Name: Belgo Building
Address: 372, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
Though it has seen somewhat of an exodus of late, the Belgo remains a go-to destination for art seekers. The gallery complex unites some of the city´s very best, including Galerie Donald Browne, SBC Gallery, Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, SKOL and Les Territoires.
Artist Run Centre & Collective / Commercial Gallery / Event Space / Architecture
Name: Galerie UQAM
Address: 1400 Berri Street, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, Local J-R 120, Montreal, QC
Hours: Tue- Sat 12-6pm (Closed for the summer)
Directed by the grande-dame of Quebec contemporary art, Louise Dery, Galerie UQAM programmes an array of local and national, established and emerging artists. Plus there´s usually some kind of student-led event happening in the Judith-Jasmin Building foyer that´s also worth a peek.
Art Schools & Programs
Name: Montréal Arts Interculturels
Address: 3680 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, QC H2X 2K5
Hours: Tue-Sat 12-6pm
An off-beat place where one can see art by unknowns one days and by established creators the next. It´s always a quality experience, though, and one centred around practices that negotiate different cultural origins and contexts. It´s also a great space to view dance and performance arts.
Sculpture / Printmaking/Bookarts / Photography / Performance / New Media / Installation / Film & Video / Drawing & Painting / Event Space
Name: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Address: 185, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC H2X 3X5
Hours: Tue 11-6pm; Wed-Fri 11-9pm; Sat-Sun 11-6pm
This one and only contemporary art museum in the city has a lot riding on its shoulders and performs admirably, producing a rich array of both Quebec-focused and international exhibitions. There are also guided activities for kids, djs and concerts for adults, plus exhibition tours and talks. Check out their calendar for the deets.
Sculpture / Printmaking/Bookarts / Photography / Performance / New Media / Installation / Film & Video / Drawing & Painting / Public Gallery
Name: SAT (Société des arts technologiques)
Address: 1201, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X 2S6
Other than being a worthy art venue in its own right, the SAT houses FoodLab a nice, casual bar-resto and hosts a variety of electronic events that range from far-out to party-hardy.
Name: Two-TwentyTwo (2-22)
Address: 2, rue Sainte-Catherine E., Montreal, QC
This art complex is the long-awaited clean-up project for Montreal´s seediest-- though storied-- street corner. It houses Vox, the city´s foremost photo (and more) gallery, as well as Artexte, and art bookstore Formats.
Architecture / Event Space
Name: Place des Arts
Address: 175, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC H2X 1Y9
Hours: See website for schedule.
This is where the opera lives, among other things -- catch a performance by the award-winning Grands Ballets Canadiens, a reading by someone famous, or then again a live show by Coronation Street actors.
Name: Quartier des Spectacles
Address: , Montreal, QC
Hours: See website for schedule.
There´s always something going on here, whether it´s the Jazz Fest, the Just For Laughs fest, the Francofolies, the Montreal High Lights Festival... how many festivals can one city have? Even walking around can be fun, what with the musical swings and the crazy floor fountains.
Sculpture/Public Artwork / Other
Name: Bouillon Bilk
Address: 1595, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X 2S9
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-11pm
A minimalist oasis amid rundown army stores and Chinese import warehouses, this resto is just a few steps away from festivals-central. A recent favourite was the red snapper with artichokes, chanterelles and blood pudding tortellini.
Meal / Drinks
Name: Brasserie T!/F Bar
Address: 1425, rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, QC
Hours: Daily 11am-11pm
It’s a little unfair to lump these together – one’s the casual spinoff of Toqué, probably Montreal’s finest restaurant, while the other’s the offshoot of Ferreira Café, a premier Portuguese restaurant on Crescent – but they’re both situated in those weird glass boxes that look like bus shelters beside the Musée d’art contemporain in the Quartier des Spectacles. Either one is a good choice for a quick, chic meal before or after a show – though you may find the prices a little touristy.
Meal / Drinks / Brunch
Name: Cafe Parvis
Address: 433 rue Mayor, Montreal, QC
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-3pm
Shared tables and plenty of plants create a relaxed trendy atmosphere and a chance to escape the craziness of rue St Catherine. Great for coffee, cocktails and some good eats!
Quick Bite / Drinks / Coffee / Brunch
Address: 50 St Catherine O., Montreal, QC H2X 3V4
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am- 8pm; Sat 11am-8pm
Inspired by the flavours of Provence, Marius is a great place to grab a sandwich and a coffee. Plus their food is organic and they´re eco-conscious too.
Coffee / Quick Bite
Name: Orange Rouge
Address: 106 Rue de la Gauchetiere O., Montreal, QC H2Z 1C3
Hours: Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm
Imaginative Asian fusion food that is super fresh and comes with friendly service.
Drinks / Meal
Name: Pho Bang New York
Address: 1001, boul. Saint-Laurent,, Montreal, QC H2Z 1J4
A great pho spot and a mainstay for impoverished artists because of the bang for your buck. A mere $15 will get you a monster soup, imperial rolls and even a Vietnamese iced coffee all gooey with condensed milk.
Coffee / Meal