Montreal is a mecca of festivals, we all know it. But, as the weather warms up, we want to see and do more. If you combine this desire with the inherent love of music that can be found in 99% of Montrealers, then you can only come to one possible result - summer of out-of-town music festivals.
We've put together a list of the 10 best music festivals happening in the surrounding areas - all are six hours or less by car. We've got you covered - everything from country to electronic to rock. Get out your calendar, mark all of these down, and get planning for the best summer ever.
Who: Literally everyone you can think of, from Lady Gaga to Billy Joel to Snoop Dogg - the list goes on and on.
Why: Besides all of the big names who will be playing, this festival is Canada's biggest and it would be a shame to miss it. Approximately 1.5 million people attend the Festival d'été de Québec every year, so obviously, they're doing something right. As if all of those reasons weren't enough, here's one more: festival passes (for all 11 days) are only $78 right now!
How: A little under three hours away, it's pretty easy to get there. Here's a tip: if you don't have a car, you can always check out the rideshare listings on Craigslist. It's basically modern hitchhiking... except you pay for it.
Who: Digital Dreams' headliners include Tiesto, Deep Dish, Justice, Victor Calderone, The Chainsmokers (of #selfie fame) and more.
Why: Digital Dreams is, quite literally, the biggest electronic music festival in Canada. It's happening Canada Day weekend which means you don't even have to take any time off from work to attend. Tickets are starting at about $220 for general admission, but if you want to get real fancy, split the 15 person VIP Package with your closest friends ($7,000) - you'll get bottle service, food, incredible seating, vip bathrooms, and so much more. Need convincing? Check out our pictures from Digital Dreams 2013.
How: You can get to Toronto pretty much any way, except maybe walking. Grab a Porter flight to Billy Bishop or get on a train.. it's so easy to get there, you literally have no excuse to not go.
Why: OVO Fest is Drake's music festival and it's ridiculously good. Every year, he always surprises the crowd with awesome, surprise guests and just that alone, is a good reason to attend. Add to that, the fact that everyone raves about the energy of this festival and you've got the recipe for a great time. Single-day passes are about $66 and two-day passes range anywhere from $120 to $350.
How: To really make Drake proud and get in the spirit of OVO Fest, you should probably hop on your private jet, stocked with Hennessy, decked out in tuscan leather.. well, we don't need to tell you, you already know how it is.
Who: AWOLNATION, Rise Against, Papa Roach, Black Tiger Sex Machine
Why: So, you're probably wondering, what is this? 20 years ago, in this town in Eastern Quebec, this festival was created to mimic the fun-loving, peaceful vibe of the original Woodstock. Not Woodstock-y enough for you? Rent a camping area ($45), bring your tent and spend 5 days listening to good music under the stars. Don't be surprised when you see how many people will be there - this festival sees about 78,000 visitors over its length. 5-day passes start at $75.
How: This is really the type of festival that makes you feel like you're in another world - you've never heard of it, it's far away (a little over three hours) and everyone speaks a different language (if you're an anglophone) so, we say, make it a road trip with your friends! Bring a ton of junk food, drinks, disconnect from your life in Montreal for a few days and have a blast. You won't regret it.
When: Festival June 28-29; Club Series June 30; Canada Day July 1
Where: Ottawa, Ontario
Who: All of your favorites - Dada Life, Danny Tenaglia, Fedde Legrand, Victor Calderone, and more
Why: This is a unique experience. June 28th and 29th, live the Escapade Music Festival with local and international talents. June 30th, the Escapade Club Series make its debut - DJs will be taking over clubs all over downtown Ottawa. Finally, it all culminates on July 1st, for a Canada Day celebration of epic proportions. Hold on - wait until you see what this is going to cost you: $139 for 2-day festival pass and $37.50 for the Canada Day party. The Club Series events range between $15-$20. Check out our pictures from Escapade 2013 to die of jealousy.
How: You can walk to Ottawa. No, really, I checked - only 38 hours (gets a little tricky with the highways at one point).
