Main Events in Montreal, Quebec
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
The gigantic summer music celebration features 11 days of non-stop entertainment, from noon to midnight, right in the heart of downtown Montréal. An immense city block is closed to traffic, as right of way is given exclusively to pedestrians, creating a festive and secure spot where more than 350 free concerts take place on 10 outdoor stages–and all this in a peaceful, urban atmosphere! It's the summer celebration par excellence for people of all ages and origins, a cultural breath of fresh air, and a place for incredible discoveries with influences such as jazz, blues, Latin-jazz, Brazilian, Cuban, African, reggae, contemporary and electronic music.
ELEKTRA – Digital arts festival
Elektra is a leading-edge showcase of local, national and international digital culture. The Montréal-based festival presents artists and works that combine innovative electronic music and creative imagery derived from new technologies (animation, installation and robotics).
Just For Laughs Festival
The world's largest and most prestigious comedy event includes gala performances, theatre, club show and outdoor events. Every summer, over 1600 shows, including more than 1200 free performances. The festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Montréal World Film Festival
Ranked among the most prestigious festivals in the world, the Montréal World Film Festival is open to cinema trends from around the world. Every year, films from more than 70 countries, including those by well-known and first-time filmmakers alike, are presented. All theatres of the Festival are within walking distance of the Festival's headquarters, not to mention numerous hotels and restaurants.
Where to go in Montreal, Quebec.
Situated in the middle of the majestic St. Lawrence River, Parc Jean-Drapeau consists of the magnificent Sainte-Hélène and Notre-Dame islands which hosted the World Exhibition Expo '67. A veritable mosaic of water and greenery with diverse attractions and events, Parc Jean-Drapeau is easily accessible by metro, car, bicycle, or boat. It is a popular playground for Montrealers who come from all parts of the region to enjoy its beaches, trails, amusement park rides or simply to relax. The quietness and almost rural atmosphere of the park, a stone’s throw away from the downtown hustle and bustle, is a haven for picnickers.
La Ronde (Member of the Six Flags Family)
With more than 30 rides, as well as performances and other entertainment that keep you amused, La Ronde just a stone's throw from downtown Montréal, is the favoured location of the world's greatest competition of pyrotechnic arts. Each summer, La Ronde presents an average of nine 30-minute pyromusical demonstrations that can be enjoyed on site.
Casino de Montréal
Formerly the French and Québec pavilions of Expo ’67, the Casino de Montréal offers over 3,000 slot machines, 120 gaming tables and a dazzling atmosphere.
The Casino is also home to the Cabaret, a spectacular 500-seat performance hall dedicated to world-class variety shows, and four restaurants sure to suit every taste, from a quick snack to an exquisite gourmet experience.
Experience ecology in the heart of Montréal! Four natural ecosystems create an environmental museum inside the Biodôme. Rocky landscapes, tumbling waterfalls and majestic trees are home to birds, mammals and fish that fly, climb and swim through their natural habitats: the tropical forest, the Laurentian forest, the Saint-Laurent marin environment and the polar world.
Montréal Olympic Park
Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is the Olympic Park’s centre-piece and is a bold design of the French architect Roger Taillibert. Impressive in size and shape, and topped by the tallest inclined tower in the world, the Olympic Stadium quickly became a choice location for major sporting events, rock concerts and mass gatherings. A funicular-type elevator brings visitors to the top-three observation floors, where they have a superb view of Montréal and its surroundings. Guided tours of the Olympic Stadium are available. The sports centre, at the foot of the Tower, holds six basins for aquatic sports as well as a multi-sport facility.
Information from www.tourisme-montreal.org