We all know Toronto has plenty of things to do at any time of the year, but as the weather turns warm, maybe it's time to leave our beloved city and check out somewhere else. Somewhere like, say, MTL for example.

In fact, it just so happens to be Digital Spring right now over there, which is the perfect opportunity for some fun in the sun. This world-class event brings together a variety of talented digital artists to showcase digital creativity in all its forms.

The 3rd edition of Digital Spring is set to attract over 300,000 people, and will feature over 150 events dedicated to immersive 3D experiences, cutting-edge EDM concerts, and other stunning visual and sound performances that will blow your mind.

Here’s our selection of top 12 events you need to attend at Montreal’s Digital Spring.

Photo cred- @cinemateque

Secrets and Illusions, The Magic of Special Effects

Where: Cinémathèque Québécoise

When: It's a permanent exposition

The Cinémathèque has the largest collection of film, television and video archives in Canada! Divided in 3 parts, this exhibition demystifies special effects in moving image, from the earliest days to the present.


Photo cred- @explorecanada

Dark Universe / aurorae

When: January 1st to September 5th, 2016

Where: The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

No need to go to Yellowknife to observe magnificent aurora borealis. The first part of the projection takes place in a room filled with cushions, where you can observe the sky like you were on a romantic date outside. The second part presents breathtaking images of the secrets of Canadian northern lights.


Photo cred- Primtemps Numerique 

Couch Play

When: May 17 th and June 21th

Where: GAMEPLAY SPACE

To all the gamers: this free event is most definitely for you! Giant screens will be installed so that several players can play a variety of locally-made games simultaneously.


Photo cred- MTL Blog

Piknic Électronik

When: May 22th to October 2nd

Where: Parc Jean Drapeau

This wildly popular music festival returns in full force on May 22, where every Sunday, several artists and internationally renowned DJs perform outside at Parc Jean Drapeau. It's definitely a staple in Montreal every summer, regardless if you live there or if you are only visiting for a few days.


Photo cred- @c2montreal

C2 Montréal

Where: L'Arsenal

When: May 24th to May 26th

C2 Montréal is an interactive three-day event that showcases a vast array of non-traditional experiences, connecting creativity and commerce through world-renowned speakers, engaging exhibitions, and collaborative workshops in a sprawling exhibition space. Martha Stewart, Chip Conley and David Suzuki will be present this year.


Photo cred- Primtemps Numerique 

Corps Secret / Corps Public

Where: Place des Arts

When: May 26th to June 8th

This amazing interactive installation combines movement, sound and architecture to create a totally unique experience to challenge how we interpret images and time. Every movement you make in this installation alters the soundtrack played within this supernatural urban jungle created by trio of Isabelle Van Grimde, Thom Gossage and Anick La Bissonnière.


Photo cred- @ovidiuzaharia

21 BALANÇOIRES

Where: Quartier des Spectacles

When: until May 29th

This collective musical production is super fun: you and your friends create a melody by swinging! The 21 Balançoires installation was custom-made for the Promenade des Artistes in the Festival District, a vibrant neighbourhood in Montreal near McGill University.


Photo cred- @danii__jo

Montreal Museum Day

When: May 29th

Where: 30 museums all over Montreal

For a thirteenth year running, Museums Day sees more than 30 Montreal museums open their doors to the public all for free! This is an excellent opportunity to discover the diversity of exhibitions offered around the city, but I highly recommend Maison Saint-Gabriel to experience first-hand the what life was like in 17th century rural Canada.


Photo cred- @mutekmontreal 

Mutek

When: June 1st to June 5th

Where: MAC Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

Mutek is one of the biggest events in North America, combining the best in digital art and the electronic music scene. Each year, 100 artists, panelists and digital industry's professionals stir up Montreal with a selection of performances and original activities.


Photo cred- @elektra_bian 

ELEKTRA

When: June 1st to June 5th

Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art

An international digital art festival, ELEKTRA presents works and artists that combine art and technology to showcase creations that are local, national as well as global..


Photo cred- @elektra_bian

BIAN

When: June 3rd to July 3rd

Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art

Back for the 3rd year in a row, International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN) is an innovative art exhibition, consisting of works by both Canadian and international artists . This year the theme of "Automata: Art made by machines for machines.".


Photo cred- Eureka Festival 

EUREKA Festival!

When: June 10th to June 12th

Where: The Old Port

This 3 days celebration of science features over 100 original activities, developed and run by passionate people! It is an invitation to the discovery, experimentation, exchange and reflection on major issues that we all have questions about. All events are free.


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