MTL SHOPS & MORE
Where to shop and what to see in Montreal
With Le Mal Nécessaire serving up tiki-themed cocktails and dim sum–style snacks on lower Saint Laurent, and a lounge called Luwan slated to open one street over this summer, we can't help but wonder if Chinatown is set to become the next big thing on the Montreal nightlife scene.
From the folks who brought you Maïs and Café Sardine, Le Mal Nécessaire is breathing new life into Montreal's oft-overlooked Chinese quarter with beachy beverages (think Mai Tais in hollowed out pineapples and Dirty South cocktails served in coconuts), plus a series of small plates inspired by Far East cuisine, including steamed pork dumplings, fried tofu and General Tao chicken.
Soon to follow is Luwan, the higher-end sister spot to Plateau bar The Blue Dog Motel. Expect equally exceptional music (co-owner Raphael "D.R.one" Kerwin is one half of DJ duo Team Canada, after all), along with Asian-inspired refreshments and a sleek ...
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After you shop to your heart’s consent, we highly recommend taking in Cirque du Soleil’s newest show. Set in a turn-of-the-century world filled with wacky inventors and flying cyclists and nimble contortionists (of course), Kurios is a retro-futuristic feast for the eyes that transports you to another time and place, right inside Cirque’s trademark blue and yellow big top in Montreal’s Old Port!
Kurios: A Cabinet of Curiosities is on until July 13, 2014.
In a little more than a year, Rustique has become synonymous in Montreal with classic cakes and pies.
How did your bakery business come to be?
"Rustique was born out of a love of pie and classic homemade desserts. Montreal is full of great French pastry shops, but traditional American-style pie stands like the ones found in small towns of the Laurentians and around the US were lacking! We wanted to bring the feeling of a small pie stand where ingredients are picked fresh and products are baked by hand daily. The shorthand version of how myself, Ryan Bloom and Tamera Clark (seen here from left to right) came together is this: My brother-in-law Ryan was working in the Cayman Islands on real estate development when he met Tamera, who was running a bakery there. They approached me with the idea of bringing homestyle desserts to Montreal. Ryan and I and our family have a home in the Laurentians and we were inspired by the pie stands you see there on the side of the road, where the apples are picked off the trees and the pies made right on the spot. I left my marketing job and one year later ...
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By Janna Zittrer
After admiring the giant glazed tree on Sherbrooke Street for more than a month, a visit to the Chihuly exhibit at
the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was most definitely in order. And as anyone who's had the chance to see the American artist's work up close would attest, it was worth the wait (not to mention the trek underground to get from the main building to the pavillion across the street). For fashion lovers, it's easy to find inspiration in the invigorating colours and intricate textures of Chihuly's delicate yet dramatic works. Just take a glimpse at his glasswork below—but nota bene, this beautiful blown glass is best appreciated in person (we promise).
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By Lindsay Tapscott
Osheaga may be two months away, but the organizers of what is arguably Montreal's biggest summer bash want to whet your musical taste buds with a sequence of canal-side concerts in anticipation of the jam-packed (pun intended) festival weekend.
The Lachine Canal concert series, presented by Osheaga, is offering three shows over three weekends in June at Montreal’s Esplanade du Centenaire: The XX and Grizzly Bear kick things off today, June 7; on Thursday, June 13, The National will be performing songs from their new album Trouble Will Find Me, in the company of local folk quartet The Barr Brothers; and, to cap things off, none other than Canadian rock icons The Tragically Hip, along with Sam Roberts Band and indie rock group The Rural Alberta Advantage, will take the stage on Saturday, June 22.