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How to get HIGH in Montreal – A field guide. What you should know, and what we can’t remember.

*** LEGAL DISCLAIMER*** Since this is new territory I’d like to appease my business partners and lawyers by noting that Connected Montreal does not provide or supply cannabis products. We do not condone the use of black market cannabis products. The use of legal cannabis products are to only be used and consumed in Canada. Consult your physician before using any cannabis products. The following experiences below are purely anecdotal… allegedly. For more information regarding weed laws, click here

Last week, on October 17th, Cannabis AKA Weed, pot, reefer… Etc became LEGAL in all of Canada. Not decriminalized or tolerated…Fully legal. Canada is the first G8 nation to do so.

While Cannabis is now legal, there are a few basic laws about smoking weed in Montreal:

-You must be be over 18 to buy or consume marijuana

-You can’t carry over 30 grams (that’s over an ounce) per person

-You can’t drive high (duh)

-You can’t smoke in smoke free zones (schools/hospitals)

Weed is regulated here in Quebec (Montreal is in Quebec) by the newly formed SQDC. The  SQDC is a government run weed store (Socialism at its finest) and is the only place you can buy LEGAL cannabis. There is only one physical store location downtown, which at the time of writing has a line around the block and a 3 hour wait to get in (this will, of course, die down). You can order online in Canada, However shipping takes 2-4 days.

Cannabis at the SQDC is sold in primarily 2 forms:  dried buds and pre-rolled joints for smoking OR oils, capsules, and sprays for oral consumption. Edibles such as cookies and gummy bears will not be sold as they are seen as a child safety hazard.

Luckily, I was able to get an order in online (the order volume has been so insane that quantity is already low.) In the name of science and R&D, I used the company Amex to deliver some legal cannabis products to our office. I ordered a sampling of 3 products: buds, spray, and oil/capsules.

Montreal Weed Guide

 

Weed College

In case you don’t listen to rap or are a mormon, here is a crash course in cannabis as it’s important to know the different types of strains and general effects  (or read what big brother says)

The most important thing to look for is THC content. For noobs, this means how much of the psychoactive compound is in the weed that makes you high.

Furthermore, there are 2 strains of cannabis that each give their own specific feeling/high: Sativa and Indica

Sativa: The THC in this strain gives you the “head high” the government says, “Its effects are usually described as potentially energizing, uplifting or mentally stimulating”

Indica : This strain gives you the “body high”. The government describes Indica as, ““Its effects are usually described as potentially calming, relaxing or sleep-inducing.“

Montreal Weed Guide

 

Hybrid : A mix of the two strains and a mix of the two highs. Most weed sold is a hybrid.

CBD Content : This is in reference to the NON-Psychoactive chemical. CBD is considered a miracle drug by many as its know to be of the the best anti-inflammatory out there. CBD doesn’t get you high, but it has many amazing medical benefits that I highly recommend (Think of it as a replacement for Advil, hangovers, and soreness from working out). Most people are excited that CBD is now legal as many use it to reduce chronic pain. CBD products and strains were the first to sell out online.

Type VS high:  ***Very important***. Smoking will always be the mild and shorter high, its also easier to control your dose. While eating (oils/sprays) is the wild wild west as you don’t really know how hard it will hit, or how long the high will last. The effects might not kick in for 2-3 hours… and the high can last 8+ hours. If you’re a novice, DON’T do the oils.

First Hand Report

I should mention my familiarity with cannabis (My parents learned a long time ago not to read this site and to just tell their friends I’m an “event planner”) I learned the lessons of the “sweet leaf” as a teenager (like most of you). During the mid to late 90’s in the US, weed was still illegal and expensive. Good bud cost more than gold, literally, and could get you arrested in most states. Regardless, there was no better way for a teen to get action from a chubby drama chick then by having weed. I smoked my fair share back in the day and still a bit now in my 30’s, so I’m no stranger to the occasional high. I thought I’d be prepared, boy was I wrong.

