Top 10 Osheaga Essentials

Annnddd we’re back for another year of music festivities! For all you Montrealer’s, we’re sure you know all about what’s happening this weekend… the annual Osheaga music festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year, like every other year, tickets went in a flash and we understand why! For all you Red Hot Chili Pepper, Lana Del Ray, and house music fans, I’m sure you’re just as ready to quick off this music festival in high gear! As much fun as music festivals are from being outside during in the sun, to eating good food, and drinking all afternoon we know that they can also be exhausting and a little unsanitary to say the least. SO given that Osheaga starts this afternoon, we figured we would give you a little list and pointers to consider buying or using to make your music festival experience a little bit more enjoyable!

#1 A Fanny Pack

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Girls this one is an absolute must! Because you will be doing a lot of walking around and sliding up against strangers in a crowd, it’s important to keep your belonging close to you. That being said, you don’t want to be walking around with large purses nor have annoying straps get into your way. Fanny packs are essential because you can be hands free while having all your products close by! You can find simple or more fashion forward bags anywhere from Forever21, American Apparel, American Eagle, Urban Outfitters etc.

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#2 A Pair Of Sunglasses

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Besides the fact that sunglasses are the perfect accessory to add some color or edge to your outfit, you’re also going to need these to block out the sun while getting a good view of who’s performing on stage. Recently I have discovered that sunglasses have become a big trend, so fortunately many stores are creating knock off looks of higher brands. If you’re looking for a cute pair for under $30 go to Aldo, Zara, H&M and Forever21.

#3 A Hat

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A hat is also another great accessory that you happen to see a lot of at music festivals like Osheaga. It’s the perfect way to make any outfit have a more boho and festival vibe to it, however, it’s also great to give you some shade and protect you from being in the sun all day! For cute hat recommendations I would stop by Forever21, Aldo and American Eagle.

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#4 Running Shoes

 

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Although dressing in style is always important so is comfort. Especially when you’re going to be on your feet all day! Thankfully running shoes have made their way to the top of fashionable footwear. Screw the cute booties and sandals, throw on a pair of running shoes with your jean shorts or summer dresses so you can actually last the whole day and night dancing.

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#5 A Portable Charger

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This is a genius idea. We know you’ll be snapping pictures and taking Snapchats the entire weekend, which drains your battery in two seconds. And, considering you’ll be in a park theres not going to be any outlets, which is why this charge comes in handy! You can purchase one of these at Editorial boutique on Stanley as any Apple store and most electronic stores.

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#6 Pocket Pack Kleenex

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You’re going to be thanking us for this one later! After waiting in line to use the bathroom, there’s nothing worse than discovering theres no toilet paper left! So here you go! Your very own supplies.

#7 Blotting Papers

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These are genius. These Cool Mint Blotting Papers are $10 from Sephora and will save your life. After standing in the blistering heat and sweating, just take one of these wipes to clear your skin and refresh your face with their mint flavouring!

#8 Mini Deodorant

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This travel size deodorant is perfect to fit into your small purse and comes in handy after sweating and rubbing up against everybody in the crowds! You don’t want to forget to throw that in your purse on your way out!

#9 Reusable Water Bottles

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These water “bottles” (more like bags) are amazing! If you don’t want to waste $8 on a water bottle then just bring one of these and clip them onto the strap or band of your purse! They’re light and the perfect thing to have nearby so you don’t get dehydrated.

#10 A Card Holder

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Leave your big chunky wallet at home and grab yourself this $7 cardholder from Forever21! You can put your bills in a pocket in your fanny pack and leave your ID and credit cards in this perfectly thin sized wallet!

We hope you have the best time at this years Osheaga music festival and hope you found this tips helpful in making your experience the most enjoyable!

Written by Emilie Berbrier

10 Summer Reads

What better way to spend a day at the beach, a day at the pool or a day at the park than with a good book by your side? And hey, the great thing about books? They’re even perfect for those rainy summer days.

#1 The girls by Emma Cline

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When lonely teenager Evie Boyd sees a group of girls in the park, she’s immediately taken by their charms – their sense of freedom, their sense of abandon. She catches the attention of one of the older girls and soon finds herself drawn into a cult and the lure of its seductive leader.

“On the surface, it’s about a girl caught in the web of a Manson-like California cult, her loss of innocence, and how an average person can become complicit in that kind of insanity. But more than that, it’s about the feminine gaze – women watching each other, watching others watch them, and wanting to be really seen.”

