Montreal, you've almost made it through another doozy of a week. But don't fret because another week means another weekend. The weekend is an opportunity to do fun things that can cheer you up and make you feel better about the world, but in order to find them, you actually need to leave your apartment.
So get your butt off the couch. Might we recommend showering? And then try one of these activities! Whatever you're up to this weekend, here's hoping it brings some light back into your life.
Take Advantage Of The Last Free Weekend To Visit The McCord
Address: McCord Museum, 690, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To celebrate its 100th birthday, one of Montreal's favourite museums gifted us 100 days of free admission, which comes to an end this week. Take advantage of free art, culture and Montreal history while you still can!
Why You Need To Go: Parc Jean Drapeau offers some of the coolest winter activities, like cross-country skiing, sledding, a skating trail and more, proving to the world that no one does winter quite like Montreal!
With restaurants in Quebec being closed and no reopening date announced yet, we're all missing indoor dining right about now. Luckily, six Montreal restaurants have teamed up with hotels in the city and found a way to continue providing this experience starting January 14.
A press explained that four hotels in Old Montreal "are opening up their rooms to offer you an intimate culinary experience."
Here are the possible restaurant/hotel combinations:
All of these restaurants offer private in-room at some of the prettiest hotels in Montreal. You can look at each restaurant's menus to see what's available for your fancy three or four-course meal, which are all available for two or four people, and see which dinner options excite you the most. Packages vary in pricing.
After your much-awaited indoor dining experience, you can dress warm and go enjoy all the winter festivities happening around the city. You'll already be in Old Montreal, which is the perfect spot to go on a snowy walk.
Or, you can stay the night at one of the hotels.
Some of the packages are the "staycation" type, so you can enjoy your tasty meal and spend the night at the hotel. A win-win, right? Since there isn't much else to do in Montreal right now — especially if you don't like the cold weather — then this seems like the perfect way to treat yourself (and finally get out of your apartment).
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In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Why You Need To Go: Restaurants also need a pick-me-up right now. If you order takeout or delivery, not only do you support local eateries during a tough time, but you get to enjoy delicious food while you do it!
Address: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101, rue Sherbrooke E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Plants and flowers have been known to brighten even the gloomiest of days. Although Espace pour la vie had to close its museums due to government restrictions, the Botanical Garden's outdoor areas remain open. Can't handle the cold? Lufa Farms offers free virtual tours of its Ahuntsic rooftop greenhouse each week.
Montrealers know the feeling of pandemic dread "All Too Well" and it can be hard to "Shake It Off." Though that "Blank Space" in your soul might make you just want to throw on a "Cardigan" and retreat into the embrace of your well-worn couch, at least one planned Montreal concert might inspire you to head out this winter.
An acoustic tribute to Taylor Swift is coming to the Plateau's Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church. The event promises to present a reimagined selection from the American songstress's discography, transforming upbeat tracks into a moody spectacle.
Candles will illuminate the stage as a string quartet runs through 14 of Swift's greatest hits, including the aforementioned four tracks in addition to "I Don't Want to Live Forever," "Enchanted," "I Knew You Were Trouble," "Invisible String," "Lover," "Love Story," "New Romantics," "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "Wildest Dream" and "You Belong With Me."
The entire event has a runtime of one hour.
The concert is scheduled to have shows on two dates — Saturday, February 5 and Thursday, February 17 — with performances scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. each evening.
In an online FAQ section, organizers say they could reschedule the Taylor Swift tributes if the situation requires it, in which case ticketholders could just attend the new event. If the curfew persists, organizers will move the concerts to earlier times.
Tickets range in price from $30 to $60 depending on the seating section.
Get all the details below.
Candlelight acoustic Taylor Swift tribute
Price: $30 to $60, depending on the seating section
Where: Église St-Jean-Baptiste, 4237, av. Henri Julien, Montreal, QC
When: Saturday, February 5 and Thursday, February 17, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. each evening
Why You Have To Go: For the perfect moody soundtrack to our second winter of discontent