Information about Montreal
Montreal is known for its festivals, tourist places, and nightlife as the main source of recreation of the people visiting from all over the world. The most important events during several musical festivals like the Montreal Francofolies, a festival of French-language music and Montreal International Jazz Festival are organized at the plaza on Place des Arts. Various performances are presented at various other places ranging from small clubs to the large halls as well as terraced parks and off-street barricaded venues for outdoor shows.
Tourism is also important for recreation of tourists in Montreal. Every year millions of visitors from all over the world including France, United States, Japan and Mexico etc. are entertained by this city.
Night Clubs in Montreal became the main source of recreation for the Americans during the period of prohibition in United States. Its nightlife bustles till late night up to 3 am with the presence of university students as after the age of 18 years any one can drink freely in this city.
The cooking culture in Montreal is influenced by various communities living in this city including Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Jewish, etc. The restaurants in Montreal serve mixed variety of food to their customers. Montreal style bagels and Montreal smoked meat sandwiches are two popular Jewish cuisines available in these restaurants.
Japanese sushi and Lebanese shish taouk sandwiches and falafels are also popular among locals and tourists of Montreal. Montreal is known as one of the cities having largest number of restaurants in the world due to the wide variety of foods available here.
According to the reports released by the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Board (or QFERB) at present the sale of homes in Montreal metropolitan area is down at present. According to them the sale of homes in the city has fallen by 5% and reached to the lowest level in past 10 years.
All the three categories of real estate in Montreal including condominium, single-family homes and multiplexes are affected by the slump in the market. Recent provincial elections and high unemployment are considered as the main reasons of this down fall in Montreal real estate market.
A number of sport and fitness opportunities including swimming pools, stadiums, gymnasiums and skate parks are available in Montreal. Various municipal and non-municipal facilities are available in Montreal for the kids to play various types of sports including hockey, skating, swimming, etc.
Most of the municipal sports and recreational facilities are managed by 19 boroughs of the city. Montréal Soccer Centre, Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard and Complexe récréatif Gadbois are some of the venues in Montreal where French speaking players can enjoy a wide variety of sports and other physical fitness activities. Le TAZ Skate Park is a unique roller sports park in Montreal which provides skating, BMX cycling and skateboarding facility round the year to the people living in Montreal and nearby areas.
French music is more popular in Montreal as it is mostly inhabited by French speaking people. Offenbach, Cowboys Fringants and Beau Dommage are among the local music artists who used to attract large number of audiences few years back. Diane Dufresne was famous among international rock stars as he used to fill Olympic Stadium of Montreal during his performances.
Various musical events held on the Quebec national holiday also attract thousands of people for the city and nearby areas. Along with French music, English music is also popular among English speaking people living in Montreal. Arcade Fire, Simple Plan, Wolf Parade, the Unicorns, and Mobile are among the current popular English bands and artists in this city.
The Montreal International Jazz Festival is among the most popular musical events of this city as along with the players of classical jazz music a great variety of artists from all over the world also present a wide variety of musical performances in it.