Winter is in full effect here in Montreal but that doesn’t mean that you should stay at home bundled up like a little burrito. On the contrary, we live in Montreal which means that there is something happening every single night. Yeah it might be cold out but there are a lot of events happening this month... one of which combines some fineeee whiskey, local beer and some seriously delicious food! Oh, and did I mention live shows and good music to keep you partying all night?
If there ever was a drink to keep you warm during the cold winter months, it's alcohol! And what's better than alcohol, well drinking and socializing with your friends of course!
Back for a fifth year,La Cuvée is taking over Salon 1861 for 3 full days of drinking, eating and socializing!
For all you whiskey and beer lovers out there, this is the even that you don’t want to miss. So what exactly is La Cuvée?
La Cuvée is a tasting event that features the best whiskeys and cocktails in town. Oh and did I mention beer? La Cuvée will also have the best beer from local microbreweries - That’s right, you can still come out to the event if you’re not exactly on best friend terms with whiskey.
And because La Cuvéeknows how to throw the most epic party ever, the entire event is going to be 50’s themed complete with swing dancers, a barber from Emporium, and other shows that will leave you wanting more.
And back by popular demand,THURSDAY WHISKEY is now a thing - An evening where whiskey lovers all around Montreal can gather for some fun activities and of course, some delicious tastings. On top of the tastings already in place for the three days. I mean, you really gotta love whiskey if you’re planning on coming out to this one.
The fun doesn’t stop there! During the three days of the event, there will be several different workshops that focus on brewing and spirits for those curious about the art.
If you’re still not sold then get this - for the first time ever, the 2nd floor is going to be animated thanks to ZONE LUDIQUE. This includes table games and life-sized games, all animated by Randolph Pub Ludique and Colonel Moutarde.
INVASION COCKTAIL team will also be there with a pop-up bar to celebrate cocktail culture featuring unpublished drinks and renowned bartenders.
Calling all art lovers — the immersive exhibition Imagine Monet is making its way to our city. This new immersive experience is being designed and presented by the same team as Imagine Van Gogh and Imagine Picasso, so it's bound to be just as breathtaking.
This exhibition is being shown at Arsenal Contemporary Art, the same space where Imagine Van Gogh was exhibited when it was in the 514.
Visitors will be able to experience the colourful daydream that is Imagine Monet from December 15, 2021, to February 27, 2022. So you can buy tickets for someone in your family as a Christmas gift or take your boo for Valentine's Day!
Tickets for $38 for adults and $31.50 for students on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and $39.75 for adults and $33.50 for students on weekends.
Just like at movie theatres, there's a discounted price on Tuesdays: $27 for every individual.
If you plan on going with a group of 10 friends or more, you can get a group discount rate starting at $32.40 per adult or $25 per student.
No tickets are available on site, so make sure to book your spot before heading out and pay attention to the time you book, as admission is by timed entry. "The exhibition starts on time and latecomers may be admitted only during a suitable break."
All visitors ages 13 and over must show a vaccination passport upon entry.
It's totally within your right to complain about the weather this winter. But instead of being grumpy all the time, why not take advantage of the winter events that Montreal has to offer? Downtown Montreal has unveiled its plan to transform into "an inviting, festive and magical winter destination" between now and March.
The winter festivities are the result of a collaboration between the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montréal centre-ville, Le Grand Marché de Noël, XP_MTL, the Noël dans le Parc Festival and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, which are transforming the city into a magical winter wonderland.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, organizers said that "in a safe setting, Montrealers will be able to explore a series of luminous and interactive installations, see unscheduled performances, meet local artisans, visit inviting spaces and enjoy some great surprises!"
So, what exactly can you expect?
One of the first things you'll notice when you head downtown is that twinkly Christmas lights are everywhere.
Over 500 decorations stretching over 8 kilometres of downtown streets will illuminate the city and bring some much-needed Christmas cheer to the place.
No doubt one of the more popular attractions, Le Grand Marché de Noël, is finally back after a long hiatus. The market officially opens this weekend, on November 20.
From December 3 to the 23, the Noël dans le Parc Festival will present an eclectic mix of live music, from hip-hop to country to traditional Christmas music.
Finally, the 23rd edition of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival will bring back its classic program of light therapy and art projections starting on February 17 and the famous Nuit Blanche is set for its triumphant return!
What's great is that many of these installations have already been set up around the city for you to enjoy. Even though they may look much better under a soft blanket of snow, there's nothing stopping you from going out to enjoy the winter installations as much as possible.
Why You Need To Go: This new supper club in the heart of Old Montreal has amazing food AND stellar music so you can bet your after-dinner drinks will turn into an after-dinner party on the dance floor, too.
Sure, the weather's cooling down. And yes you're probably working from home so putting on pants is an added hassle. But it's only getting colder and we've been cooped for too long... so that's all the more reason to get your butt off the couch and have fun! Make the most of the weekend with these exciting things to do.
Why You Need To Go: The world-famous Notre Dame Basilica in Old Montreal isn't just a church. It's currently home to an immersive light experience which the website calls "a stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable."
Why You Need To Go: The only thing better than Sunday brunch is going somewhere before it becomes "the cool spot." Try somewhere new, that's not the usual "scene," so you can roll out of bed and avoid seeing 1,000 people, you know.