Montreal has a killer music scene, but few events can hold a candle to the three day music orgy that is Osheaga. Festivals have a unique appeal because they feature two things other music venues can't match: a ridiculous array of talent, and a crowd experience like no other.
Getting ready to participate in a festival means getting ready to join in on a giant wave of humanity. Here are a few things Montrealers and visitors alike should do to get hyped and get the most out of the Osheaga experience.
1. Do Your Homework
Figure out which stages you want to hit and when. Do your homework on up and comers. Use the artist lineup to find something new you love, and get ready to sing along.
2. Check The Weather
Montreal parties hard. We do it day or night, rain or shine, so it's always best to be prepared. Will you need a waterproof bag for $ and ID? If it's raining, most definitely. Do you want to be rocking peeling skin by the end of the weekend? Then pack that sunscreen.
3. Get In A Sharing Mood
Outdoor festivals are a shared experience, and sometimes that means things will get passed around, so be prepared to partake. Festivals are a party, so be friendly. People are going to be in your personal space, so you might as well make the best of it.
4. Dress For The Occasion
No, we don't just mean you should try to look fly - get functional. Don't carry anything that can be lost in loose pockets. On most days a festival goer is going to need to buy something (cough,WATER,cough). Make sure your money is stashed securely, and perhaps consider a travel money belt for a little peace of mind.
5. Get The Gang Together
The buddy system works. You'll have more fun and it's like an extra security blanket. Get friends, make friends, and then together see #3.
6. Prepare To Put Away Your Phone
A festival means it's time to be in the now and disconnect. Social media is great, but no amount of blurred selfies or shaky videos is going to help you really experience what's in front of you. Be present.
Hit us up with your favourite pre-Osheaga music finds and let us know how you plan on getting ready for this summer's premiere event.
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 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.
But, all these new regulations didn't stop people from having a good time. Nelly Serandour-Amar, an employee at MTL Blog, described her experience by saying, "This was my first concert since the beginning of the pandemic and even though it's not your 'typical' Osheaga, being back in a festival felt so nice. You could feel the energy from the musicians and the crowd which was so contagious. The overall festival felt very safe with it being a fully-vaccinated environment!"
Address: Various locations throughout the city and online, including Cinéma Banque Scotia
Why You Need To Go: The festival, which aims to "foster relations between China and Canada," kicks off in Montreal with Saving Chinatown, a short documentary about the threat of gentrification and anti-Asian racism Montreal's Chinatown and Asian community have experienced as a result of COVID-19.
Address: Barranco MTL - 4552, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Love weekend brunch, but want to add a little cultural flair? You'll definitely want to check out this Peruvian brunch spot in the Plateau. Bottomless mimosas are available for $30.
Address: Belle Gueule - 5579, ave. Christophe-Colomb, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Ring in October with Oktoberfest at one of Montreal's go-to microbreweries for European-inspired beer. To mark the occasion, they've also added German snacks to their menu: sauerkraut, Bratwurst, traditional pretzels and more.