EVENTS IN MONTREAL
Population (2011): 1,649,519
Time Zone: Eastern
Top Venues: Metropolis, Bell Centre, Olympic Stadium, Saputo Stadium
Teams in Montreal: Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Impact, Montreal Alouettes
Featured Events: F1 Canadian Grand Prix
As the second largest French-speaking city in the world, Montreal is the gem of the Great White North. With an old European feel to it, the city is like no other in North America. Of course, hockey is king in Canada and with the most successful franchise in NHL history, the Canadiens are the toast of the town in Montreal.
The Canadiens, with an astonishing 24 Stanley Cup wins, stand tall as the most storied team in hockey history. Even more surprising than that is the team hasn’t won one in almost two decades. The Canadiens have not been to the conference championship since the 1992-93 season, and have won only one division title since then.
The Montrealais were stripped of baseball in 2005, when the team was relocated to Washington D.C. and renamed the Nationals. Low attendance and the reluctance of the Montreal government to fund a new stadium were the key factors, as well as a threat from Major League Baseball to contract the franchise all together. Montreal/Washington is now one of two teams to have never reached the World Series.
While they lost the Expos, Montreal sports fans have new blood in town. Major League Soccer expanded and awarded a team to the city, and the Montreal Impact began their first season in 2012. Playing games in both Saputo Stadium and Olympic Stadium, the squad will make Saputo their permanent home after an expansion of the grounds.
It’s not only sports in the French-Canadian city, as the music and theatre scene are thriving. Arcade Fire, a Montreal-based band, won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2012. Montreal also plays host to the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in the summer, which is headlined by some of the biggest acts in music including The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, The Shins and Florence + the Machine.
Whether it’s hockey, a concert or the best French cuisine on the continent, Montreal is an experience like no other and should be experienced at least once in your lifetime.