Summer has officially arrived and we think it's time that you experience a real Montreal summer. Often, a whole summer will go by and you will not have done half of the things that Montreal has to offer. We’re here to make sure that this doesn’t end up happening again. We’ve created a Summer Guide which will cover any and everything happening in or around the island this summer. You can use this guide to ensure that you get the most out of our vibrant, beautiful city.
As our city gives us more to offer, we'll keep adding to this list - that way, whenever you need to know something, you'll know just where to go.
The amount of festivals happening in the city of Montreal is ridiculous and incredible. You can literally plan a whole, amazing summer around attending all of these festivals - in fact, we think that's exactly what you should be doing right now.
We love food in Montreal and in the summer, it feels like we really get to explore everything the city has to offer. Here are some summery options you definitely have to check out - whether you just want to keep cool or you're really craving a mac n cheese hot dog!
Let's be honest with each other right now - we're a pretty strange city. We have a lot of weird, unique, creative and amazing things going on that really make up Montreal. From an oyster festival to a naked bike ride, our city - like its citizens - will try anything at least once. And if we love it? We'll keep doing it year after year. Take a look at some quintessentially Montreal events happening this summer.
It's really not fun to plan an afternoon with your friends and have it fall apart because you're not familiar with the rules and regulations of the city. We got your back. Everything you need to know about enjoying summer, legally, is right here, with a few not-so-legal additions to make sure you know about everything summer-related.
We only get about 5 seconds of summer (compared to a billion days of winter) in this city, so we need to spend as much time as humanly possible outside. Luckily, Montreal thrives in this department - explore the city and get your tan on while you're at it!
We don't mean to be a drag but, unless you've been extremely blessed in life, you're going to have to find some way to make a little money in order to enjoy summer in the city. Don't worry about it though - we've got you covered.
As much as we love you, Montreal, sometime we just need to get out of town for a little while. We won't be gone long, and we won't wander too far (we couldn't do that to you!) - we just need to take a few days to ourselves. Luckily, the surrounding areas have just as much to offer as the city itself so we can stay close by, while still escaping the chaos of Montreal.
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.
In a Facebook post announcing festival dates for 2022, îLESONIQ also announced that it was expanding from two days to three days. That means festival-goers get a whole extra day of DJs and dancing this August.
The popular electronic music festival is set to take place at Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 5 to 7, 2022.
Plus, there's also an "îLESONIQ EN VILLE" event scheduled for August 4.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.
But, all these new regulations didn't stop people from having a good time. Nelly Serandour-Amar, an employee at MTL Blog, described her experience by saying, "This was my first concert since the beginning of the pandemic and even though it's not your 'typical' Osheaga, being back in a festival felt so nice. You could feel the energy from the musicians and the crowd which was so contagious. The overall festival felt very safe with it being a fully-vaccinated environment!"