#2 In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch

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When five Penn students return to the house they shared almost 20 years before, old grudges return, unrequited feelings bubble to the surface, and long-buried secrets are exposed. “In Twenty Years is a novel about the dreams we had when we were younger, how our lives change over time, and what we choose to do with our futures.”

#3 The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan

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Leo has long joked that, in the event of his death, he wants his best friend Garrett, a lifelong bachelor, to marry his wife, Audrey. One drunken night, he goes so far as to make Garrett promise to do so. Then, twelve years later, Leo, a veteran firefighter, dies in a skiing accident. As Audrey navigates her new role as widow and single parent, Garrett quits his job in Boston and buys a one-way ticket out west. Before long, Audrey’s feelings for Garrett become more than platonic, and Garrett finds himself falling for Audrey, her boys, and their life together in Portland. When Audrey finds out about the drunken pact from years ago, though, the harmless promise that brought Garrett into her world becomes the obstacle to his remaining in it.

“A charming, poignant novel of dealing with grief and finding love again, this is the perfect light-hearted page-turner for the shore.”

#4 We were liars by e. Lockhart

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The Fault in Our Stars author John Green calls We Were Liars by E. Lockhart “thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart.”

“In it, A beautiful and distinguished family.

A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.”

#5 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of color. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

#6 Home going by Yaa Gyasi

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The novel follows two Ghanaian half-sisters. One, Effia, marries a Brit and lives in luxury at the Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to her, her sister, Esi, is held as a slave in the dungeons below Effia’s feet. The book chronicles the split in their lives and in the paths of their descendants. Relaxing Sunday read? Maybe not. But this is a powerful book people will be talking about for the rest of the year.

#7 Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam

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Two women who’ve been BFFs for 20 years find their lives diverging and their conversations becoming increasingly difficult (and easy to avoid) when Sarah (rich, waspy) asks Lauren (pretty, living the bohemian life in Brooklyn) to be the maid of honor at her wedding.

#8 The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

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Marina Keegan’s The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories is a posthumous collection written by a 2012 Yale student who had a play set to be produced and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker when she died tragically in a car crash with her boyfriend days after graduation. Following the viral success of her final essay for the Yale Daily News, “The Opposite of Loneliness,” her essays and stories have been gathered into a collection by one of her teachers.

#9 Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin

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“Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness.”

#10 Beautiful Ruins by Jesse Walter

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The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

“It’s the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962…and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.”

Dreams Loves Summer Cocktails

With the recent heat wave we’ve been experiencing here in Montreal, it’s safe to say we all need to stay indoors or find some summer refreshments to cool us down. That being said, we’ve created a list of our top three favorite summer cocktails that are perfect for any summer event or party.

After a long grey and white winter, Summer is the season to introduce color and brightness back into your life and that includes your diet as well. These three summer cocktails are anything short of bright, colorful and refreshing!

 

Cocktail #1: The Paloma Cocktail 

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When you’re walking outside on a hot summer’s day in the intense humidity and you’re in desperate need of something to quench your thirst, what is one of the first things you think of? For me, it’s lemonade. This Paloma cocktail is the perfect version of an “adult” lemonade. Besides for the beautiful baby pink color this cocktail has to offer, it is the perfect balance between sweetness and tartness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 3 oz. citrus sparkling water
  • 3 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 5 Tbsp. simple syrup
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Ice

Instructions:

  • Combine all liquid ingredients in a glass
  • Mix well
  • Add ice
  • Drink & enjoy

 

Cocktail #2: Watermelon Frosé

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What is a frosé you ask? Well that’s a great question! This term is a combination of two of our favorite things… the first is rosé and the second one is frozen. If you’re a wine drinker like we are then you have to admit rosé is the best, for it’s pink and ideally the iconic symbol of summer! Now this recipe is totally amazing because it’s practically a fruity smoothie with just a hint of alcohol. Whip it up in your blender and poor it into a thermos on your way to the office and no one will ask a single question!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of frozen seedless watermelon cubes
  • 12 ounces of rosé (1/2 a bottle)
  • 1/4 cup of raw sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Directions:

  • In a blender, put in all ingredients!
  • Pulse the blender a few times
  • Let the blender run for a few minutes to break down watermelon
  • Poor, serve & enjoy!

 

Cocktail #3: Frozen Pineapple Mango Daiquiri

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Couldn’t find the time this summer to escape to an all-inclusive? Don’t worry, we’re bringing the beach and drinks right to your backyard! With this fruity, smooth, cold and not so sweet cocktail, just sip away and let these flavors transport you to the islands!

