Note: Tourisme Quebec provided this trip, however, all words and photos are mine (unless noted).
Last year I attended 97 concerts, and in that tally – music festivals were counted as just one. When Tourisme Quebec asked me to join them in Montréal for a “festival a day” over one long weekend, I knew I could do it – but that I would be sad not to have more time at each one. That suspicion proved to be correct as we trekked all over the city at breakneck speed.
Verdict: I can’t wait to go back and spend more time in Montréal!
While Canada turned 150 this year, Montréal stretches back 375 years with a culture that combines First Nation, French and English history. Locals speak French first and foremost but easily switch to English when they realize the only words you may know are “bonjour” and “merci.”
But even above and beyond affinity for French, Montréal has a passion for the arts. It’s apparent everywhere, and most especially in how they chose to celebrate their birthday. I was in town during the world-famous International Jazz Festival, and my lovely hotel was within walking distance – so I did get to that particular festival more than once.
But there are hundreds of events going on all year, every year, so check out Alive 375 and the Montréal Tourism site for things to do every day.
Photo by Jean-François Leblanc
Here are the festivals we attended over our four days.
Take a deep breath… it’s a lot! Continue reading…