Cannes Film Festival: Opening Cocktail at Mouton Cadet Wine Bar in Montreal

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar 2017 – Cannes Film Festival

For this 2017 edition of Cannes Film Festival, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA opened the doors of Mouton Cadet Wine Bar. Until May 28th, the terrace of the Palais des Festivals will be once again the meeting place for the cinema and also the place to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the festival, in a decor entirely conceived and decorated by the French decorative artist Mathias Kiss.

At this occasion, restaurant Le Richmond located in Montreal Griffintown neighborhood transformed its terrace by using the decor of Mouton Cadet Wine Bar to celebrate the opening of the Cannes Film Festival.

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar 2017 – Le Richmond

We were invited to plunge into the Cannes Film Festival universe while tasting hors d’oeuvres and limited edition of Mouton Cadet wines. Note that Mouton Cadet Red wine 2014 (15,65$) and Mouton Cadet White wine 2016 (14,65$) are both available at SAQ.

Le Richmond

377 Richmond, Montreal

Photo Credit: Myriam Frenette

Tartarefest: Vote For The Best Tartare of Montreal

Tartarefest 2017

Restomania launched the 4th edition of Tartarefest at Rosewood restaurant on May 19th. More than 20 restaurants have created tasty tartares for the occasion, and you are invited to vote for the best tartare of Montreal by May 28th.

Tartarefest offers the chance to enjoy a gourmet fine dining experience at participating restaurants without the hefty bill: a tartare plus drink from 10$. Among the restaurants competing in the Tartarefest, ĂŠat and Caribou Gourmand are innovating this year by offering vegetarian tartares.

Vegetarian Tartar – Caribou Gourmand

Vegetarian Tartar – Caribou Gourmand

At the restaurant Caribou Gourmand, the vegetarian tartare, made of fennel, apples, goat’s cheese, walnut, honey and lemon, comes with a generous portion of homemade French fries. I recommend a glass of Pinot Gris Leon Beyer (2014, France) to accompany the vegetarian tartare. As a foodie, I always have space for starter and dessert: here are my choices…

Quebec Cheese Plate – Caribou Gourmand

Blueberry Crumble – Caribou Gourmand

As you can guess, my vote goes to Caribou Gourmand for this 4th edition of Tartarefest. During the final day on May 27th, the Best Tartare of Montreal 2017 will be announced at the Fish Market La Mer. All the profits of this day will be donated to the Douglas Foundation (Mental Health University Institute). Visit Tartarefest to vote and Restomania to reserve your tickets. Enjoy 🙂

Club Soya: New Sushi Restaurant in Montreal

Club Soya – Photo credit: Myriam Frenette

Club Soya is the newest restaurant in Montreal Quartier des Spectacles inspired by Japanese, Hawaiian and local cuisines. Opened few months ago, Club Soya invited us earlier this week to taste its menu and to celebrate the opening of its terrace.

Elaborated by Chef Geneviève Everell (Sushi à la maison), menu features sushi, maki-burrito, poke bowls and salads. Recipes change with seasons depending ingredients availability at local markets. During the launch event, we chose vegan poke bowls and vegetarian sushi.

Vegan Poke Bowls – Photo credit: Myriam Frenette

Vegetarian Sushi – Photo Credit: Myriam Frenette

While waiting to receive its alcohol license, Club Soya offers a menu of mocktails signed by Étienne Bernard (founder of Bar Co) and well harmonized with plates served at the restaurant.

Mocktail – Credit photo: Myriam Frenette

Club Soya has a small capacity (perfect if you are looking for intimacy) but you can still enjoy the menu by ordering on Foodora  and be delivered right to your door.

Club Soya

225 Sherbrooke West, Montreal

VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil

VOLTA Cirque du Soleil – Photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux

Volta is the recent show presented by Cirque du Soleil in world premiere under the Big Top in Montreal’s Old Port until July 23rd. Directed by Bastien Alexandre, Volta is a modern story about the freedom to choose and being true to oneself.

Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit of action sports culture, Cirque du Soleil features for the first time acrobatic BMX and Parkour driven by mesmerizing melodies. While celebrating freedom as a movement, Volta delivers strong messages about modern society, acceptance and self love.

VOLTA Cirque du Soleil – Photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux

I was particularly impressed by the elegance expressed by this young acrobat during her solo performance. In both acts, costumes designed by Zaldy Goco were stunning and colorful in reference of street arts and characters identity. Moreover, performers give an amazing show on stage and bring this magical touch we love about Cirque du Soleil.

VOLTA lounge – Photo credit: Patricia Brochu

Enhance your experience at Cirque du Soleil with all-inclusive VIP package to plunge into Volta universe and get the best seats for the show. With exclusive access to Volta private lounge, enjoy hors d’oeuvres catered by Agnus Dei and refreshments at open bar. Lounge opens 1 hour prior the show and welcomes you also during the intermission.

