Well folks, we are in the final stretch of the season. Yes, it’s hard to believe that August is the last full month of this sweaty (and sometimes rainy!) season. Allow us to make some recommendations to ensure that you maximize your enjoyment during the final stretch with this summer guide before all hell breaks loose (see: back-to-school, back-to-work, back-to-coldness).
The Local Scene: Piknic Electronik and First Fridays
Piknic Electronik (Thursday August 6th)
This will be the 3rd FREE Piknic event at Jardins Gamelin, and it’s happening tonight! This event has been curated in collaboration with the gang from ÎLESONIQ, and offers the excellent music from Ryan Playground, The One Tash, Prince Club. The organizers will announce one mystery guest just before the event, so stay tuned-in to their Facebook page for all the details to come!
Where: Jardins Gamelin (Berri-UQAM metro)
When: from 5pm until 11pm.
VHS – Van Horne Station (Saturday August 8th)
Produced by Piknic Électronik, MURAL and Les Premiers Vendredis, this new event will take place under the famous Van-Horne viaduct. The purpose? To celebrate music, urban art and street cooking. VHS is a true celebration of Montreal’s creativity – sure to stimulate & satisfy all of your senses.
The musical menu will feature rich beats a la Moonshine: Poirier, Pierre Kwenders, J.u.D. and Yung Bambii, that are sure to keep you grooving all night long. What’s a dance party without some grub? Several loved food trucks will serve party-goers, including: Mi Corazón, Lahmajoun, Phoenix 1, Ô soeurs volantes.
When: August 8, 2015 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Under the Van-Horne viaduct, at the park near 5795 de Gaspé. Site entrance: corner of rue Marmier and avenue Henri-Julien.
Piknic Electronik (August 9th Regular Programming)
In collaboration with FMD (Festival Mode and Design) this fashion heavy event will also welcome style ‘scouts’ – a team from FMD that will select the top fashionistas and fashionistos present on Sunday. Those selected will be invited to strut their stuff down the catwalk during the city’s fashion event, Festival Mode and Design.
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
When: August 9th 3pm-9pm
First Fridays Food Trucks
Looking for a tasty social event to end your week off on a high note? Visit the Montreal food trucks for their traditional First Fridays at the Big O! Whether you’re a veggie or a meat-a-tarian, here’s a little something there for everyone. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with the masses, or get your drink-on in the boozy lounge.
Visit their Facebook page for full details and to view all participating restaurants.
Where: Olympic Stadium
When: From 4pm until 11pm Friday August 7th
CINEMANIA Free Outdoor Screenings
Summer favourites also include cinemas under the stars. There are only two remaining for the season, so be sure to not miss out!
Saturday, August 8th – 8:30PM on the green of Parc Jean-Brillant: TRISTESSE CLUB, by Vincent Mariette starring Laurent Lafitte, Vincent Macaigne and Ludivine Sagnier
· Tuesday, August 18th – 9PM at the Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT): CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, by Olivier Assayas starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart
All movies are presented with English subtitles.
CINEMANIA Film Festival will be celebrating its 21st Edition at the Imperial Cinema from November 5th through November 15th, 2015.
Spa Bota Bota
Get the nordic bath experience in the luxurious comfort of the Old Montreal gem, Bota Bota. After hump day Wednesday, comes spa day – where every Thursday features a unique 5@8 event! Today, the spa will hold a yoga class taught in conjunction with Lulu Lemon. Can’t make the yoga event this evening? Check out Bota Bota’s full calendar of other summer events.
Thursday August 6th – YOGI WITH LULULEMON
Take a moment to free your body & mind from the daily stresses of life. Enjoy an evening of relaxation with the yoga ambassadors of Lululemon.
For your $35 entry fee, you will get:
– Water circuit, bathrobe, towel, locker, and access to the garden pools.
– 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm: yoga with a Lululemon Ambassador
– 6:30 pm to 6:45 pm: meditation (with essential oils) with a Lululemon Ambassador
– 5à8 with DJ Selena
– Draw for a set of Lululemon yoga accessories
– Distribution of cold teas (while quantities last)
Location: Corner of McGill and De La Commune West
Get Off The Island
Wanderlust in Tremblant
What summer guide would be complete without a fun and healthy festival? Calling all yogis, health geeks and meditation junkies: Mont Tremblant will be hosting their annual Wanderlust Festival between August 20th-23rd! The largest four-day yoga lifestyle festival event in the world allows attendees to choose their own adventure from a variety of activities, which includes:
The theme is simple: yoga, music and mindfulness. After a non-stop summer, you would be wise to treat yourself to a weekend filled with positive vibes and wellness workshops to bring you back into the present moment. Believe me when I say this event is not to be missed!
In addition to the usual build-your-own-schedule, this year the organizers have created several add-ons: TY KU sake tastings (Thursday and Friday late afternoons), soulscape classes, and a brand new black light venue
When: August 20th-23rd
Where: Mont Tremblant
Cost: $55-$195 for 1 day, $405 for 3 days $500 for 4 days
Tickets can be purchased online
A spa is nice, but a spa with a private lake is nicer. Spa Balnea is currently hosting Été des Chefs on Sundays, which will continue until August 30th. Spa goers will take comfort in the convenience of relaxing and eating well while enjoying the beauty of Bromont from the chalet atop the hill.
Where: 319 chemin du lac Gale, Bromont, Quebec J2L 2S5
When: Every Sunday from 10am until 6pm for Été des Chefs plate tasting ($22 each) or to use the spa: until 10pm.
There you have it – the final days of summer and Nudabite’s recommended summer guide – for what is left of the season. Now get out there and enjoy it while you still can!