Déviation: 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.

MAC Montreal: 3 Art Exhibits To See This Summer

MAC Museum in Montreal

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) – Photo credit: Sébastien Roy

Spending summer in Montreal keeps your agenda busy throughout the season! Indeed, summer is festival season in Montreal during which lot of art disciplines are represented: film, music, comedy and much more.

Located in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles, where most festivals are held, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) welcomes you with major art exhibits this summer. Among them, here are 3 exhibitions you don’t want to miss…

1. In Search Of Expo 67
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One Day – Photo credit: Cheryl Sim

To honor the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, the museum is presenting In Search of Expo 67. This exhibition unveils new artworks by contemporary Québec and Canadian artists on the theme of Expo 67.

As part of the official program celebrating the 375th anniversary of Montreal and Expo 67 – 50 Years Later, this exhibit showcases 19 works including sound art, film, architecture, visual art and music by bringing an innovative perspective.

In parallel with the exhibit, MAC proposes several events in the presence of artists to better discover their approach. Find complete activities schedule at cinemaexpo67.ca.

2. Multiple Shadow House – Olafur Eliasson
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Multiple shadow house by Olafur Eliasson – Photo credit: Sébastien Roy

Let me tell you that you have never seen something similar before! Multiple shadow house is the first solo exhibition in Canada signed by talented artist Olafur Eliasson, who applies scientific principles in order to invite us to explore our relationship to time and space.

In this exhibition, water and light are among the key components of the installations. Olafur Eliasson plays incredibly well with weather elements, optical illusions and scientific principles. Thanks to an exceptional process, your body will be the center of the artist creation. Instead of observing, each visitor completes the artwork and becomes a major element of it.

Over the course of this exhibit, the MAC is also organizing a series of Gallery Talks: art historian Anja Bock on Thursday, August 10 (in English), and artist Michel de Broin on Wednesday, September 13 (in French).

3. State Of The World
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Paperwork and the Will of Capital by Taryn Simon – Photo credit: Gagosian Gallery

As a tradition since 1981, a report titled L’état du monde has been published every year summarizing the economic and geopolitical state of the world. The edition 2017 features 3 topics: the end of communism, globalization and the digital revolution.

By creating images that reflect the state of the world, art is used to give responses to the questions addressed in the report. In Paperwork and the Will of Capital by artist Taryn Simon, the photographs portray flowers symbolizing political and economic agreements between nationsIronically, each photograph represents an “impossible bouquet” because the flowers could never grown naturally in the same season and geographic location. The artist highlights the artifice underlying politics.

MAC offers interactive tours (include in entrance ticket, no additional charges) on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This activity helps participants to develop their eye for the art object and acquire a better appreciation of contemporary art through discussion.

Become a MAC member for unlimited access to exhibitions and the Nocturnes. Find out more at mac.org.

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

185 Ste-Catherine W, Montreal

3 Things To Do at Montreal Bota Bota Spa This Summer

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Bota Bota Spa

Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau is anchored at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal and easily accessible by Bixi and public transit. Surrounded by a unique decor, this atypical floating spa offers proximity to the St Lawrence River. When you come aboard, you feel the natural lulling movements of the river.

Relaxing at spa is one of our favorite activity for all the healing benefits that it brings to the body such as improving circulation and releasing stress. When combined with healthy lifestyle habits, spa makes a positive difference over the time.

Bota Bota consists of five decks which include: two saunas with incredible views onto the river, three outdoor whirlpool baths, two eucalyptus steam baths, four cold showers and baths, resting areas, a restaurant, terraces and a garden.

This summer, Bota Bota invites you in its enchanting space with new weekly and monthly activities at affordable prices. Come enjoy the following events…

1. 5@7 Tuesday’s With Live Music
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5@7 Tuesday’s Live Music – Bota Bota Spa

In the heart of the Bota Bota Gardens, enjoy a mix of live music, pools, and spa facility. Every Tuesday from 5PM to 8PM until September 26th, live music sessions feature a variety of musicians such as pianist Charles Trudel, House of Jazz, and many more.