Why: Is Calvin Harris not a good enough reason? Veld is epic rave madness - neon everything, half-naked people, incredible performances - if you don't believe us, just check out how much fun we had last year... Don't lie, you're buying your ticket right now, aren't you?
How: Damn Toronto, why do you have to have so many cool festivals? Not to worry though, we have just as many - if not more - and we know you'll all be flocking to us all summer.
Who: Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips and more.
Why: This festival is brand spanking new and it sounds INCREDIBLE. Four stages, interactive art installations, carnival rides, a game center and more await you at the Hudson Music Project. This three-day event offers something for everyone and is camping-optional. You know what that means - you and your tent are going to be best buds this summer. Don't have a tent or RV? No problem, the festival has 'luxury tents' for all of you glampers out there. 3-day packages start at $199.
How: Ok, so you do need to leave the country for this one, but we think it'll definitely be worth it. Saugerties, NY is only a little over 4 hours away which means, it's actually closer than Toronto! Don't forget your passport!
Who: Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, Modest Mouse, Tegan & Sara
Why: Although a little further away, this festival's indie vibe is the perfect focal point of a road trip with friends. This is an all-ages event with only two stages, which means that you get to see everything - no running around between shows! This would be a great way to kick off your summer of music festivals. Tickets start as low as $50 (one day) and $135 (weekend).
How: Boston Calling takes place during Memorial Day weekend in the US so use that to your advantage! Take Monday off work and explore Boston, find a memorial day party and enjoy!
Who: Blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Billy Talent.. and so, so many more.
Why: This is Canada's largest rock music festival and it's located in the small, quiet town of Montebello. How perfect is that? Tickets for the whole weekend start at $129. These are big names people, so you just know they'll give big performances. Get ready for some head-banging, mosh-pitting good times.
How: Surprise! Although you've never heard of it before, Montebello is only 1.5 hours away from us. Easy as pie! Actually, if you walk, it'd take you less time than your walk to Ottawa (and it'll be a good warm up).
The restaurant came in fifth place nationally with its reports of a little girl from the 19th century, among other ghosts haunting the halls.
As one of the oldest buildings in the country, L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel has witnessed plenty. And with such a long history, there are bound to be some ghosts, right?
Built in 1668 by a French soldier, the building has had many tenants but has predominantly served as a place for folks to eat, drink and spend the night. It was in fact the first auberge in Canada to receive a liquor license way back in 1754, according to its website.
These days, L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel is an upscale restaurant, bar and banquet venue.
The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse in Ontario was found to be the most haunted place in Canada. The Charles Carnell Hospital in Edmonton, an abandoned railroad in rural Saskatchewan, and Waterfront Station in Vancouver rounded out the top five.
As for the spookiest provinces, Casino en ligne put Ontario at the top of the list with 23 haunted locations. It's followed by Alberta (15), Saskatchewan (12), British Columbia (11) and Quebec (10).
According to a new study put out by the EasyPark Group, Montreal is among the top 20 smartest cities in the world, coming in at number 17 among cities with a metro area population of over 3 million people.
EasyPark's Smart & Sustainable Cities Index ranks cities around the world based on data that factors in "digital life, mobility innovation, business tech infrastructure, and sustainability."
With an overall ranking of 82.24 out of 100, Montreal ranked just under cities like Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, and our mortal frenemies, Toronto, which came in 12th place.
First up, in the "digital life" category, Montreal got scores above 80 for "citizen adoption" and "health care innovation." Where we lagged behind was in the "government adoption" and "tech education" subcategories.
Next, in "mobility innovation," our city got big scores for "traffic management" and for our "clean transport" infrastructure. Meanwhile, "parking innovation" got a relatively low score of 73.41 out of 100.
For "business tech infrastructure," Montreal lost a lot of points in the "business innovation" subcategory, claiming only 57.92. It was also held back by its "internet connectivity" score but gained ground with a cool 86.08 out of 100 on the "e-payments" subcategory.
Finally, Montreal was also unfortunately held back by its low-70s scores for its "climate response," "waste management" and "green buildings." Our city made up for these low marks with its performance in the "green energy" subcategory, with a score of 85.62 out of 100.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.