Montreal Weekender: December 4 through 7, 2014

Would we ever lie to you?

Come on, you know the answer to that; only if it brought us tremendous gain and we were totally sure you’d never find out. And that’s what friends are for right?

Well we told you it would happen and it did; you wiped off November and now you’ve got December all over you. And doesn’t it feel glorious?

The only thing standing between you, a mountain of gifts, and a bunch of days off is a few measly weeks filled with office parties and awkward mistletoe moments. But there’s a lot going on in this fine city. Between those aforemtnioned parties, gift shopping, and quarter-end work-rushes, calendars are filling up faster than a reindeer’s litterbox. Lucky for you, we’re here to help separate the cash from the coal.

Your weekend starts now, Montreal.


If Italian is on your mind tonight, the newly opened Vicolo downtown might just be what you ordered. The menu brings a blend of culinary delights served noon and night, seven days a week. The kitchen is lead by renowned chef Adam Zaitouni who created an urban Italian menu complete with antipasti, Primi, Secondi, and thin crust pizzas. Signature dishes include the Gallina Cornovaglia (roasted Cornish Hen) and the Ravioli Al Formaggio E Anitra. The space is gorgeous and perfect to take a date, catch up friends or have a drink after/before a Habs game.

Local designer Masabni will be hosting a three-day pop up shop at Geroges Laoun Opticien on Sherbrooke Street in the Musée des Beaux Art. Cocktails and awesome statement pieces will be on display and for taking. Did we mention it’s all 50% off?

Got a sweet tooth? Come learn all about confectionery plants as you visit an absolutely mouth-watering exhibition that’s sure to appeal to everyone’s sugar craving at the Botanical Gardens. You can admire all the plant spirals, giant lollipops, and other green delights arranged around the giant poinsettia Christmas tree.

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And those are just two of the outstanding reviews Book of Mormon has recieved. The nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park is finally in Montreal. Tickets will be hard to come by so you’d better get on them now. 

You want a serious rock show? Death from Above 1979 and Phantogram are playing at The Metropolis tonight. We strongly suggest both earplugs and a lot of energy.

On a somber note but one we must remember, today marks the 25th anniversary of the Polytechnique Massacre, a day which saw 14 innocent women killed. A memorial concert will be held at the Outremont Theatre

Empire City Troopers is taking place in the Quartier Latin on St-Denis Street between Sherbrooke and Ontario, bringing together the public and both home favourites and international athletes for a day entirely dedicated to snowboarding. Snowboard fans will get to experience the adrenaline-charged atmosphere and competition that will take place on a unique Slopestyle run in Jam format. Time to get gnarly. 

The sonically complex journey that is City and Colour, will be performing his melodically beautiful music at the Maison Symphonique tonight.

Looking for a seriously epic brunch spot? Go to Rosewood. Seriously, we indulged in the foodie goodness they offer last Sunday and oh boy, drool worthy indeed. Think fried eggs benny, breakfast burgers, and pancakes with blueberry butter. Did we mention bottomless mimosas?

The 24h of Tremblant takes place this weekend featuring three relay events to support children’s causes. But this isn’t just about skiing. The weekend will be filled with non-stop festivals and concerts featuring endless entertainment options throughout the resort village, all for the same cause: to raise money for children’s causes.


Cover image from: Vicolo

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