Agnus Dei – Photo credit: Patricia Brochu

Visit Cirque du Soleil website for more details about Volta schedules and to reserve your tickets.

The Big Top

Quai Jacques Cartier, De La Commune East

Montreal, Old Port

Invasion Cocktail: Celebrate the Art of Mixology

Photo Credit: Karel Chladek

Invasion Cocktail, the Montreal and Quebec City cocktail festival, will be back for its 4th edition from May 10th to 16th with a busy schedule. More than 35 participating bars, 250 exclusive cocktails, 6 days of festival to discover the cocktail scene of Quebec!

Presented by MadeWithLove, the most extravagant mixology competition in Canada, Invasion Cocktail is a unique opportunity to discover exclusive cocktail creations that will be presented only in an ephemeral way throughout the week.

Photo Credit: Karel Chladek

There are many new features for this 4th edition, do not miss…

  • Opening night at Phi Centre on May 10th: signature cocktails, music and good vibes only!
  • New edition of Brunch Festif at Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack on May 14th presented by French brand Liqueur St-Germain.
  • MadeWithLove National Final on May 16th at TRH-bar: the 16 finalist bartenders from across Canada will face a panel of judges in hopes of winning the title of Best Barchef MadeWithLove 2017.

Visit Invasion Cocktail website to download your free pass and to find more info about the festival schedule.

After Hours At The McCord Museum – Montreal Fashion Tech

After Hours at the McCord – Montreal Fashion Tech is organized by the McCord Museum in partnership with Ville de Montréal and Montreal Digital Spring, and the contribution of Valérie Lamontagne / 3lectromode.

Exceptionally until midnight, with two live DJs and two free drinks per person! Learn about tomorrow’s fashion and unprecedented technical innovation…

  • Fashion Mapping, 3D scan stations, wearables, immersive demonstrations, interactive experiences
  • Privileged encounters with designers, VR fashion designs, creative workshops
  • Contests, prizes to win, and surprises on site!

ON THE PROGRAM

Enter the world of Expo 67 and experience the effervescence of Montreal’s fashion moment with the new exhibition Fashioning Expo 67!

ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES
  • Fashion Mapping – Premiere projection: attend the unveiling of a light creation by MAPP MTL and the CĂ©gep Marie-Victorin.
  • Live painting: follow the live creation of a work of art on fashion’s future—to be won during the evening!—by the Montreal painter Marie-ChloĂ© Duval.
  • Live music: house set by ROUX Soundsystem followed by the duo AndFriends.
SMART FASHION DESIGN
  • Men’s fashion 3D scan: meet the tailor Nathon Kong and try out his brand new concept for a bespoke suit with a customizable interior pocket.
    CONTEST in collaboration with Whatisadam: win a tailor-made suit customized by the famous street artist!
  • High fashion shoes: be wowed by Anastasia Radevich’s five dazzling designs and find out how they’re made, from 3D modelling to hand fabrication.
  • Custom interactive fashion: enter Stefanka’s smart dressing room that allows you to receive recommendations for the fittest clothes, thanks to 3D digitization. Try the perfect Lilianne Lingerie bra or the ideal Simons Le 31 shirt. $100 Simons gift card to win on site, as well as Lilianne Lingerie products and gift card!
  • Next generation Fashion Tech: admire the collection Mode futuriste 1967-2017 designed by students at the École de mode du CĂ©gep Marie-Victorin and of the Sciences informatiques et mathĂ©matiques program at the Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne, a Vestechpro initiative in collaboration with VTÉ.
  • The Rhinoceros pop-up by Phi: ephemeral dĂ©cor by a Montreal designer and a selection of special upcycled products 15% off.
ON WEARABLES
  • Experience a memorable nighttime thanks to the smart PixMob Klik bracelet (ADVANCE SALE ONLY)! A connected wristband which allows you to interact with space and people around you; it also illuminates during highlights of the evening.
  • Virtual design workshop: create your own virtual dress with Imagine 360, equipped with a digital paintbrush and a virtual reality helmet!
  • Sensor introduction workshop: learn how to integrate sensors into clothing and accessories with Vestechpro and VTÉ.
  • Vibrate to the beat: experience music like never before with the SUBPAC vest that transmits sound waves to the body!
NEW GUIDED TOURS
  • Fashioning Expo 67
    The Future of Fashion: A Return to the Traditional? Discover how Michel Robichaud and Marielle Fleury found inspiration in artisanal know-how to create the Expo 67 outfits.
    Modernity Versus Conformity in Fashion: Learn more about the influence the period’s political conservatism had on Expo 67’s textile designs.
  • Wearing our Identity. The First Peoples Collection
    The Other Smart Fashion: Aboriginal Clothing. Understand the intelligent design of five First Peoples accessories and clothing items.

