Highlights / Montreal

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, »

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, »

Arts & Entertainment, Internet, Science & Technology

Safe&Sound-Montreal’s Mural Estival closes the summer with street art and music

In a city where festivals are almost as numerous as churchtowers, a summer event that cannot go unnoticed is Montreal MURAL Festival. Usually happening over a dozen days in mid-June with a flurry of visual art, installations and music acts »

International, Politics, Society

Kamala Harris’ selection as Joe Biden’s VP cheered in her Montreal high school

When Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, the historic announcement was cheered by a suburban high school in Montreal. Westmount High School already counts songwriter Leonard Cohen among its famous »

Health, International

Temperature checks mandatory in Canada’s four biggest airports

Starting on Thursday, all passengers going through security at Canada’s four biggest airports have to take part in a temperature check, according to a tweet from Transport Canada. Transport Canada is mandating the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to »

Economy, Sports

Formula 1 2020 Canadian Grand Prix cancelled 

Octane Racing Group, the promoters of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, announced on Friday that the Canadian race has been removed from Formula 1’s 2020 calendar. ‘’Though it is disappointing and difficult for us to face this conclusion it »

Economy

Just for Laughs to hold virtual festival this fall

Montreal’s Just for Laughs and its French festival, Juste pour rire, will hold virtual interactive festivals this fall due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, according to a press release from the Just for Laughs group on Tuesday. “With no precise »