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Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This November 2017
Montreal festivals this November 2017? Well, the month starts off a little darker, par for the course of winter's annual herald. And then come the festivities. So what's your November pleasure? Food? We've got that one covered. Cultural discoveries? But of course. A tad of Christmas spirit? You know it.Continue to 2 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Fall Back
Planning for an incredible November? Just make sure you've got the right time down, eh? The time change happens early in the month.Continue to 3 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Free Things to Do
Free things to do in Montreal this November? More than you think.Continue to 4 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: The Concerts
Who's playing in Montreal this November? There's a little something for everyone in my Montreal Concerts November 2017 hit list.Continue to 5 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Museum Exhibits
Got some great museum and science exhibits in Montreal this November, exhibits featuring a touch of international flair and relevance that makes them worth the detour for both visitors and locals.
The Montreal Science Centre highlights Indigenous Ingenuity, an exhibit which "through an interactive quest" help you "discover how indigenous science is timeless. With a bear and a trickster as your guides, take part in a virtual canoe race, build an igloo, test a kayak’s centre of gravity, and discover interactive frescoes."
The Musée d'art contemporain debuts A Crack in Everything, an exhibit of all things Leonard Cohen approved by the Montreal icon himself before he passed away in November 2016. The much-anticipated exhibit debuts November 9, 2017.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts features Once upon a time... The Western - A new frontier in Art and Film, "the first exhibition to consider the Western and its attendant myths in the context of painting, photography,... literature and film from the mid-1800s to the present, in the United States and in Canada. It establishes a dialogue between film and the fine arts through 450 paintings, sculptures, installations photos and numerous film excerpts."
For an assortment of virtual reality experiences, drop by PHI Centre all month long.
Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal's history and archaeology museum, looks at the history of telephones.
And of course, for a natural science history lesson tinged with a teeny, weeny taste of Ancient Egyptian history –apart from what's on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' permanent collection, this is the only location in the city where you can hope do that– make it a point to visit the Redpath Museum located on the McGill University's downtown campus.Continue to 6 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Christmas Shopping
One of the best feelings of the season? Wrapping up Christmas gift shopping before the calendar hits December, avoiding all the stress and frenzy. On topic, here's my shortlist of Montreal's best Christmas fairs, bazaars, sales and assorted shopping events.Continue to 7 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Cinemania
Cinemania, running November 2 to November 12, 2017 at Montreal's Cinéma Impérial, is an annual ode to the best French films released over the last year or so, all with English subtitles. Admission varies from $8.50 to $20. Festival passports available.Continue to 8 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: The Harvest is NOW
It's no secret I'm crazy about Montreal's public markets, especially during harvest season. The prices are unreal if you buy in bulk.Continue to 9 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: MTL à Table
Running until November 2 through November 16, 2017 is MTL à Table, Montreal's answer to restaurant week. No less than 175 participating restaurants propose table d'hôte menus specially conceived for the event ranging from $21 to $41 plus taxes, tip and wine (unless a given restaurant is a bring-your-own-wine establishment).Continue to 10 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: La Grande Dégustation
Montreal wine show La Grande Dégustation at Place Bonaventure is a fall season staple in the city, a chance to sample in the upwards of 1,500 different wines from 200 different producers from around the world. Open to the public November 3 and November 4, 2017. Admission $15. Tasting tickets extra.Continue to 11 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: South Asian Film Festival
Catch the last weekend of the South Asian Film Festival at Concordia University's J.A. DeSève Cinema this November 4 and November 5, 2017, screening 19 award-winning films from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, USA, and Canada.Continue to 12 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Salon des Animaux de Compagnie
Considering a new pet or just an all-around animal lover? The Salon des Animaux de Compagnie at Place Bonaventure beckons this November 4 and November 5, 2017 with its feline expo featuring cats, ponies, rare animals, dog agility shows and more.Continue to 14 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Rencontres du Documentaire
Running November 9 to November 19, 2017 is Montreal International Documentary Festival Les Rencontres internationales du Documentaire, a film fest featuring 142 films from 47 countries. Screenings range from $9.50 to $12. Festival passports available.Continue to 15 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Lest We Forget
I make it a point to honor the lives of the men and women who sacrificed their wellbeing to protect ours on a regular basis, and I say this as someone who, like everyone, wants to live in peace. It's almost unfathomable to me to think of what they gave up just to protect a bunch of strangers, be it a lost limb or their very sanity, the horrors they've seen and endured, all on our behalf. One minute of my time feels like the very least I can do come Remembrance Day this November 11, 2017 to commemorate the memories of these Canadian heroes, be it veterans of World War I or the Forces of today risking life and limb (and their families) for us.
