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Mont-Tremblant is an international-calibre destination for a wonderful vacation, whether in the heart of its ski resort or in the nearby town. In addition to offering a wide aray of high-quality lodgings, the area also offers exceptional dining experiences. Here are LUXE magazine’s suggestions.



After a whole day of skiing, everyone—be it couples, families, or public gures—gathers at La Forge to savour delicious grilled foods or to have a glass in a relaxing atmosphere. The Bistro-Bar has a bistro menu for lunch and dinner. Tartares, mussels and fries, salads and burgers, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, are featured. As for the Grill, it offers delicious foods grilled on maple wood in a unique setting. Reservations required.



Here, you won’t have the impression of being just another restaurant patron; you’ll feel like the favoured guest of an excellent host. Expect delicious cuisine, a well-stocked wine bar, a dining room with a view of the kitchen, and a friendly atmosphere. Over the course of a meal, time will stop. The specialty of the French chef is without a doubt beef, served in various ways: tartare, bone-in let mignon, and Wagyu and Tomahawk steak. But sh lovers won’t be jealous, with lobster poutine, black cod and tuna steaks on offer. The establishment also offers group cooking classes.



Le Cheval de Jade is a ne French restaurant located on Saint-Jovite Street in Mont-Tremblant. One of the 14 Maîtres Canardiers in the world, chef Olivier Tali is highly recognized for his Laurentian duckling à la Rouennaise, a lightly modi ed version of the famous pressed duck. The restaurant has other specialities, such as its sh soup and its bouillabaisse. The menu, changed every season, mostly uses local and organic products. Fine dining lovers can treat themselves with the discovery menu: snow crab cake, duck breast with foie gras sauce, and gourmet desserts.


A cuisine of emotion, simultaneously gourmet and creative: this is how chef sEb prefers to de ne his culinary approach. Choosing ingredients coming from the Laurentians where possible, the chef adds a pinch of international avour and a touch of the avant-garde to his Bison brisket, apple and pine venison striploin, and seafood soffocato. He creates dishes full of avour and nesse, offering a true sensory experience to those who try them. Add a well-rounded wine list and a welcoming environment to the experience, and you get one of the best restaurants in the area.



Owner and chef Fabien Glissen admits that his cuisine is “simple, comforting, precise, and ef cient.” His recipes may be made up of only a handful of ingredients, but they are all of top quality. The restaurant offers several dishes cooked on a pierrade, a volcanic stone heated to high temperatures, ideal for a cooking without any added fat. Meats and sh such as let mignon, ostrich, tuna, bison, kangaroo, venison, wapiti, camel, and crocodile are on the menu. It’s enough to satisfy the taste buds of the most demanding foodies.





Located at the foot of Mont Tremblant and the shores of Lac Tremblant, Hôtel Quintessence has charmed its visitors for over a decade. This preeminent hotel, the rst ve-star boutique hotel to be built in Mont-Tremblant, offers outstanding service. The prestigous Condé Nast Johansens magazine has named it one of the best small hotels in North America. The establishment has 30 luxury suites with stunning views of the lake. Additionally, it has a spa and a Four Diamond-rated restaurant that offers a re ned culinary experience.


Beautifully situated on a slope of Mont Tremblant, this resort distinguishes itself by its pedestrian village and its many lakes and hiking trails. After the recent renovation of its rooms and spa and the addition of four new restaurants, this ve-star hotel offers an unbeatable experience combining luxury, comfort and alpine glamour.


The establishment’s four new restaurants are open to the public and offer four distinct culinary approaches, making the Fairmont Tremblant a unique culinary destination in Quebec. Particular attention is paid to its reception service and to the dining service. Additionally, this establishment partners with the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) to present a more avant-garde approach to the hospitality trade, which differs from the traditional approach. More than ever, this hotel is an ideal place to spend one’s vacation as a couple, with family or with friends.


This ve-star hotel complex at the heart of the pedestrian village is even more comfortable since its rooms were completely renovated. You can enjoy direct access to ski slopes and hiking trails. In addition, the establishment has a salt water pool, a spa, an outdoor whirlpool bath, a tness room, 24-hour room service, and a concierge to help you plan your stay. The restaurant offers a wide selection of tapas, paellas and seasonal dishes. With more than 4,090 square feet of conference rooms, the Westin Resort & Spa Tremblant is also ideal for business trips.


