Montréal at-home education and courses

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

This article was updated on May 20, 2020.

Learn more about Montréal history and art with online exhibitions from Pointe-à-Callière and other museums. Perfect your Québécois French with local terms, TV and literature. Learn about wine with sommelier Jessica Harnois and learn to salsa with Montréal Salsa.

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Dig into history and art

Take a virtual tour of Pointe-à-Callière and read stories of Montréal, from hundreds of years ago to today, including the history of main commercial avenue Sainte-Catherine Street. The Phi Centre opens its repertoire of content to the public online and also welcomes everyone to electronically contribute art work in all forms to new project Living Traces, where you can also add a sentence to a “Cadavre exquis” collective online story. The Fondation Phi pour l'art contemporain launches new podcast series, The Aura, featuring curator and managing director Cheryl Sim speaking with members of the international art community. Learn more about Montréal fashion with Festival Mode & Design Online, featuring conversations with Marie-Ève Lecavalier, among others.

Learn a new skill

Learn how to shake your booty and salsa like a pro with Montréal Salsa. And dive into the world of higher education with online programs from McGill University, and online courses with Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and HEC Montréal via edX and the EDUlib platform. If you'd like to learn new manual skills, check out Les Affûtés, which sell kits and online classes to make different objects like birdhouses and bread baskets. If you're looking to get into the home garden trend, Space for life has got what you need.

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Hone your French

Maybe now's the time to perfect your French with language apps – but make sure you're speaking like a Montrealer with some French terms to use in Montréal. See our film section for a list of great films and TV shows – watch them and learn with French subtitles on. Reading books by Montréal authors in their original French boosts language learning too. Among the many books to pick up, try: Le plongeur by Stéphane Larue, Amqui by Éric Forbes, Abattre la bête by David Goudreault, Chronique du Plateau by Michel Tremblay, Bonheur d'occasion by Gabrielle Roy, Manuel de la vie sauvage by Jean-Philippe Baril-Guérard, Le matou by Yves Beauchemin and more. 

Things to do from home in Montréal

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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