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Pineapple wedges for garnish

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender
  • Blend until smooth consistency
  • Poor into glasses
  • Garnish with pineapple wedges
  • Serve & enjoy!

We hope you enjoyed these recipes and feel inspired to sip your way through the summer on these refreshments!

Written by Emilie Berbrier

10 Summer Must Haves

#1 Floppy Sun Hat

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Whether you’re sitting by the pool, going shopping or going to the beach, this wide-brimmed hat is the perfect vacation companion. It’s great for when you want to catch some rays but you don’t want to walk away with a completely burnt face.

Old Navy: 18-25$

#2 Bralettes

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One of the most important items for your summer must haves list are bralettes- they are super comfortable and perfect to throw on under any outfit, especially on those extra hot days. It’s cute under a loose V-neck or T-shirt dress, but you can also wear it with a pair of denim cut-offs for all of your summer festivals to achieve that “Coachella” look.

Aerie: 28$

#3 Foundation with SPF

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Everyone loves to look good in the summer, but it can be really irritating to have to put sunscreen on your face when you also want to wear some makeup, so that’s why this item is a must have! A good foundation with SPF allows you to not have to drown your face in sunscreen because it’ll offer all the protection you need. Some good ones are: CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation SPF 20, Maybelline Fit Me Foundation SPF 18, and Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation SPF 15.

Any makeup or drug store: 10-20$

#4 Denim Skirt

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Whatever shape or size, a denim skirt is a must have for this summer! They can be paired with just about anything and still look great.

Topshop: 60$

#5 Bodysuit

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A bodysuit can effortlessly take you from day to night in no time. Simply layer with a sweater or blazer for work and pair with your favorite skirt or jeans for a causal look. Then, when you’re ready for a night out, swap out your shoes, add a bolder lip color, remove the sweater and you’re good to go!

American Apparel: 35$

#6 Beach Read

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The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan: This book follows two L.A. strangers who couldn’t be more different- he, a boyishly charming movie director whose self-confidence maddeningly defies his actual achievements; she, a ruthless corporate lawyer singularly focused on making partner. They receive an anonymous proposal inviting them to go on a date one night per week for a year in exchange for a $1 million reward. (18$)

#7 Off the Shoulder

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One of the hottest summer must haves this year are the off-the-shoulder shirts, rompers and dresses. Easily dressed up when paired with a tight mini skirt and chunky jewelry, or dressed down when paired with denim shorts and flats.

Urban Outfitters: 40$

#8 Waterproof Phone Case

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Whether you’re by the pool, at the beach or simply next to the sprinkler, your phone is apt to find itself in a precarious situation. Luckily we’ve found a worthy water proof shield. Let’s also not forget how fun underwater pictures are!

Apple Store: 27$

#9 Food Pool Floats

 

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It’s physically impossible to be unhappy while floating on these things

Urban outfitters: 24$

#10 Romper

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Rompers are literally the best because once you slip it on, your outfit is complete. No need to worry about what top or bottom to add with it; it’s all combined in one.

Kooka: 45$

Top 4 Travel Instagrammers

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With the start of summer there are some instagrams that are a must follow, especially when it comes to travelling. 

Ohh baby it feels so good when you play with something as precious as life #LetMyWingsSpread 💙🕊

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Jay Alvarrez: Meet Jay Alvarrez. This 22-year-old has quite the charmed life. Besides traveling the world as a model, he is also a social media superstar. Alvarrez has over 4 million followers on his Instagram and nearly 780,000 people subscribed to his youtube channel. He is an action sports junkie and can often be found skydiving, surfing or just laying on the beach somewhere around the world. He also has gorgeous model Alexis Ren for a girlfriend. Jay is a absolute must follow!

Alice Pye: Follow Alice’s wanderlusting adventures around the world with travel tips, captivating photography and a general sense of desire to explore this amazing world. Her recent travels include South America (Peru, Argentine, Brazil) and Indonesia, Bali (Kuta, Ubud, Seminyak) in 2014. The United Kingdom (London) and Europe (France, Monaco, Spain, Italy, Greece, Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands) in 2015. Finally, the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) and Oman (Muscat) in 2016. 

Jack Morris: He’s a 24-year-old world traveller/ photographer/ Instagram influencer from Britain. Jack Morris got into taking photos from a very early age; He was an avid skateboarder during his teenage years. Around 4 years ago he decided to quit a job that didn’t represent him, pack his bags, and board a one-way flight to Bangkok. 

