The Mural Festival has been fostering and celebrating street art in Montreal since 2012. The festival brings street artists, musicians, muralists, art enthusiasts, and Montrealers all together to celebrate our urban culture.
It generally takes place in the Plateau, along Montreal's Boulevard St. Laurent, but this year, the super fun fest is about to get a whole lot bigger!
As usual, 2017's Mural Festival will feature free access to the creation of murals, as well as music, temporary exhibits, and an art fair.
In addition to all that super fun stuff, this year, Mural Festival will include four free block parties on Boulevard St. Laurent, four huge live music events, an outdoor barbecue festival, and 11 after parties at MURAL Art Pub!
Oh, and not only is Mural Fest going down in the Plateau this year, but it'll also be expanding into the gorgeous Old Montreal on June 8-11. They'll be setting up special events, art installations, temporary exhibits, and even an art fair at Marche Bonsecours!
Mural Festival 2017 is going down on June 8 - 18. To get the absolute best Mural Fest experience possible, you're going to want to get the 11 Day VIP Experience Pass.
The pass includes access to Mural Fest's VIP Zone, which includes exclusive accesses to the Block Parties, access to numerous live music events, a guided tour of the murals, alcohol rebates, and more! You can pick up your pass right here.
Sounds like the most fun thing you can do this summer? Then check out Mural Festival's Facebook event page, and pick up their MURAL Festival mobile app, available on the App Store and Google Play!
The reason for his visit? SSENSE has partnered with Pharrell's wellbeing product company, Humanrace.
VOGUE reported that Pharrell is actually "taking over the store" — from the green-tinted windows to a full-on exhibit showcasing his skincare products, exclusive apparel, and an archive of his own wardrobe pieces curated by Tyler the Creator — though his personal items are not for sale.
Like much of the exhibit, VOGUE reported, the wardrobe pieces are meant to give you insight into his "creative vision" for the brand.
Humanrace started as a skincare company with "a genderless, vegan, and clean trio of products (a cleanser, exfoliator, and humidifying cream)," but will now be expanding into other categories, according to VOGUE.
Shina Nova, the Montreal-based based Inuk throat singer and TikToker, posted an Instagram story of her at the store on Friday night. A photo shows her standing next to Pharrell holding her phone with the caption, "Pharrell meeting my mama through FaceTime."
We reached out to SSENSE and Humanrace to find out if Pharrell's still in town but did not receive a response. That said, it's entirely possible, so keep your eyes peeled.
The House of Humanrace exhibit at SSENSE is now live, so you can head to 418, rue Saint-Sulpice to check it out.
Otherwise, the collection goes live on ssense.com on September 27.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Located in the heart of Old Montreal, Babacool brings all the traditions of Middle Eastern cuisine but combines them with a futuristic twist. The restaurant — specializing in sharing plates and natural wines — looks like it could be an impeccably decorated spaceship. It's also affordable, with plates ranging from $3 to $22.
Naturally, we started off with drinks. I got the Hi Gin cocktail, made with Tanqueray, yuzu and simple syrup to refresh me on a scorching hot day and, let me tell you, it did the trick.
My friend got the Spicy Marg with Sauza Tequila, dry curuçao, chilli salt and dehydrated chilli. Honestly, the drinks were so good that we would have tried them all if we could.
Next, we moved onto appetizers. Anyone familiar with Middle Eastern cuisine knows that appetizers mean lots and lots of dipping! We tried the hummus, labneh and mouhamara — all with freshly made za'atar pita.
Now, I don't want to brag, but I've made my way through a hummus or two and I take hummus VERY seriously. So, as a self-proclaimed expert, I can easily say this was some of the best I've had in the city to date. We also got some vine leaves (my fave!).
Moving onto mains, we shared shakshouka, a halloumi salad and shrimp served with star anise, ouzo, feta, and radish. All three dishes were fresh and beyond compare. As I always say, you know a dish is incredible when you delay your last bite just so the meal lasts a little longer.
While the food was exceptional and the drinks were beautiful, my favourite part of the whole night was the staff. Hubert, our server, is the type of server who loves people and loves what he does. He made a great night even better.
We also met Sophie Chenier, who owns Babacool along with her husband Charles Manceau and restauranteur Marco Benatar. Benatar is co-owner of other popular Montreal eateries, like Jatoba and Flyjin.
The screening will take place at the foot of Old Montreal in the Parc du Champs-de-Mars behind City Hall. The movie will be projected onto the wall of the Palais de Justice tower. In a Facebook post, Ville-Marie said this was a first-of-its-kind event.
The borough has selected the 2011 movie Monsieur Lazhar directed by Philippe Falardeau. The movie follows an Algerian immigrant to Montreal who "is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom," according to the IMDb plot summary. It's rated PG-13.
The event is free, but the borough warns spaces are limited. Prospective attendees are required to reserve tickets on Eventbrite. There are still spots available as of the time of writing.
The projection begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 2. Ville-Marie also promises on-site entertainment from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Attendees 13 years old and older will need to show their vaccine passports to access the site.
Get the details below.
Free Outdoor Movie Screening In Downtown Montreal
When: Thursday, September 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Parc du Champ-de-Mars
Why You Need To Go: To mark the end of summer with one last outdoor movie.
If you're walking along Boulevard Saint-Laurent this weekend and feel a wave of anger overcome you, don't fret. There's the perfect outlet for that pent-up rage. You can try axe throwing for free in Montreal right now, just in front of Parc des Amériques at Saint-Laurent and rue Rachel.
As part of the MURAL Festival, TNT Axe Throwing Montreal has set up a "mobile axe throwing trailer" where festival-goers can try their hand at axe throwing.
The mobile unit will be parked on Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. as well as on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
TNT Axe Throwing also has a permanent location in Saint-Henri where you can hurl axes any time you want — well, within operating hours. TNT calls it a "violently good time" on its website.
A session normally costs $22 per person and all axe-throwing lanes are private until further notice.
Free Axe Throwing On The Main
Courtesy of TNT Axe Throwing
When: August 20 and 21 from noon to 9 p.m. and August 22 from noon to 8 p.m.
Address: Boulevard Saint-Laurent & Rue Rachel (in front of Parc des Amériques)
Why You Need To Go: Pent-up range? Want to practice your aim? Looking for a good time? It's never been easier to try axe throwing!