Montreal Weekender: August 2 through 5, 2012

The fun just doesn’t stop. Being a local in Montreal truly gives you very little time to sleep with so many fantastic events going on. Put your PJs away and let’s get started! 

Tonight from 6 to 10 pm, St-Catherine Street and McGill host the OldWIG attack a bus. We’re sure you are wondering what exactly that means; well, it’s simply a fresh vintage sale that will take place in a super cool pop-up shop in an old school STM bus from the 60s…Woodstock revival much? The sale will feature vintage clothes and accessories for men and women from the roaring 20s to the colourful 80s. This is part of the famous Fashion & Design Festival festivities taking place all weekend. Let us not forget to mention, bring cash only!

In the evening, check out the highly publicized and spoken about Tendances SMM22 runway show presented by our one of our favourite hotels, Le Crystal. This runway extravaganza will take place on the Main Stage of the Fashion & Design Festival and will feature a mix of trendsetting creators, this season’s A, B and C all in one sitting! Designers featured include Ca Va De Soi, Lyn Par Jocelyn Picard, Melissa Nepton, Travis Taddeo and Rush Couture. Expect fun with fabrics baring a lot of skin through lace, organza and chiffon. Oh la la!

It’s one of our choice music festivals of the year, Osheaga, and it begins tonight. Osheaga Music and Arts Festival stands as the largest festival of its kind in Canada, taking place in the breathtaking space of Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau. But let’s face it, its not the scenery we are going for, it’s the gigantic array of musical talent and mastery put together over a 3-day period. Tonight the line up is especially eclectic and exciting, featuring talent such as The Black Keys, The Weeknd, MGMT, Florence and the Machine, Justice, Sigur Ros and many more. Warning: wear your most outdated shoes as they will be trampled, stamped on and dirtied up in all the fun. 

If you seek more entertainment tonight, The Balroom Bar on St. Laurent will be hosting their Summer Love Session with resident and crowd mover Pat Boogie. The whole vibe is meant to soothe, relax, and breathe after a long week of work while indulging in sizzling sounds of dance music and cocktails.

We already checked the weather app on our iPhone’s for you and Saturday will be a scorcher. If you are tired of parading around all the mainstream pools, we have a new discovery for you. A very close friend of ours introduced us to the secret pool last weekend. Surrounded by grass and trees, it’s a nice change to the usual concrete flooring. A crowd mostly comprised of younger, good looking professionals and out of towners, it’s a great place to feel more like an adult (not many kids here!) Bring your own food, beverage (virgin or non) and save a spot – it gets busy here! The pool is hidden behind the grounds of the McGill Hospital, so just ask anyone around there and hopefully they will show you the way. Make sure you bring $5 for the entrance fee and thank us later!

The Festival of Fashion and Design is one of the largest outdoor festivals in Montreal attracting around 500,000 fashion-loving visitors every year. It features leading international fashion labels, a host of renowned national designers, exciting musical performances, design in real time, and countless special events. Starting with the Fashion Music Happy Hour at 5pm on the main stage, some of our top local DJs will be mixing on the turntables to delight your dance cravings. Stick around after, as there is a major line up of heavy hitters starting at 6:30pm with Le Chateau, Guess by Marciano and Quiksilver being only some of the top names you will have a chance to preview. All the shows will be at the same setting and free of charge so if you need a re-boost there are plenty of cafes around each corner to cool off in.

Sunday funday is right, Montreal! We are famous for our brunches and luckily MOËT & CHANDON teamed up with Rosalie Terrace and DJ JoJo Flores to bring you a day filled with a fancy buffet and brunch menu, beach toys and many surprises. The brunch starts at 1pm and moves onto the bottle service and rowdiness at 3pm. Make sure you are ready and energized for this one, we speak from experience.

All you green skirt-wearing men and women, prepare to sacrifice your sweat and tears all in great fun at the annual Highland Games & Festival. The Montreal Highland Games is always held on the Sunday following the Maxville Games, which makes it a double header for pipe bands, athletes, highland dancers and spectators. These highlanders don’t mess around with an early morning start at 8:30am and going all day; you know the Irish and Scottish in you is bound to come out at some point with the beer tent being accessible all day.