Test 1: Solei “Renouer

“ THC Spray $31″

Weed Spray

The SQDC website says:

This blend, in oral spray form, has a strong THC content and contains no CBD. It may give the impression of experiencing stimulating sensations, increase the desire to be around others and even create an urge to laugh. This product does not have a distinctive aroma. CAUTION! The effects may take up to two or three hours to appear. We strongly recommend beginning with a small amount and waiting a few hours before taking more, if desired.

This is the strongest and cheapest spray that is legally sold. It is also a Sativa.  I thought it would be a good idea to start at the top and work my way down… I was wrong.

At around noon, I decided to take 2 sprays on an empty stomach and began my journey. An hour later, I realized I should have taken just one spray.

I was catapulted into the the stratosphere of legal weed. Since any real productive work was thrown out the window, I decided to skip out on the office and indulge the buzz.

When your high, really high, there’s nothing better than stuffing your face. No better place to do so then Schwartz’s. Their smoked meat sandwiches are legendary and loved by all. Upon arrival, the line was down the block. Luckily, due to our Briskets and Breasts partnership, I was able to skip the line and grab a quick sandwich to go. I’d like to think this went as smooth as possible but I think everyone knew I was high, or maybe that was the paranoia kicking in?

 

The sandwich didn’t quench the beast  so like any glutton/foodie I hopped into an Uber (Please don’t drive high…) to my favorite place in Montreal, Jean Talon Market.

Jean Talon is possibly the best farmers market in North America. It’s the real deal with food you won’t see anywhere this side of the Atlantic. I’m too vain to list ALL the things I ate but highlights include: pulled pork tacos, snow crab at the raw bar, raw milk cheese samples (till they gave me dirty looks), and of course, a good pour over from the hipster kid who knew what was up and was probably high too.

I’d like to lie and say the rest of my high was a magical adventure, but I’d be lying. After stuffing my face, I took an Uber home and listened to “Sapiens” on Audible and JRE for the rest of the day. It was a far cry from the promised, “…gives the impression of experiencing stimulating sensations, increase the desire to be around others and even create an urge to laugh.”

The high had lasted well over 10 hours… Yes, 10 fuckin’ hours!

I am way too old to be that high for that long. I’ve taken edibles a bunch of times and this spray was right up there as one of my more  “memorable” weed experiences.

Learn from my mistake and only take one spray if you decide to indulge. Don’t be an idiot like me and take 2. Wait about two to three hours for the spray to kick in. I’m sure some people can handle this, if not something stronger.  Also, I don’t recommend this high for a bachelor party unless it’s a rainy day or you want to REALLY relax the rest of the afternoon. This spray is definitely not something I’d recommend before going out.

It’s important to note that for less than $1 I was high all day. The bang for your buck is off the charts. It’s clear Canada is not fucking around with weed legalization and is taking aim at the “black market” with superior products at dirt cheap prices.

It’s 11pm and I’m going to bed. I am still buzzed and defeated. Solei Renouer 1, Me 0.

Test 2 coming soon…

Posted on: 24 Oct 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Why Getting Brisket And Breasts Might Be The Best Decision You Make All Weekend

Here at Connected Montreal, our goal is to make your bachelor party as epic as possible during your time in Montreal. That being said, we know there are only so many hours in the weekend and most groups want to pack in as much as they can. That’s why we came up with Brisket And Breasts. Unlike those 5 shots of tequila at 2 P.M., here’s why getting Brisket And Breasts is one of the best decisions you’ll make all weekend:

Smoked Meat

There are three foods you have to try when visiting Montreal. Stops for poutine, bagels, and smoked meat are necessary at some point during the weekend. While there are a few smoked meat places, Schwartz’s is by far the best. The only problem is the line on any given weekend wraps around the block throughout the day. We’ve helped you solve this problem and save you the hassle of waiting in line by being able to get Schwartz’s catered directly to your house or hotel.

