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Thread: F1 Week - Things To Do In & Around Montréal

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    Cool F1 Week - Things To Do In & Around Montréal

    With the Grand Prix du Canada just a week away, I thought our fellow Merbites (Montréalers and Visitors alike) would appreciate a thread on parties, clubs, events, activities, etc. that are happening during the days leading up to and including race day.

    Let's report on places where the action is hot, hot, hot.

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    GP weekend

    Some things to do and see during the best weekend of the year in Montreal:

    The fashion shows on McGill (starts Tuesday and runs to Sat.)

    The Budweiser Clydesdales will be downtown on Thursday and then probably at the track Fri.-Sun.

    Crescent St. festival - two blocks closed starting Thursday at noon.

    BMW Pit Lane Park Thu. - Sat., located next to Bell Center.

    Ferrari Club of Quebec drive-in, Peel St. Thursday night.

    Girl watching anywhere and everywhere.

    Guy Laliberté's Sunday night party (invitation only).
    Last edited by CaptRenault; 06-18-2006 at 02:02 AM.
    Strasser: By the way, the murder of the couriers, what has been done?
    Renault: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.
    Heinze: We already know who the murderer is.
    Strasser: Good. Is he in custody?
    Renault: Oh, there's no hurry. Tonight he'll be at Rick's. Everybody comes to Rick's.

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    Sorry but no Laliberte's party this year

    Guys,

    This year Guy Laliberte won't be throwing a F1 party. Only a very small, intimate gathering of a hundred people at his house.

    Link to LaPresse Affaires

    A27

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    Quote Originally Posted by agentleman27
    ...This year Guy Laliberte won't be throwing a F1 party. Only a very small, intimate gathering of a hundred people at his house...
    C'est vrai...no big party on Sunday night this year, just a small gathering at Laliberté's house on Thursday night.

    Guy Laliberté ne fera pas de party
    La Presse
    08 juin 2006

    Le Grand Prix du Canada ne sera pas tout à fait le même cette année.

    La Presse a appris que le fondateur du Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté, ne tiendra pas son traditionnel party de Formule 1, cette soirée privée où est convié tout le gratin québécois et international le soir du Grand Prix.

    Selon nos sources, Guy Laliberté compte plutôt organiser une réception «intime» le 22 juin, soit trois jours avant la présentation de la course...
    Strasser: By the way, the murder of the couriers, what has been done?
    Renault: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.
    Heinze: We already know who the murderer is.
    Strasser: Good. Is he in custody?
    Renault: Oh, there's no hurry. Tonight he'll be at Rick's. Everybody comes to Rick's.

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    Crescent St. GP festival

    Here's more about the Crescent St. Grand Prix Festival:

    Canadian Grand Prix Festival on Crescent
    2006 Schedule


    Thursday, June 22, 2006

    11:45 am Opening Ceremony
    12:30 pm Honda/Michelin Celebrity Pit Stop Competition
    4:00 pm O fficial Weigh-In for the “Gala de Boxe du Grand Prix”
    5:30 pm Honda/Michelin Media Pit Stop Competition
    7:00 pm Budweiser presents Black Russian Band in concert
    9:00 pm Budweiser presents Wicked Access in concert

    Friday, June 23, 2006

    12:30 pm Budweiser presents This Side Up in concert
    6:00 pm Kärv Fall 2006 Fashion Show (In case of rain: Saturday at 6:00pm )
    7:00 pm Budweiser presents Fully Completely (tribute to The Tragically Hip) in concert
    9:00 pm Budweiser presents Rusty in concert

    Saturday, June 24, 2006

    12:30 pm Budweiser presents Meesh in concert
    4:30 pm Groupe Yvon Michel and BBF Promotions & Events present “Fast & Furious” (Public boxing training and autograph signing session)
    4:30 pm Budweiser presents DJ « GP » with special musical guest
    7:00 pm Budweiser presents Pop Zone in concert
    9:00 pm Budweiser presents Rock of Ages in concert
    Strasser: By the way, the murder of the couriers, what has been done?
    Renault: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.
    Heinze: We already know who the murderer is.
    Strasser: Good. Is he in custody?
    Renault: Oh, there's no hurry. Tonight he'll be at Rick's. Everybody comes to Rick's.

