When you think of cultural cities in Canada, which ones come to mind? A new ranking by Time Out looked at how global cities ranked in terms of arts and culture, and one Canadian city made it. And if you thought of Montreal, you were right!

Besides recently being named one of the best cities to celebrate Christmas, Montreal ranked as the 12th city with the best culture right now globally.

According to Time Out‘s ‘The world’s 20 best cities for culture right now,’ they asked over 21,000 city-dwellers across the globe that exact questions about cultural venues and experiences. They were also asked to score their “city’s cultural offering based on both its quality and affordability.”

The ranking only includes the highest-scoring city for each country.

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For Canada, Montreal was acknowledged for its many festivals and arts in the city.


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“It wouldn’t be a stretch to crown Montreal festival capital of the world, so packed is its cultural calendar,” states Time Out.

“Montrealers named ‘festivals’ the city’s best cultural asset, spotlighting winter light festival Montréal en Lumière and summer’s Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, which proudly holds the current world record for the world’s biggest jazz fest. There’s even a year-round dedicated space just for festivals at Place des Festivals, a plaza at the heart of arts district Quartier des Spectacles. Performing arts venue Place des Artes also lives in the enclave and was crowned the city’s top cultural venue by locals in our survey. One thing’s for sure: Montreal knows how to put on a show.”

And we couldn’t agree more!

Every day, and every night is an adventure in Montreal.

Here are The world’s 20 best cities for culture right now, according to Time Out:

1. Mexico City
2. Prague
3. Cape Town
4. Buenos Aires
5. Athens
6. Edinburgh
7. Vienna
8. Madrid
9. Florence
10. Melbourne
11. Paris
12. Montreal
13. Marrakech
14. São Paulo
15. New York City
16. Tokyo
17. Abu Dhabi
18. Mumbai
19. Amsterdam
20. Seoul

Keep up that culture, Montreal!