Everyone wants to hibernate in January, but we are excited to get out and experience Igloofest, freeway art and jammin’ in Jamaica. 

dineL.A. Restaurant Week 


Blue Plate Oysterette

I find L.A’s dining scene so exciting right now, and dineL.A. Restaurant Week (Jan. 19 to Feb. 1) is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of what’s going on at some of the city’s best restaurants without breaking the bank. —Jill Foran, editor

Freeway Art 


In Arizona there is public “freeway art” that’s featured throughout the state. Road trippers can take in Western, Hispanic, and native art themes, as well as plenty of geckos and cacti. Highlights include “The Journey,” colourfully painted rock art that stretches across 2,000 square feet of boulders just outside Chloride; public murals like the Route-66-themed one in Flagstaff’s Southside neighbourhood; or the Day of the Dead mural in central Phoenix. —Pam Fieber, managing editor

Todos Santos Music Festival 


Town of Todos Santos

If you’re going to be down Mexico way, check out the Todos Santos Music Festival in Baja California Sur, Mexico. This annual festival (Jan. 15 to 17 and Jan. 21 to 24), founded by REM’s Peter Buck, takes place at the legendary Hotel California in the historic town plaza. This year acts include The Jayhawks, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and the indie Californian folk-rock band Dawes. —Sara Samson, assistant editor



Photo by Miguel Legault

This month I’d like to don my favourite snowsuit and stay frosty at the 9th edition of Montreal’s Igloofest, an outdoor electronic music festival stretching over four weekends from Jan. 16 to Feb. 8. Head to Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port of Montreal and join a host of local and international DJs for a sub-zero dance party like no other. Take that, winter! —Diane Bolt, editorial assistant

Reggae Music 


After returning from a week in Jamaica, I’m still dreaming of dancing to reggae sounds. Fun and energetic entertainment staff at the ClubHotel Riu Negril taught us how to move to the beats like locals. Live reggae bands abound across the island, from resorts to jerk chicken shacks and, of course, Rick’s Café’s sand-covered dance floor overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets. —Alyssa Quirico, editorial intern