Note that the hotels Fairmont Tremblant and Le Westin Resort & Spa are participating in the Lodging Privileges program this winter. With the First Tracks program, you will have access to the North Side ski trails 45 minutes before the of cial opening to the public so that you can enjoy the best skiing conditions. Skate rentals are also included, and you can participate for free in the sliding evening events.


Text : Diane Stehle

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At 34, Ed Fornieles is among contemporary art’s most influential young artists. Focused on digital culture, Fornieles works in a range of media, such as sculpture, installation and performance, to make work distinctly of our age. Curators, collectors and critics alike have taken notice, and his work has appeared in the New Museum and Arsenal Contemporary in New York City, as well as in the Serpentine Gallery in London. In his recent body of work, titled The Finiliar, the British-based artist dares his viewers to look at markets differently.


Finiliars are cute little entities whose emotional and physical states are tied to data. Data can be anything from stocks, to shares, to rainfall, to your favourite hockey team. As value increases, so does the Finiliars’ well-being, and conversely, a dip in value results in sickness or even death.


In a sense they are, but to care for them is never the responsibility of an individual. Instead, their well-being is tied to the actions of many.


Yes, the design team did a lot of research into what would elicit empathy in the viewer. This is why the proportions, although cartoon-like, are similar to those of a human baby. The viewer can’t help but respond to and feel for them.


It’s a mix of ‘familiar’ and ‘financial.’ However, I’ve heard theories connecting it to ‘fini’ as in end, and ‘liar.’ But, I can’t really say.


[laughs] Actually, a bank has recently shown interest in using a Finiliar for personal banking, as a different way for people to relate to their finances. To be honest, I can’t stand looking at my balance, but perhaps the ‘cutified’ interface of the Finiliar can create a different kind of relationship, one that takes into account the very real psychological aspects of someone’s finances. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather say ‘hello’ to a cute, cuddly friend than to a numeric value.


See more of Ed Fornieles’ work at Galerie Division.


The 75th Montréal International Auto Show (MIAS) was held from January 19 to January 28, 2018, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The theme: “Enter the Revolution.” This year, the MIAS proved again why, since its very beginnings, it has always been the top spot for unveiling automobile revolutions in Quebec and Canada. LUXE magazine was there.


The MIAS was off to a strong start, kicking off the show with its Charity Preview event in a decor retracing Montréal’s automobile history from 1914 to today. With a full house, the event raised more than $7 million, including the impressive amount of $947,198 given to six charities.


The ten days of the show were also a success. Highlighting a historical milestone, the Mecca for auto fans presented close to 500 models of vehicles this year. Elegant automobiles from Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, Karma Revero, Lamborghini, Lotus and McLaren were greatly admired by the many visitors strolling down the show’s passageways.


The 2018 Lexus NX Compact SUV, an elegant and spacious luxury model with the imposing presence of an SUV and the dynamic agility of a sports car, was also on display for the public. Remember that in November of last year, the brand had organized a “master class” for the launch of this model, inviting a dozen in uencers to test drive the model and to meet Montrealers who are rede ning the standards of some of the most competitive industries in the city. These Montréal masters represented, each in their own way, one of the four core values of the Lexus brand, namely daring design, innovative technology, Omotenashi (the art of hospitality), and Takumi craftsmanship (the perfection of an art).


The MIAS organizers calculated everything so that the event would be a success: in addition to the vehicles, each more beautiful than the next, several virtual reality activities, test drives (notably, of more than 40 electrical and hybrid car models), and racing games were offered to the public.


In the Performance Zone, fans of modi ed cars could treat themselves to two rooms over owing with close to 25 unique cars, with one room in particular revisiting 75 years of car mod history.


Plus, the 75th MIAS reached a record high for automaker unveilings, with ve North American premieres, about forty Canadian premieres, and several concept cars making their debut.

After its rst full year, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership’s program for the export of its public art installations is a clear success: to date, six works produced and premiered in Montréal have been presented in 20 cities at 25 cultural events and festivals, and have been seen by millions of people in North America, Europe and the Middle East.


For the last year, installations produced by the Partnership, whether based on light, sound, participation or interaction, have been entertaining audiences in the world’s great capitals and cultural events. Their export helps extend the life of the works, raises their creators’ pro le and serves as an exceptional platform for showcasing Montréal, UNESCO City of Design, contributing to the city’s emergence as a global capital of digital art and creativity.

