UPDATE: The Government of Quebec has introduced new COVID-19 health measures since this article was published. Please review guidelines and double-check the website and social media pages of the event or activity before you head out. We strongly recommend calling before you go.
Why You Should Go: Indoor gatherings are limited to six people right now, so call your besties up and plan a little shindig at one of your apartments. No better way to start the New Year than with your closest people.
We're all in need of a little extra fresh air right now and one Montreal restaurant has found a way to motivate us into getting it.
"For your mental health," BarBara is offering free coffee to anyone who can prove that they've walked at least five kilometres that day, and there are free candles and Cacio e Pepe waiting for people who have moved their legs even more than that.
All you need to do is have any fitness app that can show much the time and date along with how you've much walked and present it to an employee when you get to the restaurant. You also need to follow the restaurant on Instagram.
This offer is valid until Wednesday, January 12 and "until supplies last."
Here are the rewards based on the distance you've moved as stated on the restaurant's Instagram post:
5K walk -> You get any type of coffee in a regular size, pistachio latte included ;)
10K walk -> You get any type of coffee in a regular size, pistachio latte included ;) and a pack of candles for home.
Where: Librairie Saint Henri Books, Indigo, Argo Bookshop, etc.
Why You Should Go: To buy yourself a new book to keep you occupied during curfew hours! Retail stores remain open at 50% capacity under new restrictions, but keep in mind that they'll be closed on the first three Sundays of January.
In an Instagram story on December 30, following François Legault's 5 p.m. press conference, Igloofest announced that the event usually held in the Old Port of Montreal will not be able to receive festivalgoers this winter due to new health measures.
Organizers issued a message in English and French to explain the situation to ticket holders:
"We have once again been listening to the government and Santé Public's announcements and, like you all, we are in shock. We have unfortunately come to the conclusion that, under these circumstances, we will not be able to hold Igloofest Montreal.
"We need the next few days to organize and will be contacting ticket holders as soon as possible."
So if you purchased a ticket, you should be expecting to hear from the company shortly.
The big return of the festivities had been announced via social networks on October 27, 2021, and it was to be the fifteenth anniversary of Igloofest. A few days later, on November 4, the program was announced, and the headliners included renowned artists from the electronic scene such as Diplo, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Bonobo, Dillon Francis and more.
In December 2021, Igloofest announced that it would be holding its first-ever edition in Québec City in March 2022. So far, Igloofest's website only specifies that the Montreal edition has been cancelled.
According to the new restrictions announced on December 30, public outdoor events are still allowed, but can only accommodate a maximum of 250 fully vaccinated people.