Summer in Montreal can get pretty repetitive, especially if you've been living here your whole life. Luckily for us, we just so happen to live a short drive away from Canada's scenic capital which is home to several world-class music and art festivals.
As the weather warms up, start planning a road trip to Ottawa with your best friends! There's lots to see and do, especially in the summer, but nothing quite compares to the city’s Glowfair.
The fourth annual Glowfair
Every year, Glowfair brings new performers and activities to animate Ottawa’s downtown core. At this year's freeevent, you can expect: two stages where live bands and DJ’s will be performing all weekend long; a synthetic ice skating rink; glow in the dark yoga; an Escape Manor experience; silent disco; street art and performances; 10 unique theme blocks to explore, and so much more. You can check out their artist line-up here!
From the wildly popular ‘glow yoga’ and ‘silent disco’, to the hottest bands, and illuminating installations and décor, you’re sure to find a block that suits you. Glowfair 2017 will transport you to an Ottawa you never knew existed—for free.
If you’re thinking of driving down to Ottawa for this years Glowfair (and you should), Bank street is located within a short walk from any downtown area hotel.
So guys, If Montreal just simply isn't doing it for you this summer, then you definitely need to grab your bestie and road trip to Ottawa for the Glowfair Festival.
The event name, Sudbest, perfectly captures the goal of the event. Organizers call it the Sud-Ouest's "largest commercial revival initiative," bringing forward as many of the borough's merchants, artists and artisans as possible.
"The Market is intended to be a tailor-made economic stimulus tool for artists and merchants in the Sud-Ouest by giving them a commercial opportunity to promote themselves as part of an event reflecting the neighborhood," said restauranteur Gaelle Cerf, one of the event leaders, in a statement.
At the market, you can expect to find a 100% Quebec wine and cider bar run by the owners of the new convenience store Le Cinq à Sept (Ville-Émard), a bloody caesars bar at Lord William Pub and a "post-pandemic" beer made specially for the event by 4 Origines Microbrewery.
You'll find food trucks, a Perles et Paddock oyster bar, jerk chicken grilled by Boom J, Food'elles and more.
At this month's event, DJ Kelly (Rap Mommies) will be spinning on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. On Sunday, you'll find Jazz St-Henri, 99 Wolves, and ELMNT at the DJ booth.
Fifteen stands are expected at the first Le Sudbest weekend, according to communications coordinator Julie Poulin. But Poulin told MTL Blog there are already 35 kiosks confirmed for the next event on August 28 and 29.
The third and final (for now) Sudbest weekend is scheduled for September 25 and 26.
Entry is free and dogs are allowed on a leash.
Sudbest Neighbourhood Market
Price: Free entry! No cash is accepted on-site (so pay by card or by scanning a QR Code thanks to the CHK PLZ app)
When: From noon to 11 p.m July 31 to August 1, August 28-29 & September 25-26
Address: 40, rue des Seigneurs, Griffintown, Montreal, QC (Behind Arsenal, along the Lachine Canal)
Why You Need To Go: Check out the SudBEST merchants, artists and artisans that the Sud-Ouest has to offer!
A Bombay spokesperson described the maze as a "large-scale [...] whimsical oasis" with walls that "cloak the discoverable experiences within."
The maze installations are being created by Quebec's Charlie Larouche (Glassware Artist), Jeroen Kleijn (DJ & Olfactory Artist) and Chantal Royer (Botanical Artist) who were inspired by the taste of Bombay Bramble, a new naturally-flavoured raspberry and blackberry gin.
The experience will be completely free, and anyone over the age of 18 can take part.
In addition to a Bombay Bramble sample, guests will leave with a signature Bombay Sapphire Balloon Glass that they can use to stir up fun drinks at home.
Hedge Maze at the Old Port
Bombay Sapphire Canada
When: August 6: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; August 7 and 8: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Address: 430, boul. Saint-Laurent, Old Port, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Hedge mazes are fun, but even better when they're boozy.