Impulse is a ne example of international appreciation, having been immensely successful in London, Chicago, Brussels and Lugano, followed by stops in ten more large European, American and Canadian cities. After its world tour, the installation comprising a series of illuminated, sound-producing seesaws, created by Lateral Office and CS Design, will return to the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles on November 30, 2017, and will remain until January 28, 2018.



A year after the Partnership launched the new program, every work currently offered for export is now on display in another city: Loop in Lugano, Iceberg and Îlot de chaleur in Detroit, Prismatica in Scottsdale and Niagara Falls, Entre les rangs for a second time in Durham, England, and Impulse, in the cities listed below. The Partnership now plans to step up the production of works created and premiered in Montréal before being offered for export, helping meet growing demand.

Increased production of new works will also attract creators who have not yet explored the design of installations or public artworks. The goal is to stimulate the creation and exhibition of original works that give a range of audiences compelling experiences that transform their relationship with the city.

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership’s productions are recognized for their quality and ability to spark the interest of a diverse audience, thanks especially to their participatory nature and their universal and inclusive themes. The Partnership’s works are highly appreciated by citizens because they create opportunities to meet and share; they also help build the kind of relationship cities want to build with their residents.


Photos: © Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles / Ian Cameron / Jacques Kuba Séguin — Quartier des Spectacles Partnership / Ian Cameron / Jacques Kuba Séguin

Tremblant’s seventeenth 24h fundraiser, which took place December 7 to 9, has reached new heights. The initial goal was to beat last year’s record of $3.25 million. Mission accomplished! A total of $3,868,742 was raised for three major organizations: the Fondation Charles-Bruneau, the Senators Foundation and the Fondation Tremblant.


Tremblant’s 24h is a sports challenge to raise money for three major foundations dedicated to children’s causes. During 24 hours, relay teams of 6 to 12 participants took part in one of three sports: skiing, walking and running. Inaddition, major concerts and a host of activities took place over the weekend to make it an unforgettable experience for everyone.


In addition to the thousands of participants, visitors and donors, a number of celebrities, companies and organizations came together for the cause of sick or disadvantaged children.


This year, Tremblant’s 24h was once again able to count on a team of outstanding ambassadors. Benoît Gagnon, Philippe Fehmiu, Anne-Marie Withenshaw, Erik Guay, Alexandre Bilodeau, Alexandre Despatie, Lianne Laing, Dominic Arpin and Frédéric Plante helped expand the event and give it a special touch.


Major concerts like the one starring Mélissa Lavergne and her guests and a memorable performance by Simple Plan encouraged the brave troops facing winter conditions and fatigue.


Tremblant’s next 24h has already been confirmed forDecember 7, 8 and 9, 2018.



• 3,317 participants on 366 teams

• More than 18,000 ski runs

• 48,000 kilometres run or walked by participants, i.e. four times the earth’s diameter!

• 350 volunteers, 11 ambassadors, 9 sponsored children










Photos: courtesy of Tremblant’s 24

Who has never dreamed of wearing a beautiful dress that lights up the room on her wedding day or at an important event? Antoinette Di Carlo turns this dream into a reality with one-of-a-kind tailor-made designs she creates in her atelier in Montréal’s Little Italy.


Antoinette Di Carlo worked in the ready-to-wear industry for 15 years as a designer and saleswoman in turn. Once in a while, bored with mass production, she would make bespoke evening gowns for her own customers outside of her working hours. “I felt limited in my creativity. Haute couture gives you that freedom to create,” explains the designer. In 2011, she made her decision: she left her job and founded her business, Di Carlo Couture.



Six years later, the young woman is on her way to becoming the darling of Montréal’s elite. Red carpet and society function regulars from here and abroad place orders with her, and top stylists choose her designs for magazine covers. It’s clear that doing business with Antoinette guarantees a dress like no other, since each one is unique and tailor-made. “People often tell me about trends, but I don’t want to follow them. I want to start them!” says the artist.


© Christina Esteban


Every piece is in fact the result of several months of work. From the first consultation to the choice of fabric, including three fittings, Antoinette works in close collaboration with her customers. “People often come to me with an idea. Together, we refine the concept. My showroom serves as astarting point for style and fabric choice.”


By combining several different fabrics (organza, tulle, embroidery, lace, etc.) and playing with transparency, her dresses present sophisticated silhouettes that are agenuine ode to femininity.


