Free Concerts Downtown Montreal in August!

Every Wednesday in August, there will be free concerts happening in the artistic hub downtown right next to the McCord museum. The musical performances will take place at 12:30 p.m.  Perfect for our EC Montreal students.  They can head over there during their lunch break or after class. Spectators can enjoy great music by up-and-coming Montreal artists.  The performances take place in a secluded area away from the noisy city streets. Check out the Wednesday line up: August 2:  Guy Madonna August 9:  The Submissives August 16:  Nennen August 23:  Mundy’s Bay August 30:  Lonely Boa Another great reason why Montreal is the best summer destination!

Montreal’s Italian Week!

Every year in August we look forward to Italian Week.  The Italian community comes alive and celebrates its culture!  The Italian festival takes place in different Italian communities in Montreal; Lasalle, St. Leonard, Riviere de Prairies & particularly Little Italy.  Italian week celebrates Italian food, movies, art, fashion and music! EC Montreal will celebrate Italian week on August 9 with a pizza party in the student lounge! Although the entire festival is exciting and wonderful, the final day is always the best!  This year the festival will end with the opera Cavallerie Rusticana at 9 p.m. The festival this year includes a bocce tournament, a best cannoli contest, an Italian film festival, art exhibits, cooking classes, fashion shows and the Fiat 500 car exposition! Italian week is from August 4 to August 13.  For more information on Italian Week in Montreal, please go to the link:  www.semaineitalienne.ca. Ciao, ciao…

August Social Events at EC Montreal!

August is right around the corner and EC Montreal is ready to wow its students with more amazing activities!  Our August theme is ‘Summer Fun’!  Every Wednesday in August, our students will be treated to fun-filled events and an opportunity to interact with each other and our EC Montreal team! The month will begin with a traffic light party!  EC Montreal will be serving drinks of 3 different shades; red, yellow and green.  It is a fun way to learn about your new friends and classmates.  Red indicates – stop, I am taken!  Yellow means – it’s complicated.  I am not with Mr. Right but rather Mr. Right now and green is informing the world that you are free and available to meet someone!  This activity is always a hit at EC!  It initiates a lot of interesting conversations. The following week is Italian week in Montreal.  Montreal hosts an Italian festival in Little Italy every August.  EC Montreal will host its first annual Italian festival at the school!  Our Italian population has been growing significantly at EC Montreal and we want to honor our Italian students by celebrating them!  We will serve Italian food and decorate the lounge with Italian flags.  Of course, lyrical Italian music will be playing in the background! As August is corn season in the province of Quebec, our taste of Montreal on August 16 will be a corn roast.  We will be grilling sweet white corn on our indoor bbq.  We will also be serving corn salsa and other delicious corn snacks! On August 23 EC Montreal will be serving frozen ice cream treats to continue to celebrate the sweet summer season! We will end the month with an exciting zumba class! We look forward to another wonderful month filled with fun, laughter and … Read more

Montreal’s Annual Osheaga Music Festival!

Montreal’s annual Osheaga music festival is rapidly approaching.  The festival is taking place from August 4 to August 6.  The festival was inaugurated in 2006. And stands as the largest festival of its kind in Canada. An exciting party dedicated to showcasing music and visual arts, the festival offers a world-class European-style event across its many outside venues. The outdoor events of the festival are staged in the breath-taking Jean-Drapeau Park on Île Sainte-Hélène, an island of tranquility and oasis of greenery set in the middle of one of North America’s most vibrant cities. Bringing together tens of thousands of music lovers from North America and Europe alike, the festival aims to showcase emerging local and national artists, as they share the stage with some of the industry’s biggest names. Including in this year’s lineup is Lorde, Muse, The Weekend, Tegan and Sara and about 90 more performers! Check out the complete list of artists on our EC Montreal activity boards!

Montreal Will Be Hosting Its First Asian Street Food Festival!

On the weekend of August 25 and 26, Montreal will be hosting its first Asian Street Food Festival!  The all Asian night market is being hosted by Foodfest MTL.  It is expected to feature some incredible treats! Over 20 restaurants will be offering exclusive delicacies for very inexpensive prices. The festival will take place at 5020 St-Ambroise street. Look for this festival on the EC Montreal social events calendar in August! Bon appetit!

Christmas in July at EC Montreal!

Every year, EC Montreal celebrates July 25!  We call it Christmas in July!  Christmas is a very festive time of year and combining that with the joy of summer…well it creates an amazing holiday! Our staff and student ambassadors handed out popsicles to both the junior students and adults!  No matter if you have been naughty or nice, Santa gave everyone a refreshing treat!  They brought joy to everyone they met with their lyrical ho,ho,ho!! We had Christmas music playing in the student lounge and there were decorations on every table!  We made every effort to recreate Christmas Day in the middle of July! We are sure everyone at EC Montreal will never forget celebrating Christmas on July 25 in Montreal!

Gaia Vigano From Italy: “I will keep this experience in my heart forever…”

Gaia Vigano is a teenager from Italy participating in EC Montreal’s Young Learner’s Programme.  She is here with a group of friends and is having a marvelous time in Montreal! Here is what she would like to share about her EC experience: “I will recommend EC Montreal to my friends so they can have a great experience like mine.  I will keep this experience in my heart forever and learn from it”.

Martina Ianni From Italy: “I’d like to repeat it again soon…”

Martina Ianni is a teen student from Italy participating in EC Montreal’s Young Learners Programme.  She had a really great time in Montreal and wanted to share her EC experience with everyone! Here is what she had to say: “I chose Montreal to practice English and French.  I practiced a lot, especially thanks to my international classmates. My teacher and activity leader were very good at their job and my homestay was very nice and comfortable. I liked the lessons, the city tours, the trip to Quebec City, kickboxing and bubble soccer. It was a wonderful experience and I’d like to repeat it again soon!”

Paula Calavia From Spain: “I really liked the group work…”

Paula Calavia is a teen from Spain participating in EC Montreal’s Young Learners Programme.  She is having a really great time with her new friends in Montreal. Here is what she would like to share with everyone about her EC experience: “I improved my vocabulary, grammar and secured my confidence.  I really liked the group work of the lessons. I will remember everything from my stay.”