Among the many wonderful things that make being a Montrealer a fun and authentically Canadian experience is — you guessed it — hockey.
From its speed and tradition to, of course, its fandom, hockey is (in the opinion of most who live in the Great White North, anyway) one of the greatest sports. Montreal Canadiens fans will know this to be especially true.
But just because our hockey season may look a bit different this year, doesn't mean we can't continue to celebrate by making our homes feel like we're at a Habs game IRL.
Every Molson Export FANatic Saturdays will kick off with a Habs-themed trivia hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m EST, hosted by Bell Centre's in-game host Michel Kunta, and it's all about putting your Habs knowledge to the test.
First-place winners will score a $250 gift card to Tricoloresports.com, the Montreal Canadiens' official store. Second place will land a $100 gift card and third place gets a $50 gift card.
Advance registration is required so be sure to snag your spot to flex those know-it-all muscles and ultimate bragging rights.
Q&A Presented by Molson Export
Next, get ready to put those thumbs to work because after trivia is a live Twitter Q&A starting at 6:00 p.m. with special contributor Marc Dumont, formerly from The Athletic.
The session will, naturally, focus on all things Habs, acting as a "week-in-review" where fans can weigh in on what's happening with the team now (in 280 characters or less, of course).
Each Saturday one lucky fan will receive a special prize from Molson Export.
To participate, fans need to submit a question to the Q&A via Facebook or Twitter. Whichever fan has their question selected and answered by Marc during the Q&A will be Le Vrai Fan and get a retro Canadiens jersey!
Following the Twitter Q&A is a 30-minute DJ set live on Twitch. Kickstarting the first FANatic Saturday on April 3 is DJ Special K. You can also look forward to the likes of DJ Shash'U (April 10), Pat Boogie (April 24), TIZI (May 1) and Fafa Khan (May 8).
Whatever your musical flavour, get ready to kick that pregame party into high gear because each DJ will be cranking the tunes until the puck drops.
All you have to do is tune into Montreal Canadiens' social channels to catch a glimpse of the featured star cheering on the Habs.
To date, celebs like David Hasselhoff, Bob Saget, Erin Andrews and Bruce Buffer have been featured. It's anybody's guess as to who will check in with fans next, but one thing's for sure: it's always well worth the wait.
Think everything from jerseys and player T-shirts to headwear, socks and pyjamas. New items exclusive to the weekend event will be offered each week (this Saturday, April 3 you can get 25% off selected hoodies and sweaters), so be sure to check back often for official Habs gear you're going to want to make your own.
Wherever you choose to celebrate the Habs every week, tune in to Molson Export FANatic Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. EST for trivia, special programming, cash prizes, celebrity check-ins and more every single Saturday that the Montreal Canadiens play, home or away.
A Super Pink Moon Will Radiate Over Quebec's Sky Tonight
When It Happened: April 2020
A gorgeous 'Super Pink Moon' made headlines in early spring when Quebecers were able to witness it in all its glory. There were multiple super moons throughout 2020, but none seemed as bold, bright or beautiful as this one.
Montrealers took to the streets to protest systemic racism in Quebec and around the world after the murder of George Floyd in late May.
Artists and community organizers would later paint a mural on Rue Sainte-Catherine in Montreal's gay village, reading "La vie des noir.e.s compte," or Black Lives Matter. The street mural was removed in October by the city.
An Actual Bat Flew Through A Montreal Hospital This Week & Shut Down 5 Operating Rooms
When It Happened: October 2020
In a display of peak 2020, a literal bat flew into a wing of Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital last fall, forcing hospital staff to shut down five operating rooms, as the province grappled with the strain of COVID-19 on Quebec's health care system.
The CIUSSS told MTL Blog that the dilapidated state of the hospital was most likely how the bat made its way in.
Yes, it's a long weekend! Three uninterrupted days to relax, have fun, and not think for two seconds about things like school or work, or other responsibilities until Tuesday morning. Not to be too depressing but it will be six weeks before we get another official long weekend.
But let's focus on the positive! This is usually one of the summer weekends that people are trying to pack in their last days of camping or chalet time. But if you're planning to stay in the city it's good to know what's open and what's closed so you can plan out your Labour Day weekend.
Labour Day falls on Monday, September 2 this year. The good news is the city doesn't stop being its fun self. There are still a ton of things to do. Most of Montreal's museums are all open if you're looking for a little culture. As are the beaches, La Ronde and the casino.
And phew, the majority of SAQ express locations are also open so you don't have to stock up on alcohol today.
If you're planning to get around the city by public transit, double-check the schedule as the STM operates on holiday schedules and it might impact your normal route. Check out their website here.
If you're planning to hit any stores or eat at a restaurant, it's best to call first to check hours. So let's take a look at what's open.
SAQ Express stores will have normal hours. But all but three SAQ classic stores will be closed.
311, the city of Montreal’s information hotline
Hospitals and emergency services
Dépanneurs and pharmacies
Most bars and clubs
Some restaurants (this can really be hit and miss as a lot of restaurants aren't open Mondays anyway so make sure to call) and pubs
Hotels & resorts
Small grocery stores (less than 4,037-sq-ft in size)
Swimming pools and sports centres remain open with reduced hours
Montreal Casino (the business that never sleeps)
Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal’s museum of history and archeology
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
What's open continued...
Montreal Botanical Gardens and the Gardens of Light
Montreal Science Centre and IMAX Theatre
Public and farmers’ markets (like Atwater and Jean-Talon)
Parking meters (yep you will still have to pay)
Garbage and recycling pickups stay on schedule (there are isolated exceptions)
What we love about potholes here at MTL Blog is that they provide us with an endless number of stories to share. Readers are constantly sending us photos of their favourite holes in the road. Not only that but we've become friends with many potholes around the city.
We see them every day doing their very best to make us late to work and to destroy our wheels so it's about time we give them some love!
If you think you've seen a more beautiful pothole than these, send them into @MTLBlog on Instagram with the hashtag: #montrealsprettiestpothole!
TL;DR We voted and MTLBlog has finally found some candidates for the city's prettiest pothole. Welcome to Montreal's very first Pothole Beauty Pageant 2019! #montrealsprettiestpothole
What's not to love about potholes? Whenever you encounter one in Montreal (they're everywhere!) they also make our days better by exploding our tires or flipping us over our bike's handlebars. Sometimes, they even twist our ankles, sso not even pedestrians can escape they're impact!
Here are the nominees for Montreal's prettiest pothole!
This one found in a Walmart parking lot has all the makings of a great pothole.
The sharp edges and standing water make it a perfect pothole, plus I love those little crumbly bits that show what a big boy pothole it's bound to grow to be.
Even puppers love potholes! This good boy is warning his owner of a potential broken ankle by standing in this pothole and checking it out.
I'm not sure if he's trying to drink the melted snow water... or if those are people's accumulated tears.
Ah, the classic pothole minefield. Why have one pothole when you can have six?!
Good luck escaping this one unscathed! Location: somewhere in Ville St. Laurent.
If you thought those were good, wait until you see these ones...