Themed bars by Invasion Cocktail, Romeo’s Gin, Domaine Neige’s Smac! cider and Birra. Bouchées by Branzino. Techno photobooth by National Bank: bring home your photographs of the evening!

Montreal Digital Spring is produced in association with Journal Métro and the support of Concertation Montréal, Tourisme Montréal and La Vitrine. The government of Québec has also supported the project, under the Entente Montréal 2025 agreement administered by the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine. Additionally, Montreal Digital Spring is supported by PwC, Romeo’s Gin et OVH.

Join the event on Facebook to be kept in the loop and get all the details!

Source: McCord Musem / Photo Credit: Cameron Bradish

Food and Health: Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert 2017

The 20th edition of Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert will be held on March 24th, 25th and 26th at Palais des Congrès de Montréal. More than 35,000 visitors are attending for one of the most largest food exhibition in Quebec. This exhibition is the unmissable event of the Spring which gathers in one spot the best resources in food, health and environment.

This year the theme of the Montreal Vegetable Cuisine Championship is ecogastronomy and will be hosted by Caroline Dumas on March 25th at 10:30 am. Participants will have to come up with a gourmet hand held that uses local products and anti-waste. Each candidate will have 30 minutes at its disposal to create the meal under the watchful eye of the jury composed of the cuisine editor-in-chief of Coup de Pouce magazine, Catherine Clermont, columnist and author Bob the Chef as well as the nutritionist Bernard Lavallée.

Moreover, among the exhibitors, several of my favorites vegetarian and vegan restaurants will be represented as Lola Rosa, Aux Vivres, Copper Branch, Crudessence and more.

Entrance: 11$-14$ ( free for 16 and under)

Info about opening hours and exhibitors list : expomangersante.com

Palais des Congrès de Montréal

1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal

Femmes Ensemble: International Women’s Day Show

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Marie-Lise Pilote will be hosting the 3rd edition of Femmes Ensemble show on March, 8th with the participation of distinguished and inspiring guests at Étoile Banque Nationale theater.

Femmes Ensemble is a daring show that highlights talented women from art, politics, business and charity fields. This year the show welcomes on stage: Marie-Claude Barrette, Brigitte Lafleur, Fanny Malette, Jenny Salgado, Meryem Saci, IMA, Marie-Pier Perreault, Arlette Cousture, Uriel Arreguin, Fabrice Vil, Caroline Codsi, Gabrielle Tremblay, France Gauthier and Marie-Christine Pilotte.

To get a glimpse of the show, take a look at Marie-Pier Caron’s interview on Youtube. Tickets are available on Admission website.

L’Étoile Banque Nationale

6000 Rome Boulevard (Suite 100), Brossard

Suitsupply Montreal Store Grand Opening

Suitsupply Montreal Store – Photo Credit: Suitsupply

Founded in 2000 by Fokke de Jong in Amsterdam, this Dutch company specialized in crafted men’s tailoring has since grown to over 80 international stores. As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, Suitsupply is not involved in exploitation of child labour.

After Toronto, Suitsupply opens its second store in the heart of downtown Montreal. Grand Opening cocktail was held on Thursday, March 2nd with la crème of Montreal fashion bloggers and aficionado. This drink-filled evening was lively by Dj Bart Thimbles coming straight from Amsterdam for the occasion.

Suitsupply MontrĂ©al Store – Photo Credit: Pamela Lajeunesse

Also known for its sexist photography and ad campaigns, the company is trying to improve his image by being less provocative. Let’s have a look at Beach Boys Spring/Summer 2017 collection, hot days are coming earlier this year….
Suitsupply
2152 De La Montagne Street, Montreal

Bridal Boudoir Affair: Montreal’s Most Glamorous Wedding Exhibition

Wedding table by Aura Design

Wedding season is at our doors…but don’t panic because team Maddy K has selected la crème de la crème to set up the wedding of your dream. The 8th edition of Bridal Boudoir Affair was held at Hyatt Regency on Sunday, February 26th. This year, the theme was RosĂ© because RosĂ© makes everyone happy as children in front of this sweet table designed by Pâtisserie Tillemont.

Sweet table by Pâtisserie Tillemont

If you are a bride-to-be, you probably already know that many trends are competing for this upcoming wedding season and the choice of the best suited dress to walk down the aisle is getting difficult! My advice for you is to go with a dress you feel comfortable to wear and which reflects a picture of your personality.

The fashion show is the centerpiece of this glamorous event and features wedding gowns by renowned international fashion designers available in local wedding boutiques such as White Montreal and Galleria Della Sposa. Each dress seen on the catwalk were designed with elegance, femininity and fineness.

For more info and to get the list of Montreal’s talented wedding professionals, visit Bridal Boudoir Affair website at bridalboudoiraffair.com.