As things slowly begin to get back to normal, experiences we missed out on last year are coming back into action. Like Osheaga, which took place during the weekend of October 1 to 3, 2021.
The popular Montreal festival didn't look quite the same as in years past, though. Vaccine passports were required to enter the site and a one-metre distance between festival-goers was enforced.
To ensure proper physical distancing, the site was separated into "private docks" that could fit 500 people inside each section.
But, all these new regulations didn't stop people from having a good time. Nelly Serandour-Amar, an employee at MTL Blog, described her experience by saying, "This was my first concert since the beginning of the pandemic and even though it's not your 'typical' Osheaga, being back in a festival felt so nice. You could feel the energy from the musicians and the crowd which was so contagious. The overall festival felt very safe with it being a fully-vaccinated environment!"
Quebec hip hop festival Metro Metro has finally announced its dates. After what will have been a three-year hiatus, Metro Metro will take over the Montreal Olympic Park Esplanade from May 20 to 22, 2022.
After the inaugural 2019 edition brought the likes of Cardi B, Snoop Dogg and Tyga to the city, a highly-anticipated 2020 version of the festival was supposed to take place in May.
That, of course, didn't happen.
Eventually, the festival pushed its second edition back to 2022.
Metro Metro hasn't yet released its lineup.
The 2020 festival was supposed to feature Travis Scott, 50 Cent and Young Thug.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
The program consists of four fun-filled days celebrating the best in beer from around the world. Along with the beer, there will be an assortment of delicious snacks for you to sample, such as fine cheeses and cured meats.
There will also be a "mini-brunch" served on Saturday at 10 a.m. and on Sunday at either 10 a.m. for the early birds or 1:30 p.m. for the sleep-in crowd.
Unlike festivals in the past, this edition of the World Beer Festival will be a little bit different to accommodate health and safety regulations.
There will be a maximum of 450 visitors on-site at one time, so you'll have to buy your tickets in advance and reserve a three-hour time slot on your preferred day.
For complete details on how to attend, visit the World Beer Festival's official website.
World Beer Festival
Price: Packages start at $30 per person
When: October 7 to 10
Address: Rio Tinto Courtyard at the Windsor Station - 1160, ave. des Canadiens-de-Montreal, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Beer, beer and more beer — plus awesome festival vibes!
Catch A Flick At The Canada China International Film Festival
When: Starting October 2
Address: Various locations throughout the city and online, including Cinéma Banque Scotia
Why You Need To Go: The festival, which aims to "foster relations between China and Canada," kicks off in Montreal with Saving Chinatown, a short documentary about the threat of gentrification and anti-Asian racism Montreal's Chinatown and Asian community have experienced as a result of COVID-19.
Address: Barranco MTL - 4552, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Love weekend brunch, but want to add a little cultural flair? You'll definitely want to check out this Peruvian brunch spot in the Plateau. Bottomless mimosas are available for $30.
Address: Belle Gueule - 5579, ave. Christophe-Colomb, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Ring in October with Oktoberfest at one of Montreal's go-to microbreweries for European-inspired beer. To mark the occasion, they've also added German snacks to their menu: sauerkraut, Bratwurst, traditional pretzels and more.
If you missed ÎleSoniq this past weekend and are still hoping to experience a live outdoor music festival before the cold weather hits, you're in luck. After having to cancel last year, Osheaga is finally happening again from October 1 to 3, 2021.