This week in Montreal: Get cultured, tone up and splurge on beauty

SOS by Big Art Group. Photography: 2008 Stephen Winter
SOS by Big Art Group. Photography: 2008 Stephen Winter

After a Zen retreat from holiday excesses, we’re whirling back into social life with some really hot ideas to help us get through the next few waves of cold:

Montreal Highlights (to March 1): if you’re a foodie or a culture aficionado you know where to go:
Festival Temps d’Images (to February 28): a cutting-edge arts festival at Usine C, my favorite venue in Montreal. I’m dying to see the Big Art Group and Temporary Distortion from New York and Motus from Italy. Discover the future of art at

A super-exclusive eco-gym with a serious medical spa? We’re in! Westmount’s new Victoria Park (376 Victoria Ave., Suite 345, Westmount 514-488-8668, caters to the rich and famous with luxe facials, mani-pedis, yoga, Pilates, and state-of-the-art workout stations.

Our new pampering and splurging haven for yummy scrubs, body lotions, candles and makeup galore: Smashing Cosmetica (694a Ste-Catherine St. W., 514-658-4227,