40 Crazy Things That Happened To Montreal In 2017
The best and worst of the year.
This year has been quite an eventful one, globally, regionally and of course - locally. Many festivals, events, visitors, shows unfolded in Montreal over the course of the past 12-months, it would huge huge challenge to summarize them all. So we sifted through our archives to bring you the all the best highlights of the past year.
In the spirit of optimism we are focusing on the best for this article, however, there we're some events during the year that could technical be classified as the worst.
Over the next few pages we will travel through the good, the bad, and everything in between to give you a quick snap shot of the great things that happened in our city over the past year. From high-level political and historical events to local festivals, the city had a lot to offer this past year.
For the Best & Worst of January/February 2017, click ""
Montreal hosts Poutine week
The city knows that the winter can be a bit depressing during the cold months of January and February. And nothing lifts the spirits quite like a warm plate of gooey poutine. Poutine week was in the first week of February for all Montrealers to enjoy. And they did.
City announces lighting of bridge for the 375th
The 375th anniversary of the city kicked off in January when the city announced the lighting of the bridge which defines the skyline of the city. Costing more than a pretty penny, this announcement sparked some heated debate across the city.
Montreal hosts another installment of Montreal En Lumiere
For its 18th year running, Montreal hosted Montreal En Lumiere successfully once again this year. This is a two week long festival including plenty of outdoor activities, concerts and events for Montrealers to enjoy during the cold and grey Months of January and February.
Montrealers go pants-free in the metro
This January Montrealers all gathered in the Metro - sans pants - to show the world how down-to-earth we can be. The "no pants metro ride" photos quickly spread around the city. No news yet if this event will be repeating itself this year, though.
All day breakfast in Quebec in announced
To the delight of all Montrealers - this January, Mcdonlads announce all day breakfast to be officially available in Quebec. Honestly, this news reverberated through the city like scandalous breaking news. I am certainly enjoying this new service which seems to continue to hold popularity in the city.
Downtown Hooters opens in Montreal
At the start of the year, Hooters officially opens in downtown Montreal. This can be interpreted as a good or bad thing, all depending on your stance towards Hooters. However, you know Quebec is slowly making it back on the map when we become home to such globalized business as Hooters.
STM messes up
Early this year, the STM released the highly anticipated Azure trains. However, a major STM shutdown occurred due the trains being too big for the tunnels in some part of the Metro systems. As a result, the tunnels had to be modified to accommodate the trains. inevitably delaying the deployment of the Azure trains even more.
Montreal gets hit by ice rain
At the end of January Montreal got hit by a massive ice rain storm which resulted in the streets of the city getting turned into a full-blown skating rink. Accidents we experience all throughout the city. Let's hope mother nature will be a bit more forgiving this winter.
For the Best & Worst Of March/April 2017, click ""
The city hosts Nuit Blanche event
The city hosted yet another successful Nuit Blanche event which runs from the end of February to the middle of March. During this time museums and metro lines are open late, and all kinds of special events are put on throughout the city. Check out this years line-up for more info!
The city announces free wifi plan for the city
Early Spring the city announced the deployment plan for the free wifi all around the city. By the end of the year they announced to deploy this two phase project and have the majority of the cities boroughs connected.
STM deploys digital bus shelters
Our public transit system finally caught up with the rest of the world as the STM started to slowly deploy digital bus shelters throughout the city. This has been a total game-changer for me and i'm sure all the others BMW people around the city.
Art Souterrain launches in Montreal
A non-for-profit organization based out of Montreal is on a mission to bring contemporary art to all the corners of the city. They launched their exposition late winter of 2017 and you can continue to see their pieces and projects all throughout the city.
Expo Barbie came to town!
Expo Barbie officially came to town early Spring. This was quite an interesting event, which I did not personally attend myself, but I heard great things about. This is a great event to attend with your mom, sister or the whole family.
The Botanical Gardens hosts Butterflies Go Free
Montreal Botanical gardens hosts yet another successful instalment of Butterflies go free. This event generally run from end of March until the end of April and is a must-see for anyone who has never been.
Concordia University receives bomb threat
Early March 2017 the entire student population of Concordia poured out onto the streets as the university received a bomb threat and muslim student were targets. This was a big moment for local news and a hot topic of conversation for weeks afterwards.
Montreal gets hit with a blizzard of epic proportions
Just when we thought the snow was gone and spring is around the corner, Montreal got hit with a blizzard of epic proportions. The city was in total standstill and it took weeks to clean up the mess afterwards. Let's hope that this fall mother nature is a little more friendly.
For the Best & Worst Of May/June 2017, Click ""
The city announces the building of Canada's tallest ferris wheel
Montreal really went all out for the 375th anniversary of the city. This spring the city announced they will be building Canada's tallest ferris wheel at Marche Bonsecours. If you haven't been on a ride yet, I suggest you do!
Uber eats announces they will be launching in Montreal
Uber eats announced back at the beginning of the summer that they will be launching in Montreal. I must say everyone was pretty excited about it. No official date was announced at the time, but as you all know the service is now available throughout the city.
Bar Darling opens just in time for summer
A charming and lively bar opens on Saint-Laurent just in time for summer. All new cafe/bar Darling opened it's doors late spring early summer, and it's truly a sight to see. A great place for a date or a intimate hang with friends. Definitely check this place out!
