Gamers prepare yourselves for the best kind of gaming tournament. The one that separates the men from the boys, the one that allows you to assert complete and total dominance over your friends and forever earn bragging rights as the ultimate ... Super Smash Brothers Champion. That's because this year, Montreal's Comiccon plans to focus on video games more than they have in the past, there will be 25-30 booths dedicated to independent games and the voice of Mario and Luigi, Charles Martinet, will even be there. (Yes, the: "ITSA ME, MARIO!" guy)
Those who know this game know it well and those how don't have no idea what they're missing. The day-long melees where you play until your thumbs hurt, the endless debate of whether Mario is a better character than Luigi, unplugging your little brother's controller while he's not looking and watching him freak out as his character just sits there helplessly getting thrown off StarFox's Arwing.
Everyone knows there's only thing better than kicking your friend's ass at Smash Bros, and that's kicking their ass and humiliating them in front of a crowd of onlookers.
The tournament was just announced this morning (March 26th) at the Comiccon Reveal at Cineplex Quartier Latin and will be taking place during the 7th edition of Montreal's Comiccon which is taking place between July 3rd and July 5th at the Palais des Congres.
The "Winning to be Vaccinated!" contest, organized in partnership with Loto-Québec, will be split into two separate contests — one for Quebecers aged 18 and over, and one for Quebec youth between the ages of 12 and 17.
Adults Aged 18+
From August 1 to August 27, the contest will offer a weekly draw of $150,000 in cash prizes among adult participants who received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a total value of $600,000.
A $1 million prize for adult participants will be drawn on September 3, among fully vaccinated Quebecers over 18 years old. But there's a catch — you must have received your first dose by August 3, and your second dose by August 31.
Youth Aged 12 to 17
For Quebecers in the youth age group, from August 1 through August 27, Quebec is offering a weekly draw for two scholarships of $10,000 each among those who have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a total value of $80,000.
For fully-vaccinated Quebecers in the 12 to 17 age group, Quebec will draw 16 scholarships of $20,000 each on September 3, for a total value of $320,000.
Who's eligible to enter the contest
You've received a COVID-19 vaccine in Quebec
You've had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID 19 and received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
You've received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by Health Canada outside Quebec and have had the vaccine recognized by the government
You do not work for Quebec's health or finance ministries (those who do are not eligible for the competition).
Official lottery rules will be released sometime before contest registration opens, which is scheduled for July 25. Participants can register by 11:59 p.m. the day before each draw through Quebec's Vaccine Proof Portal.
Through an anonymous form, Montrealers aged 15 or older will be able to report any police stop experience they've had — even stops that occurred months or years ago.
Each user can specify how and where the police stop took place, provide context, specify their age, gender, ethnic or racial group, and say what they were doing — including their means of transportation — during the stop.
Since the project is an open data resource, all of the map's data will be accessible to anyone who wants to download it.
The INRS news release states that only 5% to 20% of police stops are recorded by the SPVM.
A 2019 independent report analyzing SPVM police stop data found that Indigenous and Black people are four to five times more likely to be stopped by police than white people in Montreal, the news release says.
It's no question that summer is a favourite season in Montreal — and with good reason. Once the sun arrives, the city comes alive with plenty of sights to see, things to do and places to go.
Summer 2021 promises to be especially fun because, after a year and a bit of being cooped up indoors, what could be better than soaking up Montreal at its finest?
The sunny season is also known for another Montreal tradition: moving day. With July 1 being when most new leases begin, the end of June is a flurry of activity as people move out and move in all across the city.
Whether you're new to Montreal, are just moving across town, or are simply looking for ways to make this summer an unforgettable one, there are tons of ways to appreciate Montreal.
Pepsi® can help you do just that with the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. With weekly chances to win $10,000 plus instant prizes like barbecue grills, bicycles, paddleboards and merch, this contest is just what this Montreal summer calls for.
Look out for specially marked Pepsi cola products, and get ready to make the most of summer with these seven activities that prove why living in Montreal is the best.
Why You Need To Do It: With over 3,000 kilometres of bikeways, the island and Greater Montreal are a cyclist's dream. Not only is biking a fun, efficient and eco-friendly way to get from point A to point B, but it's also a great way to explore the city.
If you're in need of wheels, you might want to try your luck with the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. Pepsi is giving away a new bicycle along with loads of other instant prizes.
Why You Need To Do It: If you think you need to be beachside to paddleboard, think again. The still waters of Parc Jean-Drapeau make it the perfect place to go for a paddle.
Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, getting on the water is a fun way to discover Montreal and maybe even meet new people.
Why You Need To Do It: Mont-Royal remains one of the city's most popular destinations. Not only is it accessible via walking or transit, but it also offers hiking trails that are suitable for all levels.
Pack that knapsack (like the one you could win with Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest) with all your favourite hiking goodies. Don't forget your camera because you're going to want to take a pic or two once you reach the top.
Why You Need To Do It: Montreal has some of the best museums in the world. No matter what you're interested in, there is an exhibition that will pique your interests (and get you out of the summer heat).
The recently refurbished Biodôme houses five diverse ecosystems where you can see everything from penguins to exotic birds. The city's history museum, Pointe-à-Callière, has exhibits spanning First Nations history to the modern day. And for art buffs, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal showcases works from local and international artists.
Why You Need To Do It: Summers are made for grilling and chilling. Whether you're a fan of a classic steak, some grilled chicken breast or know the perfect recipe for seared aubergine, there's always something delicious to sink your teeth into at a barbecue.
While you don't necessarily need a backyard to have a barbecue, you do need a grill. Fortunately, Pepsi is giving some away with their Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest.
Why You Need To Do It: Montreal has an iconic arts and culture scene. Wandering around the city and exploring street art is a feast for the eyes and a great way to get to know the place.
Boulevard St-Laurent, in particular, is known for its murals and graffiti. There's lots of art to be found in Quartier des Spectacles, too. Whether you're solo or with your crew, this is one way to have a picturesque summer.
However you find yourself celebrating summer in Montreal, if you pick up a Pepsi, you might just win some cool prizes like a barbecue grill, bikes, paddleboards or tons of merch. Not to mention a chance to win a weekly prize of $10,000 — which could help you deck out new digs.
Keep your eyes peeled for specially marked Pepsi products with on-pack codes as part of the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest. All you have to do to enter is redeem your code for a chance to win.