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What to Do in Montreal: Gabrielle Lacasse's April Picks

Your monthly round-up of everything cool, stylish and fun going down in la belle ville from Montreal Localist-at-large Gabrielle Lacasse

1. Make spring last
Flowers are the perfect spring pick-me-up—except for when they start to wilt after only three days. Enter MFleurs—a local floral delivery service now offering a special black rose that can last more than a year (!) due to a special process involving variations in temperature and controlled freezing. It’s basically magic: the rose needs no water and will bloom all year. Check it out at

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2. Put your best foot forward
Savvy shoe shoppers know that comparing prices is major key. Now there’s a new Montreal-based site that does it for you. Les dilettantes, deemed “Trivago for shoes,” brings together tons of retailers under one roof, showing you the best deals on your chosen pair. The site features more than 200 brands from around 40 different retailers, which means lots of choice in styles, budget and needs. Finally, an easy way to score those shoes you’ve been eying over and over again at the lowest price possible!

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3. Shop for new art—for a cause
Artist Kven Efimero’s second show, #Expofusion, exposes the second life a painting can have through different modifications. His vibrant work, which touches on themes of peace and relief, is the perfect way to bring some colour into your home—and help raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. The artist is donating 30 percent of all profits to the cause.

4. Discover local designers
Montreal’s fashion showcase, Fashion Preview, is back for its fifth edition this month. From April 5 to 7, check out 14 local ready-to-wear and 18 accessories collections at the Agora Hydro-Quebec. Buyers, media and the public are invited to discover what Montreal has to offer.

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5. Get your hands on a made-in-MTL garment
The Braderie, also known as Mecca for fashion lovers, is hosting its popular semi-annual shopping event from April 14-17 at Bonsecours Market (350 Saint-Paul E.). Featuring up to 100 designers at 50 to 80 percent off, it’s a great place to discover Montreal-made clothing and accessories, and meet your favourite local designer.

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