The party might be over but the memories will last forever.  What fun!!!  EC Montreal students had a blast!!!  We danced, ate candy and choose the best costume. I have to say it was a very difficult decision.  Students looked amazing in their costumes so we left the decision to our students by applause for their number one choice. Our first place winners were:  Jorge and Ramiro, our EC Montreal ZOMBIES!!! Second place winners were:  Rebecca and Willyana, our very own EC Montreal witches. A big applause was also given to the beautiful office staff of EC Montreal, all dressed alike as CATS!!! These are wonderful memories that students coming to study English or French from abroad take back home with them. We will miss you all.  Stay safe and we hope to have you back next year to celebrate Halloween 2013!!!


EC Montreal would like to wish all their students a “SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN”. Who said coming to study abroad can’t be fun?  EC Montreal loves Halloween.  Staff at EC Montreal is looking forward to the activities planned for the day.  Students look amazing with their costumes and we can’t wait for the festivities to begin.  At the lunch break we will have music, candies, punch and we will have a contest to choose the best costume. Here are some tips for staying safe tonight: Before going out: Make sure you are dressed for the weather. Make sure shoes fit properly and costumes do not fall below the ankles (to avoid tripping). Enlarge the eye area of masks and check visibility or use makeup. If wearing a mask, push it up on your head while walking. You should have a flashlight and wear a reflective costume or reflective tape so drivers can see you at dusk and in the dark. Walk, don’t run; stop and look both ways before crossing the street; and when crossing at a traffic light, wait until the light turns green and approaching vehicles stop before proceeding. At the end of the night: Put out any burning candles. Close the TV and HAVE A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP!!  

Oldwig: Vintage Shopping Extravaganza!!

There will be a really cool vintage clothing sale called OLDWIG taking place at La Plaza St-Hubert located at 6550 St-Andre Street.  Fashion lovers who adore the retro and vintage style should definitely attend.  It will be a perfect opportunity to add flare to your wardrobes!  There will be over 200,000 items available for sale.  Clothing for both men and women are up for grabs! Everything must go, so prepare for some intense shopping!!  You will definitely find some original items and unique looks! The weekend shopping hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Weekday shopping hours will be from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entrance is free!  They accept cash, debit, visa and mastercard. The closest metro station is Beaubien. For more information regarding this vintage sale, please go to le blogue de OldWIG. Happy shopping everyone!!

Jorge Don’t Go!

Jorge Rodea Vara, from Mexico, has been studying at EC Montreal since February 2012.  He came into the office today to ask for his certificates because it is his last week.  We all simultaneously said NOOOOOOO, DON’T GO!!!  We are going to miss him so much.  He is one of those students that gets involved.  Whatever is going on in the school, no matter the activity, the fundraiser, the event, he is present and with a HUGE SMILE!!  He has got it all – charisma, school spirit, energy, enthusiasm and charm!  He is definitely Mr. Popularity here at EC Montreal.  It will be difficult imagining our next activity without him! He has studied both English and French during his 9-month stay.  He successfully completed Niveau 4 in French and the Elementary level in English.  His objective is to be proficient in both English and French, so he must return to achieve this goal!  We will count the days until his return! Here is what Jorge would like to share with all of you!! “I chose Montreal because I love to speak French and I love to meet new people!  I will definitely recommend EC Montreal to all my friends back home”.    

“Fall” in Love with Montreal!

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year!  The weather is still mild enough but the colours around us are just spectacular!  The sun shines down on our maple trees and they look absolutely majestic!  They glow in hues of red, gold and fiery orange!  It is such a joy to take a walk on one of the many park trails in the city with the leaves rustling underfoot.  There is something special about that crispness in the cooler air and the crunch we hear with every step we take.  Every once in a while we stop to pick up an amazing leaf.  We take it home and conserve it between the pages of our favorite book. It is a magical time of year, especially in Montreal!  Montreal definitely celebrates every season in a festive way!  You can see these small celebrations in every shop window, in every restaurant  and in every bar.  Coffee shops serve their very special pumpkin spice lattes and apple cinnamon treats! Right here in the EC Montreal school, the school is decorated in all these fabulous fall colours!  We get to experience the beauty of our outdoors right inside our school. Come discover Montreal this autumn and “fall” in love with our city!!