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    BMW Pit Lane Park

    Here's more info about the BMW Pit Lane Park:

    BMW Sauber F1 Team Pit Lane Park will roar into Montreal
    Unique replica of Formula 1 pit lane is free to public.

    WHITBY, ON, June 7 /CNW/ - BMW Canada has announced details of the BMW Sauber F1 Team Pit Lane Park to be located in downtown Montreal during Canadian Grand Prix week. From Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June 24, the Pit Lane Park will offer F1 fans unprecedented free access to the
    powerful, technology rich world of Formula 1 racing. Located adjacent to the
    Bell Centre at Boulevard Rene Levesque and Rue Drummond, Pit Lane Park hours of operation are 12 p.m. -10 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

    Nowhere is more critical to the outcome of a grand prix than the pit lane
    and the BMW Sauber F1 Team Pit Lane Park brings all the excitement of pit
    stops, race strategies and team tactics to life in an entertaining,
    interactive attraction. Spanning 5,400 square meters, with a capacity of up to 1,400 visitors at a time the Pit Lane Park features authentic BMW Sauber
    F1 Team pit garages and a 90-metre-long stretch of track leading to a 23-metre turning area flanked by grandstands.

    The star of the show is the BMW Sauber F1.06 Formula 1 race car, offering
    fans up-close access to the sound, speed and dynamics of the world's most
    state-of-the-art racing machinery. Powering up throughout the day, the F1 car will alternate on-track with a Formula BMW racing car, offering visitors an
    insight into the full spectrum of BMW motorsport's abilities and achievements.

    As an additional highlight to the Pit Lane Park schedule in Montreal, BMW
    Motorrad's renowned stunt and racing champion, Christian Pfeiffer, will be
    performing a series of incredible demonstration rides aboard the new BMW F800S motorcycle.

    "BMW Canada has a strong legacy of fan events surrounding the Canadian
    Grand Prix as evidenced by the success of the former BMW M Night on Peel
    Street", states Joe Lawrence, Director, Marketing, BMW Group Canada. "The BMW Sauber F1 Team Pit Lane Park will take that legacy to a whole new level,
    allowing tens of thousands of F1 enthusiasts to experience an insider's view
    of Formula 1 racing over the three day period."

    Also featured at the BMW Sauber F1 Pit Lane Park will be:

    - BMW race cars and technical exhibits.
    - An authentic pit wall Team command centre.
    - A view inside the driver's track life at the Team motorhome exhibit.
    - Pit Stop Challenge where visitors can test their skills.
    - Fan photo opportunity with BMW Sauber F1.06 race car.
    - Formula 1 quiz.
    - F1 inspired driving simulators.
    - BMW Sauber F1 Team merchandise shop.
    - Speaker's Corner for fans to ask questions of F1 experts and drivers.

    Taking the success of the former BMW M Night fan event in Montreal as
    inspiration, the BMW Sauber F1 Pit Lane Park debuted at the European Grand
    Prix at the Nuerburgring this year. It has since thrilled F1 fans at the
    Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, moving next to the British Grand Prix at
    Silverstone. Additional sites on the 2006 Formula 1 schedule for the Pit Lane
    Park include the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and the Chinese Grand Prix in
    Shanghai.

    Public information about Pit Lane Park is available at
    www.BMW-SauberF1.com by clicking on the Paddock toolbar.
    Strasser: By the way, the murder of the couriers, what has been done?
    Renault: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.
    Heinze: We already know who the murderer is.
    Strasser: Good. Is he in custody?
    Renault: Oh, there's no hurry. Tonight he'll be at Rick's. Everybody comes to Rick's.

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    F1 GP week economic impact: $75M+

    Here's what the F1 Grand Prix week means to Montreal in economic terms: $75M. But the $75M doesn't include all the revenue taken in by escort agencies during the week. So let's just round it off to a cool $100M.

    In the world of F1 money is no object
    CanWest News Service
    Sunday, June 18, 2006 MONTREAL -- Ka-ching! That's the sound you'll be hearing this week as the Formula One circus comes to town with its big spenders.

