Osheaga – A Three Day Festival of Music and Arts


Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (Festival Musique et Arts) is back, for its eighth year! Aug 2-4, Parc Jean Drapeau  on Montreal’s Île Sainte-Hélène will host a huge European-style musical and visual arts celebration, the largest festival of its kind in Canada.

In this oasis of greenspace in the heart and festive ambiance of Montreal summer, approximately 100 bands will appear over the course of the three days, on various outdoor stages. Osheaga is not only company to big names of the music industry but also many emerging talents from North America and Europe. Just a few of the 2013 artists lineup include: The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, New Order, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Ben Howard and Silversun Pickups (a full schedule is available at osheaga.com).

All ages are welcome and children 10 years and younger are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult with a valid Osheaga ticket. The festival doors will open at noon (rain or shine!), with the first show beginning at 1:00 pm each day and ending around 11:00 pm. To get there, exit at metro station Jean Drapeau (yellow line, direction Longueuil).

A bit of history

“O she ha ga” means “people of shaking hands” in Mowhawk and was the name used for the area that is now Montreal. It is said that Jacques Cartier, where he met the Mohawks near the Lachine rapids, was either offering to shake hands, or asking about the river rapids. So Osheaga is where the Mowhawks met the people of the shaking hands.

The first Osheaga festival was held in 2006 and attracted over 25,000 spectators. Over the years it has steadily grown: this year’s attendance is expected at over 100,000+ fans!  Past artists include: Ben Harper, The Smashing Pumpkins, Leslie Feist, Jack Johnson, The Black Keys, Coldplay, The Roots, Arcade Fire, Weezer, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Elvis Costello and The Tragically Hip.


Hotel Le Crystal Festicrystal

Until September 30th 2013, you can book Hotel Le Crystal’s Festicrystal package – including accommodation in a Deluxe or Executive suite, 20% off a minimum stay of two nights and two metro passes from the STM (Montreal Transport Society). From Hotel Le Crystal, take Metro Lucien-L’Allier (orange line) or Metro Peel (green line) to station Berri-UQAM (yellow line, direction Longueuil) and then exit metro Jean Drapeau.

Some down town time

Stay with us and enjoy some dedicated relaxation downtown time in our saltwater pool (equipped with certified lifeguards as well as games and accessories for children), fitness center, Jacuzzi and terrace, saunas, lounge chairs and Amerispa spa center. Hotel Le Crystal’s official Restaurant < a href="http://restaurantlacoupole.ca/" title="Restaurant La Coupole">La Coupole is right on-site, with a great urban outdoor terrace setting. We offer wonderful weekly specials, breakfast menu, and Urban brunch.

Style in the Heart of Downtown Montreal

The Montreal Fashion and Design Festival (Festival Mode et Design Montréal) is here July 31 – Aug 3. This is a glamorous event for four days and nights, taking place in the heart of downtown Montreal. A must-see for all fashionistas!

The festival is all about the latest trends in fashion, design, music and shopping and includes a huge lineup of events and performances in various venus surrounding the Mcgill College Avenue boutique and shopping complex sector: Place Ville Marie, Les Cours Montréal, Centre Eaton, Place Montreal Trust, Complexe Les Ailes (full schedule can be found on the Festival Mode Design website).  Prestigious international fashion labels and national designers will be present throughout .

Getting there

The Fashion and Design Festival is just six blocks East of Hotel Le Crystal and easily within walking distance (by heels or flats!). By BIXI bike, dedicated station corner Ste-Catherine and McGill College. By Metro, station McGill Metro (exit Eaton Center).

Hotel Le Crystal is Running For a Cause

Hotel Le Crystal Montreal is proud to participate in the Fashion and Design Festival’s High Heels Race, Wednesday July 31 at 12:30pm at McGill College Avenue (between de Maisonneuve and Sainte-Catherine). Women (and men alike!) are invited to participate in this race for a great cause, where teams of two must run the course relay-style (the shoe as baton), in a heeled shoe of minimum 3 inches.  All participants are asked to collect donations, which will be donated to Le Chaînon women’s shelter. This year the theme is ‘Vintage’and prizes will be awarded to the team with the best time, team with the best vintage look, as well as the highest funds collected.

Boutique Spa Hotel Montreal

If you are looking for a destination to enjoy the summer, fashion and festivals, we are a boutique hotel in Montreal with something to offer something everyone. When you stay with us you will enjoy a truly unique spa hotel experience and oasis of relaxation in Montreal unlike no other. We have a dedicated floor for relaxation where you will find a salt water pool, complete fitness center, Jacuzzi on a terrace, two saunas, and AmeriSpa offering a full range of spa care.

The pool is surrounded by windows ceiling to floor, offering all-weather retreat, lounge zone and a breathtaking view of downtown Montreal. The terrace with Jacuzzi is fitted with superb lounging chairs as well as equally stunning city views.  We also have certified rescuers on duty and several games and pool accessories to keep the kids happy and safe while you relax. We also have a state of the art fitness center which includes Life Fitness equipment with integrated screen, stationary bikes, treadmills, yoga balls and free weights.

AmeriSpa is a well known Quebec health and beauty centre, and offers a variety of treatments and massages as well as lounge area, five massage rooms, dedicated pedicure and manicure room, and a signature treatment.

Official Restaurant La Coupole

In between shopping, fashion festivities and resting your feet…Restaurant La Couple (official restaurant of Hotel Le Crystal) has a beautiful urban terrace for even more lounging. Enjoy our many weekly specials, 5 à 7, wine bar, lounge menu, lunch table d’hôte, drink menu…

Let us help you make the best of happening downtown Montreal, in style!

We love Jazz in Montreal!


It is summer and festival time in Montreal. The 2013 Montreal International Jazz Festival is underway June 28 – July 7.  Thousands of artists will perform hundreds of concerts over ten days, including free outdoor performances in streets and parks, as well as indoor jazz clubs and concert halls.

During the festival, there is something to see for all ages every day from noon until midnight.  Artists of all music genres – from Rock n Roll to R&B to Soul, Pop and yes, Jazz – will attract well over two million visitors during the festival, in some cases as many as two hundred thousand for a single show!

Summer in the city is alive and festive. Le Crystal Hotel in downtown Montreal offers a 20% room discount and 2 Metro passes as part of our Festicrystal hotel package. Take in some Jazz, and take a break too!  Unwind on our gorgeous deck, with stylish sun chairs and relaxing jacuzzi. For families: your kids will love our indoor salt water pool with certified lifeguard.  Children also receive a complementary special gift upon arrival.


Come enjoy Montreal with us, in the spirit of Jazz Festival and a great summer getaway!