Don't let anyone ever dull your sparkle..✨🎈

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Lauren Bullen: She’s more used to wearing a bikini than clothes and her life consists of oceans and waterfalls. The 22-year-old blogger from Northern New South Wales takes such incredible photographs – you’ll wish you can quit what you’re doing and join her. 

What Should You Do On Grand Prix Weekend?

Hold up, it’s already Wednesday?? We’ve been waiting since the snow melted, and Grand Prix Weekend is finally here! With so many events to choose from, here are a few of our picks for this weekend. We’ll be sleeping approximately zero hours this weekend as we try to hit up all of these events, so make sure to follow us on Instagram (@dreamsmktg) and Snapchat (@costadinamg) to see what we’ll be up to!

Thursday

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Make Your Own Pizza with BEVO

The home of Montreal’s best wood-fired pizza is celebrating its 4th birthday by inviting everyone over to their curbside terrace to make your own pizza for free! A pizza maestro will be there to guide you, and we hear there’ll be free cocktails and local DJs spinning on site. It’s first come first serve and kicks off at 5pm.

Negroni Week

It’s three simple ingredients – Campari, Gin, and Vermouth – but it’s so damn good. From June 6 – 12, several restaurants/bars/terrasses will be working to make sure you get your dose of the delicious Negroni. You can check out all the locations on the website, but we’ll be soaking up the sun at Terrrasse Place d’Armes on Thursday.

Friday

The Ritz Party

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This event is the swanky crown jewel of Montreal’s Grand Prix Weekend. It’ll cost you a pretty penny, but you can be sure this event will have A-list celebs, pro athletes, entertainers, and Montreal’s biggest personalities. And with Brahm Mauer Bar Services running the booze, you’ll be in for a wild night!

Saturday

Monkland Street Festival

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The toughest choice you will make all summer: Do you put on your bucket hat and buckle up for the rowdy, noisy, touristy downtown scene? Or do you check out the quieter, up-and-coming Monkland Grand Prix Festival? In our opinion, it’s an easy choice – especially if you’re looking for family fun. The Monkland Street Festival will run from June 9-12 this year and feature a Kidzone, live music, free yoga, sweet cars, and tons of great food!

Sunday

THE CODE 20 

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You need to get up early for work Monday morning? So does everyone else. Get over it and come to this party (if you can). The event is invite only, with around 1,500 guests on the list – including most of the F1 drivers. The party is organized by Alexandre Brosseau of Soubois and Flyjin, and is taking place at the historic Windsor Station.

 

11 things happening in Montreal this summer to get excited about now

1. Osheaga

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Every year it gets more commercial. The headliners get bigger, the crowds get crowdier, and the outdoor urinals multiply, but Osheaga is always the highlight of the summer in Montreal. This year the outdoor music festival will take place from July 29-31 in Parc Jean Drapeau, and all we know about the lineup so far is that Radiohead will be headlining. The full lineup will be revealed tomorrow on their website and tickets will go on sale at 12 p.m. ET!

2. Montreal Jazz Festival

The 37th edition of the world’s largest jazz music festival will blow the top off this city from June 29 to July 9. With acts like Rufus Wainwright, Ben Harper, Gregory Porter, and Diana Ross, there’s no wonder this event attracts around two million people to Montreal each year. This year, we’re excited to get a chance to see Kamasi Washington live. Washington was one of the producers of Kendrick Lamar’s excellent, grammy-winning To Pimp A Butterfly, and if you haven’t heard his sultry sax sound give it a listen now.

3. First Friday’s

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Every first Friday from May to October, Olympic Stadium turns into the best place on earth. Food trucks pour in to the stadium and serve up delicious delicacies from around the world. Something about carelessly stuffing yourself full of calories on the same ground where zero-percent body fat athletes once competed is extra satisfying. Entrance is free, so you can spend more money on what counts: food.

4. Piknic Electronik

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Head to Parc Jean Drapeau pretty much every summer Sunday and you will find a dance party raging in broad daylight. The DJs are usually unknown, but from time to time a big name comes through. There will be your usual drunk frat bros present, but it’s still a fun family-friendly event if you sit farther back from the stage on the grass.

5. Tam Tams

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The morning you wake up to the dull sound of a drum circle is the morning you know with absolute certainty that summer has started in Montreal. Tam Tams actually kicks off in May, but the Sunday tradition is synonymous with Montreal summers. Taking place in Parc Mont Royal, Tam Tams has something for literally everyone. Whether you’re into frisbee, juggling, slack-lining, LARPing, raving, acrobatics, bongo drums, or just sitting on the grass and…relaxing…you’re sure to have a great time.

