It is the holidays! We truly wish you all had a great time with your beloved family, you received great gifts and hopefully a bit of money, but now...it's time to spend it! Christmas times do not only mean family and hot chocolates, it also means partying with your friends because we know you get tired of that creepy uncle or that annoying aunt pretty quickly. This week once again, MTL Blog Events is proud to present the top 15 things to do in Montreal this weekend.
- Thursday, December 25th
Blizzmas gives you the best of two worlds. You can now celebrate Christmas with friends and beloved ones, but at Blizzarts with a great Dj and tasty booze! View Event>
Le Noël Des Mal-Aimés at Clébard is your chance to celebrate Christmas with the holiday classics. Clebard opens up its doors with open arms, no questions asked, just gifts and drinks. View Event>
Christmas Night Party hosted by our russian and jewish lovely fellows will have you enjoy your Christmas night with Go Go Dancers, bottles and a great european atmosphere! View Event>
Xmas Sweater Party at Stereobar will leave you speechless! For the 25th, what better way to enjoy the festivities than rave and party hard on insane techno vibes! View Event>
- Friday, December 26th
Ostrich, House & Techno DJ from Montreal tears down the house at Stereobar this Friday night! View Event>
House Voltage Night with Paris and Simo , DJs coming from Australia is happening Friday after club hours for the best after-hours party during Christmas holidays! View Event>
Dubsquad IV with Subfiltronik from the United Kingdoms is about to EXPLODE Le Belmont on the boxing day! Hosted by Hochelag Massive and with the support of many local electro DJs, you better check it out. View Event>
LUMEN at New City Gas has a HUGE performances for you guys from the 26th to the 28th. Oh yes! The one and only, Hardwell is coming to destroy Montreal on Boxing Day (26th)! View Event>
Flex Fridays at Tokyo Bar is a weekly you do not want to miss. Tokyo Bar is always filled up with ladies adn gents, cheap drinks and top40 music to help you lose it and forget the awkward family moments of the holidays! View Event>
- Saturday, December 27th
MightyKat & Ohm Hourani will provide your weekly dose of madness before the year starts off! Head to Salon Daome on Saturday night to groove all night long. View Event>
Solomun & Paolo Rocco are about to rock Stereo, the #1 after-hours in North America located at the Metro Station Berri-Uqam in the center of Montreal! View Event>
Prosumer & Jalil are your DJs from 10 to 3 at Stereobar right before you go up to Stereo to enjoy the night...or morning. It's a common thing to say Holidays are there to give you time to relax, we don't believe that. Holidays are there to give you more time to party. View Event>
L'AUTRE NOEL with FREE POUTINE by the one and only Dirty Dogs will give you a filled up stomach in the trashiest way possible. Electro and Bass music to the rendez-vous with this crazy event on Saturday Night hosted by Trash Family at the legendary venue Le Belmont! View Event>
- Sunday, December 28th
Keep It 100 at Mme.Lee is always a god damn blast! For their 5th Edition they have DJ Truspin, Sagewondah and special guest Moody Jones to bring the house down. View Event>
Jazz & Dilla is THE weekly to chill and grab a beer in a beautiful venue and cozy atmosphere in NDG! View Event>
In what can only be described as the ultimate fine dining experience, Tampa Bay Lightning player and Montrealer Mathieu Joseph brought the Stanley Cup to Montréal-Nord this weekend and ate a giant poutine out of it.
Hockey's holy chalice has had many things in it from beer to a baptized baby but never poutine — at least as far as we can tell!
Now that’s fine dining. 🏆🤌
Located at the corner of Chemin de la Côte-Saint-Antoine and Avenue Harvard, the flowers average about 7 feet tall, with the tallest ones reaching close to 10 feet, according to Jérôme Lussier, who planted them.
Lussier told MTL Blog he has been growing flowers and vegetables in the curb extension near his house — with permission from the borough — since last summer, turning the space into a community garden.
The Flowers Get The Boot
Lussier said he was alerted to an August 3 Facebook post by Peter McQueen, city councillor for Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, stating that the flowers exceed a three-foot height limit. According to the post, the sunflowers had to be replanted within six days or the city would cut them down.
"I'm all for planting, beautifying [...] residents doing their own thing," McQueen told MTL Blog. "But they are right where a car coming up Harvard [would be] looking to see if a car is coming down Côte-Saint-Antoine, blocking their view of that car. And that is no question a dangerous situation."
Residents React To The News
Lussier told MTL Blog he understands why he needs to take down the sunflowers — especially since the seeds came from a kit and he didn't know which variety they were or how high they'd grow. But other neighbourhood residents criticized the city's decision on an NDG Facebook group.
"Beware the killer sunflowers!" wrote Tanya Maria. "My point is that a compromise could've been found instead of just ripping them up."
"People need to see beauty now, colour and feel good again especially after the long haul of Covid," wrote Missy M. "Let it grow it's a special magical site that brings people joy, sunflowers have amazing energy."
Missy, who referred to the situation as "Sunflowermagedden," also questioned why the borough wasn't more concerned with bigger issues, such as renovictions and malfunctioning street lights, instead of focusing on the sunflowers.
Meanwhile, other commenters agreed with the city's decision.
"No way you'd be able to see me crossing the street in my wheelchair with these in the way. Safety first," wrote Alison Levine.
Montrealers Can Adopt A Sunflower
People have already begun reaching out to Lussier, he said, expressing interest in adopting the plants in an attempt to replant them.
Lussier said he plans to remove the plants Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.
If you're interested in taking some home, he asks you to show up to the corner of Côte-Saint-Antoine and Avenue with appropriate containers.
"I can totally understand why people have become attached to them. I have become attached to them in a way. You know, they're flowers with big personalities. And they are an unusual sight," Lussier said.
For now, there are a number of other plants still thriving in the community garden, including cucumber and basil. Lussier said he may plant sunflowers in the same spot next year — but "a smaller variety."
The people behind Flamos Peri Peri Chicken are betting that a new twist on a classic recipe will help them break into Montreal's crowded chicken market.
The brand-new chain restaurant recently opened its first location at 72, boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Châteauguay with a menu inspired by African, South American and European flavours and headlined with a unique and interesting twist on classic piri piri chicken.
Courtesy of Flamos Peri Peri Chicken
By all accounts, Montrealers love their Portuguese-style chicken, grilled to perfection and bathed in piri piri sauce, but set aside those presuppositions when it comes to the uniquely flavoured bird coming out of Flamos' kitchen.
"We have been in the restaurant business for 32 years and have always been challenging ourselves to open different concepts over these years by always being creative, innovative and developing different and great tasting meals that people love," a spokesperson told MTL Blog. "We have succeeded in creating a very unique taste. Our chicken is unlike anything you have ever tried."
Courtesy of Flamos Peri Peri Chicken
Aside from their signature chicken, they're also offering refreshing salads, bowls, sandwiches, a variety of imaginative poutines, and desserts. There's also a selection of sauces and a vegan burger.
But wait, there's more. Don't even think about walking away without an order of Coq Mac n' Cheese, cooked with karaage popcorn chicken, cavatappi pasta, aged cheddar, mozzarella, Parmigiana Reggiano, Grana Padano, green onions, and finished with a drizzle of chipotle aioli sauce.
Flamos Peri Peri Chicken is opening locations in Lachenaie and Terrebonne in August and September, respectively, while Ontarians will be able to enjoy this unique cuisine in Mississauga and Kitchener in the fall, with more restaurants to open next year.