10 Things You Should Be Excited About in Montreal Right Now

December is just around the corner and we’re left to wonder: where has the year gone?

But no need to lament 2015 just yet, we have a slew of awesome events and places for you to check out so you can create even more memories before 2016 rolls around.

So to get the most out of your free time before family, holiday shopping, and the hustle and bustle of the season rolls around, check out 10 things you should be excited about in Montreal while it’s still 2015.


You know when the duo behind one of Montreal’s most successful foodie spots open a new restaurant in the heart of Griffintown the buzz will be major. Dyan Solomon and Eric Girard, who launched Olive & Gourmando, welcomed Foxy to 1638 Notre Dame Ouest just last week. Featuring a lot of homemade items like ice cream, sausages, and yoghurt and a menu where everything is cooked in a wood-fire oven, you know you’re in for a seriously delicious night. The space is super cozy, offering 68 seats with a swoon-worthy wine list. Make sure you order the chocolate bourbon pecan desert. Seriously, this is not a suggestion.


M Pour Montreal

From today until the 21st of November, M for Montreal will showcase more than a hundred local and international buzz-worthy bands in over 20 venues across the city. Over 200 industry heavyweights from 15+ countries, tastemakers, and music aficionados will take over Montreal with incredible music and business opportunities and an overload of fun. Panels and workshops with specially selected delegates from around the world will also be accessible for those of you looking to get into the industry or just learn more about it.


Kids for Kids
Always one of the most highly anticipated charity events for young professional crowd, the Kids for Kids Gala never disappoints. This year, Kids for Kids will be hosting its 23nd annual party on Friday November 27, 2015 at the glamorous and prestigious Theatre St-James joining forces with Sarah’s Fund of the Cedars Cancer Foundation to raise much needed funds for pediatric oncology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.


Opera De Montreal: Elektra
With a thirst for vengeance, Elektra seeks to punish her mother Klytaemnestra, guilty of adultery and murder of her husband Agamemnon, Elektra’s father. Juicy right? In just one act, a steady build-up of tension, violence, and powerful emotions, a raging orchestra and a high-caliber cast under the fiery baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin will take over the theater. If you’re not into opera, this might just change your mind.


The 2nd Annual #NoLimitsMTL event is under way with co-host with Jessica Concannon of WestmountFashionista on November 30th at 6pm. This is an event aimed at not only raising money for the Montreal Children’s Hospital, but to connect hard-working women and reward them for being so kick-ass all year long. The owner of D’amour et de Sucre will be on-hand to teach everyone how to decorate Holiday cupcakes and of course, eat them too. Wine, inspirational women, and a cool venue make this an event not to miss. For tickets email karine@stopandstarepr.com directly.

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Montreal International Documentary Festival
If you want to discover the best local and international documentary films, you have until November 22nd to check out the Montreal International Documentary Festival. Not only will you be able to watch some of the finest indie films, but you can also meet filmmakers and industry professionals at workshops, panel discussions, and master classes.


Nutcracker Market
As the Holiday season approaches, the annual Nutcracker market offers a unique shopping format that more than 70,000 visitors are expected to visit. 10% of all revenues earned by Les Grands Ballets during the market will go to The Nutcracker Fund for Children. This fund allows children from underprivileged neighbourhoods to attend educational workshops and a performance of the ballet.


Bar Kabinet Espresso Bar
A new coffee spot has opening in the beloved Mile End. Cocktail bar Kabinet, in partnership with Montreal micro-roaster Dispatch, has launched its coffee bar, which will be open during the day to the public. Get your Instagram ready.


Lapin Blanc
This new HOMA bar-restaurant resident is all about stimulating your senses and taste buds. From unique dishes like the Chinese-Pate tartar to imaginative cocktails, the chefs and mixologist here are like illusionists. The décor is theatrical and is meant to bring you back to the American Prohibition era. Sold!

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The Weeknd
Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer The Weeknd will finally be gracing the stages of the Bell Center on November 24th. This may just be the perfect first-date ever.