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Plannimng A Business Meeting Around An Event In Montreal
The city of Montreal is lively, no matter the time of day, and regardless of the weather. Your meeting or convention should coincide with one of their 106 festivals and will enable you to incorporate elements and theme to add a certain je ne sais quoi that is something exclusive and unique to Montreal. Montreal has more festivals than weeks in a year and we are convinced they can bring culture, color and fun to your business events.



Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (June 2012)

The largest outdoor music festival in the world, the Jazz Festival is held over 11 days, during which over 650 concerts (450 of which are free outdoor performances) are presented. The legendary summer music festival hosts over 3,000 musicians from 30 countries, entertaining close to 2.5 million spectators. Located inside the Quartier des Spectacles (new entertainment district) the festival features dozens of famous headliners and world-class musicians playing the best sounds of Jazz, Blues, Soul, and more. Looking to add a twist to your business meeting? Use a jazz theme for a party night by using decor, cocktails and live music to recreate a musical era. Get hats, costumes, and necklaces for your guests to add a festive touch to the night! Many jazz performers are available in Montreal to perform live at your event for the entire night or at cocktail time. Montreal also has famous jazz bars that you can use a venue to entertain your guests. Here’s a great example of a venue: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/Cuisine/Restaurants/house-of-jazz.



Montreal Just for Laughs Festival (July 2012)

In 2012, The Just for Laughs Festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary and will keep featuring some of the world’s greatest comedians in the world. From today’s biggest stars to tomorrow’s big names, sarcastic and smart humor invades downtown Montreal. Famous comedians such as William Shatner, Jerry Seinfeld, Howie Mandel, John Pinette, Seth MacFarlane and George Lopez have performed at the Festival in past. Why not hire a local comedian or street performer to run a team building workshop? They say that shared laughter is one of the most effective tools for breaking down barriers and building relationships. You could also join your fellow conference attendees in testing your amateur stand-up comedy skills!



MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival (February 2012)

One of the largest urban winter festivals in the world, it features decadent delights, arts and culture, festivities, and outdoor family activities, hosted in a variety of venues. The MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS – also known as MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE – is a cultural celebration of food and light, taking place every February.

Borrow the gourmet theme and organize a cocktail event at a local wine bar and then plan for your team to take in a play or enjoy a musical performance in the entertainment district. After the performance, enjoy dinner with your team at the Festival’s Finest Tables – a group of restaurants and chefs who are certified by the Festival. Go even further and organize a Montreal gourmet cooking class that combines exciting food experiences with professional cooking lessons.

Tourisme Montreal
is happy to help meeting planners brainstorm great themes for their Montreal event. Enjoying friendly exchanges with your peers and colleagues will not only add an important social component to your meeting, but can foster networking and create business opportunities.

About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal, the Greater Montréal Convention and Tourism Bureau, is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market.
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