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Free Things to Do This April 2017 in Montreal
April in Montreal can be confusing. Is it winter? Is it spring? And why is it STILL cold??? I know, valued reader, I know. But we're in this together. So let's focus on the silver lining. The freebies.
With no less than 28 free things to do this April 2017 in Montreal, you could enjoy a therapeutic stroll. You could score some free ice cream. You could even check out several free concerts this month. And there's more.
Keep reading and you'll soon realize that you could fill up your social calendar with places to go and people to see even on the tightest budget. Note that I often add more freebies to the list as the month progresses.Continue to 2 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Taffy
If maple syrup were free in these parts, Montreal would either be a dentist's dream or we'd run out of teeth to chatter with in the cold. But if you already have maple syrup, butter and ice sitting around the house, then this lauded treat won't put a dent in your wallet.
Can't be bothered and ready to pay up? Fine. Try these urban maple taffy hotbeds or head out to the country and experience a full-fledged traditional sugar shack experience.Continue to 3 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day. Because free ice cream. FAIR TRADE FREE ICE CREAM! In other words, the chances that children were enslaved, beaten and/or worked to death to harvest cocoa to make Ben & Jerry's products are next to nil, unlike an alarming chunk of chocolate products purchased in North America today. The Vermont-based company also ethically sources sugar, vanilla, coffee beans, and bananas.
Don't miss your chance to score free premium ice cream and support ethical business practices in one scoop on April 4, 2017. Just make sure to check if your local Ben and Jerry's is participating. Not all of them are.Continue to 4 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Job
Five career fairs under one roof -technology and engineering, health and social services, banking/insurance/financial, career and professional development and adult continuing education- dubbed the National Career Event is a given every April in Montreal. In 2016, the National Career Event runs April 5 and April 6, 2017 at Palais des congrès and as per usual is free admission.Continue to 5 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Architecture
In addition to granting free access to its exhibits as of 5:30 p.m. every Thursday, free film screenings and gallery talks are often scheduled at the Canadian Centre for Architecture the same evening.Continue to 6 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Replica
Never seen Montreal's replica of the Vatican's iconic St. Peter's Basilica up close? No time like now.Continue to 7 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Extra
Have you always wanted to work on a movie set but never figured out how to get on one? Try the extra route. Barring the occasional registration fee, it's free to give it a go.
And start looking now. Montreal's moviemaking high season starts when the snow melts.Continue to 8 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Fashion
From April 6 to April 9, 2017, it's the Big Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers better known as the Braderie de Mode, with samples and inventory surplus from over 100 local designers slashed 50% to 80% off retail price. It's free admission but be prepared to splurge a little. I've window shopped there before without buying anything, so it can be done... with great difficulty. At Bonsecours Market.Continue to 9 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Oasis
Planning a day of downtown shopping? Chances are you'll be passing by Christ Church Cathedral, a non-judgmental Anglican house of worship which proposes free Saturday afternoon classical music concerts at 4:30 p.m.
The Church does hope visitors can help out with donations in the $5 to $10 range ''to support the concert series, the artists and the mission of the cathedral.'' So if you can spare a few, go for it. Every little bit counts. Otherwise, don't feel ashamed if you can't help out right at the moment.
Given how popular the free concerts have been at Christ Church, St. George's Church added on Sunday 2 p.m. concerts of their own. Classical, jazz, and popular tunes are performed by emerging artists.Continue to 10 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Schulich
McGill University's Schulich School of Music proposes free classical and jazz performances most days of the month. But wait don't too long to take advantage. When school is out for summer, so is Schulich.Continue to 11 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Swing
Hop on a musical swing in the Promenade des artistes, a small public space just northwest of Place des Festivals April 10 through May 28, 2017. Every swing in motion creates a unique sound. If multiple swings move at the same time, a song emerges.Continue to 12 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Barbie
Since last February 2016, downtown Montreal shopping mall Les Cours Mont-Royal is permanent host to a Barbie exhibit featuring 1,000 ''entertainment industry Barbies,'' unless they're ''movie character'' Barbies. But of they're simply nobody Barbies, then they're ''dressed by leading fashion houses.'' Housed on Cours Mont-Royal's second floor, the exhibit is free admission.Continue to 13 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Roach
California alt-rock/hard rock band Papa Roach is having a free listening party of their new album Crooked Teeth at Montreal's Petit Campus April 17, 2017. But you have to RSVP by April 11 at midnight to possibly win two spots. Spots will be randomly assigned between all the people who sign up. If you are selected, you will be contacted by email on Thursday, April 13 with all the necessary information.You will need to leave your cellphone and any other recording device at the door. Members of the band (to be determined) will be present and available for a meet & greet after the listening party has ended.Continue to 14 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Insight
British artist Ed Atkins brings his first Canadian exhibit to the PHI Centre April 20 through September 3, 2017 presenting five recent digital video works by the Berlin-based artist exploring loneliness, alienation, and the invasive security of modern life. Entitled Modern Piano Music, admission is free.
Also catch the vernissage on April 19, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Continue to 15 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Virtual
Until May 29, 2017, watch seven virtual reality films produced by Montreal’s Felix & Paul Studios free of charge at the PHI Centre.Continue to 17 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The History
Everyone gets in free to the McCord Museum as of 5 p.m. every Wednesday. But temporary exhibits cost extra, usually $9.50, more than half off the regular $20 fee.Continue to 18 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Earth
From free beer to free trees, my Montreal Earth Day activity recommendations run either on or around Earth Day, which is April 22, 2017.Continue to 20 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Record
At last check, nine indie record stores in Montreal celebrate Record Store Day with special deals and, if going on activities in previous years, free live shows. In 2017, Record Store Day is April 22, 2017.Continue to 21 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Dame
Visit Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel free of charge. One of Montreal's most beautiful churches, it was erected in 1771 over the original stone ruins of the oldest chapel ever built in Montreal.Continue to 22 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Blue
Multilingual international literary festival Blue Metropolis features free conferences, talks, round tables, arts workshops for kids (like puppet-making), story time for kids, nursery rhymes for babies and more, all free of charge April 24 through April 30, 2017. Some events are in French, others and English and yet others in different languages including Italian and Arabic.Continue to 23 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Photos
Catch a free photo exhibit of the works of Harry Benson at Old Montreal's Galerie Got from April 28 to May 28, 2017. Benson is an iconic photographer perhaps best known for his work from the '60s, capturing everyone from Queen Elizabeth and John F. Kennedy to Muhammad Ali, Andy Warhol, The Beatles, Mia Farrow, Alfred Hitchcock, and more.Continue to 24 of 28 below.
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Montreal Gay Village Goes Car-Free
As of April 29, 2017, the Montreal Gay Village goes car-free.Continue to 26 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Fine Art
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' permanent collection is free for ages 65 and up every Thursday, VIP members get in free whenever they want, and as for the rest of us, the last Sunday of the month is the time to go for a permanent collection freebie which in April is Sunday, April 30, 2017.Continue to 28 of 28 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Yoga
Free yoga classes in Montreal? They're out there.