The holidays are coming, and beyond the immediate hurdle of final exams or work deadlines or whatever you need to finish before everyone fucks off for their (religiously neutral) winter holidays, you need to host a first time visitor to Montreal. Maybe's it's your family, here to visit you at university. Maybe it's your long-distance partner, here to spend some precious time with you in the winter. Maybe it's old friends whom you really want to impress, because you feel guilty you never talk much anymore.
There's a specific set of criteria that winter Montreal trips require: it needs to be local, it needs to be impressive, and unless it specifically takes place outside, it requires minimal amounts of outdoor exposure.
a) They have a ton of locations (I recommend the one on St-Denis, next to the Berri-UQAM metro. If your visitor is allergic to the cold. It's less than a five minute walk from the metro station, you'll be right next to dozens of other restaurants, and there's Théâtre St-Denis if you want to watch French movies. )
b) If your parents are coming, artisan chocolate shops are the best things ever to moms.
Because Bell Centre is the best arena in the NHL, and the Habs are pretty good this season
(the definition of "good" for serious fans is, of course, up for debate. But the Bell Centre is still pretty amazing)
Ogilvy's Christmas display (and the rest of St-Catherine for shopping)
Because it's the most adorable thing ever. And if you're too weak to stay outside on St-Catherine for too long, browse in Centre Eaton instead)
The patisseries in Chinatown
Because it's only a five minute walk from Place d'Armes station, and if you're sick of cheap and delicious pastries, you can check out the bubble tea lounges, or the tea shops, or the souvenir stores, or the stall selling sticky dragon beard candy.
Because improv shows are always different, every time. Tickets at Montreal Improv are under $10 (cheaper than movie tickets!) and they are a fun, unusual way to spend an evening. Check out their Friday Smackdowns, or any of their other shows that run in the evenings from Wednesday to Sunday. Make it a night and have dinner on the Main too.
Because it is the best upscale sugar shack for people who want house-made ketchup, local tomato tarts, and luxurious foie gras on their poutine. Pricey, but after you spent so long shepherding your guests around the city, maybe they'll offer to foot the bill?
If you're also a weirdo about Montreal culture and humour, find Sijia on Twitter (@hey_sijia) or on her tumblr.
The number 11 right-winger has been historically private about his love life with his last "media courtship" dating back to 2017 when he was spotted with Montreal's Vanessa Grimaldi, a former The Bachelor contestant, which could be why the photo sparked thousands of "likes," hundreds of comments and a whole lot of buzz.
In the photo, the pair pose side-by-side in front of a lit-up tree. It's captioned, "She'd rather be in Florida." While nothing about this blatantly reveals that the mystery blonde is Gallagher's new boo, the comments certainly hint at it.
Several other hockey players were quick to comment like Nick Suzuki, Max Domi and Jake Evans with Evans commenting, "You guys should come visit." Julie Petry, the wife of Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry, wrote "Aww" with a smiley face.
But it's a comment from the woman herself, identified on Instagram as Emma Fortin, that shows that — regardless of their relationship status — there's a lot of affection between the pair. It says, "lav uuu" with two heart emojis.
According to information available on social media, Emma Fortin aka Emmanuelle Fortin is a PhD candidate studying management and strategy at HEC Montréal. She is buddies with Anndya from L'ile de l'amour, according to her Instagram highlights.
Fortin also shared the same photo as Gallagher as an Instagram story on Thursday, making sure to add four heart emojis.
Our team sent the potential couple a request for comment. We will update the article when we get a response.
The Montreal Canadiens have been dealt another blow. The team has announced that Saturday's game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre is postponed until further notice.
"Tomorrow's game in Montreal between the Canadiens and Boston Bruins has been postponed. A make-up date for the game has yet to be established," a press release on the Habs' official website reads.
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It's déja vu. The Montreal Canadiens announced that following a public health request, they will have no fans in the Bell Centre for their Thursday, December 16 game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
"Faced with the spiralling rise of COVID-19 cases in the region, late this afternoon the Montreal Canadiens organization received a request from Quebec public health officials to host tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers in a closed setting with no fans in attendance at the Bell Centre," the team said in a press release.
The announcement was made only two hours before the game against the Flyers was scheduled to begin. The team says it will directly contact fans with tickets.
"We have accepted this request in order to help ensure the safety and security of our fans and fellow citizens throughout our community," the team's statement continued. "An update on the status of Saturday's scheduled game against the Boston Bruins will be provided tomorrow."
The team confirmed that it'll be able to host fans in a "partial capacity scenario" in January after obtaining assurance from provincial health officials.
More details will be released in the coming days.
"In the interim, we would continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, get their booster shots when possible, and be responsible with their social and family gatherings throughout the holidays," the team added.
"We hope that with rigour and a collective effort from all of us, we will be able to come together in a near future in 2022."