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The La Ronde amusement park has occupied the northern third of Île Sainte-Hélène since, well, the very creation of the island in its current form. From Montreal Island, it appears like a gleaming tangle of metal towers pumping out the foul perfume of fried dough, warm ketchup and hot dog water. But a recent Reddit post by history and architecture blogger Martin Bérubé (Propos Montréal) challenges Montrealers to reimagine the asphalt expanse, asking "if La Ronde were to close, what would you like to see in this space" instead?

The post attracted over 400 comments, many offering tantalizing alternatives, from a new signature park to a cat sanctuary.

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Ever wished you could step into the enchanting landscapes of a Studio Ghibli film? Well, Montreal might just be your very own Howl's Moving Castle.

While Ghibli Park in Japan may be the ultimate pilgrimage for ardent fans, Montreal has its own magical corners that channel the wonder of Miyazaki's masterpieces. From serene tea experiences reminiscent of traditional Japanese narratives to panoramic views that challenge even the most fantastical Ghibli backdrops, Montreal’s offerings are a testament to life imitating art.

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Almost three years after it was first announced, Montreal country music festival LASSO is finally going ahead. The festival dropped its lineup for its long-awaited first edition, including headliners Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, and Kelsea Ballerini.

Other names could be added to the list.

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Montreal hip-hop, dance and electronic music festival îLESONIQ has dropped the first part of the lineup for its 2022 edition. The three-day event is set to take over the Espace 67 festival grounds in Parc Jean-Drapeau with headliners including Swedish House Mafia and French Montana.

Sean Paul, Eric Prydz, FISHER, Ben Böhmer, and Ilan Bluestone are among the other big names highlighted by the festival in a press release.

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Montreal winter simply isn't complete without a trip (or 10) to Parc Jean-Drapeau for some childlike fun. And the park just released its program for this snowy season, which is taking place from December 18, 2021, to March 6, 2022.

This iconic park is hosting activities for cyclists, cross-country skiers, nature lovers, hikers — basically, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. The park specified in a press release that "While the help of Mother Nature will be needed to set up some of the activities, current forecasts are, fortunately, calling for a mild, snowy winter!"

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Montreal's Parc Jean Drapeau is getting quite the makeover this year, and now we have all the details so you'll know exactly what to expect.

These projects are meant to bring back the spirit of Expo '67, to turn the parc into a tourist destination, and to showcase the ingenuity of the site.

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Well friends, another successful Osheaga has come and gone in Montreal, and this year's music fest was seriously awesome. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, and many other iconic artists hit the stage(s) at Parc Jean-Drapeau this year, making for one super solid experience for music lovers everywhere.

And, of course, the festival goers looked fantastic... as usual. How gorgeous did everyone look? Off the charts amazing, guys, and here are just a few pictures highlighting just how lit everyone looked at Osheaga this year.

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Photo cred - collectionscanada

A major part of Montreal's historic and cultural heritage is that other island that shares this neck of the St-Laurence River, Île Sainte-Hélène. You no doubt know it today as Parc Jean-Drapeau and it's where you find yourself most summers riding roller coasters, dancing your Sundays away, and briefly escaping the hustle and bustle of the downtown core. Apart from knowing that Montreal's baby sister island once hosted Expo 67 back in the day, there's probably a few facts about Île Sainte-Hélène you were not aware of. Well here's your chance to absorb a little Montreal history.

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Photo cred - Miguel Legault for Piknic Électronik

Île Sainte-Hélène, home of weekly and annual party-festivals like Piknic Electroniq, Osheaga, Heavy Montreal, and many more, is a hub of activity throughout the year. The metro-able island is so exciting year-round, that some Montrealers believe a name change is in order, to reflect the island's use in general entertainment.

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