In a city known for its world-class video game industry, it should come as no surprise that Montreal is considered North America's digital arts capital. After all, this is the home of Ubisoft, Warner Brothers Interactive as well as an abundance of talented indie studios creating some of the best games on the market. Not to mention all the amazing lighting effects an sound companies also found in the city, responsible for many of the mind-blowing audio-visual experiences we see at major events all the time.
Photo cred - Centre Phi
To celebrate our vibrant and effervescent excellence in digital creativity, Montreal is hosting Digital Spring for a second year in a row, featuring the best in local, national and international digital art in all its forms.
Photo cred - Sébastien Roy - Dromos - Maotik & Fraction - SAT
From March 21 to June 21, Digital Spring is showcasing over 150 events including stunning interactive spaces, visual and sound performances, immersive 3D experiences, cutting-edge electronic music, installations, vernissages, conferences, as well as art and industry networking activities for both professionals and tourists alike.
Photo cred - SÉbastien Roy - Symposium IX - SAT
Digital Spring also hosts many festivals and events as well as MUTEK, ELEKTRA, C2 Montreal, Symposium IX, and even Piknic Electronik is an official partner. So if you are looking for really cool things to do this spring in Montreal and your ears and eyeballs are craving some epic stimulation, make sure to check out any one of the awesome events going on during Digital Spring 2015.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.