Brisket And Breasts

Topless Girls

There are certain things that are necessary to do on a bachelor party (steak dinner) and certain things that should be avoided (NOT prepaying your lap dances). One thing that is absolutely necessary for any bachelor party is strippers. It brings some excitement to the weekend and ensures that, at least for an hour or two, your bachelor party is not a total sausage fest.

Topless Girls

Kill Two Birds With One Stone  

In the name of efficiency (and because it is genius!), we have combined both Schwartz’s and topless girls to create Brisket And Breasts. You’ll get to try delicious smoked meat without leaving your house or hotel all while you get served the food by topless girls. In our opinion, the enjoyable scenery adds some flavor to the smoked meat.

Brisket And Breasts

Pro Tip: To take the bachelor party to the next level, add in some topless beer pong to pregame before hitting the clubs.

Give us a call at 1-877-490-6919 or email us to get started today!

 

 

Posted on: 04 Oct 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Why Curling Is A Great Daytime Activity For Bachelor Parties

What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions curling? Crickets…Sure, the sport is a bunch of grown men sweeping ice with broomsticks, but you probably don’t think of a bachelor party. Once the summer activities start to die down and pumpkin spice season starts, curling becomes a popular activity here in Montreal. Here’s 3 reasons you should consider curling for your bachelor party:

Unique Activity

It seems like every bachelor party tries to one up the next one. Sure, we can easily throw more girls, more strip clubs, and more midgets into the mix, but how many bachelor parties go curling? Now’s your time to finally learn this mysterious game you’ve only seen on TV at the Olympics. Besides, you can finally take pictures (semi) sober with your boys and send it back to the girlfriend or wife…unless you bring along party girls of course 😉

Curling Montreal

 

Fun For Everyone

There are always pros and cons with daytime activities. Some guys may not like getting splashed with freezing cold water if they go jet boating or others may be scared of heights if you go zip lining, but curling is fun for the whole group. I’ve never seen an unhappy sweeper and even though the staff will explain the game to you, half the fun is not knowing what the hell you’re doing. If you’re looking to satisfy everyone in your bachelor party group, curling is a great fall and winter daytime option.

Curling Montreal

Bar   

Any sport that you can do while drinking is already amazing. Just like bowling, curling is made even better with an ice cold beer in hand. Luckily for you, there is a bar inside the curling arena. It helps loosen up the muscles and makes sweeping all the more fun. By the time the afternoon is over, you and your buddies will be well on your way to making the national curling team.

Curling Montreal

Posted on: 21 Sep 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Host Feature: Hurricane Tony

They say that the dark is afraid of him. His business card simply says, “I’ll Call You.” Legend has it that he can make bottles and strippers magically appear out of thin air. It’s hard to plan your bachelor party with Connected Montreal and not at least hear of this party legend. Guys want to be him and women want to be with him. The self proclaimed best VIP host in Montreal has been in the game for over 5 years and he can certainly hang with the best of them. For better or worst, he’s spent years of his life  in strip clubs, bars, and other nightlife institutions…Or shall we say they were lucky enough that he graced them with his presence. Without further ado, we are pleased to introduce you to the one and only, Hurricane Tony:

Connected Montreal Host Hurricane Tony

Age

Depends how I feel on that day

From

Montreal, the 514

Favorite Drink

Hard question…Glenfiddich Scotch

Favorite Club/ Bar

Chez Parée

Favorite Strip Club

Kamasutra

Favorite Place To Eat

Tripoli Restaurant

Favorite Stripper Activity

All of them, but a lesbian show never disappoints. I will warn you that a fat girl show is for a certain bachelor party group…

Hangover Food Of Choice

Corona and 2 Advils please.

Best Hosting Story

Honestly, it’s impossible to pick just one because you never know what might happen next weekend that will top all of the other ones. Let’s just say I’ve done it all, I’ve seen it all, and I’m ready for more!

