St. Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

St. Joseph’s Oratory is the largest church in Canada, located on the northwest flank of Mount Royal in Montreal. The secondary element of the site is the Catholic basilica whose dimensions, its cross and the dome (60 m high and 39 m in diameter) are remarkable. The place has gardens where you can take a holy path with several sculptures that represent the Passion of Christ. Brother André took the initiative for its construction which started through donations and in 1904 a small modest chapel dedicated to St. Joseph, was inaugurated but it could not contain all the faithful while its doors were open and the faithful were praying outside so they decided to expand the place and the same was extended twice for the present appearance that can accommodate 1,000 people. The walls are covered with silver granite and the dome is covered with copper. There are several sculptures, paintings, stained glass windows, a chime and a large important organ. There are 283 steps to climb to the oratory and nearly a hundred are in wood for pilgrims who want to get it on his knees. Outside the church there is the Chapel of Brother André that is also his grave. He was beatified in 1982 by Pope John Paul II. Father André was known to receive sick people and heal them through his prayers to St. Joseph so there is a chapel where you’ll see the canes, prostheses, corsets, etc., which left the sick who felt healed.

Tips

At Christmas time, you can visit a part of a collection of more than 900 nativity scenes in the Oratory Museum.
The heart of Brother André is exposed behind a wrought iron gate in the exhibit room dedicated to his life and his work.

Mural Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Mural Festival is an event that takes place in Montreal in June since 2013. It is an art expression that met American artists who make urban art. This expands on the Boulevard St- Laurent ( street that separates the city of Montreal in two (east-west) between Sherbrooke Street and St. Joseph Boulevard. You can meet real-time artists and watch how they perform their art at the same time there are music shows, conferences, gourmet places with different terraces to eat in the area and even other activities that change day by day. There are both day and night activities.

Tips

To better enjoy this event, visit their website for a schedule. There are some activities or shows you must pay like guided tours, concerts, etc, but to walk in the street and see the creations, there is no ticket to buy.

Les FrancoFolies de Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Since 1989, Les FrancoFolies de Montreal is an appointment with the francophone world music. Some artists from all over the francophone world come to show their music. This year it will be the 29th edition and there will be more than 175 indoor shows and open-air concerts; lots of them completely free. This event shows us the quality, diversity and vitality of a rich music programming. These are 10 days in a great festival of music! This happens at the Montreal entertainment district, in the heart of downtown. Montrealers and tourists throng the site to celebrate safely. French music from around the world and it is in Montreal that it happens. There are several scenes outdoor presented by sponsors and in case of rain these shows happen in reserved spaces for the occasion. Bars, restaurants, street posts, are also at the rendezvous for a drink or a snack. Everything happens in order and peace of the Francophone world. There are many choices of artists in the same day but the main scene takes place every day at 21:00 in the center of the entertainment district. The big show takes the stage last Saturday at the closing of the festival and usually it is a great artist who comes to make the crowd enjoy the party.

Tips

Generally it is hot at this time of the year then drink water, wear cool clothes and sneakers or comfortable shoes. Outdoor shows means to stand up and there are not many opportunities to sit but you can always bring a folding chair.
If you do not watch programming at home, you will find hostesses everywhere that will give you the complete program of the entire event.
There are many other activities around the festival site in bars or discos.

2017 edition June, 08th to 18th