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Montreal is Canada’s festival capital. The city is known for its warm, welcoming atmosphere and an eclectic mix of French and English heritage and language. A variety of world cultures feel like home in Montreal, creating a blend of cuisines, music, arts, and entertainment to make the city an enticing locale for event planning.
To event managers and planners, Montreal offers a great selection of picturesque locations, bohemian venues, skilled performers, and competitive catering to fit even the most original concept. In Montreal, even a US dollar goes further: professional event planners can choose whether to save the budget or offer their guests more luxury.
Event managers know that “guests do not like to walk.” Even among those who bought tickets, almost half would not hesitate never to show up if there is no convenient transport to the venue. A free and convenient bus shuttle to the event location correlates with higher attendance.
Sustainable, or “green” event management aims to achieve the event goals strictly through environmental and socially sustainable practices. They choose renewable energy, socially responsible suppliers, and local produce whenever possible. Stakeholders and vendors are required to adhere to sustainability principles.
An event is not possible without its guests, so transporting them to the event venue is still essential. The main focus of sustainable event transportation is to accomplish this task while minimizing its carbon footprint.
Montréal has everything an event planner needs for the grandest events: from niche themed parties to city-scope festivals. For every season, performance art, or tradition Montreal has a festivity and a truly unique performance to offer.
Igloofest is a winter outdoor celebration of electronic music and modern dancing in an urban environment. Igloofest is celebrated during a few coldest weekends in the streets of Montreal. Igloo ice bars, ice games and suit competitions, specialty drinks with maple syrup, local delicacies, and light shows are all on Igloofest traditional menu. The Igloofest Festival is committed to sustainable choices and maintains green policy.
Montreal en Lumiere festival is a fascinating blend of outdoor theatre, dance, light shows, and performance in the Quartier des spectacles. The festival returns every winter for 20 years.
World-famous and Canada’s own gourmet chefs and wine collectors come to Montreal to provide the best fine dining, tasting, and street food experiences during Nuit Gourmande.
For those who seek live entertainment, La Nuit Blanche is an epic culture mash all-nighter of over 200 most innovative performance arts, electronic music, and light shows. Family fun includes a giant urban slide, Ferris wheel, and marshmallow roasting.
Montréal’s Barbegazi Winter Action Sports Festival is a unique, free for everyone family-friendly event held for the last eight years. Barbegazi are mythical creatures from French Alps who, according to legends, like to surf on avalanches. The event is dedicated to all forms of winter fun on the Esplanade of the Olympic Park. In addition to the traditional winter sports, the activities include fir tree throwing, snowball war games, and snow obstacle courses.
Montreal Jazz Festival – Festival International de Jazz de Montréal – has a 40-years-long history of returning to the city every summer. During the festival, the Quartier des spectacles hosts over 500 shows and concerts from over 3000 performers from across the world. The entire Quartier is kept car-free, so it turns into a single giant jazz club, both indoors and outdoors. The jazz remains the reigning headliner of the festival, but over the years, rock, pop, and electronic music artists joined the Planet Jazz space.
Every June, Montréal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau invites Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada and an array of accompanying activities and events. Racing fans enjoy the roar of 70 laps of Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve competition.
Just for Laughs festival is known as the “king of the comedy fests.” Every summer, more than 1,000 performances, stand-up comedy shows, and free outdoor theater troupes converge at the world’s biggest comedy festival. The most prominent part of the festival is its gala evenings with the world’s comedy and theater stars, appealing to both the anglophone and francophone communities alike.