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Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This January 2017
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.
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 ;-)
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: New Year's Eve Recovery
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.Continue to 3 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Recycle That Xmas Tree
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.Continue to 4 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Winter Forest Treks
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.Continue to 6 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: The Concerts
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.Continue to 7 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Kinky Boots
Running January 3 through January 8, 2017 is Broadway musical Kinky Boots. Details here.Continue to 8 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Wildside Festival
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.Continue to 9 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Le Happening Gourmand
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.Continue to 10 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Barbegazi
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.Continue to 11 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Let's Get Married
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.Continue to 12 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Montreal Science Centre Steal
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.Continue to 13 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: No Pants Day
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.Continue to 14 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Santas at the Stewart
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.Continue to 15 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: 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.Continue to 16 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Igloofest
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
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.Continue to 19 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Ode to Haydn
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.Continue to 20 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Salon de l'Amour et de la Séduction
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.Continue to 21 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Dog Sledding
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.Continue to 23 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: The Virtual Reality Garden
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.Continue to 24 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Soap Box Derby
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.Continue to 25 of 32 below.
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Hit the Slopes
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
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
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
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
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: Village Mammouth
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Montreal Festivals January 2017: Banff Mountain 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.