec City. Lots of Halloween-themed activities are scheduled throughout the month, most of which are family-friendly and present excellent opportunities to enjoy the last beautiful and warmer days of the fall. Be warned though: The weather can be very changing and the first snowfall often occurs in late October (especially in Quebec City), although it usually all melts in a matter of hours. Better come prepared, with warm layers and shoes packed in your suitcase!

To make the most of all that's happening in October in Montreal and Quebec City, don't miss my monthly guides:

And for Halloween inspiration, see:

Exhibitions to Enjoy Right Now in Quebec City

Wednesday September 25, 2013

Planning to visit Quebec City on a rainy weekend? No problem. Here's a list of the best exhibitions happening right now in the city.

  • Paris on Stage. 1889-1914.
    An immersive exhibition that plunges visitors head first into the bustle, effervescence, and energy of Belle Époque Paris.
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  • The Rediscovered Colony
    The epic tale of the first French North American colony revealed after five years of archaeological work on the Cap-Rouge Promontory.
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  • Revelations: Understanding the World Through Art
    Put together to celebrate the Séminaire de Québec's 350th anniversary, the exhibition showcases pieces from the institution's outstanding collection of paintings, engravings, sculptures, and gold and silverwork. 
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  • Game Story
    The history of video games in period ambiances using a variety of visual supports including objects associated with the games themselves. You can play too!
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  • Léopold L. Foulem: Singularities
    The first true retrospective devoted to this artist who places ceramics - as a discipline and not as a material - at the center of his concerns.
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  • The Kaleidoscope: Variations on Glass
    An overview of contemporary glass work and presents a structured approach to its many variations.
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Family/Outdoor Activity: Mont-Sainte-Anne’s Great Colour Adventure

Friday September 20, 2013

Mont Ste-Anne's Fall Foliage Festival

Make the most of the foliage season during Mont-Sainte-Anne's fall festival. Family-friendly activities include hiking trails, inflatable games, bike rentals, paragliding and even an Oktoberfest-themed weekend.

  • When: September 21-22 and 28-29, October 5-6 and 12-14, 2013
  • Where: Mont-Sainte-Anne, 40 minutes out of downtown Quebec City (View Map)
  • Official Website

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