Festivals are out, "weeks" are in. Okay, so "weeks" have always been "in" since we have 52 of them every year (and are always in one, let that sink in for a sec) but I'm talking more about the influx of themed weeks we now have in Montreal.
There's Poutine Week, Burger Week, Steamé Week, Mac & Cheese Week, and Italian Week to name a few, but the list doesn't stop there. No madam, because Montreal is getting a brand new themed week this spring, and it's all about everyone's favourite alcoholic beverage.
A collaborative event organized between six Montreal-based purveyors of quality brews,Montreal Beer Week 2016 is "one magical week to explore your city, discover new venues and taste awesome craft beers."
How that will play out, exactly, remains to be seen, as there isn't much listed on Beer Week's setlist of events, but that doesn't make us any less excited.
We do know, however, that an inaugural event will be held at Atwater Market which promises to be a veritable "beer festival." Tons of quality craft brews will be on-site for you to taste, all from local Quebec breweries. As will tons of food because this is Atwater Market, after all.
More events and promotions will undoubtedly be released once Beer Week 2016 draws closer, but if the Atwater Market's beer festival is an accurate prelude of things to come, the event is going to be a solid seven days of beer drinking.
Montreal Beer Week 2016 is going down on April 29th to May 8th. For more details, head to the official Facebook page here.
The sixth edition of Montreal's Atwater Christmas Village is serving up seasonal cheer in the heart of the Sud-Ouest. Without a doubt one of the most festive spots in the city, the village consists of dozens of small huts in a European holiday market-style arrangement.
Visitors can browse the creations of local artisans, grab some mulled wine, churros, crêpes or waffles and even catch some free performances.
This year, the Atwater Christmas Village will host concerts, choruses, DJs and circus acts. Santa will be back in his yurt to greet families.
As in previous years, "soirées gourmandes" will take place every Friday: "La Montréal Raclette Party" on November 26, "Noël en Alsace" on December 3, "Noël au soleil" on December 10 and "Noël à la cabane" on December 17.
Jean-Talon Market will host a market covering an area twice the size of its inaugural edition in 2020. It opens on November 27.
The Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal is also making its grand return to the Quartier des Spectacles after a yearslong absence. Open since November 20, it features an Alsatian village and, of course, a huge Christmas tree at its centre.
Downtown Montreal's Christmas market, the Grand Marché de Noël, is making its long-awaited return — and it's bringing part of Alsace with it.
This holiday season, the market in the Quartier des spectacles will include a makeshift neighbourhood inspired by the French region known for its German roots and charming medieval architecture.
The centrepiece of the market will, of course, be a giant illuminated Christmas tree.
The Grand Marché de Noël will be just one of three large Christmas events in the city this year. The Atwater and Jean-Talon markets are also set to host a collection of local vendors in holiday-themed huts.
In total, according to organizing company La Lutinerie, over 100 artisans and producers will be selling their goods.
La Lutinerie promises mulled wine and churros to keep you warm and filled with holiday cheer.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
It's that time of year again folks — when Mariah Carey starts blasting on every radio station and the Christmas planning commences. As you start planning your holiday to-do list, visiting one of the Montreal Christmas markets is sure to be on the top of it.
And lucky for us, two of them just released more details about what to expect this season.
The traditional Atwater Christmas Village is making its way back to the city starting November 25 with about 30 different stands to explore and a sugar shack to get some sweet treats at, plus free activities like circus acts and movie nights.
Access to this winter wonderland can be found on rue St-Ambroise, just outside the Atwater Market.
Opening two days later on November 27, Jean-Talon's Christmas Market is focusing on gourmet food this year — so make sure to show up hungry.
Plus, it'll be twice as big as last year, meaning more snacks to eat, more mulled wine to drink, and more local artisans' gifts to buy.
Starting November 20, Montrealers can pick themselves up a Christmas tree at either of these two markets, as well as at the Maisonneuve Market.
Montreal's Atwater And Jean-Talon Christmas Markets
Where: Atwater Market and Jean-Talon Market
When: Montreal Christmas Village at Atwater Market:
– November 25: 4-7 p.m.
– November 26 to December 19: Fridays from 5-10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jean-Talon Christmas Market: November 27 to December 23, 2021
– November 27 to December 19: Fridays from 12-6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
– December 19 to 23: open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: To get your daily dose of holiday cheer this year.