Quirky 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.

This article was updated on January 25, 2021.

Montréal is a world-class city for cuisine, the arts, design, and nightlife, yet it's also a city known for its unique, undeniably quirky joie de vivre. Travel off the beaten path while staying at home with these unconventional ideas for online socializing, DIY cocktails and on-screen entertainment.

Inventive fun and games

Montréal bookstore Draw & Quarterly  is one of the best bookstores for brilliantly artistic graphic novels and comics in the city – order books for pick-up or delivery and join workshops and a graphic novel book club too! Play with colours, learn the art of photography, calm your mind with self-led art-therapy and mmore courtesy of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts online activities. Explore the world of contemporary art and create art of your own in wildly creative virtual workshops by the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. And try out all kinds of new games thanks to Randolph's Boîte ludique rentals: choose from 8 boxes packed with games and delivered right to your home.

Dance and sing together apart

Let loose and dance with Igloofest this winter: the major electronic music festivals moves out of the snow and into our homes (for free!) every weekend from February 13 to March 13, with major electronic producers and local faves keeping the Igloofest good vibes going. Or dance in a rather different way with Lady Josephine’s sparkly and sexy Arabesque Burlesque online burlesque classes. Music festival POP Montréal continues to put together playlists and organize live concerts with musicians such as Martha Wainwright – follow on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to catch the shows! Watch and listen to this season's classical concerts performed live by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre Métropolitain.

Geek out with DIY drinkables

If you've always wanted to up your cocktail game but never had the time, Monsieur Cocktail  makes it easy, fun and colourfully inventive. The offbeat mixology experts feature dozens of drink recipes online (both boozy and alcohol-free) and have put together speciality boxes of their delicious mixers for delivery. Why not try those cocktails with some locally made spirits?Local distillery Romeo’s Gin  encourages us not only to whip up tasty cocktails with their online recipes but to take their  Virtual Museum tour of urban art in Montréal's Mile End.  And if beer is more your level, many of Montréal's microbreweries  are open for pick up or even delivery: go for your favourite locally-made ale from Montréal fixtures Dieu du ciel  and Le Reservoir , a burger and a grosse bouteille or two from Vices et Versa,  or try Brasserie Harricana's exotic cacao chipotle Porter Maya.

Make the most of screen time

For fans of indie film, quirky or otherwise, Cinéma Moderne's virtual cinema is a balm for the eyes and mind. The independent Montréal cinema is offering rentals of new and cult classic international and Canadian films, , themed film series and online discussions throughout the winter. Sign up for the Montréal Science Centre's newsletter to watch new IMAX nature documentaries for low prices at home every week. Or if you want to be one with your screen, try the Phi Centre's VR TO GO – delivering some of the world's best narrative VR content along with VR headsets to experience it on – right to your door.

Take part in virtual art

Peer into incredible art worlds in virtual exhibitions by the city’s major art museums, hear wild stories of the past and pick up trivia in history museums' online content, and explore  cutting-edge international art with the Fondation Phi pour l'art contemporain, from podcast series The Aura to online art talks, video tours of past exhibitions, concerts and more. Join other art lovers at gallery Never Apart's Spring 2020 exhibition virtual vernissages on Facebook every week, featuring a number of works including Stina Baudin’s Revelations, group exhibition Joy As Resistance, and more.

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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