Montreal gears up to embrace Urban Art, Music, Parties and the F1 Frenzy !

       The Canadian Grand Prix is back for another sizzling edition with an expected turnout of over 150,000 visitors and locals alike that will  head into the streets to admire the cars, soak in the sun and participate in the happening F1 parties all around the city, running from the 6th to the 10th of June!

This week, Gen Delights introduces you to a variety of cultural, wellness and F1 related events and activities that you plunge you into the heart of the festivities!

Take it to the Streets: Free outdoor activities!

Join the energetic masses at the largest F1 party in the world, happening directly on Peel and Crescent Street right in the heart of downtown.

Enjoy free live performances, spinning DJs and a gorgeous display of elegant sports cars that will line the streets for you to pose and take pictures with.

It’s all happening, June 7th to the 10th 2017 on Crescent & Peel / corner De Maisonneuve Street


This year the Chandon terrace at Dorchester Square will transform into an epic kart racing track right in the middle of the city!

The terrace will remain open until Sunday, however, on Thursday, June 7th you can catch F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne who will have a public standoff, after which the public will be able to experience and try the race track for themselves while driving to the rhythmic beats of DJ Kevin Saunderson.

On Saturday, Piknic Electronik will be throwing a massive party as famed Montreal DJs (Debbie Døe, Forrest, and Kora) will light up Square Dorchester with booming dance music – blasting out towards the streets – which will also be closed off to motorists.


Little Italy celebrates F1!

Italians are known for their ‘joie de vivre’. For 6 consecutive years, the merchants and community will embracing F1 with a lineup of free outdoor activities for the whole family including a car show , street food, live entertainment and even pedal karting and mini-putt for the kiddies . The activities run from June 8th – 10th .

On Friday night, you will not want to miss the Italian fanfare, the Banda Gentile that will animate St-Laurent Boulevard (a stone throw away from Jean Talon market ) !


MURAL Festival – Saint-Laurent Boulevard

Since its creation in 2012, The MURAL Festival of Montreal has a mission to democratize urban art, making the city a must for art lovers around the world.

This year the Festival will be launched on June 7th at the same time as the Montreal Grand Prix.

Roam the Main to enjoy an explosion of color with the creation of beautiful live murals, see artistic performances, try various street foods and enjoy an array of free activities for the whole family on the closed to motorist,  pedestrian friendly boulevard !


Wellness and Health for F1:

Who doesn’t like to shine and look fabulous at a F1 party ?

At the Helight Center you can experience an oasis of relaxation and well-being while receiving noninvasive cosmetic treatments for your skin with the use of red light therapy, a technology developed in France that will leave your skin silky soft and with a definitive glow.

The center offers treatments that are natural, noninvasive and that regulates cellular metabolism by light. Tested in French laboratories and supported by 4000 scientific studies, it uses the action of powerful red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to revitalize and regulate cells, while providing a feeling of well-being to the body.

The red light does not emit harmful UV rays that risk prematurely aging the skin , instead the benefits of regular treatments are varied and clients may seek treatments to reduce joint or muscle pain , weight loss, fine wrinkles and laugh lines,  receding hairlines or hair loss , stretch marks, psoriasis and other skin  ailments and overall stress reduction and wellness.

For optimal results, 8 to 12 sessions of 15 minutes spread over a few weeks are highly recommended, however for those curious or in need of an instant wellness boost, the center offers 15 minutes relaxation drop-in sessions within a very Zen-like setting with your choice of brewed coffee or herbal tea !

The center is situated on 445 Avenue du Président- Kennedy ,  right next to Place des Arts.



Dress to Kill   June 6th

To kick off the Grand Prix festivities in style and to celebrate their 10th anniversary, Dress to Kill magazine wishes to invite Montreal’s fashion elite for an unforgettable networking cocktail night at Bar George at the heart of the beautiful Victorian Mount Stephen Hotel.

D.T.K. Magazine is definitely raising the bar high for this soirée: with an impressive guest list for the VIP cocktail including several arts, film and sports personalities, the party will open its doors to the public as of 10 pm.

