Thanks to Premier François Legault's recent announcements, summer in the city is looking up. And there's more good news! Several spots are coming to Montreal's waterfront this summer starting June 19 and they'll be set up by the Village de Noël de Montréal association.
"There will be two installations: one at Parc Jean-Drapeau starting June 19 and the second will be mobile, it will move along the Lachine Canal throughout the summer to meet Montrealers," Line Basbous, executive director of the association told Narcity Quebec.
"We have four stages of three weeks for the second: two along the Lachine Canal, one in Verdun at the John Gallagher Island, and the last one that will end in the North-East to Pointe-aux-Trembles," she continued.
"These are facilities with an outdoor restaurant, tables, lounge chairs, a stage and lights," she said. "There will be regular programming" with shows scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays, but also workshops that will be offered in partnership with several organizations in the city.
On each spot, there will be a vegan restaurant where you can eat "burgers, tapas, churros, waffles". An ice cream shop will also be installed.
A Bombay spokesperson described the maze as a "large-scale [...] whimsical oasis" with walls that "cloak the discoverable experiences within."
The maze installations are being created by Quebec's Charlie Larouche (Glassware Artist), Jeroen Kleijn (DJ & Olfactory Artist) and Chantal Royer (Botanical Artist) who were inspired by the taste of Bombay Bramble, a new naturally-flavoured raspberry and blackberry gin.
The experience will be completely free, and anyone over the age of 18 can take part.
In addition to a Bombay Bramble sample, guests will leave with a signature Bombay Sapphire Balloon Glass that they can use to stir up fun drinks at home.
Hedge Maze at the Old Port
Bombay Sapphire Canada
When: August 6: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; August 7 and 8: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Address: 430, boul. Saint-Laurent, Old Port, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Hedge mazes are fun, but even better when they're boozy.
Why You Need To Go: For the rest of the summer, seven spaces recreating colourful urban gardens are scattered along avenue Mont Royal. There's a colourful skate park, a light and shadow garden, a rose mural, and other funky spots to check out.
Why You Need To Go: If you've been craving something greasy, you'll be happy to know that you can get a free burger for a limited time at Burger King. All you have to do is download the restaurant's app and place an order over $1 to get a free Whopper.
When: Every day until September 6 from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Address: Place des Commencements; 200, rue de la Commune O., Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Go: You can find Place des Commencements located at the end of the Grand Quai in Old Montreal, which has the most beautiful green terrasse where you can sit on chairs and admire Habitat 67 and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. It's an ideal spot to watch the sunset.
Address: La Brise du Large; 1800, Chemin des Iroquois, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: This is the new waterfront park on the Lachine Canal, La Brise du Large, that you have to check out this summer if you want to sit in the shade for a picnic or feel like you're in the South.
Why You Need To Go: A trip to the museum is always a good idea — especially when it's free. Note that the Christian Dior et Chapleau – Profession : caricaturiste exposition will cost you $9.50 on Wednesday evenings, but the rest of the museum is free to visit after 5 p.m.
Swing By This Sandy Beach In The Middle Of Downtown
Where: Saint James United Church, 463, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
When: June 4 to September 26, 2021
Why You Need To Go: Yes, you read that right — just outside Saint James United Church is the coolest sandy beach hangout, where you can even bring booze. It's the most relaxing place to chill in the middle of the downtown core.
Performances will take place "on different stages" with "a limited number of spectators once in the afternoon from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. and once in the evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
Health measures will still be in place and wearing a mask will be mandatory when festival-goers are outside of their designated spots.
There will be more than 20 vibrant events for you to enjoy throughout the summer, with some of the best and up-and-coming local DJs spinning tunes in the sunshine.
Tickets for the first weekend will go on sale on July 1.
Then, "tickets for upcoming events will be on-sale gradually in the next weeks," according to Piknic.
Piknic Electronik officially returns on Saturday, July 3.