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Culture

Montreal was referred to as "Canada's Cultural Capital" by Monocle magazine, and it's no wonder why as Montreal has an exciting jazz scene, thrilling nightlife and access to many museums, orchestras, operas, ballets and films.   

Festivals

It is also home to many festivals, especially in the summer including Just for Laughs comedy festival — the largest in the world of its kind.

Other festivals include:

Place des Arts

Place des Arts is home to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the chamber orchestra Musici de Montréal, the Opéra de Montréal and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

Food

Quebec and Montreal have some unique dishes which should not be missed during your stay!

Poutine:  what may be Quebec’s signature dish! Poutine is french fries, gravy and cheese curds in a messy pile. Even the New York Times has celebrated the arrival of poutine to some other major cities outside of Canada. There are gourmet versions available, but for the poutine-newbie the traditional take on this Quebec dish is recommended.
Bagels: New York isn’t the only city with famous bagel! Montreal bagels are different from their cousins south of the border. They are smaller and denser then a New York bagel and should definitely not be missed.
Tire sur la Neige: made by pouring still hot, boiled maple syrup into the snow to form a soft chewy taffy-like candy.
TourtièreTourtière is a traditional Québécois meat pie. The fillings vary, but it often involves minced pork, beef, or wild game. The pies are sold in grocery stores across the Quebec.
Queues de Castor a.k.a. Beaver Tails:  Don’t let the name fool you, this delicious Canadian pastry consists of fried dough (in the shape of a beaver tail) and is topped with a variety of different condiments!