Highlights / Montreal

Arts & Entertainment

First edition of dance festival must go virtual

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first edition of the Montreal International Dance Festival will be presented online and will be free of charge from November 18 to 22, 2020. Besides what are described as “ephemeral” dances, there will be »

Indigenous, Society

Montreal launches Indigenous reconciliation plan

The City of Montreal has announced a five-year plan to further reconciliation with Indigenous people. In 2018, the city appointed a commissioner for Indigenous relations whose mission was to develop training and awareness programs for city employees and to put »

Arts & Entertainment, International

Montreal’s South Asian film festival goes online

The 10th annual South Asian Film Festival of Montreal will be online this year due to the COVID-19 and it will  open with a Canadian film. The short film Balakrishna portrays the memories of the interaction between a young Canadian »

Arts & Entertainment

Film documents Montreal history on buildings project

People strolling through parts of Montreal may have seen projections on buildings based the city’s history and heard accompanying descriptions and music. Now, a film has been made that explored this project called Cité Mémoire born in 2016. The projections »

Arts & Entertainment, International

Montreal’s Arab festival will be virtual

Every year, Montreal hosts le Festival du Monde Arabe, which involves live performances, cultural discussions, and films. Because of the pandemic, this year’s activities will be entirely virtual and held between November 12 and 29, 2020.  The festival aims to »

Health, Politics, Society

COVID-19: Quebec restricts private gatherings in Montreal and Quebec City

Authorities in Quebec are urging residents of Montreal and the provincial capital of Quebec City to limit family gatherings and other social activities as the province recorded 462 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing back the number of infections »

Politics, Society

Quebec introducing fines for people who refuse to wear masks

The Quebec government will begin giving out fines to people who refuse to wear masks starting this Saturday, according to an announcement from Quebec Premier François Legault. In a news conference on Thursday morning, Legault said the new rules will »

Arts & Entertainment, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Orientalys festival brings music to the virtual stage, ‘as if you were there’

Montreal, the city of 100 festivals, was to celebrate this August the 10th anniversary of one its most recent cultural events, Orientalys Festival. Although there won’t be any food stands nor big stages erected on the Old Port this year, »

Highlights, Politics, Society

Vandals wreck Montreal statue of Canada’s founder

Political leaders condemn the act. A peaceful march in Montreal on Saturday afternoon calling for defunding of the police ended in the destruction of a statue of Canada’s founder. The bronze statue of Sir John A. Macdonald has stood for »

Arts & Entertainment, Immigration & Refugees, International

US and Canadian festivals team up for a month of virtual world music shows

When festivals wish to bring in international artists, their task is facilitated and the tour costs are reduced if they can book the same artists, especially if the dates and locations of the shows are close enough. This collaborative practise, »