11 things to do in Montreal with the extra hour gained from Daylight Savings

Oct 31 2016, 6:59 pm

It’s time to fall back on November 6th!

Ah yes, that beautiful time a year when Canadians gain a whole hour of time.

Rather than spending it asleep, why not take advantage of your newfound 60 minutes?

Head to a museum exhibit, hit up a new restaurant, or attend a show. Whatever you do, we hope you enjoy your daylight savings!

Participate in MTL a TABLE

What: MTL a TABLE is back, hosting its infamous Restaurant Week for 10 whole days. Starting on November 3rd and ending on November 13th, Restaurant Week will allow Montrealers to get a taste of some of the best dishes Montreal has to offer at a serious discount. Over 150 restaurants are participating in this year’s Restaurant Week, which means you’ll have the chance to eat pretty much anything you’re in the mood for. The best part? Meals will only set you back $21, $31, or $41. And we’re not just talking for one dish. No sir, $21-$41 will get you a gourmet table d’hote dinner.
When: November 3-13
Where: Various locations

Visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ latest exhibit, Focus: Perfection

What: Titled “Focus: Perfection,” this temporary exhibit focuses on Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most influential photographers of the 21st century. The exhibit hails all the way from Los Angeles and was curated by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. “Focus: Perfection” will track Mapplethorpe’s work from the beginning of his career in the 1960s to his tragic death in 1989.
When: Tuesday 10 am-5 pm, Wednesday 10 am-9 pm, Thursday to Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Make some art at Le Ceramic Cafe Studio

What: Do you love art and coffee? If you answered yes to this question, then Le Ceramic Cafe Studio is for you. Le Ceramic Cafe Studio allows Montrealers to sip on a latte or eat a sandwich, whilst creating some pretty magnificent ceramic art. Simply choose an object (like a mug or bowl), pick your colours, and get painting!
When: Open Monday to Wednesday 10 am-11 pm, Thursday 10 am-12 am, Friday and Saturday 10 am-12:30 am, Sunday 10 am-10 pm
Where: 4338 Saint Denis

Attend the Montreal Vegan Festival

What: The Montreal Vegan Festival is back for the third year in a row! This means that Bonsecours Market will be filled once again with stalls upon stalls of delicious vegan goodies.
On November 5th and 6th, 50 exhibitors and thousands of vegan-minded people will be taking over the Bonsecours Market “to discover the healthy diet and the way of life of veganism by exploring the health, ethical and environmental aspects of veganism.” The two-day vegan extravaganza will feature local and international speakers, culinary demos, discussion groups, and food tastings.
When: November 5 to November 6
Where: Bonsecours Market, 350 Rue Saint Paul Est

Check out Barbie Expo

What: In case you hadn’t heard, Montreal is currently home to the Barbie Expo, the largest permanent collection of Barbie dolls in the world.
Montrealers have the chance to see and Instagram over 1,000 one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls. The Barbie dolls on display are not your average Barbie dolls, however. Rather, Barbie Expo is an exhibition of haute couture with Barbie as the model. As the website states, “This is Barbie seen at her fashionable best, a stunningly beautiful collection chicly modeled by the 11½-inch fashion icon.”
When: Open Monday to Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 pm to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays from noon to 5 pm.
Where: 1455 Rue Peel

Celebrate your inner geek at Geekfest

What: Geekfest is coming to Montreal! For two days only, a geek convention will be taking over Montreal’s College de Maisonneuve. On November 5th and 6th you can expect this CEGEP to be filled with cosplayers, board games, and video games.
This year’s program includes retro video games, an Artemis Bridge Simulator, allowing you to embark on a spaceship adventure, an amateur cosplay contest, and a talent show.
When: November 5-6
Where: College de Maisonneuve, 3800 Rue Sherbrooke E

Play an escape game at A/MAZE

What: Put your brain to the test at Montreal’s very own escape room game centre, A/MAZE. A/MAZE will challenge you in more ways than you thought possible, and there’s only one way to escape: by solving the puzzle. In a limited amount of time, you’ll have to find clues, crack codes, and solve problems in one of their themed rooms, ranging from a 1926 prison cell to a mad scientist’s lab.
When: Monday to Thursday 2 pm-10 pm, Friday to Sunday 10 am-10 pm
Where: Various locations

Have brunch at L’Avenue

What: There is always a large group of foodies outside of L’Avenue for a reason: it’s unbelievably delicious. In addition to the massive smoothies and milkshakes, L’Avenue has a wide range of pancakes, french toast, and eggs benedict options. Still not convinced? Just wait until you catch a whiff of their irresistible dark chocolate pancakes with whipped cream, walnuts, and poached pear. It is out of this world.
Where: 922 Mont Royal E
When: Monday-Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm

Attend the Montreal Cat Festival

What: Montreal’s very own cat festival, The Salon des Aristochats will take place on November 5th and 6th from 10am-5pm at Centre Pierre Charbonneau. Located near Olympic Stadium, this is your chance to discover cat-loving artists, browse hundreds of cat-inspired gifts and goodies, and participate in cat-themed activities. They will even have celebrity cats on-site for you to play with.
When: November 5-6, 10 am-5 pm
Where: Centre Pierre Charbonneau, 300 Rue Viau

Check out the new Nintendo Exhibition at Musee Grevin

What: Musee Grevin just opened their brand new Nintendo-themed exhibition, Super Mario and Friends: The Exhibit. Running from October 7th until January 8th, Super Mario and Friends: The Exhibit welcomes some of Nintendo’s most iconic characters to the museum. Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems will be on display, as will classic Mario Bros. video games, and some that have yet to be released to the public. The show ultimately traces the Nintendo phenomenon, highlighting the past, present, and future of the gaming institution.
When: Monday to Saturday 10 m-6 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm
Where: Musee Grevin, Centre Eaton de Montréal, 705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O

Grab a sushi burrito

What: When it comes to trendy foods, Montreal is king. That’s why it’s no surprise that after welcoming the rainbow bagel and the freakshake, Montreal is now home to the sushi burrito. The sushi burrito is the perfect fusion between a zesty Mexican burrito and a delicious piece of Japanese sushi, and it’s available now in our wonderful city. Where can you find this mighty meal? None other than Moushi. Moushi is a Japanese eatery on Decarie serving up exactly 8 items. Each of the items on the menu can be “rolled or bowled” depending on what you’re in the mood for. Feel like poke? You’ll want the bowl option, if you’re in the mood for a burrito, then you’re going to want to roll it up.
When: Monday to Saturday 11 am-8 pm, Sunday 11 am-4 pm
Where: 5209 Boulevard Décarie