Montreal’s Celebrity Chefs!

Montrealers LOVE to eat!  We have quite the refined palate.  This city has over 6000 restaurants on the island of Montreal alone!  Whatever you are in the mood for, Montreal can deliver! Cooking shows have become more and more popular in North America.  People just love watching the Food Network and the Cooking Channel.  There are so many reality TV shows regarding food!  You Gotta Eat Here, Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, Hell’s Kitchen, Chuck’s Day Off, Chuck’s Week Off, Nadia G.’s Bitchen Kitchen, just to name a few!! Two of these very famous chefs are from Montreal!!  They both have very successful businesses right here in the city as well as popular cooking shows on the Food Network.   One is Chuck Hughes.  He is an Iron Chef winner and has 2 very successful restaurants in Old Montreal.  Getting a reservation is quite a feat, but definitely worth the effort.  If you are in Montreal or planning to visit our beautiful city, plan ahead and make your reservations ahead of time!! The other famous chef is Nadia G.  Her show on the Food Network is called Nadia G.’s Bitchen Kitchen.  She is a proud Montrealer born of Italian Immigrants.  She has quite the large personality!  She is so entertaining to watch! So much talent resides here!  What are you waiting for?  Come check us out!!

Montreal’s Love of Halloween!

Montreal’s love of Halloween is in full effect this week, so don’t be surprised to see costumed Montrealers wandering the streets and bellying up to the bars all around town – though they might leave the blood and gore at home while taking in film fest screenings, Restaurant Week gourmet food, performances from circus to sound art, and lots of live music… (Halloween how-to) Halloween in Montreal is fun for everyone, with parties, ghoulish events and family-friendly activities from Friday night to Wednesday night. Start off slow with pumpkin carving and games at the Montreal Botanical Garden’ Great Pumpkin Ball, to October 31, head to amusement par La Ronde for roller coasters of fun for kids big and small, Tour Montreal’s ghoulish history with Montreal Ghosts, or head up Mont Royal on a Haunted Mountain walking tour. Of course, Halloween wouldn’t be complete without the Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball, an interactive dress-up experience with a live cast on stage following along as the film screens, hosted by Plastik Patrik at the Cinéma Impérial. Whatever you choose to do in Montreal this Halloween season, have fun & be safe!

Circus Show @ La Tohu!

Hope you have all purchased your tickets to the circus!  It is on our social events calendar tomorrow evening!  The show takes place at La Tohu where all the Cirque du Soleil performers train!  It is a must see venu as it is a true landmark in Montreal.  The building itself is also a recycling museum.  You cannot visit Montreal without taking in a Circus show and visiting La Tohu! About tomorrow evening’s performance: Séquence 8 is a sensual and original creation that bears the company’s signature style. The piece explores the theme of relationships with the “other.” Directed by Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila, the company’s 6th adventure features eight versatile and talented artists whose group numbers are simply breath-taking! Among the many reviews: “Magical! There are moments in which we feel we are on the the roof of the universe. A perfect blend of virtuosic technique, fantasy, and poetry.” La Presse, Montréal “As always with these Montrealers, the humor flows, the high-volume electro soundtrack thunders, and the audience begs for more.” Libération, France “7 doigts put a human face on contemporary circus.” The Gazette, Montréal “7 Fingers’ Sequence 8 is fantastic” Philly.com We are selling tickets for only $35.  We still have a few left in the office.  Don’t miss out!!  

Meet our New EC Montreal Students!

It was a pleasure meeting this vibrant group of students this morning.  They are so eager to begin their Montreal adventure, despite the cold weather today! What a nice mix of cultures we welcomed today!  We have students from Spain, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France and Turkey!