5. Party with Grimes, Arcade Fire, and Mac DeMarco at an after-hours party
Montreal has a killer music scene, and even crazier loft parties, but stick around after the show, and if you wink at the right people, you’ll soon find out where the after-party is. Rub elbows with Win Butler and Claire Boucher, but play it cool. Montrealers don’t get star struck.
6. Ski, walk, or drive to work
All forms of transportation are accepted here. How to get across town after a meter of snow falls overnight? Cross-country ski to work. No one will double-take.
7. Get fined for having too many Italian words on an Italian restaurant menu
In accordance with Quebec’s Loi 101, businesses must make French the predominant language on all products, signs, and advertising. Fighting against foreign language infiltration, the Office Québécois de la Langue Française famously reprimanded Italian restaurant Buonanotte for having too many Italian words (i.e. bottiglia, pasta, and antipasto) on their menu. Later, the office conceded it may have been “over-zealous”. Ya think?