What better time than during its colorful autumn to visit North America’s only UNESCO City of Design, Montreal? This fall is a a season for experiencing Old World and Aboriginal art and music while enjoying the city’s renowned dining and designer fashions at bargain prices.
Unique art exhibitions
Between October 12, 2013 and January 19, 2014, travel back in time to 16th to 18th century Venice at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art’s Splendore a Venezia: Art and Music from the Renaissance to Baroque in the Serenissima. From the masterpieces of artists like Titian and Tintoretto to manuscripts of composers like Monteverdi and Vivaldi, 120 paintings, prints, drawings, historical music instruments and musical manuscripts will be unveiled.
This multidisciplinary event explores the interaction between visual arts and the music of its time by pairing painted works of art with selected pieces of period music ranging from opera to street performances. To complement this exhibit, a series of twenty concerts with period instruments will be held in the museum’s Bourgie Hall. (from $12.50)
From October 17, 2013 to January 5, 2014 an innovative fusion of new works--paintings, sculptures, performances, and video-- will highlight Québec’s Aboriginal identity and today’s urban culture. Beat Nation, will be featured downtown at the Musée d’art contemporain. Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., $12.
All kinds of food--- for less
Enjoy the range of flavors at TASTE MTL, Montreal’s second annual Restaurant Week, November 1 to 11, 2013. Prix fixe menus--three courses for $19, $29, or $39-- will be offered at 125 Montreal restaurants. Late night menus will be offered for $19 after 10 pm. Try the full range, from little bistros and BYOWs to the city’s ultra-chic finest. Bon appétit!
Designer fashions at the best prices of the year
Montreal’s “Braderie” began with just 50 customers in 1994 and has grown to attract over 25,000 to this four day event held in April and October. The Big Fashion Sale features both new and established Québec designers and is often called “the mecca of fashionistas”. With about 100 fashion designers participate, offering women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, children’s fashions, coats, sportswear, shoes, bathing suits, lingerie, casual wear, accessories, leather, and the area’s renowned furs. It’s a time to take advantage of special pricing on samples, overstocks, and hot new looks and to meet the designers. Held at Marché Bonsecours in old Montreal on Thursday and Friday, 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday, 10am to 6 pm; Sunday 10am to 5 pm.
Prices, where noted, are in Canadian dollars.