6. Mural Festival

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For 11 days in June, Saint-Laurent boulevard is closed to traffic and talented urban artists use every bit of open wall and street as their canvas. There’s street food, live music, and pop up shops. Watch as The Main is drenched in bright colours and transformed into a living art installation.

7. Just For Laughs Festival

From July 13-31 you can see some of the funniest comics at the world’s largest comedy festival. Stand-ups like Dave Chappelle and Dennis Leary got their starts at the JFL festival, so if you’re an aspiring comedian there’s no better place to be.

8. Shakespeare in the Park

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This is one of the best date ideas in Montreal. It could be a first Tinder date or a millionth date: pack a picnic, a big bottle of wine and a blanket, and enjoy some classic theatre in the great outdoors. The Repercussion Theatre puts on a bunch of shows in Westmount Park in July, check their website for dates closer to summer.

9. Orange Julep Takes You Back in Time

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The Big Orange is one of Montreal’s most beloved landmarks. It’s a big concrete orange—what more is there to life? Every Wednesday night in the summer, vintage car enthusiasts will bring their hot rods to the Orange Julep parking lot and evoke memories of the old days when waitresses wore roller skates and people made out at drive-in movies.

10. Mondiale de la Bière

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In early June, bring a very very very large mug and celebrate the start of the summer with one of the world’s biggest beer conventions. Last year’s edition offered over 600 varieties of beer and cider from around the world, with many local microbrews holding seminars and workshops. The Mondiale de Bière is the perfect place to set the tone for a summer of HEAVY drinking.

11. Sweet, sweet Vitamin D

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What are you willing to do for a good poutine?

Ah poutine, the ultimate Montreal meal. I swear Montrealers are in love with this creation and will eat it regardless the time of day or the temperature. Whether it’s freezing cold or unbearably hot, you’ll see people on the sidewalks of Montreal enjoying a warm pile of fries drenched in a gravy sauce, topped with cheese curds. I recently experienced an example of how far people were willing to go to savour this (I dare say) basic meal.

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Last weekend, I went to Old Port’s PoutineFest, a 3-day festival filled with poutine trucks all proclaiming they have the “best”, the most “award-winning”, or the “wildest” poutine, and you should absolutely pay 14$ to taste their creation. I am not the biggest fan of poutine, but I thought this would be a good way to try out some original takes of this classic dish. When my friends and I decided to head out, it began to rain. Now, we thought to ourselves, this would just be a pleasant drizzle, so we continued to head for Old Port. By the time we arrived, it was pouring so hard that my umbrella had become a useless, twisted, half-disintegrated thing. Damn, these poutines better be worth it!

Surprisingly, there was a good amount of people hanging around the trucks. The rain started to quiet down again, and it seemed like we were going to be able to walk around in peace. My friends and I decided to see what each truck had to offer before making our choice (I state again, the poutines were quite expensive, so making the right choice was crucial). As in a sign of discontent towards our slowness in deciding, the sky filled up again and exploded upon on us. Run, run, save the poutines! Luckily, the festival had set up large tents that offered some sort of refuge, even though muddy floors and wet tables aren’t my thing. The biggest source of entertainment under the tent was an impressive mechanical rodeo cow. Now, I am not sure rodeo and poutine mix well, but, hey, Montreal continues to surprise me.

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Under this terrible weather, my friends and I agreed that PJs in bed sounded very tempting at the moment. I also thought, where else would I be eating a crazy concoction of fries (I ordered a poutine with garlic sauce and bacon, and yes, it was delicious) soaked by the rain, watching rodeo? Nowhere else than in this city I am learning to love. Oh Montreal (and Montrealers), you continue to amaze me by your perseverance (you will have that poutine no matter what), your dedication, and simply your love (of poutine, amongst others). So I ask, what would you be willing to do to get a poutine?

Written by Marie Le Cannellier

Oh, the places you’ll go!

For as long as I can remember I have always had a fascination with hot air balloons. I can’t quite pinpoint what exactly it was about them but I was always drawn to their uniqueness. I loved the idea of being able to view a city from high up above and feel untouchable. I imagined that you would feel a different type of freedom and adrenaline then you would normally feel being seated in an airplane.  I was also so intrigued by the shapes, sizes and colors these gigantic balloons came in as well as the fact that it was only lit by one strong powerful source of a burning flame! Frightening but yet enchanting.