    In the world of F1, money makes the world and the cars go 'round.

    Tourisme Montreal estimates visitors for the Canadian Grand Prix spend $75 million at hotels, restaurants and stores. They spend so much the provincial government has allowed some stores to open on Saturday's Fete Nationale holiday the day before the race to accommodate the fans and their big wallets...
    Last edited by CaptRenault; 06-18-2006 at 08:55 PM.
    Strasser: By the way, the murder of the couriers, what has been done?
    Renault: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.
    Heinze: We already know who the murderer is.
    Strasser: Good. Is he in custody?
    Renault: Oh, there's no hurry. Tonight he'll be at Rick's. Everybody comes to Rick's.

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    Fashion shows

    Here's more info about the fashion shows held on McGill Ave. during the Grand Prix week. They start Tuesday and get into high gear on Thursday. Read the info closely and you can figure out which shows feature swimwear and lingerie.

    Festival Mode & Design Fashion Shows
    Strasser: By the way, the murder of the couriers, what has been done?
    Renault: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.
    Heinze: We already know who the murderer is.
    Strasser: Good. Is he in custody?
    Renault: Oh, there's no hurry. Tonight he'll be at Rick's. Everybody comes to Rick's.

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    Traffic In Montreal During GP Weekend

    Am I right in assuming that traffic in Montreal during GP weekend gets more tied up than usual? Is it just as bad at the end of the day after the races are over, or does it go back to normal ?

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    Thanks for all the info Capt. I'm taking Thursday off so I can fully enjoy the festivities and the info you've posted will be a great help. With the fashion shows it seems I will finally be able to properly try out the zoom on my new digicam.

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    chef, during GP weekend, the traffic on Ste-Catherine St is basically a constant jam, especially around Crescent St. I wouldn't come down with a car until Sunday. When I don't go to the race, like this year, I usually drop by the Peel Pub to watch the race on Sunday. Before anyone dumps on the place, it's usually a smaller crowd than the more popular sports bars in town and they still have their chicken wing special running on Sunday and I'm a sucker for cheap wings. This will mark my first weekend downtown since the smoking ban so I wonder how long I'll last before I just give up and go home.

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    Techman: thanks for the info. If I drove down on any day and exited off the 720 and parked my car say at the Marriott Chateau Champlain, just off the exit, would I still experience severe congestion?

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    chef, I think that would be a good idea without any problems.

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    So close I can smell the fumes...

    ...at long last GP week has arrived and I procured tickets this year overlooking the starting grid, my first time there.

    Don't forget Bridgestone Open house at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Thursday 9AM-1PM. You can actually walk down Pit lane and see all the goings on as the teams prepare.

    Can't wait to sit out on the balcony of Stogies overlooking Crescent with a Cuban in one hand and a single malt in the other watching all the girls go by!

    Walking by Queue De Chevals meat aging room and seeing those mouth watering cuts of Corn fed Prime beef dry aged to perfection, mouth watering!

    Hearing the knock on my door and wondering what my newest SP acquaintance will have in store for me!!

    Seeing Schumachers Ferrari screaming past the checkered flag! (Preferably in front of Alonso)

    Heaven, I'm in heaven...I love Montreal!
    "I can picture every move that a man could make
    getting lost in her loving is your first mistake

    Sometimes I think its a sin
    When I feel like I'm winning when I'm losing again"

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    Ferrari Club

    Here are some details about the Ferrari Club of Quebec drive-in (look for me, I'll be driving the red one ).

    This is a fantastic event, even if you're not that into cars. Anyway, the Ferraris are not mere cars, they are works of art. To see 30+ Ferraris drive down Peel St. (and then park there) on a fine summer evening with all the hoopla of GP weekend going on all around and all the women of Montreal doing their absolute best to look beautiful and sexy...well, there's just no place in the world I'd rather be at the moment.

    Ferrari Club of Quebec Peel St. Parade [click on calendar]
    Strasser: By the way, the murder of the couriers, what has been done?
    Renault: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.
    Heinze: We already know who the murderer is.
    Strasser: Good. Is he in custody?
    Renault: Oh, there's no hurry. Tonight he'll be at Rick's. Everybody comes to Rick's.

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