Long, lazy days in national parks, drive-in theatres, scenic road trips from the city, rolling up to the Orange Julep — with freezing daytime temperatures firmly in our rearview mirror, some of Montreal's best warm-weather activities are closer than ever. That is, if you have a car.
But what if you had the chance to win a new set of wheels?
From now until March 31, much-loved Lebanese restaurant Amir is serving up its most delicious giveaway yet in appreciation of its customers over the past year: a brand-new vehicle from Honda valued at $17,700!
Just picture yourself cruising down the open road, listening to your favourite tunes on blast all while being the envy of your friends. Now that's a dream ride you can get behind.
The Montreal-founded franchise has been dishing out authentic Lebanese cuisine since 1983. Established with a philosophy based on family values, Amir has stayed true to its roots over 30 years later with 80 plus locations across Quebec, many of which are owned and operated by families.
Plus, all of their dishes are HACCP-certified, free from preservatives and full of fresh veggies with made-in-house spreads, white-meat chicken and AAA beef.
From their signature garlic potatoes that make garlic breath totally worth it to their newly launched, plant-based kafta/kabab, all of their dishes are born out of family recipes.
Side note: Amir's famous garlic sauce, falafel mix and potato seasoning are actually available at local grocers like IGA, Provigo and Metro. That means you can enjoy the best of Amir at any time — even in your brand-new ride.
Restaurant Amir Giveaway
Price: Free to enter
When: Contest ends on March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
The "Winning to be Vaccinated!" contest, organized in partnership with Loto-Québec, will be split into two separate contests — one for Quebecers aged 18 and over, and one for Quebec youth between the ages of 12 and 17.
Adults Aged 18+
From August 1 to August 27, the contest will offer a weekly draw of $150,000 in cash prizes among adult participants who received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a total value of $600,000.
A $1 million prize for adult participants will be drawn on September 3, among fully vaccinated Quebecers over 18 years old. But there's a catch — you must have received your first dose by August 3, and your second dose by August 31.
Youth Aged 12 to 17
For Quebecers in the youth age group, from August 1 through August 27, Quebec is offering a weekly draw for two scholarships of $10,000 each among those who have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, for a total value of $80,000.
For fully-vaccinated Quebecers in the 12 to 17 age group, Quebec will draw 16 scholarships of $20,000 each on September 3, for a total value of $320,000.
Who's eligible to enter the contest
You've received a COVID-19 vaccine in Quebec
You've had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID 19 and received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
You've received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by Health Canada outside Quebec and have had the vaccine recognized by the government
You do not work for Quebec's health or finance ministries (those who do are not eligible for the competition).
Official lottery rules will be released sometime before contest registration opens, which is scheduled for July 25. Participants can register by 11:59 p.m. the day before each draw through Quebec's Vaccine Proof Portal.
But don't expect a typical Montreal Pride Parade complete with vehicles, floats, dancers, and all the usual festivities. According to a press release, the current health context does not allow for a traditional parade.
However, Montréal Pride says holding a march "returns to the roots of the Pride movement by handing back the public space to participating communities," specifically focusing on amplifying the voices of diverse sexual and gender communities that were "made close to invisible" during the pandemic.
"The first demonstration in favor of the Montréal 2SLGBTQI+ communities’ rights was held in 1979, organised by the Pink Brigade [...] with 52 marchers participating," said Jean-François Perrier, interim director of the Montréal Pride Festival, in a statement.
"It is therefore with great pride that we confirm [...] a unifying activity open to all that will allow the advocacy and community aspects of the festival to shine."
The Pride March will take place on August 15 and will depart from Jeanne-Mance Park at 1 p.m.