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.
Boucherie Slovenia, a boulevard Saint-Laurent institution for 50 years, will soon serve its last spicy sausage.
The iconic home of enormous Eastern European-style sandwiches — Slovenian sausage and towering cold-cuts were staples — will close its doors forever on January 29, said the owners, Lourdes Rodrigues and Jean Teixeira, in a Facebook post.
"Thank you to all our loyal customers, for the wonderful years," they said.
With a menu overflowing with huge, yet affordable, meat and mustard sandwiches — sauerkraut, pickles and Cherry Cokes were also standard — Boucherie Slovenia is the latest of the Main's iconic old-school institutions to close.
The beloved Moishes steakhouse announced its closure under the strain of the pandemic in the summer of 2020.
The Boucherie Slovenia Facebook post asks readers to share their memories of the restaurant and butcher shop, with many offering childhood stories of visiting for a pepperette sandwich or their "underrated" smoked meat, which is "the best in the city," according to one commenter.
Many apparent long-time customers said they wouldn't know where to go to find dishes comparable to Boucherie Slovenia's treasured menu items.
Others remarked on how yet another classic Montreal restaurant is closing its doors. "Nothing replaces these fantastic old shops," said one person. "It's a loss. The rich character of the boulevard is disappearing."
Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
Calling all Montreal music fans! Osheaga, the city's world-famous three-day music festival extravaganza, finally released its festival headliners for 2022.
For the festival's upcoming 15th anniversary, organizers have lined up a star-studded set of headliners that are sure to cater to all music tastes. From literal rock legends to pop music superstars, here's who will be headlining Osheaga 2022.
Starting on Friday, July 29, the Foo Fighters will blast your eardrums with their catchy, fist-pumping rock music. The band is sure to bring their classic hits along with tracks from their latest album, Medicine at Midnight. The band was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2021.
On Saturday, July 30, hip-hop megastar A$AP Rocky will bring his signature vibes to Montreal. While he hasn't released a new album since 2018, A$AP Rocky has managed to stay at the top of the charts and frequently lends his voice for feature spots.
Finally, on Sunday, July 31, pop goddess and one of the year's most-streamed artists, Dua Lipa, will cap it all off with her silky-smooth and polished pop sounds. Her 2020 album Future Nostalgia is still one of the most played and highest-ranking albums right now.
"We have been working on this edition for almost three years, we can't wait to finally be able to celebrate our 15th with all you music lovers," Osheaga Founder and evenko Senior Vice-President Nick Farkas said in a statement sent to MTL Blog.
Are you excited for Osheaga 2022?
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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.