As several of her creations were worn at the last Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, and having just returned from Toronto and London, Antoinette already has countless other projects in mind, such as taking part in the New York Fashion Week next year. From what we’ve seen so far, we have no doubt her wish will come true.


Cover: © Monique Weston

To read

The story of an improbable friendship

Long awaited by critics and the public after the enormous success of En attendant Bojangles (Waiting for Bojangles), Olivier Bourdeaut’s second novel surpassed our expectations. This time, the author takes us to the heart of the salt marshes in Guérande, Brittany. There, afriendship is forged between two men as different from each other as can be, tied together by an absurd promise and, at the same time, a mutual fascination. As the story progresses, an atmosphere like that of a quirky crime novel settles over readers and holds them on the edge of their seats until the end. An absolute must-read.


Pactum salis by Olivier Bourdeaut, Éd. Finitude. Instores February 6 in French


A chilling crime novel

Who killed Elisa Bjarnadóttir, a young Icelandic housewife with no dark past? With a silent seven-year old girl as the only witness and the only clue a strange set of numbers written by the murderer, the police have a difficult job ahead of them. But the investigators don’t have any time to lose; a monster roams the streets of Reykjavik. Voted best detective novel of the year in Denmark and Iceland, The Legacy is a striking Machiavellian thriller.


The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir — Volume 1 inatrilogy, Éd. Actes Sud (in French)



Sensitive and intriguing

Inspired by a short story written several years ago, Hugues Corriveau dives back into the themes that are dear to him: wounded childhood, unwitting crimes and broken innocence. With profound tenderness, La fêlure de Thomas looks deep into the soul of a child who has been doubly hurt and unveils the fertile imagination ofchildhood.


La fêlure de Thomas by Hugues Corriveau, Éd. Druide, Écarts collection (in French)


An exceptional first novel

This first novel by Lize Spiugely has been successful in Dutch and Belgian bookstores. Skipping between the past and the present, the author takes us along on the quest of a young girl who thinks back on her miserable childhood. The story starts in 1988 with the birth of three children, Eva and two boys. They were friends until their teenage years, when their relationship started to deteriorate. Thirteen years later, the young woman returns to her hometown…with a block of ice. An impactful novel, served well by hyperrealistic, uncompromising writing.


The Melting by Lize Spit, Éd. Actes Sud


Love in all its forms

In this, the month celebrating love, there’s nothing like learning about 69 legendary couples that have embedded themselves into our imaginations. From Rimbaud and Verlaine to Yoko Ono and John Lennon to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Rey paints a picture of love in all its forms, as it is found in every generation and domain (literature, music, cinema, fashion, etc.).


Amour: Les plus belles histoires by Nicolas Rey, Éd. De la Martinière




Women, I love you

Accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Laval under Music Director Alain Trudel, Marie-Josée Lord personifies the opera heroines of Verdi, Puccini and Massenet in this new album. The Canadian soprano enchants us once again with her warm, stirring voice. Femmes will be launched at the Montréal en Lumière Festival on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Théatre Maisonneuve.


Femmes by Marie-Josée Lord and the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, ATMA Classique



2017 Canadian Biennial

The fourth edition of the Canadian Biennial will display a selection of works of contemporary Canadian and First Nations art acquired recently as well as, for the first time ever, international works of art. The exhibition is bringing together over 50 artists and more than 100 pieces of art from a broad range of contemporary types of creation—painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, print, video and installations.


On now and until March 18, 2018, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


A delicious romantic comedy

Paris, 1836. The Duchess of Antan, an art lover who’s bored of the countryside, invites trendy artists over to her estate. Composers Franz Liszt and Frédéric Chopin, as well as painter Eugène Delacroix and poet Alfred de Musset, come to visit. Then, someone shows up unexpectedly: the scandalous George Sand. Her presence raises tensions and sparks romantic misunderstandings. In this play, playwrightMarie-Josée Bastien pays a vibrant homage to the genius of these flamboyant artists. Created at the Théâtre La Bordée in Québec City, the play is being shown for the first time in Montréal in a new production by Stéphan Allard starring, among others, Myriam LeBlanc, Maxim Gaudette and ÉmilieBibeau.



Text: Diane Stehle

Cover: Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2015, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © Nick Cave, with the permission of the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: MMFA.