Don’t take our word for it! Here’s what some clients had to say about the man, the myth, and the legend that is Hurricane Tony:

Hurricane Tony

Hurricane Tony

Hurricane Tony Connected Montreal

 

Posted on: 31 Aug 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Best Adventure Activities For Your Montreal Bachelor Party

Besides the drinking and girls that every bachelor party should have, there should also be a competitive or adventure element to the bachelor party. It’s important to get the adrenaline pumping so the group can sweat out the poor decisions they made the night before. We recommend at least one, but no more than two of these activities for a bachelor party. Here are 4 activities that will be some hair on your chest:

Zipline

Eventually every bachelor party takes a stroll around Old Montreal so once you get some liquid courage in you, head over to our friends at MTL Zipline and be prepared to scream your head off. Continue the Old Montreal bar crawl by grabbing some local hotties at the other end of the zipline and head to Terrasse Bonsecours.

Bachelor Party Adventure

Axe Throwing

Is there anything more Canadian than axe throwing? Unless the axe is smothered in maple syrup and you’re wearing a flannel shirt, I’m afraid not. It’s a great way to do something more memorable for the bachelor party and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a true Canadian. Try knife throwing as well, it’s even harder.

Axe Throwing Bachelor Party

Go Karting

In our opinion, go karting is the best option for those that are looking for some good ol’ fashioned competition. Want to kick the bachelor’s ass one last time? No better way to do it than “accidentally” bumping him off the track. Up the ante and bet that night’s dinner at Queue De Cheval on the race.

Go Karting Bachelor Party

Jet Boating

The after party ended at 5:30 AM and you have jet boating planned on your itinerary at 9. While you may rather read the company’s financial reports than get splashed with cold water while nursing a throbbing hangover, we can almost guarantee your hangover will be cured and the guys will be ready for some day drinking on a terrasse after. There’s no better way to wash away the previous nights sins.

 

Rafting Montreal

Posted on: 17 Aug 2018
Posted by: Grant Simon
Montreal Bachelor Party review: How to impress 15 NYC guys who have done it all

The Setup

Had one of my long time clients – who finds any excuse to tag along on a Montreal bachelor party  – give me a call a few months ago. For the sake of his marriage, let’s call him Donald (fitting for the times). Donald informs me that one of his bosses is planning a bachelor party to Montreal and he needs us to blow it out as he thinks his bosses hate him (turns out they don’t). In any case, we need to make Donald and his boss look good.

After scheduling a call with Donald’s boss (alias: Bernie), we go over a few preliminary details. Overall, Bernie tells me that he is busy, his friends are degenerates, and he wants to make this event more memorable than the usual Vegas bachelor party. Luckily, the Donald has filled him in on a few of the more avant-garde details (topless beer pong and midgets) from his previous trips to let Bernie know he’s in good hands. Based on our initial ten minute conversation (mostly Bernie pausing to yell at his secretary) these were his priorities:

  • 15 guys for 3 nights, all 30-35, jaded and have seen it all (in his words “pain in the ass  New Yorkers”)
  • Great place to stay
  • Some sort of memorable debaucherous activity
  • One non-debaucherous activity so they feel better about the previous event
  • Great meals
  • Lots of hot girls
  • $1k per person ($15k total budget)

The Plan

I outlined a bachelor party package for them at $15k:

Connected Montreal New Yorkers

  • Our (Gold) standard Connected Montreal services, as always: host, no cover, no waiting in lines, no tipping for entry, itinerary and all reservations taken care of.
  • Exclusive bachelor-party-built house in the heart of downtown: 4 floors, 4500 sq feet, 6 bedrooms (Click here for house brochure)
  • Bottle service two of the 3 nights, 8 bottles total.
  • 5 young and impressionable girls (not hookers) to party with them at the club each night so that they don’t stand around and stare at each other.
  • 6 girl lesbian show at the house.
  • 4 girl topless beer pong.
  • Midget bartender.
  • Schwartz’s Catering lunch on one day.
  • Curling tournament (you’re in canada right?)

