January 2019 Events and Attractions in Montreal

Montreal is truly the city that never sleeps – especially in the middle of January – the coldest month of the year.  If you’re seeking an adventure, there’s always something to do in this great city! So grab your winter coat and get ready to discover the top events and attractions in Montreal this month.

Happening Gourmand

If you’re interested in Montreal’s culinary scene, you’re going to love the twelfth edition of Happening Gourmand! This festival is inspired by New York’s “Restaurant Week,” where high-end establishments temporarily lower their prices for the masses.

This year, Happening Gourmand involves several trendy restaurants in the Old Port, which is a charming neighbourhood that has a distinct European charm. Here’s a list of the participating establishments:

  • Bevo
  • Taverne Gaspar
  • Vieux-Port Steakhouse
  • Brasserie 701
  • Méchant Boeuf
  • Kyo Bar Japonais
  • Modavie
  • Maggie Oakes
  • Verses Bistro

Each restaurant will offer a table d’hôte menu for dinner that costs either $24 or $29, depending on the establishment you select. There are even a handful of places offering brunch for $17. For more information, head to HappeningGourmand.com and make a reservation via OpenTable.

This delectable food festival starts on January 10th and continues until February 3rd. If you’re also in the Old Port area, we invite you to explore our latest condominium development called NOCA, which is only a 20-minute walk from the restaurant. The innovative project features an elegant balance between nature and urban living, and it’s equipped with state-of-the-art amenities like a pool and recreation room.


In January, the sun typically sets at around 4 pm every day, so there’s not a lot of natural daylight, which is why Place des Arts launched Luminothérapie.

It’s an interactive art exhibition that involves seesaws that illuminate and make different sounds while in a state of motion. The thought behind this ingenious idea was to add “a pulse of warmth to the winter’s short days and dark nights,” according to the Quartier des Spectacles website.

Check out the exhibition until January 28th at Place des Arts, and don’t forget to explore the plans for the Humaniti condo project. It’s located within the downtown core and features stunning panoramic views of Montreal’s expanding skyline.


If you’re into the nightlife scene in Montreal, then you’ll love Igloofest. It’s essentially a raging outdoor dance floor at the Quai Jacques Cartier in the Old Port. The 2019 edition takes place on January 17 and ends on February 2nd, and features sets by Diplo, Nina Las Vegas, Four Tet, and Eagles & Butterflies.

We recommend skipping the queue – especially if you’re arriving after 9 pm – by purchasing the VIP pass which grants you admission via a separate entrance. The line for general admission can be extremely long, especially when it’s minus 30 degrees Celsius outside. For more information on tickets and schedules, check out the official Igloofest website.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a condo in Montreal this winter, we invite you to explore DevMcGill’s selection of condo projects across the city. Whether you’re looking to live in the heart of all the action or by the water, we’ve got a condo to suit your wish list. Visit DevMcGill.com or call (514) 288-4737.

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