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Montreal — if you've got your eyes set on a new winter jacket for the upcoming cold season in Quebec, then you can likely save a lot of money this weekend at the LJJ Essentials winter jacket warehouse sale in Laval.

Yup. It's that time of year again: winter jacket season.

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If you're always on the hunt for the coolest spots in town, brace yourself for a treat. The Station culturelle Momo in the Montmorency area is about to become your next favourite hangout. And for good reason: this fall, downtown Laval comes to life with the Cultural Station Momo, a real hotspot for diverse artistic experiences. Wander around Place Claude-Léveillée, which has been made pedestrian-friendly for the occasion, and get swept away by the array of artistic performances going on.

Tuesdays light up with "L’entre-deux artistique". The Burning BRASs Band sets the mood during meal times, while Kalabanté blends dance with African drums. The innovative flamenco of Ctrl:N - Audrey Gaussiran adds a modern touch.

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If a picture paints a thousand words, then Laval's new photography hotspot, Le Saint Motel, is a saga of self-expression. The kitsch-themed wonderland is a repurposed tanning salon where UV rays have given way to the radiant glow of an interactive art studio. Now, it's turning the traditional concept of a selfie on its head.

Upon entry, the tropical ambiance of sunbaked straw roofs and palm tree motifs on cabana-style rooms instantly transports you to a vacation state of mind. The former tanning booths, connected by a charming wooden boardwalk, now make up over two dozen unique settings made by Montreal artists that are waiting to be explored and captured.

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An electrifying atmosphere of neon lights and plushie delights has found a new home on Montreal's North Shore. Bringing the spirit of Tokyo arcades across the Pacific, the highly-anticipated second location of CläwMee is set to illuminate the local gaming scene as of July 14.

The crane game arcade lets you pick out your favourite kawaii stuffed toys from dozens of claw machines. Pink shopping carts are on offer to haul your plushies around a massive room decked out in Japanese deco and dotted with cherry blossom trees.

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Wine lovers across Greater Montreal can prepare to pop corks, clink glasses and sample some of the best boozy creations from Quebec's finest makers at the very first wine and spirits festival in Laval.

Le Festival des Vins et Spiritueux de Laval will take place from July 14 to 16 at the chic Sheraton Hotel on Autoroute des Laurentides. Guests can expect a classy experience with wine tastings from local vendors paired with a delightful selection of gourmet bites from a host of food trucks.

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Grab a grill, drinks and seven friends and you already have the ingredients for a good time. Now pack all that into an intimate tube and shove it out onto the waters of the Saint Lawrence. That's what Top Dopico's offers. The Montreal-based company is about launch its floating BBQ donuts for the 2023 season.

The donuts can accommodate up to eight people and come equipped with either a central grill or cooler. There are so far two departure points, in Laval on the Rivière des Milles Îles and on the Saint Lawrence in Boucherville — both a short trip from Montreal proper (if traffic is on your side). Top Dopico's is teasing a forthcoming third station in Pointe-Calumet, just west of Laval on the Lac des Deux-Montagnes.

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Montreal in the springtime is a beautiful place to be — until you remember that the warmer seasons are also construction season. The orange cones will be back, although perhaps less so this year, and construction on Highway 15 towards Laval is also picking up again.

The Minister of Transportation announced on May 12 that paving work will be starting again, both on Highway 15 and on the Médéric-Martin Bridge. Work is set to begin on May 15 and continue through October 2023. Hooray!

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SOS Vortex opened its doors in Laval on May 13, 2023, and offers up a trippy new outdoor labyrinth where you can get lost in your very own sci-fi-inspired adventure. The massive installation will run all summer long and will force you to escape from the clutches of a mad scientist.

"Within SOS Vortex, visitors will have to battle the mad scientist's time machine as they search for the four climate change quiz stations. Once they have completed their mission card, they will have to find the time vortex back," SOS Attractions, the company behind the new attraction, said in a press release.

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Two sprawling tulip fields open to the public for the season on Monday, May 8. The Tulipes.ca fields, one in Laval, the other in Boucherville, allow visitors to pick their own stems and build their own bouquets. Organizers promise around 600,000 blooms in a variety of colours.

The fields are only open for the duration of the short-lived Quebec tulip season. In 2022, that was only about two weeks, from May 12 to 25.

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Beachclub and Beach Day Every Day entrepreneur Olivier Primeau says his Laval home was shot at by unknown assailants in the early hours of Tuesday, May 2. The Laval police force was called to the scene at 9 a.m. by a building manager after the shots were fired closer to midnight, according to La Presse.

Several windows at Primeau's condo have since been boarded up, and an investigation is underway to determine who executed this attack and why.

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Political will is aligning behind a transit project that would link Montreal and its northern suburbs. The mayors of Laval, Montréal-Est and the North Shore municipalities of Terrebonne, Mascouche and Repentigny are now calling for a new line connecting their cities to Montreal's East End, including direct connections to the blue and green lines of the Montreal metro.

Officials are already studying the possibility of a so-called "eastern structural project" that could bring new rapid transit to the northeastern part of Montreal Island and beyond. This project follows in the footsteps of the defunct REM de l'Est, a plan to install a new light-rail line between Montréal-Nord, Pointe-aux-Trembles and downtown Montreal.

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Something is brewing beneath the surface of the Earth, gathering strength until it can finally burst through the ground in an eruption of fiery reds and oranges and icy blues and purples. That something is tulip season. And though it's still months away, two popular pick-your-own tulip fields near Montreal have confirmed they will once again open to the public.

Tulipes.ca, which operates 600,000-flower farms in Laval and Boucherville, has confirmed to MTL Blog that it plans to reopen this spring.

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