Fall Getaway at Esterel Resort Hotel and Spa

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Esterel Resort

Looking for a fall getaway around greater Montreal that matches your definition of relaxation? As temperature slowly drops, it’s the perfect time to escape and enjoy the fall foliage! Let us introduce you to Esterel Resort located in the Laurentians less than an hour away from Montreal city center.

Esterel Resort offers two accommodation experiences both with spacious suites, a Nordic Spa and three restaurants in the heart of nature. The resort is a veritable playground surrounded by two beaches, three navigable lakes and miles of forest. This fall, you will find here a wide range of fun outdoor activities to practice alone, among friends or as a couple.

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Esterel Hotel Evolution

Among the two accommodation experiences offered at Esterel Resort, Hotel Emotion suits best for a romantic getaway with warmth vibes while Hotel Evolution evokes soothing environment that showcases nature.

During our weekend at Esterel Resort, we stayed in a front-lake suite on the 4th floor at Hotel Evolution. The view was breathtaking and allowed us to make a good use of the large balcony overlooking Lake Dupuis! As shown in our Instagram stories, our elegant suite was spacious and equipped with a king-size bed plus a queen-size murphy bed, a fireplace, and a practical kitchenette. If you plan to stay for a long period, you will have enough place to cook in the kitchenette and enjoy your meals in the dining room.

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Esterel Resort Spa

Esterel Resort Nordic Spa features a four-season panoramic pool, steam baths, hot tubs and Finnish sauna. The best way to relax and rejuvenate is to alternate the hot, cold and rest circuit a few times.

If you have never experienced sauna, here are few tips for you: before the sauna, take a shower and then dry off; in the sauna, select a place on the middle or upper bench and lay down on a towel for 10 to 15 minutes (you should spend the last 2 minutes sitting upright); after the sauna, proceed with cold water application by taking a cold water shower or plunging into a cold bath for 10 to 15 seconds, then breathe deeply to fill up with oxygen and have a rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat the circuit as needed and stay hydrated by drinking the beverage of your choice.

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Esterel Resort Sauna

After the Nordic Spa experience, dive into a world of well-being and relaxation at Amerispa’s health and beauty centre. Your body loves being pampered, take time for yourself and complete your Nordic Spa experience with quality massage therapy, skin care and body care treatments.

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Esterel Resort – Bistro à Champlain

Esterel Resort houses three restaurants for fine dining, all with stunning views: Bistro à Champlain, Rok Restaurant, and 260° Restaurant Bar Terrace. Please note that bookings are mandatory for each restaurant, otherwise Esterel Resort is not able to guarantee availability of the restaurant.

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Bistro à Champlain – Vegetarian Menu

We had a reservation at Bistro à Champlain which recently moved at Esterel Resort and were very excited to taste the new four courses vegetarian and vegan menu. As vegan food enthusiasts, it’s always hard to choose items on the menu when we suddenly have plenty of choices. This is the reason why we make sure to choose different items so we are able to share together and taste more dishes.


Bistro à Champlain – Fresh Spring Rolls Creation

We had a great dining experience at Bistro à Champlain, the food was delightful and very well presented. Also, the service was warm and the waitress pleased all our requests. We strongly recommend to taste the fresh spring roll creation, and the chick pea and eggplant brick. Furthermore, the vegetarian menu is available at the three restaurants.


Bistro à Champlain – Chick Pea and Eggplant Brick

We thank Esterel Resort for taking care of us last weekend! Still wondering where to escape this fall? Catch a break from Montreal and taste the quiet life at Esterel Resort. Book your fall getaway for less with their last minute offers currently displayed at esterel.com. Hurry up, it’s for a limited time only!

Oedipus Part One Assembly at Centaur Theatre


Oedipus Part One: Assembly

“Don’t raise the city only to let it drop; restore the state so it never falls.” –Priest

Returning for a fourth Brave New Looks following their award-winning productions of Medea and The BacchaeScapegoat Carnivale Theatre presents Oedipus Part One: Assembly, a new translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rexat Centaur Theatre from October 20th to 22nd. Celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary, Oedipus Part One: Assembly, the third in their Greek tragedy trilogy, unites local gifted theatre artists who have performed with the company over the years.

This new translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, directed by Andreas Apergis, is adapted by Joseph Shragge from a literal translation by Lynn Kozak, with musical direction by David Oppenheim and original composition by Brian Lipson. Both spoken and sung, the stage will be filled with 65 talented Montreal voices coming together for the first creative development stage of this important play. Award-winning cast members, many of whom are no stranger to Centaur audiences, include: Chip Chuipka, Alison Darcy, Gitanjali Jain, Marcel Jeannin, Leni Parker, Mike Payette, France Rolland, Theoharis ‘Harry’ Standjofski, Melissa Trottier, Janet Warrington and Brett Watson.

