The Montreal Fashion and Design Festival is one of the city's hottest events. Since its debut in 2001, every summer, up to half a million visitors attend the series of free outdoor runway shows and spectacles.
The festival truly unites music, beauty, design, art and shopping. This year's festival is expected to have huge performances, and several Montreal boutiques will be providing fashion advice and discounts in celebration of the festival.
Events will commence on Monday July 29 and will run until Saturday August 3. Each day of the week is filled with fashion shows, musical performances and other activities from morning to night.
Since the week of festivities is packed with so many things to do and see, we've created a guide, highlighting the biggest events of the festival that you won't want to miss!
(1) High Heel Race
When: Wednesday, July 31 at 12:30 pm
Where: Corner of De Maisonneuve and Mcgill College
The high heel race encourages participants to run in heels of at least 3 inches for Le Chainon, a Montreal women's shelter. Participants can register in teams and several prizes are to be won.
(2) Lasalle College Fashion Show
When: Wednesday, July 31 at 5:30 pm
Where: Esplanade Fashion stage
Watch models strut their stuff on the runway with pieces designed and made by talented Lasalle College students.
(3) 5 Bloggeers, 5 Looks
When: Wednesday, July 31 at 6:15 pm
Where: Esplande Fashion Stage
This fashion show will exhibit the hottest trends for this Fall 2013- reinterpreted by 5 different style bloggers. The bloggers will include:
The city has unveiled a new all-seasons public square in downtown Montreal that will have spots to hang out, an ice skating rink in the winter, and even an "urban chalet" with restaurants and "creative spaces," according to Mayor Valérie Plante.
In a statement, the mayor said the new Esplanade Tranquille will be the "new flagship destination" of the Quartier des Spectacles.
"This project allows us to transform a heat island into a place of relaxation and entertainment for the entire population, which will allow Montreal and its downtown area to shine throughout the year, thanks to mobile facilities that meet the needs of Montreal families," the mayor said.
Located west of rue Clark between rues Sainte-Catherine and de Montigny, the 5,000-square-metre public square will be "transformed according to the seasons."
It will feature a green space and hangout spots during the summer. In the winter, the Esplanade Tranquille will turn into a winter wonderland complete with a huge refrigerated skating rink.
"This new multi-purpose space is a perfect complement to our existing infrastructures and will make it possible to meet the multiple uses of festivals and events and to offer Montrealers a new place to gather," Monique Simard, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, added.
We all know the struggle of paying for University and then having to live on a strict budget. You end up living off cheap pasta and KD for breakfast, lunch and dinner while studying your ass off and craving to be on vacation. Just yesterday I contemplated eating a moldy muffin because I was too lazy and too cheap to buy breakfast... and guess what... I ATE IT. That was the moment I realized that university and the fall semester had official began in my mind.
So, to help us all out I decided to compose a list of ALL the student discounts you can get at your favorite stores and where to find the cheapest textbooks. I promise, if you follow some of these tips, you will find more money in your bank account and less stress in your life!
If you're looking to step up your back to school wardrobe, Topshop is the place to go. They offer 10% off discounts with your student ID! Definitely the place to go this fall if you're looking for a cute skirt to wear to class, an adorable fall jacket, or cute fall boots!
Get wireless Beats headphones when you buy an eligible computer, tablet or smartphone with a valid student ID. Apple also offers special education pricing on Apple computers, select software and third party products to post-secondary students, parents buying for a post-secondary student, or faculty and teachers. Find out if you qualify for Education Pricing here.
Yup, that's right Best Buy has some awesome deals for students such as exclusive deals on laptops, tablets and small appliances. So if you're in desperate need of new laptop to make it through this new school year, you should definitely head over to Best Buy and one for cheap!
Amazon is offering an almost unbelievable student deal right now. All you have to do is sign up for a free 6 month trial of Amazon Prime and you'll receive all of your orders within 2 days! Once your 6 month trial is up, you'll get 50% off the regular price of Amazon Prime from there on out. That's pretty amazing if you ask me! I legit just ordered a textbook for $60 from Amazon as opposed to $175!
If you don't already know about this one, it's a huge life saver for all students. Regular fare for a monthly opus is card is $83 and the price of a student monthly fare is only $49.75. That's a huge difference and will definitely help you when you want to get around the big city of Montreal this year.
If you're a Montreal student that came from anywhere else in Canada, one of the easiest ways to get back home is by train. Luckily Via Rail offers some awesome student offers which make it totally affordable for us to head back for holidays like Thanksgiving this fall, or anytime we want really!
As a student, groceries are very important but they can also get pretty expensive. Lucky for us, Provigo offers 10% off all your groceries on Mondays with your student ID! So it's time to move your grocery day to Mondays, everybody.
