St. Joseph's Oratory or often referred to as simply 'the Oratory' is a great way to spend a few hours on a rainy day or otherwise. The architecture itself is worth the climb. Yes, I said climb. There are literally hundreds of steps to get there, but trust us, it is absolutely worth it.
The building itself is a feast for the eyes with the signature domed roof, many inviting alcoves, peaceful prayer spaces, carved statues and ceilings, and some of the most incredible stained glass windows you will ever see. I could go on. There are so many unique rooms and nooks and crannies that you can literally let your mind transport you to another time and get lost there for hours.
St. Joseph's Oratory documentary:
St. Joseph's Oratory photolog:
For more information, including map: St. Joseph's Oratory (Oratoire Saint-Joseph)
photo credit: Naufragio
On the hunt for a great cup of java the other day, I wandered into the Caffe ArtJava near Mount Royal. I was absolutely blown away at the quality and the presentation of the latte that I ordered. To get an idea of just how special they treat every cup of java they make, watch this YouTube video;
Needless to say I'll be going back for more!
Back in July 2007, when Swedish company Pandox AB acquired the InterContinental Montreal hotel for $49 million, they had big ambitions to transform and update the hotel. However, in this challenging economy, it's not easy to make big expenditures unless you absolutely deem it necessary.
While it has taken Pandox longer than anticipated, the necessity to upgrade the InterContinental hotel was no longer something they could ignore. Many of the their competitors in the 5-star market have upscaled, and it was clear the InterContinental needed a facelift.
Pandox AB has just announced that they will be injecting $14 million into a complete makeover of the InterContinental that will touch every aspect of the hotel operation. These renovations and upgrades have already begun and will continue through the Spring of 2009.
A significant proportion of the investment will be used to completely remodel all of the rooms and suites of the hotel to provide business and leisure travellers the ultimate in style, comfort, and modern technology. Every room will feature new top quality furniture including: king size beds with Simmons Beautyrest(TM) mattresses, designer chairs, dressers and larger desks. Style and comfort for guests will be enhanced with top quality linens, new plush carpets, drapes, modern lighting, distinctive wallpaper, unique artwork. In the remodelled four fixture marble bathrooms guests will enjoy the three way shower massage with variable intensity and calibrated pressure. The spacious rooms have been designed with warm rich colour tones to provide guests with a comforting and engaging environment as the perfect escape after a long day of meetings or sightseeing.In addition to newly designed rooms, the hotel will also feature a new Club Lounge / Bar and a new restaurant inspired by the Provence region in France, including a brand new wine cellar.
In addition, technology enthusiasts will greatly appreciate the new 40 inch LCD widescreen televisions with additional speakers in the bathroom, the Teac iPod(TM) alarm clocks, the Bartech electronic mini bars and the innovative contact free Kaba card entry system which is an industry first in the Québec market. The InterContinental Montreal is also the only hotel in the city where all rooms are equipped with an emergency lighting system.
This is a big step forward for the 18-year old hotel and we're excited to see how it all comes together.
If you are visiting Montreal from afar or out of province, you will definitely want to take advantage of the 'Winter Sweet Deal' offers that started running on January 1, 2009. The 'Winter Sweet Deal' is a city-wide promotion being run by Tourism Montreal with 25 hotels participating and subsequently offering some great savings and extra goodies if you book between now and May 31, 2009.
Participating hotels will give you 50% off your second-night room fee (2-night stay minimum) and also includes some nice perks like a fruit basket, coupons for Casino de Montréal and more.
For more information about booking, pricing and participating hotels, check out the Tourism Montreal website.
The legend of Andy Warhol is being celebrated at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts until January 18th, 2009. This is a musical tribute of opera, jazz, and rock that features Warhol's famous works from Silver Factory to Studio 54 and the Velvet Underground. This show has been running since September 25th and it has been well attended thus far, so catch this great fusion of music and art before its run ends.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
1380 Sherbrooke Street West
Map Location: Click here.
Do you love Christmas carols too? Then take time out for Les Choralies at Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum, coming up November 29-December 20/08. Traditional and popular Christmas carols will be lovely holiday entertainment and memories.
When: November 29-December 20/08, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY,1:30 and 3:00 pm
Where: Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
Information: Visit the museum website.
Old Montreal will come alive with the holiday spirit with Old Montreal's Extravaganza, December 6-31/08. The month of Christmas and New Year's celebrations will feature 20+ indoor and outdoor activities.
The New Year's Eve Grand Bal will conclude the Extravaganza on December 31/08 at Place Jacques-Cartier with fireworks and musical entertainment.
For more information, go here or call 1-877-266-5687.
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In Up Close and Personal with Neil Young, he will be giving a private cocktail and concert on December 1/08 at 5:30 pm at Le Queue de Cheval, Montreal. There will only be 150 spaces available. Contribution will be $1,000. Proceeds will benefit the David Suzuki Foundation.
Have you ever wondered about the origins of Christmas traditions? Then head over to The Longest Night at the Montreal Planetarium until January 4/09. The show will look at Christmas traditions and how they relate to the Earth and Northern Hemisphere.
For more information, check out the Planetarium online.
Image courtesy of Montreal Planetarium
Do you want to be charmed by a non-stop Quebecois Christmas? In the Eastern Townships, five towns and villages invite you to their Christmas Market on the Wine Route, November 22/08 to January 4/09. The communities include Dunham, Lac-Brome, Sutton, Bedford and Cowansville.
The Christmas Market will feature artisans, local products, wine, cider, gift baskets, inns, boutiques, art galleries and special programs.
For more Christmas events in the Eastern Townships, check here.
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