With Divers/Cité (D/C) set to dominate the social calendars of gay and straight locals alike, we know the visitors want to join in as well. But it can get overwhelming when trying to plot a D/C weekend in Montreal. What are the best shows? What kind of shoes should I wear? Is it going to rain? Where can I grab a bite to eat between moments of gay debauchery? Have no fear, Dunphy’s Noob Guide to D/C is here…
Thursday, July 28, 2011: The big show on Thursday starts at 8:00pm, so take this whole day to rest and rejuvenate your delicate body for the fast paced weekend headed your way. I suggest a leisurely Bixi ride through the Old Port, lunch on a terrace, some therapeutic shopping, or forget the world in a long and blissful spa day. The chic gays of the world deserve the most chic spa in Montreal, so Bota Bota could fulfill your needs. Bota Bota is a spa on water. Literally, the spa floats on water. Located just west of les Quays of the Old Port this spa is urban pampering done right. Cocktail bar while getting a mani-pedi? I’ll take a double!
Float away from the spa and get some grub on your way. You’ll need some protein before the show, so grab a burger at the newly opened 5 Guys Burgers on Rue McGill. Seasoned fries, succulent patties, could this day get any better?
8pm, now it’s time for 1, Boulevard des Reves, the longest running variety show in Quebec. Sixteen artists will give you a taste of anything and everything. From Misstress Barbara live to Inuit sensation Elisapie Issac, plus Shequida from New York City! Lounge on one of the D/C terraces and enjoy the show projected on the big screens. D/C has managed to combine Montreal’s love for terraces with my love for big screens, and adds amazing cultural performers! Woohoo!
Friday, July 29, 2011: So you’re going to have to look fabulous all weekend. Why not be inspired by one of the masters of couture? Friday afternoon would be the perfect time to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier” at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. After your salacious appetite for fashion has been ignited, take to Rue St. Catherine to find that perfect outfit for tonight’s New Society.
New Society brings the best of 4 international DJs, 1 massive outdoor dance floor, and thousands of lights, beats and beautiful people. The show starts at 4:30pm with the last DJ taking the stage at 9:30pm and the night’s not even close to over after the crowds vacate Berri Street. UK-based DJ Pagano is spinning at Parking, the official after-party venue for New Society. Set to start at Midnight, this night will just get wilder. See you on the other side.
Saturday, July 30, 2011: Leave your hangover for another day because this will be a busy one and we don’t have a moment to spare! Wake up, late Brunch at Les Folies on Mont Royal. Bixi through the little ruelles of Le Plateau south to Berri Uqam Metro station. Park Bixis and take the Metro on the Green Line east towards to Botanical Gardens. Look at all the pretty flowers, gape in awe at the 300 year old bonsai trees. Head back downtown, early dinner at a pub on Crescent Street (Sir Winston Churchill Pub!). Bixi back along east along Maisonneuve and look around for prime seats. You’ll want the best view for Mado’s MASCARA extravaganza! The show starts at 8, which I’m sure is 8:30 in Drag Queen time. Take in all the sighs, and just enjoy! Take a little nap, and the head out to the official D/C Party at Club Stereo! This all-night rave goes from 1am, with Peter Rauhofer taking the stage at 4am! All partied out? Sleep now, little ones.
Sunday, July 31st, 2011: I hope you saved your energy, because this where you go all out. (You must be thinking “are you kidding me?, I barely remember the last three days…”) But really, the past week has been a training camp for today. This is the big leagues. Le Grand Finale. Le Grande Danse & Le Grand Bal. Looking at the line-up the theme seems to be “If you can’t take Montreal to Ibiza, bring Ibiza to Divers/Cité.” The DJs are Spanish superstars all giving you the best for the 10-hour dance marathon. Take breaks by hitting some Village Terraces. Grab a coffee at Java-U, go have some cocktails at Drugstore, fuel up at Pica Pica. You’ll need all this energy. You explored Montreal on your previous days, now it’s all about dancing the night away. Scoot on over to the Loto-Quebec Stage in Parc Emilie Gamelin at around 9:30pm to see the world-famous Jimmy Moore do a Lady GaGa impersonation set. Fasten your seat belts gays, because the Grande Everything is going to blow you away. After party is back at Parking with DJ David Tort. Expect long lines, and hot men.
All Divers/Cité activities have a suggested $5 donation. This is for charity people! Give what you can!
Thursday July 28: 1, Blvd Des Reves. Loto-Québec Stage, rue Berri / 6 PM : DJ Stéfane Lippé / 8 PM : Show
Friday July 29: New Society. Loto-Québec Stage, rue Berri / 4:30 PM / VJs – Cameron Brothers
Saturday July 30: Mascara. TELUS Stage, rue Berri / 7 PM : DJ Gigi / 8 PM : Show
Sunday July 31: Grande Danse: TELUS Stage, rue Berri / 2 PM // Grand Ball: Loto-Québec Stage, Parc Émilie-Gamelin / 3 PM
Friday July 29: Pagano@Parking : Parking, 1296, Rue Amherst / 10 PM / 15$
Saturday July 30: D/C Party: Stereo, 858, Rue Sainte-Catherine Est / 1H / 65$
Sunday July 31: D/C Bal: Stereo, 858, Rue Sainte-Catherine Est / 1H / 65$
Sunday July 31: David Tort @ Parking: Parking, 1296, Rue Amherst / 10 PM / 15$