Beat the November Blues in Montreal

November is a rainy and grey month where melancholy and boredom creep in, threatening to throw you off your game. But don't let depression beat you! There are a ton of activities held throughout the month in Montreal. Out with the spleen and in with the fun!

Halls d'Expositions de la Place Bonaventure

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800 de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H5A 1K6

La Grande dégustation de Montréal - Discovering new things and meeting new people is a sure fire remedy for the blues, and La Grande Dégustation de Montréal fits the bill. The event invites all lovers of wine, beer and spirits to discover nearly 200 winemakers, distillers and brewers to share their passion on November 6 and 7, 2015, at Place Bonaventure. This year the spotlight is on Spain, the bubbles of the world, and the grenache grape. Check on some of the many fun and educational lectures and events on the schedule and forget that it’s grey and cold outside.

Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan

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4801, av Pierre-de Coubertin, Montréal, QC H1V 3V4

Every night from sunset, grab a few friends or go solo to the Planetarium to dance with the stars. You’ll find an outdoor interactive art installation that allows you to embody scenes and cosmic phenomena, which are then projected onto one of the Planetarium’s cones. Hysterical laughter guaranteed!

Place Bonaventure

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800 rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H5A 1K6

Salon du livre de Montréal - November may seem like the perfect time for book lovers to settle into their comfy chair by the fire and not leave for a month, but we disagree! The Salon du livre, running from November 18 to 23 at Place Bonaventure, is an exciting opportunity to delve into thousands of works published in French throughout the world. On the program: discoveries, meetings, interviews, signings, presentations and literary activities. You’ll leave with enough books and inspiration to fight the November blues!

Imperial

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1430, rue de Bleury, Montréal, QC H3A 2J1

Cinemania Francophone Film Festival - Are you a film buff? If you are, the Imperial Cinema is the pace to be from November 5 to 15 to catch Francophone cinema at its best. It's the perfect festival to discover more than 120 feature films from Quebec, Canada and further afield. The films, chosen for their excellence and originality, will whisk you away from cold, grey Montreal.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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1380 rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3G 1K3

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents the work of humanist photographer George S. Zimbel this November. Recognized at first glance for his famous photo of Marilyn Monroe, skirt lifted a blast of air from a subway entrance, he also photographed several other American icons. While he lived in Montreal in the early 1980s with his wife, his work is probably the least known here, in his own city. November is your chance to change that!

While big action blockbusters may appeal to the masses, there’s something to be said for the more nuanced, dare we say intellectual, productions from independent film houses. You won’t find these artful films playing at your local multi-screen movie theatre; rather, you’ll have to seek out one of Montreal’s handful of independent cinemas. [Image credit: iStock.com]
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