Lots of Montreal yoga studios offer awesome student prices of 15% off regular monthly fees! Try Luna Yoga and Yoga Tree to name a couple. If you do your research I'm sure you can find so many more close to your area of Montreal!
Montreal's Museum of Fine offers amazing discounts for not only students, but for all young adults aged 13-30! They have reduced the price of this age group for major exhibitions from the regular price of $20 to the discounted price of only $12! That's a pretty good price to pay for an awesome cultural experience right here in the city. Or if you're looking for a completely free visit Thursdays are free for all students!
Dairy Queen is one of the most classic ice cream shops that just never gets old. Their blizzards are literally amazing and if anyone disagrees you should definitely give it one more shot because you won't be disappointed. Now, they're offer a student discount of 10% off your order at most locations! Head over to the nearest Dairy Queen near you to get your discounted treat.
Now that we're back to school it's only a matter of time before the midterms, assignments, and exams start piling on the stress. Lucky for us students though, Espace Nomad, a spa in the Mile End, is offering 20% off all facials and massages for students on Thursday evenings! Sometimes we need to treat ourselves, and fall is the perfect time for that.
It's fall now, which means it's the perfect time to switch up your hair do! Try a style that you've been wanting to try but have been nervous to, or just get a trim you've been needing all summer. At Academie Tornade hair salon they offer haircuts by students for only $7! You'll definitely be saving the big bucks here.
If you've been wanting to explore the amazing things this city has to offer, such as the Montreal Biodome now's your chance. The Biodome is home to lots of exotic animals in their recreated natural habitats. Good news for students is that they offer student discounts from the regular price of $19.75 down to $14.50!
A new year means a new semester for students, which also means a new list of books to buy, and by consequence, a pretty hefty bill at the bookstore. Even when used editions are available, Montreal universities tend to charge a few pretty pennies for required texts, which is why MesLivres, a book-buying and selling service for students, was made.
Instead of having to spend hours trawling every Bunz spinoff page to find someone who actually wants your seventeenth-century poetry journal, studEtree streamlines the process of selling off your used textbooks into one blissfully simple online platform that is about a million times more organized than you could ever hope to be.
Enter SwapMyBooks.ca, a Montreal-made site designed to help students buy and sell used books to each other, allowing students to actually make or save some money. Created by JSMB graduate Gabrielle Jaques, the book-selling site was created in direct response to the way university bookstores buy and sell used books. Jaques notoed in a CTV interview how she had purchased $280 textbooks, which were kept in near-mint condition, only to be bought back by the U-bookstore for $18.
This is the season for sales. Summer season is basically over and stores are stocking up on their new fall lines so we all know what that means right? Yup, all the summer lines are going on sale and the prices are insanely marked down!
Forever 21 is having crazy sales right now to get rid of all their amazing summer lines so we can get all their amazing pieces for super cheap!
That's right Forever 21 is having a massive 70% off sale on all their summer items!! This is crazy good because most of their pieces are already cheap to begin with, so getting 70% off already cheap clothes is basically like you're paying nothing at all!
Not only are they giving away their summer line for 70% off they're also having a huge "back to school sale" as well! Tons of their back to school items like fall booties, scarves, plaid shirts, denim jackets and so much more!
These back to school items are starting at just $4!! Basically everything is less than $20 in this section, which is a crazy good deal!
You are not destined to sit in a cubicle. You are not destined to be writing reports all day. You are not destined to sit under flickering gray lights. You are destined to rock the world with the creativity you’ve got inside of you. You just need to get by school first.
You might dream of working in fashion design, video game design, graphic design or interior design. Maybe you’re going to be the next #girlboss. Wherever your passion draws you, there is no wrong answer.
Your passion might look a little like this:
LaSalle College open house is on May 30, 2017, from 10 am, to 9 pm. At the Open House, you can find out more about the programs, meet the teachers, check out the classrooms and learn how you can enroll in one of their amazing programs. You can even sign up in advance to skip the line!
LaSalle College is famous for fashion design; it’s wide array of business programs and, of course, the innovative video game programming profile which draws on Montreal’s rich gaming culture. And it’s just what you need to get started.
That's not all. If you're interested in beauty and the digital arts, Inter-Dec College offers 4 fields of study including vfx & game design, digital arts, beauty AND interior design. Have any questions about each program? The open house is the perfect opportunity to get all your questions answered.
The Open House will be packed full of exhibits showcasing the incredible work from students from the fashion and beauty programs showing off what you, too, can learn. If the tech side of things is more your bag, you can even get hands-on experience testing a student-designed video game in the Video Game Lounge. Sweet!
Don’t be a bystander and wait for life to come to you. Grab it with both hands and seize the creative career you dream about.
Find out what the next steps are for your creative career. Head to LaSalle College’s Open House on May 30 from 10 am to 9 pm and make it happen! Or for even more inspiration, check out their website, Facebook Page or Instagram.