I like to travel light, usually limiting my luggage to a laptop bag and a carry-on. Simply. Effectively. I like pretty objects that are practical, good designs that last but that are nonetheless remarkable. One of the things I systematically get asked about when I travel–and I swear it happens every time–is: – Excuse me, but may I ask where you got your bag? – Oh, this bag? (I can see their eyes searching for a known brand tag…) It’s from M0851. – It’s really nice. I love the minimal look. Is it from Tokyo? – Actually no, it’s from Montreal. – Reaaaaally…? That leather looks very expensive… – …But it’s not, seriously… – Looks like you just bought it. – I’ve had this one for close to ten years now… …and the conversation often goes on and on to a point where I feel like an actual M0851 salesperson. And you know what? I always feel this certain pride in “showcasing” a distinctive and such well-made product made in Montreal.
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Montrealers came down to the streets to celebrate the Alouettes Grey Cup Victory, laset wednesday. The team spirit was high up despite the bad weather, as proven in this video. Go Alls Go !
Live jazz lives on in Montreal seven days a week. Here are three of our top picks.
Seriously. There’s absolutely no gimmick in that “five stars” rating. Everything at the Sofitel hits you as being top of the line. Starting with the service. Four clés d’or concierges (one of them being the actual vice-president of the international union) make sure every single customer gets what they want, when they want it. The decorum adopted by the staff speaks for itself: the moment you step in, the staff makes you feel like royalty.
If in the past years, hunting down his art was always a gamble (even if you knew where to find it, you could never be certain the city hadn’t removed it already…) you can now be sure to find some of his work at Atelier Punkt, as he took over the space’s walls and floor and will, later on this week, extend this latest performance to the street, on the eastern and western sides of the building.
Yesterday, Montreal’s whos’who of art and fashion gathered at the Montreal Fine Art Museum for the opening of DENIS GAGNON SHOWS ALL, a contemporary art installation about Montreal’s edgiest fashion designer: Denis Gagnon. The installation, which takes up a single, large room featuring a giant inverted pyramid hanging from the ceiling, was built in collaboration with architect Gilles Saucier and photographer Martin Laporte. It is an invitation to explore the sinews of Gagnon’s creative mind. We asked Denis Gagnon, Gilles Saucier and Museum Director Nathalie Bondil to explain some of the ideas behind this daring new exhibit. Following, the 1963 Pierre Cardin and 2009 Yves St-Laurent exhibitions, it is only the third time that Montreal’s Fine Art Museum features a fashion designer within its walls. The exhibit is free and held until february 13th, 2011.
Our picks for Montréal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma… October 18th ENTER THE VOID Directed by Gaspar Noé / France, Italy / 2009 / 161 min. His movies are never for the faint of heart. No matter if you’re a lover or a hater, Noé’s movies never leave anyone indifferent. This one is about the spiritual – or dare we say demented – journey of a gunned-down drug dealer in Tokyo. We believe this is a must-see on the big screen.
There are certain venues that have become so familiar to locals, that we forget what is so great about them. For me, the Château Dufresne Museum is undoubtely one such place. As a Montreal child I was reguralry dragged to the Château for my school’s bi-annual “artsy day trip”. As you’d imagine, at twelve years old, my interest for Art Deco was, well, let’s say overshadowed by other aesthetical issues. Things have changed since, and so have my artistic sensibilities.
Montreal Fashion Week just wrapped up its 19th edition last night at Marché Bonsecours. We hung out backstage, frontstage (and back at the lounge bar) to give you an idea of the unique energy that goes on before, during and between each show. This is an hour in two minutes. Who you’ve seen: Sabrina Barila (fashion designer) Eve Friede (fashion journalist) Elisabeth Lepage (Marketing Director Soïa&Kyo) Marie-Ève Chagnon (Fashion Designer) Philippe Dubuc (Fashion Designer) Kelly Craig (model) / Cary Tauben (Fashion Stylist) / Karine Pronovost+Vincent Francis (Model Agents) Denis Gagnon (Fashion Designer) www.denisgagnon.ca
« Oh my god, this is so goooorgeous – where did you get it ? » You know what happens next. Merely a couple of days later, the whole city is wearing that latest piece of fashion you were so proud of. So much for being original, right? Well, if you’re visiting Montreal this fall, there are plenty stores you must stop by to fulfill your style hunger. We’ve picked three collections that might tickle your fancy. Not only are the chances of seeing your latest purchase on your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend slim- these collections are only available in Canada – you won’t destroy your wallet because they’re all very much affordable. So next time you’re being asked that killer question, simply answer : « I got it in Montreal daaaarling…»