Montreal – A Diverse Cultural Metropolis
Montreal is a uniquely multicultural, cosmopolitan, French-Speaking city whose citizens are mostly bilingual. Montreal is a Nordic, Quebec, Canadian, North-American city that is open to the world. The diversity and originality of the city’s theatrical productions contribute to the city’s proud status as a cultural metropolis. Boasting four universities (of which two are English), Montreal is also home to important institutions and cultural events (festivals, libraries and museums as well as theatre, dance, music, and opera companies) along with a vast, emerging network of daring young creators who never cease to amaze. Montreal is a major centre for creation and cultural production within Canada and North-America, and the high quality of the cultural productions by its artists is recognized around the world.
In 1998, the United Nations rated Montreal first for quality of life on the Human Development Index. The city’s unique appeal springs from its rich cultural life and its eclectic neighbourhoods. Its busy cafés, its beautiful parks and port, its zest for nightlife, its love of good food and drink, its wrought-iron stairwells, its wide boulevards and narrow alleys, its warm-hearted and multi-ethnic inhabitants, and its summer festivals combine to make it a city like no other.
Here are some helpful and informative Web sites if you are planning to visit or move to Montreal:
- Tourisme Montréal
Montreal’s official tourism Web site
City of Montreal official English language site
- Quartier des spectacles
The Quartier des spectacles was developed with a vision based on the enhancement of cultural activities in the downtown core.
- Culture Montréal
Culture Montréal is an independent non-profit organization interested in promoting culture as an essential element of Montreal’s development.
- Vitrine culturelle
Last minute reductions on tickets to performances
An Arts & Entertainment Guide
- Mont Royal
Official Mount Royal Park site, situated in the heart of Montreal
- Nature Parks
Activities offered in the parks of the metropolitan area
Finding a Place to Live
The School does not have a residence. However, it is possible to find reasonably-priced apartments near the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis building. Be aware that in Quebec most leases are renewed on the first of July for a duration of one year, unless otherwise agreed upon with the landlord. Available apartments are usually listed in the classified sections of Montreal’s newspapers.
- The Gazette
Montreal’s oldest and biggest English-language newspaper
Another English-language alternative weekly tabloid
A French-language weekly tabloid
Please consult the Montrealplus.ca or Tourisme
Whether you’re walking, biking, or using public transport, it’s easy to get around Montreal. Maps, bus and subway routes, fares, and train and airport information, as well as plenty of other useful information, are available on the following websites: