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.
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.