A real "doggie cafe" opens up in Verdun
Dog lovers we're pleased to find out that a doggie cafe opened in the heart of Verdun on Wellington street earlier this year. That's right, cafes are not just for cats. Bring your dog or just yourself to enjoy all the fuzzy friends.
Montreal hosts cherry blossom street festival
During the month of May the Botanical garden hosted a very unique and special Cherry Blossom tree festival. These beautiful trees were displayed all throughout the gardens. I hope that the Botanical Gardens brings some equally exciting festivals for spring 2018.
Village Au-Pied-Du-Courrant opens back up
Early June the city announced the re-opening of Village Au Pied Du Courrant. This is a man-made beach/alternative park located right under the Jacques Cartier Bridge. I hope you took the time this summer to visit this beautiful public space.
Obama comes to town to dine with Trudeau
A dinner which marked history occurred in Montreal early this summer, Obama and Trudeau dinner at Joe Beef on Notre Dame street in Montreal. It is no surprise now that a bromance definitely exists between these two politicians. Perhaps this encounter was the one that started it all.
Chance the Rapper rocked Montreal at the Bell Center
International super star Chance the rapper rocked his first major performance at the Bell Center in Montreal. The Montreal crowd happily received chance and we hope that he comes back around for another tour soon!
For the Best & Worst Of July/August 2017, click ""
Osheaga festival weekend kicked-off in new location
For the first time the Osheaga Festival is set in a new location at Parc Jean Drapeau. After the long party weekend, many different opinions on this new space were buzzing around. No announcement yet as to where the festival will be held for 2018. More details to come for sure!
City gets romantic and hosts many parc movie screenings
Each borough of Montreal held several outdoor movie screenings this summer around the city in parks such as Empire Parc in Greenfield and recreation Parc in TMR. I hope this will happen again this summer, such a fun date idea.
Grand Prix came to Montreal for a long weekend of fun
The first week of June saw yet another instalment of Grand Prix come through the city for a crazy weekend of partying and debauchery. This happens to be my favourite weekend in Montreal and of all summer. The city truly comes alive during this magical weekend.
Early June heat wave hit town
An epic heat wave hit the city in early June, with record temperatures soaring above 35degrees. The city hadn't seen temperatures this high since 1942! Heat-waves can be good or bad, all depending on your tolerance. But this one was a scorcher for everyone.
Montreal hosted a unique Haitian food festival
Montreal's cultural diversity is what makes this city so special to live in. This past summer, the city welcomed Haitian food vendors from all around for a very special Haitian food festival. This are the types of cultural events that really make Montreal not just a city, but a home, to everyone.
Prime Minister Trudeau walks the 2017 Pride Parade
It was a great sight to see, and a moment where Montrealers and Canadians all around were more than extra proud to be Canadian. Our Prime Minister Trudeau in a historical moment, walked in the Montreal Gay Pride Parade.
Parc Olympique hosts First Friday Food Festival
Starting in June and for each first Friday of the month a food truck festival was held at Parc Olympique in the East end of the city. All Montrealers know that the city won't allow food trucks on the streets, so we got a compromise and the city put on a food truck festival once a month that runs through the rest of the summer.
A powerful wind storm destroys the west side of Montreal
At the end of August, the city was hit by an aggressive windstorm which blew threw and destroyed several public parks in the west side of the city. Hundred year old trees snapped in half like twigs in the face of this powerful wind. It took several weeks for the city to clean up the mess.
For Best & Worst Of September/October/November 2017, click ""
An early Fall heatwave hit Montreal
Just when we were unpacking our cozy knits an epic heatwave hit the city. The pools stayed open unseasonably long as temperatures soared above 30 degrees in the month of September - which is definitely out of the ordinary, but much-appreciated summer extension. Montrealers everywhere rejoiced, kept BBQ open and chilled on terraces with pleasure.
STM is ranked as #1 public transit system in Canada
To some Montrealers surprise, our public transit system was ranked as #1 in the country. I guess it takes a little perspective to truly appreciate what's in front of you.
Hilary Clinton visits Montreal
To promote her recent book Hillary Clinton took a trip throughout Canada and stopped by Montreal this October for a conference at Palais Des Congres. It's great to know that the politicians of the world consider Montreal an crucial city to visit during their Canadian tours.
Botanical gardens hosts a Lantern Festivals
This past September The Garden Of Lights was open to the public at the Botanical Gardens of Montreal. The best time to visit was after dark, to truly appreciate the magical light show.
Montreal hosts a giant cheese festival
Starting at the end of September this the C'est Cheese Festival ran for three weekends in a row! The festival not only included cheese, but games, beer, cocktails and other events to entertain you and friends all day.
Jagmeet Singh visits Montreal
Much-loved Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh visited the Saguenay region of Quebec this October. This marked a very important moment for Canadian politics and for the NDP party.
For the first time in Montreal history, a woman is elected mayor
A last and obvious event in Montreal this past year, was the election of Valerie Plante as mayor of Montreal. It was a very close race and Montrealers showed up at polls in record numbers for this historical moment in Montreal history.
Uber Quebec gives Montrealers a scare
Not all Montrealers use Uber, but the ones who do have quite a scare this October as Uber announced they would be leaving the province. To our surprise and relief, however, Uber ended up staying in Montreal and is currently operating as normal. Phew.