Montreal, February 12
Whether you’re are a hopeless romantic or single and avoiding this particular time of year, there’s a little extra love and magic in the air this week that can’t be ignored. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year for florists, where up to two hundred and fifty thousand flowers are sold at auction in Montreal alone.
For the occasion, even Tim Horton’s has created a special menu. If your not quite sure how to express yourself, give the gift of the “Be Mine” donut, a heart-shaped treat filled with Boston cream filling, dipped in chocolate fondant. As well, you’ll find a red velvet muffin, red velvet filled cookie, and even a special drink menu.
However, if you’re looking to warm things up in these frigid temperatures, our city has plenty of romantic outings to discover all week.
Let the path of lights take you on an immersive journey to discover the Notre-Dame Basilica in the heart of the Old Port. Aura, a three part orchestral spectacle showcasing the unique beauty of this monuments grandiose architecture. Separated in two parts, first explore the Basilica while discovering a series of multimedia installations to help connect you to the space. Then, for the second part, you will enter to the center of the basilica for an unforgettable sensory experience.
On Wednesday, February 13th, and weather permitting, Park Lafontaine offers an evening of music and open air skating. Why not break the ice on a first date, a chance to hold hands and show off some of your best moves on skates. Fun for all ages.
Also that same night, if your looking to let your creative side show: McGill Students for China Care presents “Sip and Paint”, following the teachings of Bob Ross . Everyone is welcome to see where your brush takes you. Wine and a good time to be had, supplies included or you can bring your own.
Then, on Thursday, February 14th, check out “Cook & Date” at The Ritz, which offers successful singles a chance to show off their culinary skills. Conversation and cocktails, together in a beautiful setting, during an animated cooking class curated by our Executive Chef Johnny Porte. Exclusive time to mingle and delight in great food.
Located in the Old Port, Joie A Social offers a great selection of authentic cross-Italian classics. They’ve created an innovative, affordable five course menu, from the 14th to the 16th. They’re also hosting a contest to win a $100 giftcard. All you have to do, is post a photo of your best recreation of the the famous spaghetti scene in Disney’s classic “Lady And the Tramp” movie.
Music and musical lover’s alike, will get to experience a soundtrack to a generation, with the Carole King Musical at Place Des Arts. An inspiring true story of her rise to stardom, to her becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
If you want to go back in time, join Montreal based power pop/rock band The Sick Things for a glam vintage night out at Turbo Haus. Alongside two other bands, Glam, and Dangereens will be slowing it down a little for a Valentine’s Day dance, and vintage clothes from Le Marche Noir. A make-up artist will be available to make sure you look your best on the dance floor.
Whatever you do find yourself doing, make sure you do it with a little extra love.
Written by Samantha Morris