Mix Arts Festival on the Main!

It is one of the most anticipated festivals in Montreal!!  As summer is ending, Montrealers look forward to this sidewalk sale festival that combines street food, great sales, music and games!  The shopping is unbelievable!!  You can buy summer designer labels for under $20!  The Main is known for its diversity in ethnic cusines and markets!  Imagine the amazing aromas coming from the street vendors.  BBQs with Spanish chorizo or Chicken with the famous Portuguese Piri sauce, just to name a few… The Main is a very bohemian part of town and many appreciate that laid back, funky attitude! After savoring street foods from Spain, Portugal and Romania, we settled at a table and enjoyed a pitcher of locally brewed beer!  It was a lovely way to spend a Friday evening in Montreal! Montreal – we love you!!

Les FrancoFolies of Montréal

  In  June and July, we run into a problem here in Montreal: there’s just too much to do. Choices must be made – and the more things you like, the more difficult it becomes to choose! I’m sure you understand what I’m talking about. If you are a music lover and your choice is the FrancoFolies then you are in for  a 10 days treat. For those of you who are not familiar with this festival, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal is a large annual music and performance festival held in the heart of Montreal featuring over 1,000 French-language performers from all over the world, as well as attracting over 500,000 visitors. Many of the performances are free to the public and are held on various stages in the downtown area. Other performances are held at nearby theaters and require that tickets to be purchased to attend. For 23 years now Les FrancoFolies de Montréal has grown to be the true reflection of a thriving French-speaking music world! Nearly 70 indoor shows and 180 free outdoor concerts attest to the effervescent quality, diversity and energy of a music-rich fun-filled program! To summarize, Les Francos in Montreal means 250 shows featuring the most diverse musical trends, 1,000 songwriters, composers, musicians and performers from 15 countries, a multitude of free open-air extravaganzas… and millions of little thrills along the way!…So, what are you waiting for?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?  

UPCOMING SUGAR SHACK FESTIVITIES!!

What an amazing sugar shack festival taking place at EC Montreal!!  We kicked off our festival in a very delicious way – PANCAKES!!!  The wonderful aroma of panckaes still lingers in our hallways!!  🙂 Next week, our festival will take on a musical twist!  On Wednesday, March 14, our French teacher, Rene Roy, will put on a musical concert in the Sugar Shack at 1:10 p.m.  He will be performing traditional French Canadian folk music.  He is busy preparing 3 different songs that will be learned by all our French students, from beginners to advanced.  He will even give us office folk a few lessons in preparation.  We are looking forward to the sing-a-long!!  …& guess what?!  some delicious maple treats will also be served.  Please make sure to join us!  A wonderful time awaits!!!   

First Annual Sugar Shack Festival is Underway!!

  March kicks off our Sugar Shack Festival!  This is the time of year that Quebecers celebrate the production of the oh so sweet maple syrup!!  We celebrate our French Canadian culture through traditional food, song, dance and of course an over indulgence of the sweet maple syrup.  Maple syrup treats are enjoyed this time of year.  In March, when the days get warmer but the nights are still cold, the sap in the maple trees starts to rise. This maple water is boiled down to syrup, sugar, butter and taffy. During the maple syrup season, you can enjoy an experience that will really give you an authentic taste of life in Quebec!  The Quebec region of Canada is the worlds` largest producer of maple syrup, with over 8,000 individual sugar bushes producing close to 75% of the worlds` maple syrup supply.  Our uniquely cold, harsh winters and gloriously warm and sunny thaws each spring, combined with hundreds of thousands of acres of virgin, natural maple forests make ideal conditions for producing the sweetest and most flavourful maple syrup to be found anywhere. For us, Quebecers, it is a tradition to go to the sugar shack in early spring ,  to drink “Caribou” and eat a good meal.  The caribou is an animal but it is also a mix of wine and alcohol that really gets you in a party mood. The meal, also called “Sugar Time Feast” is compose of  pea soup, ham, omelet, pork beans, pork rhines (salted back bacon), meat pie  and potatoes.  Dessert usually consists of pancakes drenched in maple syrup and sugar pie.  The entire meal is served family style. At EC Montreal, the entire month of March will be dedicated to the Sugar Shack!  Our student lounge has been transformed into a log cabin, referred to as the … Read more