Let's not mince words here: Valentine's Day has a lot of people feeling like they're going to be #foreveralone. The romance in the air is so oppressively over-the-top that sometimes you just want to run away into la campagne rurale just to escape everyone.
Instead of taking such drastic measures, consider instead keeping yourself busy with some fun activities. Whether you want to dance the night away, meet other people who are just as fed up with this commercial holiday as you are, or eat your heart out, I've got the perfect event for you.
TL;DR Below you can find the best that Montreal has to offer singles on Valentine's Day, away from all that romance BS.
Laugh At A Comedy Show
Who: Valentine's Day Shitshow
When: Thursday, February 14, 7:00-8:30
Where: 3772 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X6, Canada
What: A comedy show celebrating the mess that is singledom. Bring your friends and laugh/cry along with the comedians. As a bonus, the event is BYOB, so you can get real drunk for real cheap on your favourite drink.
Indulge in Some Guilt-Free Treats
Who: Sophie Sucrée
When: Thursday, February 14, 11am-6pm.
Where: 167 ave des Pins Est, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1N9
What: Vegan bakery Sophie Sucrée is preparing a host of sweet treats for you to enjoy on Valentine's Day. V-Day might not be everyone's cup of tea, but chocolate certainly is. Buy a dozen cupcakes and share them with your friends, or keep them to yourself. I won't judge.
Speed Date Your Way Into Someone's Heart
Who: Speed Dating Montreal
When: February 14, 7:00pm.
Where: 4483 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Montreal.
What: So, maybe you're feeling a little lonely, and you want to meet new people. Alternatively, maybe you're just bored at home and looking for something to do. Speeddatingmontreal.com describes the event like so: "a series of 5 minutes encounters during which an equal number of participants, grouped according to their age, exchange in a pleasant and secure environment." Sounds fun!
Immerse Yourself In Art
When: February 14, 7:00 pm.
Where: 1201, Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
What: For the sixth year, the SAT will be showcasing the work of young, international artists. Go with friends and forget about everything while you travel through the landscape of these new, creative films.
Channel Your Emotions Through Karaoke
Who: Taverne Cobra
When: February 14, 11pm
Where: 6584 St-Laurent, Montreal
What: Taverne Cobra is hosting a "Karaoke des Coeurs Brisées" for those of you who like to belt out your feelings. This is definitely a great Galentine's idea. Can I suggest "Dancing on My Own," or anything by ABBA?
Eat Your Heart Out at The Ritz Carlton
Who: The Ritz-Carlton
When: February 14, 6 p.m.
Where: 1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal.
What: According to the Ritz, Valentine's Day should not be spent alone. This is why they're offering to you a lavish evening of "culinary activities" in the company of a renown chef and other Montreal singles. What's better than good food and great company?
Dance The Night Away
Who: Graphite Publications
When: February 14, 10 pm.
Where: 3455 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal.
What: Get ready for a night of amazing music and meeting cool new people. This party is for those of us who just want to forget about Valentine's Day, romance, and flowers and just dance.
Go On a Date With Your Tinder Match
Who: La Petite Grenouille
When: February 14, 9 pm.
Where: 3435 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal.
What: Everyone's favourite cheap bar is back for another great event: the anti-Valentine's Day evening. They're inviting you to bring your newest dating app match to drink at their bar: their deals on rhum, vodka, gin, and beer should make things a little easier. Plus, La Petite Grenouille is offering a surprise to any two people who match on a dating app in the bar.
What: Don Juan Symphonique
When: February 14, 8 p.m.
Where: 1600 Saint Urbain Street, Montreal.
What: Get cultured by enjoying a classic musical, this time as a symphony. Sit back and enjoy the tale of Don Juan by yourself or with friends.
Say Thank U, Next
When: February 14, 9 p.m.
Where: 451 Rue Rachel E, Montreal
What: Mayfair is hosting an Anti-Valentine's Day party. Grab all of your friends and head over for an evening of dancing and great tunes. You have to buy your tickets in advance, but this means that drinks are FREE from 9 until 11.