For the 20th year in a rowyear in a row, Montreal will be hosting a huge "clean eating" festival at Palais Des Congres. Going down on March 24-26, it's called the Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert, and it's going to be a whole lot of fun.
I mean, I don't only know this because I've gone in the past and have always had an amazing time. I know because their program this year looks super fun; and in case you're wondering just what there is to do... well, wonder no more. I've got you covered.
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Her plan, self-described as "ambitious," aims to boost what she already says has been the "best economic recovery" in Canada post-pandemic.
But while the economic aspect of downtown is looking positive, "there is still work to be done to enhance our downtown area and make it more attractive to workers, businesses, tourists, and Montrealers from all over the island," according to her party.
If reelected mayor, Plante promises to:
"support the Palais des Congrès expansion project, and consequently the covering of a part of the Ville-Marie highway;"
"offer free parking downtown on evenings and weekends in December to support our merchants during the holiday season;"
"[accelerate] construction sites and [limit] potential nuisances;"
"support the redevelopment of large offices into adequate spaces to accommodate [small and medium enterprises] and start-ups;"
make "a $1 billion investment by 2030 to develop beautiful, large public plazas in downtown, redevelop key commercial arteries and create vibrant living environments;"
"green" downtown by planting 500,000 trees in four years;
and "facilitate the transformation of vacant office space into housing."
The Montreal municipal election is on November 6 and 7.*
Back in February, OASIS immersion, Canada's largest indoor immersive experience, opened and instantly added a burst of colour to the city. It quickly became a go-to spot for locals and tourists alike, which started off by showcasing the exhibit Inspirations. And now, there's an all-new exhibit for you to check out!
MTL Blog got the chance to get a sneak peek of the new exhibit, titled Unwind, which opens to the public on Thursday, October 7.
The space is separated into three different rooms, all with a different purpose. Visitors begin by going through the "Relaxation" room where the digital art provides a sense of peace. They then make their way into the "Stimulation" room where their senses become awakened. The works presented in the final room, "Reconnection," are meant to make one feel reconnected with themselves, others, and nature.
This new immersive experience features 10 works by digital artists from both Quebec and across the globe — and it's an absolute sensory trip.
It takes approximately 75 minutes to experience the entirety of Unwind.
This unique walk-through experience is the exact dose of colour and music that our souls need right now.
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.
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Montreal has all kinds of different bars, but these changemakers say many of them fall short in making space for LGBTQIA2+ women. For this reason, Avery Burrow, event organizer, and Resto Keela teamed up to create 5 à 7s for LGBTQIA2+ women that take place twice a month.
The events were created for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community to connect. According to Burrow, "queer women can actually have a reoccurring space where they can meet each other, flirt, make friends, and feel safe," at these new 5 à 7s.
Keela has a cute wooden terrasse located on rue Atateken with a beautiful spacious interior. These events are set to take place every first and third Wednesday of the month for the entirety of the summer and all LGBTQIA2+ women are welcome.
"[It was] better than I ever could have imagined! [...] And the wildest part about it was that I knew almost no one there (insert joke about how the queer community is super small and we've all dated)," Burrow said when asked how the first event went.
"Also the age range was awesome — from 18-year-olds attending their first queer event to women in their 70s catching up with old friends. This is how a lesbian space should feel; welcoming to all ages, gender expressions, and ethnicities."
During the events, you can get a pint of beer for $5 and any speed rail drink for $6.
5 à 7 For LGBTQIA2+ Women At Keela
Address: Resto Keela; 1237, rue Atateken, Montreal, QC
When: Every first and third Wednesday of the month throughout the summer, starting at 5 p.m.