As we finally near the end of this forsaken Song of Ice, and well, Ice, and draw ever-closer to non-skin-freezing temperatures, every Montrealer has one glorious vision illuminating our brains, keeping us going, that makes everything better: Summer Is Coming.
The real most wonderful time of the year marks the return of amazing and wondrous events, festivals and celebrations of all kinds, that truly set this city apart as the cultural playground of Canada, and dare we say, the world. In a few too-short months, we cram so much summer goodness in our pipes, it makes living in this climate the rest of the year at all possible.
Every year around this time, though, after the constant onslaught of never-ending snow, windchill factors, ice-storms and slush, the very idea of summer can become such an alien concept, a hazy fairy-tale lost in the land of the dreamworld, we actually start doubting it ever existed.
That's why a little reminder to help us get stoked about all that is to come goes a long way. So for all you lovers of fun in the sun, buried away deep in winter hibernation, waiting for the return of the good times, take a look at all the major events to look forward to this summer 2015, and start planning. You know it will come and go before you know it.
1. Feasting from delicious food trucks at First Fridays at the Olympic Stadium (More Info)
2. Mega dance-offs at Piknic Electronik at Parc Jean-Drapeau (More Info)
3. Lazy Sundays spent at the Tam Tams at Mont-Royal Park (More Info)
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.