is a favourite time of year in Montréal and for good reason! The
season’s vibrant colours are already beginning to emerge across the
city, with a wide range cultural activities ranging from expos to
festivals to concerts to gastronomic events filling the city’s autumnal calendar.
Annual fall favourites such as the Magic of Lanterns that lights up the
Botanical Gardens or the Montréal POP Festival with its habitual series
of incredible concerts are back once again, while great new additions
such as the TASTE MTL culinary festival comes to town with an
irresistible invitation to sample the flavours of local restaurants at
reduced prices. With such an agenda, Montréal remains, without question,
one of the most exciting cities to visit this season!
A floating oasis of tranquility on the shores of the city, this contemporary spa
is cleverly housed in a former ferry boat anchored at the Quays of the
Old Port. Go for the luxurious treatments, of course, but also go to
enjoy the unique atmosphere enhanced by a sublime view of the
Saint-Lawrence River and urban panorama that affords a wonderful
opportunity to sit back and relax on deck, sip a glass of your favourite
vintage and sample the seasonal delights created by Chef Éric Gonzalez.
As summer draws to a close, his menu will feature a flavourful
combination of hot, cold and fish dishes.
Gardens of light ? Montréal Botanical Garden Until November 4, the 20th edition of The Magic of Lanterns
illuminates the Chinese Garden at the Montréal Botanical Garden. The
2012 edition, entitled The Celestial Banquet, features hundreds of silk
lanterns in spectacular shapes and colours that create a fairy-like
atmosphere in which mythical characters such as Xi Wangmu, the Queen
Mother of the West, sits beside the laughing Buddha, the Goddess of
Compassion and the Jade Emperor. And for the first time, the Japanese Garden
also dresses up for the occasion. A subtle light show brings out the
plants? autumn colours and creates a beautiful and calm setting.
The Eaton Centre At the very heart of Montréal, the Eaton Centre
is the city?s foremost fashion destination. Sitting along the largest
commercial artery in Canada, the five-story complex overflows with
trendy boutiques and provides access to the famous underground network. A
shining example of the bustling energy and creativity that drives the
downtown core, the centre has laid claim to the just title of District
Mode de Montréal and welcomes a host of artistic and cultural events,
which garnered it a prestigious Grand Prix du tourisme québécois 2012
Montréal/Brooklyn Exhibition This fall, the SAS Gallery proposes a fascinating dialogue between artists from Montréal and Brooklyn.
The project is part of a series of collective exhibitions designed to
showcase the differences and similarities of various approaches to
contemporary art. From October 11 to November 17, the SAS will display
works from Montréal artist Patrick Bérubé alongside New Yorker Melissa
Murray, represented by the Causey Contemporary Gallery in Brooklyn.
A History of Impressionnism
at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts From October 13 to January 20, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts will paint a stunning portrait of impressionism.
This exhibition features 74 extraordinary paintings by Bonnard, Corot,
Degas, Gauguin, Manet, Millet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro, Sisley,
Toulouse-Lautrec and other French masters, including an outstanding
selection of twenty-one canvases by Renoir, and Degas's famous sculpture
Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. The exhibition was organized by the
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown,
Massachusetts, which has one of the greatest collections of French
Impressionism in North America.
The Mariner?s House at Pointe-à-Callière
Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History To mark its 20th anniversary, the Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History
will inaugurate a new pavilion on Place d'Youville: the Mariner?s
House. Connected to the main building by an underground tunnel, this new
multi-purpose, educational space dedicated to history and archaeology
will house large exhibitions, conferences, lectures and special events.
It will also be home to the Archaeo-Space?a simulated archaeological dig
for children and families. Until November 25, Pointe-à-Callière
presents the exhibition, The Etruscans- An Ancient Italian Civilization.
POP Montréal International Music Festival On the cutting-edge of what?s new in pop culture, this event brings together a contingent of independent artists
and showcases emerging and celebrated artistic talents from around the
world. Visual arts, uber-stylish fashion shows, workshops, conferences
and unforgettable concerts make up this unparalleled program. Artists
the likes of Arthur H., Grizzly Bear, Liars, Deerhoof, Cate LeBon,
Peaches, David Byrne, Gotye and many others have already confirmed their
participation in this 2012 edition, which will take place this coming
September 19 to 23.
Festival du nouveau cinéma With over over 300 films from here and abroad,
installations, performances, cocktail parties and lectures highlighting
new cinematic practices and technologies?cinephiles will be in for
quite a treat during the Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal this
coming October 10 to 21. Dedicated to the development and distribution
of new trends in cinema and new media, this one-of-a-kind fall film
event presents a myriad of experienced and emerging filmmakers with a
shared passion to make us see the world differently.
A delicious new festival: TASTE MTL From
November 1 to 11, the all-new TASTE MTL Festival will invite
Montrealers and visitors alike to celebrate the great variety and
quality of the city?s restaurants at appetizing prices. For 11 days,
foodies will have the great opportunity to discover new establishments
and enjoy delectable menus at fixed prices, otherwise known as a table
d?hôte, in addition to a host of special events. TASTE MTL offers three
fixed prices for evening meal service ($19, $29, and $39 respectively)
as well as a fixed late-night menu priced at $19. The list of
participating restaurants can be found on the TASTE MTL website.
Jamie Oliver in Montréal In
collaboration with celebrity British Chef Jamie Oliver, the young and
talented Derek Dammann, formerly of the now defunct DNA restaurant, will
announce the opening of a new Montréal eatery this September. Located
in the heart of the Plateau, this 40-seat establishment will be called
the ?Maison Publique? and will also feature a 12-seat bar and private
dining room. Oliver is but an investor in this project, with Dammann to
be in charge of all culinary aspects. A known locavore, Dammann is sure
to create a tantalizing menu of delicious local products ? stay tuned!