Execution

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When planning something of this scale, timing is everything. The key is to balance free time with scheduled events. Also, you want to calculate guys dropping out/getting too drunk as the day progresses. Big events like a suite party and topless beer pong are great afternoon activities since Montreal does not have a real boozy-brunch/pool party scene. The earlier, the better (well, after 12pm) as the guys and strippers are a lot “fresher”.  Another strategy we implement with bigger groups is not stacking too many events, as some guys will never make it (or be able to keep up).

Two weeks before the event, I sent over a tentative itinerary to Donald and Bernie. We fine-tuned it a bit and the plans were in motion. I had the girls stocked, the clubs prepped, and the midget on standby.  

Recap

With every bachelor party there are going to be hiccups, from guys dropping out, to flights being delayed, to girls having to stay home to wash their hair. While I can’t go into a blow by blow account of the bachelor party, overall, the weekend went silky smooth. All the guys survived- some less than others- and no one ended up pregnant. Bernie did his group right and The Donald still has his job. The group is already planning a return trip for the Grand Prix

Posted on: 20 Apr 2017
Posted by: Oren
The Worst Montreal Nightclubs for a Bachelor Party

The nightlife scene in Montreal changes all the time. What was hot a month ago could no longer be the case. When searching the web for “best clubs in Montreal”, you’ll probably find more dated information than stuff that’s actually relevant. We have people call all the time thinking they know which Montreal nightclubs are the best, usually based on the recommendation of a friend, of a friend who was here a few years back…

We’ve listed the worst Montreal nightclubs for a bachelor party in no particular order, so if you were considering any of these places, you need our help more than you think!

 

**update: in the fairness to the venues and changes in club management we have removed this post**

 

If you want to be setup at real hotspots in Montreal, give us a call:

1-877-690-4919

Posted on: 08 Jan 2013
Posted by: Oren
Trip Review: A Bachelor Party Better Than Las Vegas?

Can a Bachelor Party in Montreal Top Vegas?

I got a call two weeks ago from Evan in Toronto, a best man in trouble. Evan explained to me that some last minute issues came up and that they could no longer throw their bachelor party in Las Vegas. They were coming to Montreal. Evan was rolling into town with 15 guys and they were used to only the best of the best. He was skeptical that we could deliver an experience close to what Las Vegas had to offer. I assured Evan that not only could we deliver, but that the experience would blow them away. After some back and forth, we started planning out one crazy night.

Private Party in the Suite

7pm: We starting by throwing one of our signature private parties in the penthouse suite of the W hotel. In the suite, we had:

We planned the party so there was a slow build, as only Evan was given all the details. We had the midget walk in with the catering and the two waitresses started to disrobe. The guys were loving it. Our new model shortly gave up serving the guys and started giving the bachelor lap dances (old habits die hard).

About 30 minutes into the festivities the main event walked in, two smoking hot “lesbians”. While I would love to give details of what happened next, it’s probably best for everyone involved that I don’t. However, I will let you know that what started out as a 2 girls show ended up being a 4 girls and a midget…

But don’t take our word for it…

Strip Club

10pm: Our previous bachelor party review tells us there is never too much nudity so Rod took the boys over to the hottest strip club in Montreal, Kamasutra, for some quick laps. There was a blur of naked strippers all over the place and many of the guy disappeared to the back. While at Kamasutra, a group of guys tried to drop our name saying they had a reservation in order to skip the huge line outside. Needless to say our good friend JP, the manager, did not like this and ended up banning them from the club (that’s JP being nice…).

Nightclub

Midnight: We took those still left standing down to New City Gas. We escorted them in like rock stars to the best table in the place. Too many bottles were popped and not much else of the night is clear…

If you want the best bachelor party in Montreal possible give us a call 1.877.690.4919.

