Montreal Festivals: January 2017 Must-Sees

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    Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This January 2017

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include the following attractions, concerts, museum exhibits and more.
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    Can't say January is Montreal's flagship tourism month. And if I dare tell you it's the most wonderful time of the year, I can nearly guarantee a stream of moans from select locals lamenting the cold or the snow or the slush. A shame, really, given how postcard gorgeous the city can be as the mercury drops.

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    And as someone whose fondest childhood memories -outside of my birth mother's short-lived touch- involve a pair of cross-country skis, ice skates, a frozen lake and wild, unkempt trails in the mountains, I firmly believe this can be one of the most enchanting times of the year. See, the key to January is dressing the part. Nail that down and you might end up loving winter as much as I do ;-)

    Then there are the month's chief perks, everything from the craziest outdoor bash of the year to restaurants deals and retail steals

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: New Year's Eve Recovery

    Montreal festivals in January 2017.
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    Narrowly escaped the New Year's Eve hangover from hell? Excellent. Start off the New Year on the right foot this January 1, 2017. Go outside and do something! Even though it's a statutory holiday, there's a lot more open in Montreal on New Year's Day than you think.

    And don't miss the last Fire on Ice fireworks on January 7, 2017 at the Old Port.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Recycle That Xmas Tree

    Montreal Christmas tree recycling 2017 dates.
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    Attention locals: that glorious Christmas tree currently rotting in your living room isn't going to discard itself. So let city hall do it for you. Here are the dates for Christmas tree recycling in Montreal, broken down by neighborhood.

    See Also: Montreal Holiday Garbage and Recycling Pickup Schedules

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: The Great Outdoors

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include celebrating the season's winter sports and activities.
    ••• Above: traditional style snowshoes made with wood and rawhide. Philippe Henry / Getty Images

    What would Montreal winters be without their outdoor sports and activities

    See Also: Winter in Montreal: It's a Wonderland

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Winter Forest Treks

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include winter forest treks.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Les amis de la montagne

    By foot, snowshoe, or on cross country skis, Montreal forest treks are an affordable activity for families, solo nature enthusiasts or even couples looking for a dose of outdoor romance. The bulk of Montreal's forest treks are held January through to the first week of March.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: The Concerts

    Montreal January 2017 events, attractions, concerts and more.
    ••• Above: Megan James of Purity Ring performs onstage at Vogue Theatre on October 18, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. Purity Ring perform in Montreal January 20, 2017. Andrew Chin / Getty Images

    Find who is playing where and when. Consult my Montreal concerts January 2017 hit list. It includes big tickets, indie's best bets, the hottest EDM producers in circulation and more.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Kinky Boots

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include Kinky Boots.
    ••• Above: Todrick Hall attends The Build Series Presents Todrick Hall to discuss his leading role in 'Kinky Boots' On Broadway at AOL HQ on November 8, 2016 in New York City. Laura Kavanaugh / FilmMagic / Getty Images

    Running January 3 through January 8, 2017 is Broadway musical Kinky Boots. Details here.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Wildside Festival

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include Centaur Theatre's Wildside Festival.
    ••• Above: Montreal-based storyteller Nisha Coleman, one of the Wildside Festival's one-woman headliners. Coleman, who left small-town North Ontario to busk in Paris on an arguable whim, presents "Self-Exile," a "deeply personal tale involving mosquitoes, mental illness and recurring self-exile.". Photo courtesy of Nisha Coleman

    Featuring an assortment of critically acclaimed independent theatre productions over the course of 11 days, Centaur Theatre's Wildside Festival runs January 5 to January 15, 2017. Admission $13 to $16 plus service charge. Don't be surprised if you see me in the crowd for "Little One," a play examining the childhood horrors of what life is like when you're stuck under the same roof as a psychopath.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Le Happening Gourmand

    Montreal restaurant week Le Happening Gourmand 2017 offers three-course meals at reduced prices.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Verses, one of Happening Gourmand's participating restaurants

    Save anywhere from 30% to 40% off of regular table d'hôte prices proposed by a group of Old Montreal restaurants. It's called Le Happening Gourmand and it runs in January 5 through February 5, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Barbegazi

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include Barbegazi.
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    From January 6 to January 8 and then from January 13 to January 15, 2017, Quartier des Spectacles' Îlot Clark in downtown Montreal hosts Barbegazi, a winter actions sports festival with snow skate demos (as in skateboarding on snow), obstacle courses for kids, feats of strength open to the public like ''throwing the christmas tree,'' food truck fare, and more.