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This year I was fortunate enough to go to Canada’s international balloon festival held in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu! The drive was a bit far from where I live, but totally worth every minute! My family and I all went, and we decided not to go into where all the attractions were being held, but rather we parked in an open field nearby and watched the hot air balloons take off from a distance!

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Sitting in an open field on a beautiful summer evening and watching the balloons take off, was seriously a once in a lifetime moment! We were able to see each balloon rise just above the tips of the trees and take off into the air! Within every 15 seconds another balloon was released into the air! You watched all the balloons take off until they were too small and vanished into the distance of the clouds. After over one hundred balloons took off we got into our cars and started to head back home.

As we looked in the rearview mirror all we could see was a beautiful sunset and tiny black shapes in the sky as if the balloons were following us home!

Written by Emilie Berbrier.

You scream, I scream We all scream for Ice Cream!

In order to properly honor #NationalIceCreamDay, we’ve decided to dedicate this entire blog post to the top five places to get ice cream all over Montreal! We know that the past few days have been uncomfortably hot and there isn’t much that quite cools you off like a nice ice cream in hand! I don’t know about you guys, but I have a huge weakness for ice cream and have never turned down any opportunity to go out to get one! Whether it’s at eleven at night and I’m already cozied up in bed or I’m about to go an extra twenty minutes out of my way to try a new “hot” ice cream parlor, I’m always down! So calling all ice cream lovers, pay attention because you don’t want to miss out on trying any of these places this summer!

#1: Wild Willies

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Wild Willies is a very popular and not to be missed spot located in Pointe-Claire! They are known for their soft served ice-cream that can either be dipped, turned into a blizzard or sundae! If you’re feeling a little adventurous, they you must order their King-Kong banana split filled with multiple scoops of ice cream, toppings, syrups and whipped cream! It is not something you want to miss out on!

#2: La Diperie

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I’m sure you’ve all stumbled upon some Instagram pictures with this tiffany blue wall in the background at one point or another… but it’s not the wall the customers keep running back to! It’s this one of a kind ice cream place. La Diperie is located in the middle of the plateau, which is a perfect place for a late night summer stroll. Although this place only serves soft served vanilla ice cream, we promise that it is far from ordinary! Once you have chosen the size you want, customers then get to dip their ice cream into twenty-one different varieties of hot Belgium dips! Such as: dark chocolate, cheesecake, cookie dough, Oreo, chocolate mint and much more. Once you’ve created your hard outer shell you then get to choose what topping you would like varying from pretzels, pecans, coconut shreds, pistachios and many more! To top it off, customers then get to choose if they want their dipped ice cream covered in syrups! The perfect combination to hit any sweet tooth that’s for sure!

#3: Kem CoBa

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This tiny neon pink and green ice cream store is too bright to miss and most certainly should not! I just tried it for the first time this past weekend and can confidently say I will be returning very shortly! Kem CoBa is located on Ave. Fairmount! If you’re looking for some good hard ice cream, you don’t want to miss out on their salted butter or their peanut and honey flavors! Something that makes this place so unique is that every week they have a new combination of flavors put together in a soft served form! This week was strawberry sorbet mixed with cheesecake-flavored ice cream! (Probably one of the best things I’ve ever tasted with the perfect consistency) Previous weeks have been dark chocolate and raspberry as well as apple and cinnamon! I strongly suggest going and getting a taste of their soft served combinations!

#4: Point G

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Point G is your Point to Go! This ice cream shop is located on Ave. Mont-Royal E in the Plateau as well! They are well known for their delicious Parisian-stye macarons which have been surfacing social media like no other! However, they have used their special talents in the pastry department to create something too delicious to resist! They’ve created homemade creamy, rich ice cream that is now served in between two macaron cookies as a sandwich!! Doesn’t get much better than these two worlds combining!

#5: Monsieur Crémeux

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Is the heat getting to you? Feeling too lazy to make it to the ice cream store? Well then Monsieur Crémeux has solved all your problems and come to the rescue! This mobile ice cream truck is hard to resist! This ice cream truck serves an abundance of soft-served flavors as well as refreshing slushies and even better, ice cream sandwiches!

We hope you’ve found something on this list to satisfy those tastebuds as well as to cool of this summer heat! If you weren’t an ice cream lover before, than we’re sorry for converting you into one!

You scream, I scream, We all scream for Ice Cream!

Enjoy!!