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8 COOL MONTREAL GIFS

The Oxford American dictionary has chosen “GIF” as the 2012 Word of the Year. To celebrate this word’s return from digital antiquity to pop culture staple, here are eight cool Montreal Gifs for you to enjoy. Note: Let the page finish loading before scrolling!

CHEF DEREK DAMMANN OPENS MONTREAL GASTROPUB MAISON PUBLIQUE

Probably the last thing chef Derek Damman would like to hear about his new restaurant Maison Publique, in the Plateau neighbourhood, is that it’s co-owned by British celeb-chef Jamie Oliver. Rightly so: the welcoming pub-like décor and the highly delicious and hearty dishes are all Damman’s doing. Oliver, his ex-boss and good friend, is a mere financial backer, who only visitted the place – and Montreal itself! – for the first time last Saturday.

10 BEST INSTAGRAM PHOTOS FROM TASTE MTL

MTL à TABLE, aka TASTE MTL, took place from November 1-11, 2012 and was a great success. To start, @ckdestinations sums it up perfectly when she tweeted: “Great opportunity to try different restaurants in our beautiful city!” Check out 10 awesome Instagram pics from this amazing event!

A GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO MONTREAL

Welcome to Movember, the month formerly known as November. For one month, the gentlemen of the world (known as Mo Bros) grow out their best stache to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other male health concerns. I thought with all these dapper furry lips walking around, a “Gentlemen’s Guide to Montreal” was in order…

A VERY SCARY LGBT HALLOWEEN

The most important thing to remember when planning your Halloween guise is to find the balance between Witty-clever and Accidentally-sexy. It seems for the gays it’s not what you put on, but what you take off that makes a solid Halloween costume. It’ll be well worth the effort, as there is plenty going on Saturday Oct 27th (the day Montreal clubs decided was Halloween) to show-off the amazing craftsmanship of your homemade (and very last minute) tiny underwear and a binder full of women combo. Here’s what’s happening for the very scary LGBT Halloween!

MONTREAL’S BEST KARAOKE

In Japanese, karaoke literally means “Empty Orchestra.” In Montreal, karaoke means empty shot glasses and making a fool of yourself for the enjoyment of your friends and many strangers. Montreal not only has a few iconic and dedicated Karaoke bars, but lots of bars have weekly or monthly karaoke nights!

MONTREAL’S LGBT SUMMER 2012 IN REVIEW

There’s a feeling I get every summer I spend in Montreal that has me tickled pink. It starts at the end of June and grows until it reaches the climax the last few weeks of August. It’s the LGBT energy in the air. A feeling of pride, inclusiveness, community and yes, that famous humidity-heat thing. Now that we’re reluctantly being pulled into fall, check out the video for a gander back on some summer highlights in Montreal!

BLACK & BLUE FESTIVAL 2012: EVOLUTION

For the 22nd edition of the landmark Black & Blue Festival (October 3 – 9) thousands of people will flock to the Palais des congres in Montreal to celebrate life and dance until the sun does down… and comes back up again! The theme this year is “Evolution” and invites people to forget about those crazy “end of the world” prophecies and just enjoy each moment we have here to the fullest, all while supporting a great cause.

LGBT FALL EVENTS IN MONTREAL

It was a whirlwind summer in Montreal with festivals, food trucks and fun. We got to enjoy the new Clock Tower Beach, check out not one but two LGBT festivals (Divers/Cité and Fierte Montreal Pride) and enjoy the Boules Roses in the pedestrian haven of Aires Libres in the Gay Village. However the leaves are turning some Fifty Shades of Autumn, Pumpkin Spice is back at Starbucks and we can start rocking the sweaters and leather!