One of the best things about living in Montreal is the incredible creative energy all around. Just walking down the street every day, we Montrealers are surrounded by amazing works of art. Here's a round-up of some of the most eye-popping public art pieces as captured by real Montrealers.
Founder Corinne Asseraf "imagined the Gallery 203 as a place of discovery, of meeting and exchange between artists and art enthusiasts" and you can feel exactly that the second you walk through the doors.
The mastermind behind all of this, Asseraf, has such a warming, kind presence, which is reason enough to take a visit to Galerie 203 whenever you're strolling through Old Montreal. She let MTL Blog know that anyone and everyone is welcome in her gallery.
It's no question that summer is a favourite season in Montreal — and with good reason. Once the sun arrives, the city comes alive with plenty of sights to see, things to do and places to go.
Summer 2021 promises to be especially fun because, after a year and a bit of being cooped up indoors, what could be better than soaking up Montreal at its finest?
The sunny season is also known for another Montreal tradition: moving day. With July 1 being when most new leases begin, the end of June is a flurry of activity as people move out and move in all across the city.
Whether you're new to Montreal, are just moving across town, or are simply looking for ways to make this summer an unforgettable one, there are tons of ways to appreciate Montreal.
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Look out for specially marked Pepsi cola products, and get ready to make the most of summer with these seven activities that prove why living in Montreal is the best.
Why You Need To Do It: With over 3,000 kilometres of bikeways, the island and Greater Montreal are a cyclist's dream. Not only is biking a fun, efficient and eco-friendly way to get from point A to point B, but it's also a great way to explore the city.
If you're in need of wheels, you might want to try your luck with the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. Pepsi is giving away a new bicycle along with loads of other instant prizes.
Why You Need To Do It: If you think you need to be beachside to paddleboard, think again. The still waters of Parc Jean-Drapeau make it the perfect place to go for a paddle.
Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, getting on the water is a fun way to discover Montreal and maybe even meet new people.
Why You Need To Do It: Mont-Royal remains one of the city's most popular destinations. Not only is it accessible via walking or transit, but it also offers hiking trails that are suitable for all levels.
Pack that knapsack (like the one you could win with Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest) with all your favourite hiking goodies. Don't forget your camera because you're going to want to take a pic or two once you reach the top.
Why You Need To Do It: Montreal has some of the best museums in the world. No matter what you're interested in, there is an exhibition that will pique your interests (and get you out of the summer heat).
The recently refurbished Biodôme houses five diverse ecosystems where you can see everything from penguins to exotic birds. The city's history museum, Pointe-à-Callière, has exhibits spanning First Nations history to the modern day. And for art buffs, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal showcases works from local and international artists.
Why You Need To Do It: Summers are made for grilling and chilling. Whether you're a fan of a classic steak, some grilled chicken breast or know the perfect recipe for seared aubergine, there's always something delicious to sink your teeth into at a barbecue.
While you don't necessarily need a backyard to have a barbecue, you do need a grill. Fortunately, Pepsi is giving some away with their Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest.
Why You Need To Do It: Montreal has an iconic arts and culture scene. Wandering around the city and exploring street art is a feast for the eyes and a great way to get to know the place.
Boulevard St-Laurent, in particular, is known for its murals and graffiti. There's lots of art to be found in Quartier des Spectacles, too. Whether you're solo or with your crew, this is one way to have a picturesque summer.
However you find yourself celebrating summer in Montreal, if you pick up a Pepsi, you might just win some cool prizes like a barbecue grill, bikes, paddleboards or tons of merch. Not to mention a chance to win a weekly prize of $10,000 — which could help you deck out new digs.
Keep your eyes peeled for specially marked Pepsi products with on-pack codes as part of the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. All you have to do to enter is redeem your code for a chance to win.
As the world gradually begins to reopen, you might be itching to head out on an adventure. Thankfully, Québec City's lively culture, vibrant history and many attractions make it one of the province's most sought-after staycation spots this summer.
Just a stone's throw away from Montreal, Québec City and its European charm might make you feel like you're on a different continent — minus the travel, expense and crowds. And this summer, the city promises to be better than ever with a season-long lineup of outdoor activities, new urban developments and more.
While COVID-19 guidelines remain in effect, Québec City has ensured all attractions and activities respect provincial safety measures including physical distancing, ensuring you stay safe while still having a good time.
