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Cruise Cynic June 30th, 2005 12:31 AM

What do do when you visit Montreal
There are a couple of things going on this summer, should you decide to visit Montreal.

Here are a select few:

June 18th to July 30th The 21st World Fireworks Championships. The most prestigious competition of its kind, competitors are required to synchronize their presentation to a musical score, which is broadcast on the radio for all to hear. Wednesday and Saturday nights, 10pm sharp rain or shine, best viewing near the Jacques Cartier bridge. Free, bring a radio. Schedule link: http://www.internationaldesfeuxloto-...on/Default.asp

The Montreal International Jazz festival from June 30th to July 10th. According to Guiness World Records, it's the largest of it's kind in the world. Yes, the Jazz Fest is certainly the jewel in Montreal’s summer crown, and, as always, there’s lots to check out for music fans of all stripes. Featuring something in the order of 2,000 musicians, 150 indoor shows and countless free outdoor performances, this year’s fest will include concerts by Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Mark Knopfler, Paul Anka and many others. Events take place in around Place des Arts, Ste. Catherine street at Jeanne Mance.

The Just for Laughs comedy festival, from July 06th to 31st. The world's largest comedy festival with indoor shows and free outdoor stuff all day on St. Denis street. Most events are scheduled July 14th to the 24th.

The Montreal Reggae Festival July 15th to 17th. Many headliners, a who's who of Reggae music. In the Old Port.

Montreal International Tropical Festival, June 25–July 17
This umbrella series harbours events from various cultural groups, including Jamaica Festival, Access Barbados Day, Soca Festival, Gospel Day, Jamboree Hip Hop Fest, Access Eastern Caribbean and Trinidad & Tobago Cultural and Family Day. At Parc Jean-Drapeau and Parc Angrignon.

Carifiesta, July 2
The fun and colourful Caribbean parade starts at noon at the corner of Guy and René Lévesque and proceeds along René-Lévesque to Berri, finishing at Berri Park, where the “after-parade program” will feature food, music and arts and crafts.

Hellenic Festival, July 22–31
The Old Port hosts a celebration of Greek food, art, and culture.

Dragon Boat Festival, July 30–31
This colourful, popular festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Watch huge, elaborate traditional Chinese dragon boats slice through water and enjoy crafts and food while you do it. At the Olympic Basin, Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Divers/Cité and Gay Pride celebrations, July 25–31
Montreal’s take on Gay Pride is deservedly famous around the world, with dances, art, community events and, of course, the famous parade, which this year will take place on Monday night, July 25. Events take place around the city, but are mostly concentrated in the Gay Village.

Les Francofolies de Montreal, July 28–Aug. 6 Music from all over the francophone world (12 countries in total) is the focus of this 17-year-old festival. As with the Jazz Fest, there’s both pricey indoor shows and free outdoor concerts. All over town.

International Balloon Festival of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Aug. 13-21
Ain’t nothing hotter than a hot air balloon, and billions of them fill the skies of St-Jean in this mind-bending annual event. Lots of activites on the ground too. In St-Jean sur-Richelieu, about 1 hour drive south of Montreal.

Tremblant International Blues Festival, July 8–17
Tremblant brings in, as always, the heavy hitters of blues for this popular annual getaway and music festival, now in its 12th year. At Mont-Tremblant village, 90 minutes north of Montreal.

Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, July 14–24
The 18th edition of this festival of African and Caribbean culture should, as always, feature a huge number of performers from all over. Music, dancing and more. At various venues around town.

Montreal International Tango Festival, July 9–17
The third edition of this annual dance festival begins on July 9, Argentina’s national day. On the schedule are performances, milongas and more. At various spots around town, though mostly in the Old Port.

Festival International du Merengue de Montréal, July 23–24
A weekend of merengue and other Latin music. At Parc Jean-Drapeau on Ste. Helen's Island.

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Cruise Cynic June 30th, 2005 02:38 AM

Re: What do do when you visit Montreal
Then again, you might want to re-think your visit.

Karla Homolka, Canada's most eminently-qualified answer to Charlie Manson, is expected to be released from prison today. She has expressed an interest in living in the Montreal area, probably somewhere on my street. She has a lot to say, it seems, everything except "sorry".

Jen Young June 30th, 2005 05:56 AM

Re: What do do when you visit Montreal
On our TV stations we have had a lot of advertisements for visiting Montreal. We always get a lot of these in ads in the summer.

Montreal is a wonderful City - and always have something interesting going on - even if it doesn't there is so much to see. I love going to visit the old churches - the architecture is beautiful, or the Botanical Gardens. My kids love the Amusement Park. I haven't been for a long time. I find it really hard to drive around in Montreal. Some of your drivers are just a tad scary. Wish I were a braver driver -because Montreal is only 2 hours from here and it would be an easy trip.


rollerdonna June 30th, 2005 08:10 AM

Re: What do do when you visit Montreal
Cynic, couldn't sleep again I see. <VBG>
Cynic is right, Montreal is a city of Festivals in the summer, and a fun place to visit, but bring your French/English dictionary!
Also, Cynic, how could you forget the Highland Games in August, a festival of noise with over 500 bagpipe bands!

The Jazz Fest opens today, and I will be downtown to check it out!


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