During the 5@7 Tuesday’s Live Music, you also have access to the water circuit until 11PM. Tickets can be booked online in advance  for 45$ including: live music event, a journey water circuit (valid from 5PM to 11PM), bathrobe, towel and locker.

2. LolË Yoga @ Lunch Pose
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Lolë Yoga @ Lunch Pose – Bota Bota Spa

The Lolë Yoga @ Lunch Pose happens every Thursday until September 28th at the entrance of Bota Bota Spa! While overlooking the Old Port of Montreal, relax your body and mind by joining a free 45 minutes yoga class.

Looking for more reasons to try yoga? Among the list of benefits to practice yoga let us share our top 5: helps you focus, improves your balance, helps you sleep deeper, perfects your posture and builds your muscle strength.

No reservation is required for this free event but you have to bring your own yoga mat. Since it is an outdoor activity, note that in case of rain the event will be unfortunately cancelled.

3. DrifT Away After Dark
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Drift Away After Dark – Bota Bota Spa

Every first Friday of the month until September 1st, Bota Bota is offering an evening experience with an exclusive after hour access to Bota Bota Gardens. For this occasion, relax by the water while listening to the sounds of a DJ, enjoying cocktails, and delighting your taste buds with food prepared by restaurant La Traversée.

During Drift Away After Dark event, silence policy is exceptionally relaxed from 11:30PM to 2AM. Tickets cost 35$ and give you access to the event in the gardens including a towel and a bathrobe. Places are limited for this monthly event so it is highly recommended to reserve your ticket online.

Bota Bota Spa

Corner McGill and De La Commune W., Montreal Old Port

Le Marché des Éclusiers in Montreal Old Port

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Marché des Éclusiers

For its second edition, Marché des Éclusiers is open everyday thanks to a partnership between restaurant owners environmentally conscious who want to support Quebec products. Located in Old Port on De La Commune West (corner McGill), Marché des Éclusiers is easily accessible by Bixi and public transit.

Every Thursday from 2 PM to 7 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM, Marché des Éclusiers welcomes 8 kiosks of local producers who sale their seasonal products such as vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese or bread. Among the local producers, you will meet Vega Delishhh, Les Jardins Carya, la Petite Boulangerie, Tout Cru! and many others.

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Marché des Éclusiers

This year, restaurants located at Marché des Éclusiers are committed to use biodegradable or recyclable dishes. Moreover, you will have the choice between 5 different menus which will be available to take away or to be tasted on the terraces.

Do not miss Velish salad bar who serves a large selection of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and vegan salad at affordable prices. Also, if you are a real coffee lover, stop at Volcanic Organic micro-roaster who buys its green coffee directly from small producers of Guatemala.

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Marché des Éclusiers

Marché des Éclusiers wants to feature the best of local products. The objective is to create a community of producers, retailers and consumers conscious of their food, their ecological footprint and the sustainable development of Quebec products.

Marché des Éclusiers
400 De La Commune W. (corner McGill)

Opening hours: Sun to Wed 8 AM – 11 PM/ Thu to Sat 8 AM – 2 AM

Photo credit: Caroline Thibault

Skin Treatments at Dermalogica Montreal

Dermalogica Montreal Store

Founded in 1986 by Jane Wurwand, Dermalogica products are free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts such as mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances. In addition to Face Mapping at Skin Bar (5 minutes, complimentary),  Dermalogica store located in Montreal Old Port offers 3 treatments: MicroZone Treatments, IonActive Power Treatment and Dermalogica Skin Treatment.

The Dermalogica MicroZone Treatment addresses the top skin concerns in a quick and efficient mode. During the  20 minutes appointment, the skin therapist analyzes your skin, then performs a targeted treatment using exclusive techniques such as the Dermalogica Double Cleanse routine.

The IonActive Power Treatment combines thermal activity and the latest treatment-room technology to optimize product penetration into your skin. This 45 minutes treatment is composed from up to six professional formulas and two gels. Based on an initial Face Mapping, the skin therapist will assess which combination of formulas and gels is ideal for your skin.

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Dermalogica Montreal Store – Private room

One week ago, I experienced for the first time the Dermalogica Skin Treatment. As a new client, I was invited to fill a form about my medical conditions then the appointment has started with a discussion about my skin care routine followed by the Face Mapping to analyze my skin in depth and to design the appropriate treatment.