    The site open at noon. Barbegazi closes shop at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and by 5 pm. on Sundays.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Let's Get Married

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 includes the Let's Get Married wedding show,
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    Running January 7 through January 8, 2017 at Place Bonaventure is the biannual wedding event Let's Get Married, Canada's largest bridal exhibition according to organizers. Admission $9 if purchased online ($7 pre-sale), $14 at the door. Check Let's Get Married website for other deals.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Montreal Science Centre Steal

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include Body Words Animals Inside Out.
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    There still time to take advantage of the Montreal Science Centre's holiday deal running through January 8, 2017.

    For the special rate of $20 ($18 for seniors, $18 for teens, $13.50 for kids, $60 family rate), you get access to either two IMAX films or one IMAX science movie and either access to all of Montreal Science Centre's permanent exhibits or one IMAX film and access to its star temporary exhibit, Animal Inside Out.

    Animal Inside Out is a science exhibit revealing the intimate anatomy of 50 animals from 30 different species using plastination, a technique invented in 1977 by Body Worlds creator and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. It entails replacing body fat and fluids with polymers and resins which, once in place, harden the cadaver into the desired position, stopping decomposition in its tracks.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: No Pants Day

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include No Pants Day.
    ••• Worlds collide. Adam Berry / Getty Images

    Nothing quite like airing out your fanny in Montreal in January. Join the few hundred Facebookers claiming they'll do just that in honor of No Pants Day inside Mont-Royal Metro on January 8, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Details.

    And it's not just in Montreal. Cities the world over are participating. So how did No Pants Day start? I've read at least two origin stories, both involving New Yorkers. The first one claimed it was a bunch of friends looking for a thrill. The other relays that a hapless husband totally unaware that he left the house sans trousers back in '86 only realized his predicament while on the subway.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Santas at the Stewart

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include the Stewart Museum's Santa Exhibit.
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    You've got until January 8, 2017 to enjoy free admission at the Montreal Stewart Museum courtesy of the military history museum's Santa exhibit.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Le Chop

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include Le Chop.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Le Chop

    Le Chop runs January 9 to February 3, 2017, a chance to save on three-course meals at a handful of participating restaurants.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Bouge d'Ici

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include the Bouge d'ici dance fest,
    ••• Photo courtesy of Bouge d'ici © Cindy Lopez

    An annual dance festival featuring some of Montreal's emerging contemporary dancers, Bouge d'Ici proposes parties, performances, dance workshops and more in January 2017. Contact organizers for details.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Igloofest

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include Igloofest.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Igloofest © Vivien Gaumand

    Because who's crazy enough to dance outside on the coldest days of the year? That would be us. Catch Igloofest every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from January 12 to February 19, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Snow Fest

    Montreal festivals in January 2016 include Montreal snow festival Fête des Neiges.
    ••• Montreal snow festival Fête des Neiges typically runs for four weekends in January and February on the grounds of Parc Jean-Drapeau. RENAULT Philippe / Getty Images

    Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into something special every January and February courtesy of Montreal snow festival Fête des neiges. Free family activities, outdoor fun and live entertainment are part of the deal running January 14 to February 5, 2017.

    See Also: Parc Jean-Drapeau's 8 Most Interesting Winter Attractions

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Ode to Haydn

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include the OSM's Haydn concerts.
    ••• Above: Joseph Haydn's skull as encased and displayed in Vienna's Haydn House. Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images

    Discover and rediscover the works of Austrian composer Joseph Hadyn January 17 to January 19, 2017 via Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and guests at Place des Arts' Maison symphonique. Tickets range from $30.10 to $200 plus taxes and/ or service/shipping/box office charge.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Salon de l'Amour et de la Séduction

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include Salon de l'Amour et de la Séduction.
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    Montreal's primo sex convention features seminars designed to enhance knowledge, skills and ultimately pleasure with over 70 exhibitors proposing an assortment of apparatus and services. Salon de l'Amour et de la Séduction 2017 highlights running January 20 through January 22, 2017 include live erotic art, dungeon stage entertainment and more. Tickets $20, $35 weekend pass with significant admission discounts if purchased early online. At Place Bonaventure.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Salon de l'Auto

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include car show Salon de l'Auto.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Salon de l'Auto

    Vintage cars, test drives, fuel-efficient vehicles, modified rides and more, catch Montreal car show Salon de l'Auto January 20 through January 29, 2017 at the Palais des congrès. Admission ranges from free to $16.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Dog Sledding

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include a chance to go dog sledding.
    ••• Montreal dog sledding? Exists, it does. Photo by Flickr user Claude Robillard (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    Ever fancied the thought of an urban dog sled experience? Stop dreaming and start booking. But don't sleep on it. The season is short-lived.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: The Virtual Reality Garden

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include PHI Centre's the Virtual Reality Garden.
    ••• Still courtesy of Felix & Paul Studios

    Ever experience virtual reality? Now's your chance. PHI Centre proposes VR films on a regular basis as part of its Virtual Reality Garden series.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Soap Box Derby

