There will be more than 30 kiosks over the course of 3 different weekends.
A new smorgasbord-style market with "ephemeral terrasses, cultural pop-ups and musical entertainment" is coming to the banks of the Lachine Canal in Griffintown over the course of three weekends, beginning on July 31 and August 1.
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 via 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!
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Italian Week is back!
This summer's edition of Montreal's Settimana Italiana, called ItalfestMTL, is celebrating the city's Italian community and culture with a hybrid of virtual and in-person events, and it finally announced its complete program.
The 28th edition of Montreal's Italian festival runs from August 6 to August 22 and features concerts, comedy, culinary capsules, an opera evening and a drive-in event.
What's on at ItalfestMTL?
Most of the events will take place virtually, but there will be a two-night drive-in theatre event in Kirkland and guided tours of Montreal's Little Italy.
The first day of the virtual events, on August 7, will broadcast a recurring children's event called Storytime in Italian. Read by Sara Ottoboni in Italian and interpreted by Tina Mancini, the first story, Ti Ricordi La Pioggia, is a tale about a girl who's sad that she can't see her friends and family, but uses her imagination to feel better about being socially distant.
On August 14 and 21, the festival will host guided tours of Little Italy, which begin in front of Casa d'Italia on Rue Jean-Talon. The tour, over two hours long, consists of a "historical introduction about the Italian community in Montreal," a tour of Little Italy's attractions, with a stop for Italian pastries.
The tour will also consist of stops on Rue Dante and Boul. Saint-Laurent, La Madonna della Difesa church and Dante Park.
The recurring drive-in theatre event will take place on August 14 and 15 in Kirkland. On August 14, the festival will host a viewing of The Chain, an English-language play by Vitorio Rossi, and August 15's showing will play Ma cosa ci dice il cervello by Riccardo Milani, an Italian-language film with English subtitles.
Reservations are required for many of the events. You can consult the full festival event schedule here.
Price: Varies by event
When: August 6 to August 22
Address: Virtual, in-person event locations vary
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"One of the coolest and tastiest picnics you can have less than an hour from Montreal."
Between enjoying yummy food, sitting outside in nature (after being stuck inside all winter) and spending time with loved ones, it's no surprise why picnics have become a summer staple in Montreal. This has been especially true during the pandemic.
The team started doing these picnics during the pandemic after years of visitors coming to the orchard and asking to explore the grounds.
They offer monthly menus based on what's in season on the farm and in the area, packed in a beautiful picnic basket that you can take anywhere on the property, whether it's on the tables and chairs scattered throughout the rows of apple trees or on your own picnic blanket.
We booked for five of us to go to celebrate lots of birthdays this month. I went for the first time last year in October, so it's no surprise the menu was different in July — lots of fresh veggies, cold dishes and light sauces, but there was one thing that was consistent: the UNBELIEVABLY fresh quality.
For July, the chicken was the only hot dish, so we decided to eat that first, and let me tell you, it was probably one of the best chicken dishes I've ever had IN MY LIFE. It was quite reminiscent of a Thanksgiving turkey in a light, yet creamy gravy and I could have easily had a whole basket of it.
We then moved onto a veggie sandwich. If you know me, you know I'm a mega-fan of sandwiches. I couldn't decide which was better: the fresh veggies or the fluffiest, doughiest bread that tasted like it was pulled out of the oven five minutes earlier. The rest of the menu was filled with lots of great dishes like salads, porchetta, cold soups, and some fish, too.
Of course, there's always a sweet treat to end off the meal. This month's menu included a fruit shortcake. I'm not much of a shortcake person, but this was honestly so light and delectable that I think I may be one now.
It was such a great day on the farm that we didn't want to go home. It's only 40 minutes outside of the city and felt like a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle. At $80 per basket (a basket is made for two people), it was actually great value for money and I cannot wait to see what's on the menu next month!
La Cabane d'À Côté Picnic
Price: $80 for a basket for two
Address: 3595, Montée Robillard, St-Benoît de Mirabel, QC
Why You Need To Go: For one of the coolest and tastiest picnics you can have less than an hour from Montreal.
The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Narcity Media.
The sensory experience will run until mid-October.
Mont Tremblant's latest forestal attraction, Tonga Lumina, allows visitors to have a sensory experience as they make their way down a 1.5-kilometre trail in search of giants.
The enchanted forest in Quebec will be open between June and October.
To reach the forest, visitors begin their adventure on the Mont Tremblant "Flying Mile" chairlift that brings them to the entrance of the trail.
The trail goes briefly uphill before weaving its way down through the woods, crossing clearings and streams.
The illuminated pathway takes approximately one hour to walk from beginning to end.
Until September 6, the experience is open every day, save for extreme weather.
