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MONTREAL DESIGNERS GET NOTICED AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

The number of Montrealers showing their collections, last week,  at New York fashion week seem to be rising every season.  In anticipation of  next week’s Montreal fashion week, here are three brands that created the buzz this time around.

ELIXIR : PIXEL AND WATER MAGIC EVERY NIGHT IN MONTREAL

Elixir, the new multimedia light show created by Moment Factory premiered last week at Montreal’s Place des Festivals.  The multimedia light, water & sound extravaganza tells the magical tale of the encounter between a pixel and a drop of water.  After watching the show two times in a row (to get to see it from a different perspective – you should try it too), I interviewed the Quartier des spectacles’ general manager Pierre Fortin, along with Sakchin Bessette, Moment Factory’s creative director and co-founder.

NOA SUSHI LOUNGE: TOKYO ON THE MAIN

Last Wednesday marked the opening of a new, exciting venue on St-Laurent blvd : Noa Sushi Lounge.  For the occasion, cordon-bleu trained creative director Nacim Louali invited two Japanese chefs : Taketsuna Araki (formerly from Kaizen and Soto) and Koichi (from Kioochi Club Hotel & St-Malo Kasukabe in Tokyo) – flown in from Japan for the occasion – to shake up the new sushi kitchen.

GO COMPLETELY COCOA IN MONTREAL

What type of chocolate lover are you?  Are you the conservative type who likes a sweet treat with coffee or tea?  Are you the adventurous kind, looking to test your palate with the widest range of flavours possible?  Or are you the child-like type who would dine on chocolate only?  If you aren’t sure but are ready to find out, here are three of Montreal’s hottest chocolaterie to choose from during your next cocoa pilgrimage.

THREE EXOTIC BRING-YOUR-OWN WINE RESTAURANTS

We admit it, Bring Your Own Wine restaurants, a Montréal speciality, can be hit or miss experiences.  Here are three culturally diverse classics that never disappoint. We’ve been going back to them for years with the same pleasure.

LA RÉCRÉ MARKET: RECESS EVERY SATURDAY

Neighborhood arts and crafts markets are great places to find unique products made by people who choose to create outside the mainstream box.  A place to get that special piece that everybody wants but no one knows where to precisely find…

IEGOR’S ART HOUSE

Is Montreal the Monaco of North America?  Iegor de St-Hippolyte, founder of IEGOR Hôtel des Encans (house of auctions), thinks so.  Hailing from  France via Monaco, he was seduced by Montreal’s unique architecture and decided to make it his home.  From here, he searches for and sells prestigious Canadian and international works of art, jewelry, antique books, decorative pieces, rare wines, etc…  In 2004, he was appointed the official North American representative of Drouot, the world-famous Paris auction house.

SPAIN’S WORLD CUP VICTORY: MONTREAL’S POINT OF VIEW

Montrealers were on fire yesterday after Spain’s 2010 FIFA World Cup victory. Here’s a quick overview of the escalating excitement that finally burst out into a parade of joy on St-Laurent boulevard, at the Club Espanol de Québec, one of the local Spanish community’s main headquarters ( and home to some of the city’s best Tapas). Club Espagnol de Québec – 4388 Saint-Laurent Boulevard.

FESTIVAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE: STREET STYLE CIRCUS

Montréal Complètement Cirque festival will be taking the city for center stage and “unleashing” its troupes from July 8th to the 25th. Coming from Belgium, Spain, Germany, Australia, Walles and of course Canada, the hordes of multi-disciplinary performers will show the public why they weren’t made for office work.

THRIFT SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

Montrealers love their thrift shops.  That is probably why you’ll find some in almost every neighbourhood of the city. Conveniently, three of our favourites ones are neighbhours, which makes for an easy vintage shop-hopping sessions on Saint-Laurent Boulevard.  Moreover, these boutiques have a unique way to play with retro stylings, making them an awful lot of fun to walk into, even when you’re not looking to actually buy anything.