Name: Canadian Centre for Architecture
Address: 1920 rue Baile, Montreal, QC H3H 2S6
Hours: Mon- Fri 9-4
To call this an architecture museum is somehow doing it a disservice, though maybe that’s just prejudice. Anything but stuffy and staid, the CCA is a limit-pushing lab or sorts on the discipline of architecture, mounting shows and colloquia that challenge our way of living in buildings.
Drawing & Painting / Design / Public Gallery / Film & Video / Installation
Name: FOFA Gallery, Concordia University
Address: 1515 Ste-Catherine St. O., Montreal, QC H3G 2W1
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-7 (Closed for the summer)
The fine arts department gallery at Concordia University is a playful, dynamic viewing space with most-often group shows in its main area, a video in the small back room and something wacky and eye-catching in the vast vitrine that gives onto the school hallway.
Sculpture / Printmaking/Bookarts / Photography / Performance / New Media / Installation / Film & Video / Drawing & Painting / Design / Public Gallery
Name: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Address: 1380, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, QC H3G 2T9
Hours: See website.
The city’s main generalist art institution, the MMFA is a place for retrospectives of French masters as well as spotlights on fashion designers (one of director Nathalie Bondil’s penchants) and car exhibitions. They have a decent contemporary art collection in the basement and some interesting new art programming plus a nice design store with unique knickknacks.
Sculpture / Printmaking/Bookarts / Photography / Performance / New Media / Installation / Film & Video / Drawing & Painting / Design / Craft / Public Gallery / Museums
Name: The Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery
Address: Pavillion J.W. McConnell Bldg, 1455 Maisonneuve Blvd O., Montreal, QC H3G 1M8
Hours: Tues-Fri noon-6pm; Sat noon-5pm (Closed for the summer)
The Ellen Gallery presents thoughtful group exhibitions and the odd solo show of local, national and international artists. Under the direction of Michele Theriault, the Gallery focuses on contemporary art and its recent history often using avant-garde curatorial strategies.
Sculpture / Photography / New Media / Installation / Film & Video / Drawing & Painting / Art Schools & Programs
Name: Bell Centre
Address: 1909, av. des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montreal, QC H3C 5L2
Hours: See website for schedule.
Time your visit with a hockey game! Why not? The Bell Centre is right around the corner from Concordia’s Fine Arts building and host to the Montreal Canadians as well as Prince, Lady Gaga or whoever happens to be in town.
Name: Holt Renfrew
Address: 1300, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, QC H3G 1H9
Hours: See website.
Another upper-crust choice – I mention it only because among the Chanel, Missoni and Yves Saint Laurent, you’ll find a great shoe department with the most unusual choices. (Those stains on the floor are my drool puddles.)
Address: 1307, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC H3G 1P7
Hours: See website.
The department store for you if Louis Vuitton is your usual fare. There’s also a great luggage store in the lower levels, though, and an Essence du Papier for beautiful pens and papers from all over the world.
Home Decor & Furniture / Fashion
Name: Café Myriade
Address: 1432, rue Mackay, Montreal, QC H3G 2H7
Hours: Mon-Fri 8-7; Sat-Sun 9-7
The best coffee in town, hands down, not to mention the purveyor of a phenomenal hot chocolate and some wicked house-blended teas. The cute staff doesn’t hurt anything.
Address: 1862, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC H3H 1M1
Hours: See their Facebook page.
A yakuza-style Japanese bistro that’s unique in Montreal, Kazu is the best thing since sliced fish. The chef gets creative with specials every night, but popular regulars include the chicken taco and the huge salmon and tuna bowl. Get some cocktails too – spicy plum martinis? Hello – to reward yourself for the wait in line (it’s about the size of a showbox and beloved by Concordia at large).
Name: Panthère Verte
Address: 2153, rue Mackay, Montreal, QC H2T 2K8
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-8; Sat 11-5
You’ve never had falafel until you’ve had the sandwich at this Israeli joint. The mixed salad plate may seem expensive but it’s so packed and so full of variety – spiced yam, greens, quinoa with a tahini dressing – that I usually make two meals out of it.
Quick Bite / Meal