The jury's still out on whether the virtual component of this year's Nuit Blanche will live up to our IRL expectations, but one thing's for sure — we won't miss standing in line in below-30-degree temperatures.
There's also something compelling about night owls everywhere taking advantage of the city's arts and culture scene in their cozy clothes — all from the comfort of their couches, with their fave libations in-hand.
What to expect online
Montreal's contemporary art museum, aka MAC, is hosting a virtual art workshop you can do from home with paper and coloured pencils, inspired by its exhibit, La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux.
If rope play is more your thing, you can watch live performances by international artists at Nuit des cordes.
Spectrum Productions has also teamed up with the Nuit Blanche team to bring you Cinéma au Palais, a series of short films produced by young autistic filmmakers.
You can even play a virtual escape game with friends in the dead of night with The Ghost of Pointe-à-Callière, where you'll solve puzzles "that will unfold the legend of the Museum’s ghost."
If you want to have an at-home dance party with your favourite person, the yearly 24 Hours of Vinyl party has you covered with an all-night marathon of DJ sets à la Boiler Room.
If none of these sound fun to you, Nuit Blanche is hosting over 30 free virtual activities to choose from, so there's bound to be one that piques your interest.
Ca Lem's owner, Stephanie Le, told MTL Blog that clients just need to download the TikTok app and show their account to the cashier in order to receive free pancake cereal sundaes — which are, of course, topped with maple syrup.
"We encourage users to take video and pictures of their visit to Ca Lem and post on Instagram, Facebook & TikTok platforms," she said.
There are limited quantities each day but the offer is valid at two of Ca Lem's locations — in NDG and the Plateau — so you can double your chances of getting a free sundae.
Free Pancake Cereal Ice Cream Sundaes
When: July 16, 17 and 18
Address: NDG - 6926, rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC; Plateau–Mont-Royal - 4223, rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It's free ice cream, that's why!
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.
While the event is free, you have to reserve online in advance and you'll be denied entry without a ticket.
You can reserve seats on Ticketmaster 24 hours ahead of the game, with a maximum of four tickets per person. Tickets are only available digitally and printed tickets won't be accepted, so you'll have to show your ticket on your phone.
The whole site accommodates people with restricted mobility, but only Zone C has accessible bathrooms, reserved parking and private access from Rue Saint-Catherine O.
You won't be able to join people in other zones and you must remain in your ticketed zone at all times, so make sure you book the same zone as your friends.
Here's how you can use public transportation to reach your zone:
Zone A can be reached via Place des Arts metro station, at the de Bleury exit. Once outside, go south on Rue de Bleury until you reach Rue Sainte-Catherine O.
Zone B can be accessed via the Saint-Laurent metro station. Once outside, go west on Boul. de Maisonneuve until you reach Rue Saint-Urbain.
Zone C can also be accessed via the Saint-Laurent metro station. Once outside, go west on Boul. de Maisonneuve until Rue Saint-Urbain, then go south to 1444, rue Saint-Urbain.
The surrounding streets will be closed to traffic, save for Rue Saint-Urbain, which grants entry to the Complexe Desjardins, Place des Arts and Indigo parking lots.
Four screens will broadcast the match. The screening site opens at 5 p.m. and the hockey game starts at 8 p.m.
This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.
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.