La Grande Dégustation De Montréal 2017

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La Grande Dégustation de Montréal 2017

La Grande Dégustation de Montréal will be held at Place Bonaventure from 3-4 November for the pleasure of your taste buds. This annual event brings together more than 200 wine producers, distillers, and brewers to share their passion for wine, beer, and spirit. La Grande Dégustation de Montréal allows visitors to get up close and personal with producers who come from all around the world while enjoying an outstanding tasting and culinary experience.

This year, La Grande Dégustation de Montréal honours four themes: Champagne, Washington State, Riesling, and cocktails. Those themes fit exactly with the celebrations for the 375th anniversary of Montreal. “Our foremost goal is to offer a highly flavourful experience that promotes closeness, accessibility and pleasure. For this reason, the 2017 programming proposes captivating destinations and encounters with professionals who inspire and exude passion” says Daniel Richard, president of La Grande Dégustation de Montréal.

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Champagne

Did you know that the two co-founders of Montréal, Jeanne Mance and Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, were born in the Champagne region of France? We guess it is not a coincidence if Champagne is honoured this year! Produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region following specific rules and vineyards practices, this sparkling wine offers a mouthful of bubbly and seductive flavour.

This edition of La Grande Dégustation de Montréal is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and sense new pleasures through the tasting of this high-quality beverage.

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Washington State

Washington State is the second largest premium wine producer in the United States right behind California who produces around 85% of American wines. Washington State offers a wide range of wines that finely balance old world structure with new world fruit in a variety of wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling and, Syrah.

By adapting their vineyards to the climate of the northern State, the winemakers of this region capture the very best of their chosen varieties.

White Grapes

Riesling White Grapes

As the most cultivated wine in Germany, the legendary Riesling is popular in cooler regions of France, Austria, Canada, and United States. A wide range of wines cultivated in those regions have a base of Riesling including smooth, refreshing or sweet dry white wines.

In Ontario, Riesling is commonly used for the production of Ice wine especially in Niagara where the climate is particularly quite warm in the summertime which adds a dose of richness in the wines. Thanks to these attributes, Riesling maintains its position in the top three white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc.

Glass of cocktails

Cocktails

Cocktails have never been so popular with their surprising and delicious tastes! Visitors are invited to attend fun demonstrations and tastings designed to demystify the world of mixology.

La Grand Dégustation de Montréal features entertainment with its famous Petites Dégustations allowing visitors to meet experienced wine producers and mixologists in small groups. The conferences include educational tastings who invite visitors to discover various varieties and regions. For more info check out La Grande Dégustation de Montréal website or download the free app designed to enhance your visitor experience.

Place Bonaventure

800, de la Gauchetière W., Montreal

Opening Hours

Admission: 15$ (+ 1$ per tasting coupon)

Deviation – A Unique Contemporary Art Event In Montreal

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The Door – Photo Credit: SDC – Quartiers du Canal

SDC Quartier du Canal and Art Souterrain present “DÉVIATION – Circulez, il y a tout à voir”, a unique contemporary art event in Saint-Henri district aiming to revitalize the neighborhood despite of construction work currently underway.

This unique contemporary art event is held until October 2017 on Notre-Dame West between Atwater avenue and Saint-Augustin street where construction blocks traffic and bother access to local businesses. “We can not stop them, move them or avoid them, but we can turn them into derision, make fun of them, create interest and arouse curiosity around this site” said Robert Laramée, director of SDC Quartier du Canal.

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Fidia Falaschetti – Photo Credit: SDC – Quartiers du Canal

The first part of the exhibition “Déviation” is to invade the windows of Notre-Dame West and to install contemporary artworks from large collections. In addition to beautify the site, this initiative allows international contemporary art to be brought out of traditional exhibition spaces in order to show them directly to people.

Six artists from different backgrounds and recognized internationally have been chosen for this event: Chris Coy, Mark Jenkins, Fidia Falaschetti, Zoe Barcza, Anthony Burnham, and Nicolas Nabonne.

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Diana Thorneycroft – Photo Credit: SDC – Quartiers du Canal

The second part of the exhibition consists of artworks installed near the renovation areas, each inspired in its own way by the world of the construction. Three installations specially created by Montreal artists Phil Allard, Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf and Diana Thorneycroft for the exhibition are displayed at the heart of the site. These unusual artistic creations use construction materials and divert them to create a contrast both subtle and humorous with the work in progress.

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Jacqueline Van de Geer – Photo Credit: Compagnie Mobile Home

The last part of “Déviation” proposes a series of artistic performances realized by artists living in Montreal and enjoying a strong notoriety in Quebec. Five events will be given to invite visitors and residents of the canal district to participate in unique moments of sharing and exchanges with performing artists.

On August 11th and 24th, Jacqueline Van de Geer will feature “La discothèque silencieuse” which is an invitation to dance in silence by following the rhythm of a music through headphones.

For more info and event schedule, please visit quartierducanal.com.

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.

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 Rosé because Rosé 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.

Strangers in the night Gourmet Gala

The 12th annual Strangers in the Night Gourmet Gala brought together over 4,000 supporters of Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada and raised almost 500,000$ in June 2016.

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It was an evening of delicious food along with a variety of live performances to celebrate and support Starlight’s work. Over 75 of Montreal’s top food vendors were participating to delight the guests.

strangers in the night

vegan sushi

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Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. The foundation organizes several fundraising activities during the year to improve the health and life of kids and families.

The upcoming event is the Pure Protein Night Race and will be held from August to September across the country. Find all the details at nightrace.ca and learn more about the Foundation at starlightcanada.org.