    Montreal festivals in January 2016 include soap box race Descente Saint-Denis.
    ••• Image courtesy of Descente Saint-Denis

    Catch a soap box derby on St. Denis Street in the Latin Quarter January 21, 2017, starting at the corner of Sherbrooke East and ending at Emery. Races as well as associated on-site activities run from noon to 5 p.m. An afterparty then ensues until 8 p.m.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Hit the Slopes

    Quebec ski resorts near Montreal include Le Massif de Charlevoix.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Le Massif de Charlevoix

    Yearning to hit the slopes? I'll tell you where to go, when to go and how to save money skiing in Quebec.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Crispin Glover

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include Crispin Glover's live presentation of Crispin Hellion Glover’s live presentation of Big Slide Show (Parts 1 & 2) and a double bill of his films What Is It? (2005) and It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine (2007).
    ••• Above: actor Crispin Glover with father and fellow thespian Bruce Glover attending Crispin Hellion Glover's 10th Anniversary Tour for the 'It' Trilogy and the trailer premiere of Crispin Hellion Glover's currently untitled film, his latest project as director in which he co-stars with his father, at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre on Friday, March 18, 2016, in Hollywood, California. Todd Williamson / Getty Images

    Cult character actor Crispin Glover might be best known for his portrayal of George McFly in Back to the Future and Thin Man in Charlie's Angels, but soon-to-be Mr. World in the upcoming series adaptation of Neil Gaiman's award-winning novel American Gods is in Montreal on January 27 and January 28, 2017 for two nights of special live presentations at Montreal music venue Bar le Ritz PDB.

    For one, the thespian proposes a closer look at his directorial efforts, movie screenings of What Is It? (2005) and It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine (2007).

    Glover will also lead an audience Q&A, a book signing, and present Crispin Hellion Glover’s Big Slide Show (Parts 1 & 2),  a one-hour dramatic narration of material sourced from of eight different books, some dating back to the 1800s. Admission $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Buy tickets.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: The Sales

    Montreal festivals in January 2016 include catching these sales.
    ••• Montreal sales are happening all the time. But how does one find out about the biggest and the best?. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    Are you a smart shopper? Of course you are. So you know how amazing deep discounts can be in January when the retails sector tries to unload excess inventory that didn't sell during the holidays. New to the game? Here's a primer on how to save big bucks in Montreal.

    See Also: Montreal's Top Shopping Centres

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    Montreal Festivals January 2016: Classique Montréalaise

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include Classique Montréalaise's hockey tournament.
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    Heading to Montreal snow fest Fête des neiges at Parc Jean-Drapeau? Consider dropping by Classique Montréalaise, a two-day 144-team pond hockey tournament also happening at the park at the Olympic Basin January 28 and January 29, 2017.

    See Also: Montreal's Best Skating Rinks

    Watch teams duke it out, skate for free on the Basin, catch live shows and on-site entertainment including the Hockey Circus Show, and get tips from Canadiens Alumni Chris Nilan, Steve Bégin, Mathieu Dandenault and Enrico Ciccone who will be on-site signing autographs and chatting with the crowd. On Sunday, five rinks will be opened for free play while remaining teams play the finals. Bring your own skates and sticks. From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Luminothérapie

    Luminothérapie in 2016-2017 in Montreal's Place des Festivals proposes LOOP by Ekumen.
    ••• Above: LOOP, a project and Luminothérapie's star project in 2016-2017 by Ekumen, created and executed by Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix in collaboration with Générique Design and Jérôme Roy. Image courtesy of Ekumen

    Hop on a see saw and take in a little light therapy. You've got until January 29, 2017. 

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Mister Rabbit's Circus

    Montreal festivals in January 2017 include the McCord Museum's Alfred's Adventures.
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    There's still plenty of time to catch the McCord Museum's Alfred's Adventures. Very kid friendly, it is.

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Village Mammouth

    Montreal festivals in January 2016 include Montreal winter village Village Mammouth as located in the Olympic Park.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Parc Olympique de Montréal

    The Olympic Park's Village Mammouth proposes food, drink, ice skating and sliding all month long.

    See Also: Montreal's Best Outdoor Skating Rinks
    And: Winter Sports You've Got to Try

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    Montreal Festivals January 2017: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

    Montreal festivals in January 2016 include the Banff Film Festival World Tour.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Banff Film Festival World Tour

    The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is headed to Montreal with seven screenings (6 in French and one in English) scheduled from January 24 to February 10, 2017 at Université du Québec à Montréal and Concordia University. A chance to catch the Banff Mountain Film Festival's winning shorts capturing the exhilaration of mountain sports, admission is $24.50 plus taxes and/or service/shipping/box office charge.

    See Also: Skiing in Quebec: When, Where and How to Save $ Hitting the Slopes