Thanksgiving marks the season of forced family gatherings - we gorge ourselves on turkey and pumpkin pie, being thankful for having each other in our lives. Next comes Christmas, New Year’s and Easter. For some, family gatherings can be wonderful but for others... you realize just how dysfunctional your family truly is.
So instead of just having a massive feast, here are some fun and exciting things that are happening this long weekend!
1. Black & Blue
Come and party with the LGBT community as Black & Blue celebrates their silver anniversary!! For 25 years, Bad Boy Club Montreal has been throwing this legendary dance party and this year will be extra special - the theme is Red Light District. Local and international DJs will keep you pumping well into the next day. So put on your best assless chaps and party like it's your last day on earth and it will all be for a good cause too. The benefit event is to fight against AIDS. It's all happening at the Pierre -Charbonneau Amphitheater on Sunday, Oct. 11th at 10pm to 10am the 12th. If this isn't enough, there's also a Recovery Party happening at Bar Le Cocktail on monday night. Better call in sick to work.
2. Foresta Lumina at Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook
Last chance to walk through an enchanted forest in an awe-inspiring multimedia display. And it’s all at night too. Walk through 2 kms of trails guiding you to 7 different themed zones from anywhere to the land of fairies to the land of a blood thirsty creature living in the woods. Don’t delay, it ends Sunday, Oct. 11th.
October means pumpkins - pumpkin pies, pumpkin lattes, and Halloween pumpkins. So head out to a pumpkin patch, argue over which pumpkin is best and end up buying a few and go crazy. And help the Thanksgiving chef make pie or start carving away for Halloween. It will keep you busy and any kids you’ve got in the family. Where is there a pumpkin farm?
Wow your ocular senses and gaze at the most impressive lanterns of ancient lands. The Chinese and Japanese gardens are lit up with elaborate artistic lanterns, pagodas are strewn with lights and vegetation highlighted. It’ll be like a mini trip to the Far East without the price tag. Better hurry, this magical world will end Nov.1st.
Send chills up your spine by going on a ghost walk tour. Fantomes Montreal Ghosts has tours every saturday this month in Old Montreal. You'll be guided through the streets where gruesome events and unexplained phenomena took place and actors will reenact the events of the era.
Who says halloween is only one day? Get the crap scared out of you at La Ronde, not by the heart stopping rides but by goblins and ghouls and whatever nasty bloodied creatures cross your path. Every saturday and sunday this month after 5pm, beware of who or what is going to jump up at you as the undead are unleashed.
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.
Montreal La Ronde's Halloween-themed Fright Fest is on now and the park is giving adults the opportunity to enjoy the horror kid-free.
From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays in October, La Ronde is restricting access to people aged 18 and older.
The site's most intense rides, including the Goliath, Titan and Vampire, will be open for the Friday events.
Regular tickets for the 18+ evenings are $24.99. Season pass holders pay $19.99. The price includes access to the amusement park's haunted houses.
Visitors will need to present their vaccine passports and an official ID to enter the park.
Fright Fest sees La Ronde transform into a playground of horror every weekend in October. The festival includes "scare zones" with roaming zombies. It's unclear if the zones will be active during the 18+ evenings.
Get all the details below.
La Ronde 18+ Haunted Nights
Price: $24.99 for a regular ticket; $19.99 for season pass holders
Where: La Ronde, 22, chemin Macdonald, Île Sainte-Hélène, Montreal, QC
To the surprise of many, Quebec City also made the Top 10 — and it ranked higher than Montreal, with Quebec City at #4 and Montreal at #6.
This ranking looked at the cost of living, internet speeds, the percentage of young people, levels of safety, and more.
Our province may have been blessed enough to score two top spots in this ranking, but we still didn't make it to #1, which was Tokyo, Japan.
If ever you were thinking of going to study abroad, you may want to put Tokyo high on your list, considering it "ranks well in nearly all categories helping it to come out on top of the study. It has a good amount of high-ranking unis, great food options, and offers cheap tech. It has high levels of free speech and is above average for safety and high-ranking institutions."