This 60 minutes treatment is totally customized to your skin’s needs and it’s different every single time depending your skin condition. That being said, each treatment includes Dermalogica Double Cleanse routine, exfoliation, high frequency or Galvanic modalities, extractions, mask, toner and skin protection.

After the treatment, the skin therapist presents and explains the customized skin health prescription. On my Face Mapping, the skin therapist identified dehydrated and hyperpigmented zones. For my concerns, she prescribed the following products: Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant and PowerBright TRx (C-12 Pure Bright Serum, Pure Light and Pure Night).

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Dermalogica – Special Cleansing Gel (starting at 15$)

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Dermalogica – Daily Microfoliant (price: 77.50$)

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Dermalogica – PowerBright TRx (starting at 90$)

I’m currently using most of the recommended products and I hope to notice improvements at my next appointment in 6 weeks. For an appointment call 514-871-3003 or email peausaine@dermalogica.com. For more information, visit Dermalogica.ca.

Dermalogica Montreal Store

132 McGill Street, Montreal

Brunch and Bath Sundays at Strom Spa Nordique

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Strom Spa Nordique – Île-des-Soeurs

Strøm Spa Nordique combine a Nordic spa with urbanity to provide a relaxing and energizing experience. With several locations in the countryside, only minutes away from city, Strøm Spa Nordique offers a wide range of services including massotherapy, beauty treatments, healthy dining and culinary tasting workshops.

I used to visit Île-des-Soeurs location because it’s close from downtown Montreal (less than 15 minutes) and easily accessible even during rush hours. The site has a moderate size compared to other spas that I visited which tends to create a pleasant intimate atmosphere. Moreover, the passionate team of employees is very professional, cares about your well-being and makes your expectations a priority.

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Strom Spa Nordique – Île-des-Soeurs

During Victoria Day long weekend, I was invited to Brunch & Bath Sundays event at Strøm Spa Nordique at Île-des-Soeurs location. This monthly event starts at 9 am and continues until 2 pm where clients enjoy thermal experience, gourmet brunch buffet, glass of mimosa (or fresh juice) and relaxation.

The buffet is served from 9 am to 10:30 am where you have plenty choices of pastries, fresh fruits, cheese, homemade bread, salmon, yogurt and granola including drinks and much more. To enhance your experience, you have the option to book a Swedish massage. Please note that the number of places is limited so it’s highly recommended to book your ticket in advance online or by phone with the customer service.

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B&B Sundays – Strom Spa Nordique

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B&B Sundays – Strom Spa Nordique

In 2018, Strøm Spa Nordique will open a new location at Brown Bassin in Quebec city with unique and innovative experiences such as inside baths with windows overlooking the river. Visit Strøm Spa Nordique website to receive exclusive news and promotions.

Strøm Spa Nordique

Île-des-Soeurs/Mont St-Hilaire/Sherbrooke/Québec

3 Places To Party During Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal

Formula 1 Grand Prix Montreal – Photo Credit: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix celebrates this year its 50th anniversary. For this occasion, vip evenings, food events and outdoor activities will be held from June 8th to June 11th in several places in the city. Fans, foodies and night birds are all invited to join the official Formula 1 Grand Prix festivities. Here are 3 places not to be missed…

1. Dorchester Square

Dorchester Square – Photo credit: Claude Cormier

Dorchester Square will be inaugurated on June 7th at 5:30 pm as the official place of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix (Place du 50e) in presence of Lance Stroll. Visitors will enjoy free activities such as race car simulators presented by D-BOX, Go-kart race proposed by ICAR, Formula 1 Grand Prix live broadcast on big screen and much more.

When?

From June 8th to 11th

Where?

Dorchester Square, Montreal (between Peel St. and Metcalfe St.  corner René-Lévesque W. Boul.)

2. Montreal Cruise Terminal

Montreal Cruise Terminal

The 8th edition of Le Grand Soir presented under the concept “A Garden of Delights” will be held at the new Montreal cruise terminal and marks the official launch of Formula 1 Grand Prix festivities. The evening will feature: red carpet, cocktails, menu concocted by 4 renowned Canadian chefs, musical performances, and much more. This year, Le Grand Soir will be organized in support of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

When?