If you're looking to get away this season, there are a few reasons why Québec City is the perfect place for a summer staycation.
It's A Foodie's Paradise
Québec City's food scene is renowned across the province. With fare inspired by French flavours and the city's Indigenous roots, no matter your palate, there's a place for you. You can spend an entire trip just checking out the city's restaurants.
From snack shacks and farmers markets to food tours and fine dining, you may need to loosen a belt buckle or two to get it all in. The city's open-air terrasses make it the ultimate place to soak up some sun and enjoy a refreshing beverage.
With colonial architecture dating back over 400 years, Old Québec is one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Québec City. As a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, strolling through its cobblestoned streets can feel like stepping into a fairytale.
The Place Royale, situated in the Petit-Champlain area, is particularly magical: said to be the site of North America’s first French settlement, Place Royale is steeped in centuries of history, and the perfect spot to grab a coffee!
The architectural treasures and public art may make you feel like you've left North America (and this century) altogether, creating a reminiscent and romantic experience all at once.
It may be a metropolis, but there’s plenty of nature to be found in and around Québec City.
You can discover its scenic beauty at spots like Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Québec, or Montmorency Falls, which are 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls. Plus, if you're feeling particularly active, this is a great place to take your mountain bike.
Québec City is one of the province's go-to destinations for all kinds of art and historical architecture. Outdoor sculptures, masterpieces, poetry on rooftops, live shows, churches and castles make this destination a feast for the senses - in fact, there are over 1000 activities for tourists and locals alike!
There's no shortage of things to see. Bring your camera and get ready to capture every magical moment, including a selfie or two, at beautiful spots like rue Sous-le-Cap and Morrin Centre, to name a few.
Québec City really is a playground, and you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.
The city is known for its multiple entertainment spots, like the Aquarium du Québec, Village Vacances Valcartier, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and plenty more. Plus, with amusement parks, pick-your-own farms, wildlife tours and treetop adventures, there's no shortage of fun to be had no matter what you or your family are into.
One of the best parts of visiting a different place is getting the chance to explore its museums, and there's plenty to be found in Québec City. From art history to Indigenous stories and more, you'll take away a lot from these enlightening exhibits.
It's an opportunity to really get a sense of what makes Québec so unique while making memories to last a lifetime.
No matter where within Québec City you are, you're sure to find somewhere to shop. Explore one of its many boutiques to discover some unique items.
With its designer and artisanal boutiques, Quartier Petit Champlain is North America's oldest shopping district. Rue Saint-Jean is also a popular shopping destination, along with Saint-Roch and Place Royale.
If you haven't yet made the trip to Québec City, now is a great time to consider it. With plenty to do for everyone, plus delicious food and stunning scenery, it's like taking a European holiday without the hassle.
Plus right now, Québec City has a promo going on where if you book a minimum of two consecutive nights at any participating hotel directly, you’ll receive a $75 gift card to spend at any participating business in the Québec City area.
Québec City Tourism continues to ensure each and every activity and attraction respects all COVID-19 safety guidelines.
What does Boudreau have to say about her OnlyFans?
"I pay 20% to OnlyFans because they do the management, but this year I'm definitely going to make seven figures," said Boudreau on Tout le monde en parle.
Her notorious graduation photo and subsequent media coverage have allowed her to triple her social media audience, she added.
"I made an OnlyFans [...] because I feel good about my body and I like it. [...] I'm going to continue to do my art and then I'm going to incorporate my art into my website because, in pornographic content, there's art," she said on the show.
What happened between Boudreau and UQAM?
Boudreau explained on Tout le monde en parle that, in addition to the graduation photo, she had posted another image of herself with her backside partially exposed in front of the school's logo. She also raised her middle finger in the photo.
The university later filed a lawsuit against the student seeking $125,000 for damages, according to a report from La Presse.
"UQAM had no choice but to go to court because, despite three formal requests to the student, she continued to associate the university's name and logo with her intimate photos, and to market some of them to promote paid access to her website," the university stated in its announcement.
UQAM added the photos were "damaging the institution's image and reputation as well as its official brand."
The university "[waived] all claims for damages and punitive damages against the student" and Boudreau, in return, agreed not to repost the photos or "any other photo of the same nature that would use the name, logo or any direct or indirect reference to the Université du Québec à Montréal."