$28.50 for adults over 18 years old
$18.50 for youth aged 13 to 17
$12.50 for children aged 6 to 12
Free for children under 5 years old
Every day until September 6, 2021
Fridays and Saturdays between September 10 and October 9
Sunday only on October 10
Friday and Saturday on October 15 and 16
Address: 1000, ch. des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant, QC
And start August off right, too!
It's hard enough to believe it's almost the weekend in Montreal again, but it's even harder to believe that July has come and gone and August is already upon us.
As we head from one summer month into another, what are you guys up to this weekend?
Check Out This Neighbourhood Market
When: July 31 to August 1
Address: The Lachine Canal (behind Arsenal) - 40, rue des Seigneurs, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Support local vendors at this totally awesome neighbourhood market in Griffintown. Expect "ephemeral terraces, cultural pop-ups and musical entertainment," according to the website.
Pick Up Some Free Strawberry Plants
When: July 29 and 30
Address: Fermes Urbaines de Montréal Kiosk (#180) at Jean-Talon Market
Why You Need To Go: The only thing sweeter than strawberries is this local farmer giving out plants for free.
Spot Amazing Murals In The Works
When: Any time before August 12-22, 2021 (or during MURAL Festival works too)
Address: All around Montreal
Why You Need To Go: Noticed our city getting an extra dose of creativity lately? That's because one of the city's brightest and liveliest festivals is coming back to bring some colour to Montreal. Although the festival doesn't begin until August 12, artists are already working on their murals so you can see their pieces through every stage of their progression.
Indulge At Le Grand Poutinefest
When: July 31 from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. & August 1 from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Address: Quai de l'Horloge, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: You have one last weekend to try the travelling poutine festival that's stopping by Old Montreal.
Play Boozy Mini Putt
When: Until August 4, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Address: The Smooth Putt Presented by Grey Goose — 200, rue de la Commune O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Mini putt, cocktails and a stunning view of the city? It's like shooting a hole-in-one!
Grab Tacos As A Live DJ Spins At This Super Cool Pop-Up
Price: Two tacos for $8.50 & $9.50 for a house cocktail
When: Until October
Address: Mazorca MTL (Jean-Talon Market) - 7070, ave. Henri-Julien, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: This pop-up has everything you're looking for: tacos, drinks, music and good vibes.
Treat Yourself To A Fancy 3-Course Lunch For Under $40
Address: Sofitel Montréal — 1155, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Who says you have to break the bank to treat yourself to a fancy lunch this weekend?
Drink Like A Russian At This Russian-Themed Bar
Address: Nevski - 1228, rue Stanley, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Eat and drink like a Russian, surrounded by artsy kitschy decor inspired by the streets of Saint Petersburg.
Laugh & Dance The Night Away At This Comedy-Music Event
Price: $30 for just the comedy show; $40 for the comedy show and after-party
When: July 30
Address: Jardin Royalmount — 8187, ch. Royden, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Two of the best summertime events combined: comedy and music.
Try Officially Authentic Thai Cuisine
Address: Throughout Montreal
Why You Need To Go: If you love Thai food, then you'll be happy to know that eight spots in the city have been deemed officially "authentic" by the Southeast Asian country itself.
Travel To Italy Without Leaving Old Montreal
When: Every Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Address: STILLIFE - 604 St-Paul St Ouest, Old Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: #FIEROFRIDAYS is the ultimate Italian experience à la Old Montreal. STILLLIFE's gorgeous terrasse serves up Martini Fiero-based cocktails, with some deliciously paired appetizers every week for an extended cinq à sept.
There will be more than a few legendary DJs for you to enjoy.
With all these recent festival announcements, one thing is certain — Montreal is back, baby! And what better way to celebrate the return of music and dancing to the city than with the always popular îLESONIQ?
That's right. Even though the main festival was postponed until 2022, the fine folks at îLESONIQ are bringing îLESONIQ Redux to Montreal over three days this September and the lineup is out now.
re·dux /ˌrēˈdəks/ : ramené; réanimé. 💫 Vous êtes invités à une réunion de FAM du 24 au 26 septembre 2021 sur l'îl… https://t.co/ciaNEzFyzX— îLESONIQ (@îLESONIQ)1627560002.0
In a press release shared with MTL Blog, Evelyne Côté, director of Programming, Concerts and Events at evenko, said that the company is "thrilled to finally be able to invite people to dance."
"We really missed our fans, the artists and the music... and most of all, we missed getting together and feeling the sense of community that is so strong at the festival!"
With a star-studded lineup of legendary DJs, îLESONIQ Redux looks like the perfect festival to close out the summer.
There will be a little something for everyone. Iconic Canadian DJ Deadmau5 will headline the opening night of the festival.
Saturday is for the bass heads, with REZZ and Zeds Dead headlining back-to-back sets.
And finally, Sunday is for the EDM kids, with Canadian duo Loud Luxury spinning tracks until the sun goes down.
"Due to the current situation, the capacity of the event is very limited," according to the press release.
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 30 at noon.