June 8th at 5:30 pm

Where?

Montreal Cruise Terminal

3. Auberge Saint-Gabriel

Auberge Saint-Gabriel – Photo credit: ABGE

Known as THE place to party during Formula 1 Grand Prix, Auberge Saint-Gabriel has an impressive program to keep you busy during this special weekend. Hurry up to grab your tickets to take part at events such as Paris Mon Amour presented by Club L’Arc Paris and Nightlife.ca on June 9th, Brunch Bagatelle on June 10th and Formula 1 Grand Prix 50th Anniversary Closing Evening on June 11th.

When?

From June 9th to 11th

Where?

Auberge Saint-Gabriel

426 St-Gabriel St., Montreal

Le Blumenthal: new Montreal brasserie in Quartier des Spectacles

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Le Blumenthal

On May 15th, Le Blumenthal opened its doors at the Maison du Festival in the heart of Quartier des spectacles just right on time for summer season. This new Montreal brasserie hot spot is well located for a pre-show drink and meal.

We were invited last week for the opening cocktail to taste a glimpse of the menu headed by chef Rémi Brunelle (Leméac, Albert Bistro) and a selection of wine chosen by sommelier Jean Benoit Hinse. Le Blumenthal is the oasis of Quartier des spectacles and here are three reasons to try it!

1. THE DESIGN

You can’t miss the tree in the center of the dining room and the leaves all around the lounge, it’s so refreshing! This decorative touch where the city meets the countryside has been conceived by the Gauley Brothers, the ones behind places such as Foiegwa and Atwater Cocktail Bar.

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Le Blumenthal – Dining Room

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Le Blumenthal – Lounge

2. THE VIEW

Just steps from the Place des Festivals, the Blumenthal offers a stunning view day and night in the heart of the action. Moreover, during summer, the terrace has a capacity of 150-seat to welcome you!

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Le Blumenthal – Place des Festivals

3. THE MENU

You can enjoy “a cuisine that reflects our values” said chef Rémi Brunelle! In fusion with the green design, the menu includes choices of vegetarian dishes from starter to main course.

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Le Blumenthal – Starter: beets, ricotta and cress

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Le Blumenthal – Main course: Vegetarian Hambourgeois

Countdown to summer time has officially begun, see you on the terrace 🙂

Le Blumenthal

305 Ste Catherine Street West, Montreal

Open everyday from 11 a.m to 11 p.m

Photo credit: Patricia Brochu

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

The Temazcal Experience at Spa Le Finlandais

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Spa Le Finlandais

Located in Rosemère, only 30 minutes away from Downtown Montreal, Spa Le Finlandais welcomes you in the heart of the nature in a peaceful atmosphere. Featuring baths (thermal, arctic and steam), saunas, waterfalls, hammam, multi-sensory experiences and relaxation areas, Spa le Finlandais is one of the largest Nordic spas in North America.

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Spa Le Finlandais – Baths and Waterfalls

In addition, a wide range of body and face treatments are available upon appointment to increase the benefits of thermotherapy. Also, you can enjoy healthy meals at Spa le Finlandais Bistro at any time during your visit.

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Spa Le Finlandais – Bistro and Lounge

In order to make your visit unique, Spa le Finlandais now offers the Temazcal Experience. It is an immersion in one of the oldest Aztec ceremonies of purification of body and mind. The ritual is inspired by the 4 elements: water, earth, air and fire.

The Temazcal Experience is a deep moment of relaxation with tribal songs and wall projections that promote meditation. During the session, the center of the room releases heat and steam to allow the body to open the pores and relax muscle tension. Each session lasts 15 minutes and can accommodate a maximum of 12 people. Overall, the Temazcal Experience can be define as a different way to enjoy a sauna with equivalent benefits for the body.

Spa Le Finlandais – Temazcal

During our visit at Spa Le Finlandais, we had an incredible journey into rest and peacefulness. Whatever the season, your body will thank you and give it back to you.

Spa Le Finlandais

124 Labelle Blvd, Rosemère (QC)