Moment Factory Studio Visit
The Moment Factory is a new media and entertainment studio that has created massive installations integrating video, light, sound, architecture, and special effects for everyone from Madonna to LAX. Partner and Executive Producer Eric Fournier invites you for an exclusive tour of the studio for a fascinating look into current projects, including the chance to experiment with their interactive “black box”!
Montreal Canadiens: Hockey Legends
Since the team’s inception in 1909, the Habs have personified the heart and soul of the game. Hockey fans won’t want to miss this chance for an exclusive visit to the Canadiens’ dressing room in the Bell Centre with two of the team’s legendary players, Réjean Houle and Yvan Cournoyer. Time with these two gentlemen gives you access to a one-of-a-kind shrine featuring rare, never-before-seen artifacts of hockey’s greatest heroes.
Cycle the Laneways of the Plateau
Join Shea Mayer on a casual, cruisey bike ride through his favorite green laneways of the Plateau, and experience a couple of hours of this charming 'hood where the residents spend their time - off of the main streets, and in their backyard communities. Unique architecture, gardens in bloom, and surely some colorful characters along the way, a ride through 'countryside Montreal' is as local as it gets.
Woods of Mont-Royal
Let’s walk in the woods. Yes, the woods. Smack dab in the middle of the city is Montreal's largest park, Frederick Olmstead-designed Mont-Royal (aka 'the mountain'). We’ll get off the main paths and deeper into the trees on a refreshingly quiet route with some stellar views over the city below, leaving you with a enriched perspective of how the city of Montreal came to be.
Street Murals on the Main
Earlier in June, Montréal celebrated free, urban art with the MURAL Festival. We’ll stroll along the Boulevard Saint-Laurent (known to locals as ‘the Main’), ducking in to alleys along the way, with charismatic festival founder Andre Bathalon to take in the awe-inspiring work of some of the world’s best muralists.
The History of Fashion and Fur
Spend time with award-winning designer Mariouche Gagné, renowned for her inexhaustible creativity, commitment to sustainability and exquisite eco-luxury creations using recycled furs. A walk through her studio and spectacular showroom offers fascinating insight into Quebec’s culture, history and one of its most important trades, the fur trade. Under Mariouche’s guidance, you’ll also come away with a special souvenir of your own handiwork that is emblematically Canadian!
Felix and Paul’s Virtual Reality Adventure
Step inside this unassuming Old Montreal studio and fast-forward to the future with visual artists and storytellers Felix and Paul. You’ll experience first hand their proprietary, groundbreaking 3D virtual reality technology, the fastest growing medium in entertainment, that’s made them the hottest ticket amongst everyone from Hollywood producers to technology companies like Oculus and Samsung.
The Mile End with “Socalled”
Josh Dolgin is a musical performance artist - who goes by the moniker “Socalled” - with a knack for creating unusual cultural alliances throughout the city. He’s been called the Gandhi of Hip Hop, and also the Yiddish James Brown. See Montreal through Josh’s eyes, wandering with him through his favorite ‘hood, where anything could be possible – bagel tastings, record studio visits, stories about Jewish gangsters, impromptu magic tricks, and more!
Jazz Fest: Behind the Curtain
Laurent Saulnier, VP of programming for the Montreal Jazz Festival, is one of the city’s most powerful musical tastemakers, responsible for selecting all of the festival’s performers and overseeing their stage productions. Despite being in the middle of the festival, Laurent breaks away to host us behind the scenes at the festival for an insider view into how he makes it all look so effortless.
Montreal residents flock to the outdoors in summertime, so we will too! Nothing beats a view of the city from the St. Lawrence River, especially if that view is from a stand up paddleboard. This easy and fun activity is open to all levels, and you’ll be in good hands with Hugo Lavictoire, expert surfer/SUPer and founder of the school, who will lead you through basic training before a glorious outing along the calm waters of the river. Bathing suit and flip flops required.