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Montreal Timeraiser event

28 Feb

Source: Métro

Now this is an amazing idea! Montreal will be hosting its first ever Timeraiser event on Thursday April 12, 2012 at Marché Bonsecours. What is this Timeraiser event you ask? It’s a “silent auction” where people bid on artwork not with money but with volunteer hours to local agencies. About 20 works of art by Montreal artists are up for auction, all paid in advance by various sponsors. The goal is to reach the 20-40 demographic who are not used to volunteering, but who are interested in purchasing art. The person with the winning bid then has 12 months to complete his pledge in exchange for the artwork. The Volunteer Bureau of Montreal will be hosting a preview tomorrow evening at the Arts Café. For more information, please visit Timeraiser.

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Nuit Blanche 2012!

24 Feb

Don’t forget to check out the 9th edition of Nuit Blanche tomorrow! Activities for every interest: visual arts, cinema, tales/poetry/literature, dance, exhibitions, comedy, illumination, music, performances, sports, theater, Art Souterrain.

Details at MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

Montreal’s Snow Village

23 Feb

Don’t have plans for the weekend? Why not visit the Snow Village at Parc Jean-Drapeau? Want a unique winter experience? You can book a room at the village’s ice hotel or even spend the night in an igloo. If sleeping in frigid conditions is not your cup of tea, then stop by the Amarula Ice Bar during Happy Hour for a cocktail and enjoy the music by Guest DJs. Or you can make a reservation at the Pommery Ice Restaurant or enjoy the heated spas. There is even an Ice Chapel for all those who dream of a White Wedding! There are also tons of activities for the whole family like the snow sculpture exhibit, the snow labyrinth and the snow slide. The Snow Village will be open to the public until March 31st.

http://www.snowvillagecanada.com/

Montréal en lumière 2012

16 Feb

Today begins the 13th edition of Montréal en lumière, one of the largest winter festivals in the world. From the 16th to the 26th of February, Montreal will host a variety of activities at the Quartier des spectacles, offering a gastronomy and wine program that pairs the finest Montreal chefs with the greatest international culinary masters, and putting a spotlight on the arts (music, circus arts, song, theater, dance). The festival will close with the annual Nuit Blanche, inviting everyone to enjoy some 180 mostly free activities that include song and dance performances, exhibitions and installations. So don’t forget to catch a free outdoor show on Sainte-Catherine street, enjoy a food and wine tasting or try the free Milk Urban Slide, a 110-metre-long  incline equipped with sound effects, multicoloured lighting and smoke effects! For the complete schedule, you can visit MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

Souk@sat discovery #14: Geneviève Grandbois

25 Dec

My final souk@sat post is on Geneviève Grandbois’ delicious chocolates. The perfect holiday gift for all those who love sweets! Merry Christmas!

Collection Les Classiques ©Geneviève Grandbois

http://www.chocolatsgg.com/

Souk@sat discovery #13: Pas à papier

24 Dec

Marie-José Gustave is the designer behind Pas à papier, a collection of decorative objects and furniture made from recycled cardboard such as mirrors, bowls, lamps, chairs, etc. Marie-José also offers workshops for those that are interested in creating furniture out of cardboard. One of the most intriguing things at this year’s souk@sat.

Luminaries and bowls by Pas à papier ©Pas à papier

http://mariejosegustave.ultra-book.org/

Souk@sat discoveries #11 and #12: Essence Workshop and L’Apothicaire

23 Dec

For all the beautistas out there looking for a new experience, why not create your own perfume from the world’s finest fragrances at Essence Workshop? During the first part of the workshop, you will be introduced to the olfactory world of essences, and in the second part, you will create your very own perfume. The whole experience lasts two hours.

©Essence Workshop

http://www.essenceworkshop.com/

If you are looking for natural bath and body products, why not try L’Apothicaire? Everything is made by hand and in Quebec.

Rose and Pink Clay Organic Soap by L'Apothicaire ©L'Apothicaire

Bath Salts by L'Apothicaire ©L'Apothicaire

http://lapothicaire-artisanbeaute.blogspot.com/

Souk@sat discovery #10: Moon! and Sparrow

22 Dec

Looking for an awesome Christmas card? Or a cool gift for a baby or a child? Then you should visit Moon! and Sparrow baby products and prints. Sandy is the illustrator behind all the products and the illustrations are drawn and printed by hand in Montreal. Her drawings are quite cute and childish! See for yourselves.

Christmas cards by Moon! and Sparrow ©Moon! and Sparrow

http://moonandsparrow.com/

Souk@sat discoveries #7, #8 and #9: Chapelière A. Côté, This Ilk and Tamé

21 Dec

Looking for the perfect winter accessory or a piece of jewelery that will turn heads? These three designers might have what you are looking for. Chapelière A. Côté creates one of a kind hats made of felt for women and men in various styles and colors. You can even contact the designer, Annie Côté, for special orders. This Ilk focuses on jewelery made of lace, while Tamé has a collection of beautiful knotted necklaces.

Hat by Chapelière A. Côté ©Chapelière A. Côté

http://www.chapeliereacote.com/

Lace necklace by This Ilk ©This Ilk

http://www.thisilk.com/

Knotted necklaces by Tamé ©Tamé

http://tamecreation.com/

Souk@sat discoveries #4, #5 and #6: Pascale Girardin, PMO Design and Marianne Chénard

20 Dec

If you’re interested in beautiful ceramic objects, then you must check out these three designers. Pascale Girardin creates beautiful decorative flowers that come in different shapes, sizes and colors. These pieces are created by hand and can serve as jewelery and trinket dishes. She also creates large-scale installations that have been showcased in different venues around the world. If you’re looking for something a little more practical, how about PMO Design’s salt and pepper shakers or Marianne Chénard’s maple syrup containers, both high quality and handmade ceramics.

Red Flowers by Pascale Girardin ©Pascale Girardin

http://www.pascalegirardin.com/

Salt and Pepper shakers by PMO Design ©PMO Design

http://pmod.ca/

Maple Syrup container by Marianne Chénard ©Marianne Chénard

http://www.mariannechenard.com/