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5 Things to Do in Montreal This May

From an open-air electronic party to Japanese restos, discover the top activities in Montreal this month.


Piknic Électronik

Photo: Djalma Vuong Deramos

Plugged In

Celebrate the arrival of warm weather at Piknic Électronik – the open-air electronic party that invites crowds to dance with abandon in Parc Jean-Drapeau on summer Sundays.

May 19–September 29,

Food & Drink



In addition to the familiar sashimi options, the latest sit-down Laurier location of this sushi spot offers a bracing sea bass ceviche and tempura rock shrimp.


Le Kioko

Le Kioko

Artfully arranged tartares and beautifully plated poke bowls with a Japanese bent (hello, edamame and miso) are tasty fishy features at this Saint-Henri spot.



Photo: Mehdi Lampropoulos


This new izakaya in Old Montreal doles out hamachi with red grapes and capers, and bonito tataki with a bergamot-infused citrus sauce, alongside matcha-yuzu cocktails.


Growing Freedom

Photo: Matthew Placek

Peace offering

It was 50 years ago that two notorious partners in art and life hunkered down in Montreal’s (now Fairmont) Queen Elizabeth Hotel for a week, hoping their actions would inspire others to give peace a chance. A bed-in tribute is just one part of Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain’s Yoko Ono exhibition, Growing Freedom, which includes both her participatory instructional works and collaborations with John Lennon.

Until September 15,