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 Fondation Phi pour l'art contemporain features podcast series, The Aura, featuring curator and managing director Cheryl Sim speaking with members of the international art community, plus online talks, video tours of past exhibitions, concerts and more. Learn more about Montréal fashion with FMD CONNECTED, featuring conversations with Marie-Ève Lecavalier, among others.
Learn a new skill
Learn how to shake your booty like a pro with Montréal Salsa , Latin Groove and Mambo Fit Studio. Stretch and spin like a ballet dancer with Les Grands Ballets' STUDIOS online classes. 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 crafty objects like birdhouses and bread baskets. If you're looking to get into the home garden trend, Space for life provides all kinds of gardening tips specific to the Montréal climate.
Hone your French
Maybe now's the time to perfect your French with online courses or 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.