Coming together onstage to sing the choral odes are three community choirs. The lauded Choeur Maha is an innovative women’s choir with a feminist mandate that has performed across the city since 1991. The Zakynthines Phones choir is an all male Greek Community Choir that sings a repertoire of traditional Greek music. The Montreal Artists Choir is a musical chorus formed from the extended Montreal theatre community especially for this production.

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Oedipus Part One Assembly – Cast

First produced 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece, the story centres on King Oedipus’ quest to rid Thebes of a devastating plague brought on by a mysterious curse. His pursuit of its cause has far-reaching consequences for the city and for himself. The play opens with a group of citizens supplicating at Oedipus’ palace gates, but we quickly learn that these protests are occurring throughout the metropolis. It is against this backdrop of civic collectivity that the truth of Oedipus’ past violence and present taboo-filled turmoil comes to light.

This performance is the first phase of a long-term creative development which will re-centre the play’s civic notion of public assembly, and ask what it means to be part of a large-scale appeal to power. An assembly of Montreal community choirs will come together as the play’s chorus of Theban citizens and sing the choral odes en masse.

This classic piece is more current than ever. People are rallying and protesting for their beliefs in a way that hasn’t been seen in decades. This includes the Occupy Movement, Black Lives Matter, and massive protests against Donald Trump, as well as ongoing civil unrest and protest in Venezuela, Iraq and Russia, to name a few. Oedipus Part One: Assembly moves away from 20th century Freudian readings of the play, instead suggesting it as a lens for examining 21st century participatory culture.

There are only three shows on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1:00 pm (tickets: 15$).

Centaur Theatre

453 St François Xavier, Montreal

3 Korres Priming Moisturizers To Use This Fall

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Korres Priming Moisturizer

We are so lucky to begin fall season with a warm weather this year! This is a good time to slowly adjust your skin care routine and makeup products for a smooth transition.

As long time users of Korres skin care, we always keep an eye on the launches of their new products. For fall season, Korres introduces 3 new priming moisturizers: Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer, Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturizer, and Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer.

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Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer (56$)

Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer is an all-in-one perfecting makeup primer, moisturizer and skin brightener. Infused with the brightening power of Wild Rose Oil, pure Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Turmeric extract, this weightless moisturizer delivers all-day hydration as well as brightening and priming benefits.

This nourishing solution helps to reduce skin discoloration while eliminating excess shine and decongesting pores thanks to White Willow Bark extract rich in natural salicylic acid and mattifying vegetable powder. Due to its very light texture, Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer is well indicated for this fall season.

How to use? Apply a small amount to the face and neck as the final step in your skincare routine and before makeup by avoiding the eye area.

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Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturizer (42$)

To take care of the eye area, Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturizer is a priming and shooting solution for sensitive eyes, dark circles, puffiness and dry skin. This instant cooling eye cream moisturizes, nourishes and primes the eye area for makeup application, leaving skin soft, smooth and evenly textured.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Eye Priming advanced nourishing eye cream is formulated with yoghurt, a centuries-old Greek skin soothing solution, and Myrtle and Rhodiola Rosea extracts to reduce the appearance of dark circles and to help calm puffiness. Designed with a ceramic applicator for instant cooling to the skin, Korres Greek Yoghurt Eye Priming is adequate for sensitive or allergy-prone eyes, delivering a youthful and fully refreshed look.

How to use? Gently squeeze the tube to dispense a small amount of product and apply around the eyes by using the cool ceramic tip to massage the area and by avoiding the upper eyelid area.

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Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer (43$)

Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer is a nude primer blends to an invisible matte finish while minimizing the appearance of pores, balancing skin tone and texture, and preparing skin for smooth makeup application and long-lasting wear. Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer is a water-based non-comedogenic formula so it allows skin to breathe and never clogs pores.

Pomegranate extract is a rich source of tannins, anthocyanins and Vitamins A, C and E. Widely recognized for its anti-oxydant properties, the Pomegranate fruit contains three times the antioxidant powers of red wine or green tea to help fight signs of aging, and has powerful astringent properties. Due to those benefits, Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer is well recommended for oily skin.

How to use? Apply a small amount to clean skin and follow with foundation. Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer may be used alone or on top of your daily moisturizer.

Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer and Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer are both suitable for vegans. Those 3 Korres priming moisturizers are available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart and BeautyBoutique.ca.