This exclusive event will certainly create interesting opportunities for networking among the designers, fashionistas, photographers and major players in the fashion industry that will certainly come out to party all night!


Bord’Elle, the Great Gatsby 1920’s themed bar is hosting a series of three extravagant F1 parties from Friday to Sunday night entitled The Blueprint.

Expect one-of-a-kind burlesque entertainment, flapper dresses and general merriment as guests sip Grey Goose vodka and party until the wee hours of the Final Lap held on Sunday that is an epic celebration for the end of Grand Prix weekend (without Grand Prix pricing!)

For those interested in dining, the chefs have been busy preparing a succulent menu paired with sensational themed cocktails guaranteed to WOW you!

Bord’Elle will be open Thursday-Friday-Saturday and Sunday for dinner service and all night long!

Please visit their website for further details and for reservation.

Date: Friday June 9, 2017 @ 6:30pm – Sunday June 11 @ 3:00am
Location: Bord’Elle, 390 rue St-Jacques West


Auberge Saint-Gabriel:  Four Festive nights of F1 Food and Festivities!

For four consecutive evenings, The famed Auberge Saint-Gabriel will offer a series of spectacular F1 parties as well as offer a gastronomic Grand Prix banquet FEAST menu that boasts a vast array of locally sourced selected land and sea delicacies including oysters, scallops, fine charcuterie meats, grilled pork chops, giant Cajun shrimp and truffle filet mignon!

The Auberge will also be offering their Bagatelle Brunch, to be held from noon onward on Saturday where bubbly will flow freely and attendees will enjoy a festive atmosphere all day long.

Did you know that Guy Laliberté is now a DJ? The founder of Cirque du Soleil and billionaire will be headlining the closing night of festivities on Sunday, June 10th at l’Auberge St-Gabriel!


Fashion1 with Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu: The love of Sport and Fashion!

The next edition of Fashion1 will be held at the Sofitel Montreal this Wednesday June 6th,

An exclusive benefit cocktail and fashion evening hosted by Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu to benefit his Paul Boisvenu Foundation whose mission is to advance medical knowledge and critical research on brain cancer:

Sponsored in part by LaCoupe and ViaRail, attendees can expect an evening full of glamorous surprises with mouth-watering treats, a silent auction, spectacular artistic performances and a stylish fashion show featuring clothes from Europa boutique.

CTV’s Mose Persico will be hosting the evening and the dynamic DJs Kouame and Abeille Gélinas will introduce you to new rhythms all night long!

Wednesday June 6th 6 to 9 pm

Tickets on sale: $ 500 pp, tax deductible.


For those who wish to party on the South Shore of Montreal:

Grand Prix energy is taking over Quartier DIX30!

As bustling with energy as an F1 paddock, the SQUARE at Quartier DIX30 is joining in on the Formula One celebrations, with race-themed happy hours, food stations and a rhythmic DJ-hosted fashion show, not to mention the “Passion Porsche” event and a Super NOVA tour concert!


On Friday, a series of GOURMET STATIONS will be set up around SQUARE DIX30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., turning it into a fun and flavorful urban terrace, complete with complimentary treats from some of Quartier DIX30’s delectable gourmet destinations ( Siam , Oasis surf, Sushiman, Zyara etc…).


On Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., in an exclusive space. “Porsche” the legendary automaker will present its latest creations alongside rare models


On Saturday, starting at 2 p.m., the fountain at SQUARE DIX30 will become the backdrop for a vibrant fashion show with a sportswear slant. Expect to see on the runway Swedish brand Peak Performance, as well as head-turning swimwear creations from Shan as well as other home brands such as Roots!


On Saturday, starting at 8 p.m., a lineup of artists from the Super NOVA tour will make the SQUARE DIX30 come alive with their contagious energy, performing chart-topping hits and connecting with the audience in an up-close and personal way. Featuring Elizabeth Blouin-Brathwaite, Sylvain Cossette and Andrée Watters.

With ample Free parking space and a lineup of fun family friendly activities, Dix30 is the perfect area to enjoy suburban F1 activities !