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).
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Quebec comedian Eddy King has cancelled a set of shows in Quebec City on November 30 following the violent arrest of a Black teenager by local police. In a statement posted to social media, King called police actions "heinous."
"Unfortunately, given the serious incident involving the SPVQ that we all witnessed this weekend, it is impossible in my soul and conscience to give these performances knowing that these heinous acts are still not subject to sanctions at this time," King wrote.
A widely circulated video shows the forceful arrest of 18-year-old Pacifique Niyokwizera. Officers are shown beating the teenager and kicking snow in his face while he is on the ground.
King had planned to perform for public servants and city volunteers in Quebec City.
"Like the rest of Quebec, I am still in shock from the images I saw and I don't have the heart to make people laugh in this context," he said, expressing his "discomfort" at potentially performing in front of members of the SPVQ, who are part of the city's public service.
King says that he spoke with new Quebec City Mayor Bruno Marchand about the incident and was pleased that Marchand "took his time to listen to me."
"I would also like to emphasize that, despite this horrible event, I still have as much love for the city of Quebec and its friendly public," said King.
Why You Need To Go: This historical town already has a major French influence and when the snow hits, it feels even more like you've taken a trip to France. And when you get cold, step into the Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine — it feels a whole lot like the Notre-Dame de Paris.
Why You Need To Go: Ice hotels can be found all across Europe during the winter, in countries like Germany, Finland and Norway. But, if you can't make it all the way out there, you can also visit Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier's Hôtel de Glace for a similar experience.
Why You Need To Go: Just a short drive from Montreal, this borough in the town of Longueuil has that same oh-so-magical feeling that you get when walking through the streets of Belgium during the holiday season. So you don't even need to go far to see a little European charm.
Why You Need To Go: Baie-Saint-Paul has all kinds of local boutiques, cafés and churches to explore, just like in little European towns. So if you can't afford a flight to Austria this winter, this spot is the next best thing.
Why You Need To Go: Wanna feel like you're skiing in the Swiss Alps without having to buy a plane ticket? Sommet Saint-Sauveur can provide that exact feeling. When the night hits and the slopes start to light up, your eyes may just be fooled into thinking you've found yourself in the Swiss town of Zermatt.
Why You Need To Go: Located in the Charlevoix region, Saint-Siméon is right by the water, giving it a real Norwegian feel during the winter. Plus, there's a ton to see while you're there. Between the village of Saint-Siméon, Port-au-Persil and Baie-des-Rochers, it's definitely worth the road trip.
Why You Need To Go: Yes, we know — This one is a little obvious, and it's a city rather than a town... But seriously, Quebec City during the winter couldn't have more European charm to it. And it's only a short road trip from Montreal! The German Christmas Market is an absolute must-see during the holiday season.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
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).