Posted on: 06 Aug 2012
Posted by: Oren
The $25,000 Hangover: Montreal Grand Prix Recap

Two Guys, Three Days, $25,000 in Champagne

People always wonder what my job actually entails? They think that I just go out, drink with clients, party, and live the VIP life. This last Montreal Grand Prix weekend I did, in style.

Friday

It all started when two of our perennial Montreal Grand Prix guests rolled into town. These guys work hard and play harder. This year was no exception.

It all started Friday night when we bypassed the 100+ person line-up outside Globe and were escorted by the owner himself to our table. Food and drink is marked up 3-4 times its regular price to make sure the supper clubs are weeding out the pretenders and ensuring exclusivity.

We dinned on oysters and lobster (well they did, I am allergic) and our guests ordered a magnum of Cristal which appeared with four of the model-quality staff in tow. A bill creeps from manageable to insane in about 2 Magnums of Cristal. Unfortunately, 2 bottles won’t successfully whet the appetites of seemingly all the waitresses at Globe. 14 was the magic number and by the end of the night, the restaurant was not only running out of champagne and sparklers. The rest of the evening was a blur, but the first night bar tab came to well over $12,000.

Saturday

pictureI woke up with the worst hangover of my life. Slept all day. The manager of Globe invited us back (obviously) so I called my guests and told them we had the keys to the city. They wanted to return to Globe since it worked out so well the first night (from the photos they sent me). We rolled into Globe Saturday night like rockstars. We had the premier table in the place, even better than the actual celebrities who were there. The evening was another blur of magnums of Cristal and Dom just with more girls. I wish I could remember the rest.

Sunday

Woke up on death’s door and missed the big race. We were invited to Buonanotte (same owners of Globe) to a private party where many of the race teams and drivers were in attendance. While the champagne was flowing, some clarity ensued, and we kept it to a measly 4 magnums. Our guests had no problems keeping up, ditching me and leaving with some real stunners.

Montreal Grand Prix is always crazy and this was by far the most insane F1 weekend to date…I’m glad it’s over, but there’s always next year!

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Check out our 2018 Grand Prix Guide

Posted on: 12 Jun 2012
Posted by: Rod
Montreal Sports Teams: Check Out a Game

A great idea when in town for a bachelor party is to check out a Montreal sports team. Although the beloved Montreal Expos have moved (R.I.P.), there are still several great options to get your sports fix.

The Montreal Canadiens

pictureWhen you think of Canada, you instantly think of hockey. As popular as you think hockey is in Canada, it’s even bigger in Montreal. When the Habs (French slang for the team) are playing, the city literally stops. It’s a really big deal here. Every restaurant, from the swankiest to the scummiest will have the game on. Going to a Canadiens game is a great experience that should not be missed. The atmosphere at a regular season game rivals the post-season atmosphere of any other team. If the Habs are fortunate enough to make the playoffs, it is an experience like no other. The hockey season runs from October-April and May/June if there are playoffs. Don’t expect tickets to be cheap, but you can get seats from scalpers starting at anywhere from $50-$100 on the low-end.

Montreal Alouettespicture

The Montreal Alouettes, or locally referred to as the Als, is our Canadian Football team (CFL). The CFL has different rules than the NFL and, while the level of play is not the same, it is a real blast to go to one of their games. Best of all, the CFL season runs during the summer so it’s sure to cure anyone’s football fix. The Als also play in a beautiful outdoor stadium overlooking Mount Royal which adds even more to the experience. Tickets for the game are also very affordable with prices starting at $25.

Montreal Impact

The Impact is Montreal’s soccer club. This is the first year that the Impact are in the MLS so it’s a great option for those diehard soccer fans. The Stadium where they play, Stade Saputo, is an outdoor Stadium located in the east end of town, next to the Olympic Stadium. Going to an Impact game is an exciting affair, if you consider soccer to be an exciting sport.

When coming into town with a large group of guys, it’s always an easy sell to check out one of the local sports teams. If you would like tickets to a game don’t hesitate and contact us. We have the best connections in town!

Posted on: 25 May 2012
Posted by: Oren