Full disclosure: one of those men and women was my mother. I'm currently waiting for the bulk of her military files to be reopened in order to understand the extent of her contribution as a military police office. It's a long story but her career history was grossly downplayed and misrepresented to me. To quote what I was told, she... was a ''loser.'' But what I discovered is rather than a career as a ''loser,'' she held a leadership role in national security, notably interrogation, and investigation. She was an airport security chief promoted to a national security executive role overseeing several airports across Western Canada before she died at age 45.
And sacrifice, she did. Her life story is devastating and disturbing, and may in some way be the reason she passed away so young. My health would probably give out on me too if my reputation was smeared and was bullied out of my daughter's life. But what I want to share with you today is how proud I am of the millions of lives she protected on behalf of Canada and what she achieved as a leader in what was at the time (and still is) a male-dominated profession.
Fluent in 5 languages and in possession of a PhD as per her obituary and former employer Intelicom, a private national security firm, she worked as an English professor prior to her homeland security career.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Festival du Monde Arabe
You've got until November 12, 2017 to experience one the Festival du Monde Arabe, one of the largest celebrations of Middle Eastern cultures in North America.Continue to 17 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Mundial Montreal
World music festival Mundial Montreal runs November 14 through November 17, 2017, proposing a cross-section of local, national and international talent.Continue to 18 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: M for Montreal
Catch local artists playing at M for Montreal November 15 through November 18, 2017.Continue to 19 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Bach Festival
Everything from Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations to the Leipzig native's Christmas Oratorio are on the bill of Montreal's annual Bach Festival running November 17 to December 23, 2017.Continue to 21 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Restaurant Day
Anyone can open a restaurant on Restaurant Day. With 30 participating countries and hundreds of pop-up restaurants opening this November 18, 2017, check out who is serving what in Montreal. Prices are delightfully affordable.Continue to 22 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Le Salon des Artistochats
Drop by the Centre Pierre-Charbonneau November 18 and November 19, 2017 for the Salon des Artistochats, a 100% immersive feline experience. Every direction of the expo floor features a cat. Or hundreds of cat-themed goodies made in Quebec: jewelry, clothes, accessories, illustrations and so forth. Just don't bring your own cat. Only invited guest cats are allowed in (it's an insurance thing). Free admission.Continue to 24 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Leaf Peep While You Can
It's been a glorious leaf peeping season in Montreal. Started late this year too courtesy of an extended summer season well into fall. You've got two, maybe three more weeks in November this year to catch what's left of the leaves before they all fall down.Continue to 25 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Image + Nation
Don't miss Montreal LGBT film festival image+nation running November 23 through December 3, 2017.Continue to 26 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Annual Gem and Mineral Show
Held at Place Bonaventure, the Annual Gem and Mineral Show runs November 24 to November 26, 2017 selling semi-precious gems, jewelry, sculptures, pearls, beads, fossils, tools, and minerals involving more than 100 dealers on site. Admission $6 to $8, free for kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult.Continue to 27 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Tibetan Cultural Fair
November 25, 2017 features Montreal's Tibetan Cultural Fair at Santa Cruz Church, a chance to experience Tibetan song, dance, food and culture. Great holiday gift ideas on site too.Continue to 28 of 31 below.
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Montreal Festivals November 2017: Expozine
Catch around 300 independent publishers, artists and authors selling their works to the public at Expozine November 25 and November 26, 2017 at Église Saint-Denis.Continue to 29 of 31 below.
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