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LHOTEL : POP ART LIVING!

Old Montreal’s former Hôtel XIXe Siècle got a very exciting face-lift last April. Not only did its new owner, Georges Marciano (yes yes, Marciano of Guess!Jeans fame), replaced the furniture and linens to upgrade the room’s comfort, but he made the bold decision to make the elegant «Second Empire » building the permanent host of his personal Pop Art art collection.

FIVE VERY FRENCH THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL

Montreal may be far away from Paris. But sometimes it’s pretty close. Here are four addresses to indulge into the original French lifestyle of Montreal

MEET A MONTREALER: SUGAR SAMMY

Meet Sugar Sammy.  He’s that Montrealer of Indian background who makes a living telling jokes in English, French, Hindu and Punjabi (unfortunately, I can only attest of his funniness in the first two languages).  Although he’s always on tour somewhere in Canada, the United States or soon in France, Sugar still deeply loves his hometown – Montreal – where he still lives with his parents (!) in the colourful Côte-Des-Neiges neighbourhood.  We met him in Jeanne-Mance park to hear about his favourites city spots… and incidentally get a flirting lesson Sugar Sammy Style.  You’ll soon understand that this ladies man doesn’t take himself too seriously.

A PERFECT DAY IN GRIFFINTOWN

A perfect day in Montreal’s Griffintown neighbourhood starts with a walk from the Old Port along the Lachine canal, continues with an antique and vintage shopping spree on Notre-Dame street and ends with a comfort food dinner at Griffintown Café (reservation strongly recommended), listening to the live music of Dan Livingstone and The Griffintown Jug Addicts.

ROLLING ON THE RIVER

It’s no secret that Montreal is a great biking city. Living here, I’ve never felt the need to use a car to go to work or to go out on the town. I don’t even have a driver’s license! I think iking is the best way to get to know a city! That’s why I think you should try one of Ça Roule’s Montreal bike tours.  I’m just back from one! It’s called Vista Architecture, a three hours ride along the St-Laurent river and Lachine Canal, which tells the story of Montreal through its buildings and landmarks.

MONTRÉAL IN A BOTTLE: MTL PREMIUM LAGER

Can you infuse a drink with Montreal’s DNA? Pol Brisset is a 35 years old passionnate – and experienced – brewer who believes so. He created the MTL Premium Lager to export his vision of the city’s creativity, refinement and Joie de vivre. I met him to hear the story behind the design of this tasty brew, to admire its see-through-font-loving bottle… and to enjoy a little liquid lunch!

MONTRÉAL’S CARLITO DALCEGGIO, A GLOBE-TROTTING ARTIST

Globe-trotter Carlito Dalceggio is undoubtedly one of Montreal’s most prolific and popular visual artists.  This month, he unveils, at Galerie SAS, his latest series of work born out of his experience of Mexico’s day of the dead celebrations. I managed to have this modern gypsy stand still for an interview. Here is a glimpse of his highly anticipated opening (…which featured a live peacock!). Carlito Dalceggio FEAR OF DEATH – DEATH OF FEAR April 29th to May 29th 2010 GALERIE SAS 372, Sainte-Catherine Ouest suite 416, Montreal (514) 878-340