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MONTREAL IN THE MOVIES: BARNEY’S VERSION

Mordecai Richler, author of St. Urbain’s Horsemen and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, is probably Montreal’s most famous writer. When Barney’s Version, the film adaptation of his most famous and last novel, opens in theatres on December 24, the world will have a chance to revel in the life and locations of Barney Panofsky, Richler’s autobiographical anti-hero.

PSY: LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN’S NEW SHOW KICKS OFF

When you think of the Circus and Montreal, no doubt your thoughts first turn to Cirque du Soleil. But a huge reason that Cirque has become such an international success is that it got its start in Quebec, a province long filled with skilled circus performers. And from November 18–20 in Montreal, you can experience how another circus company approaches their craft, when Les 7 Doigts de la main’s “Psy” returns to the stage due to popular demand…

LIVING IT LARGE AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL

As a Montrealer, it’s rare that I get to experience the city’s high profile hotels. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth ranks amongst our downtown’s top addresses for a deluxe stay near some of Montreal’s major attractions, including Sainte-Catherine Street’s shopping strip, the Underground city, the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral and the Bell Center, home of the Canadien hockey team. I was lucky enough to see for myself if the hotel is up to its high-class reputation and I can assure you it is. Known for its modern charm and flawless service, the hotel’s motto echoes what makes Montreal unique in the eyes of locals and visitors alike: “Where Joie de Vivre Comes to Life”. Here are ten facts you need to know about Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, should you decide to enjoy one of its 1,037 guest rooms and suites while visiting Montreal.

MONTREAL IN THE MOVIES 1: MESRINE

Montreal-set Mesrine: Killer Instinct the latest major motion picture to showcase the city’s atmospheric neo-Noir setting… After a long 2-year wait since its release in France, Mesrine: Killer Instinct, the first part of Jean-Francois Richet’s diptych about 1970s French bank-robber/folk hero/international playboy Jacques Mesrine, opens in select North-American cities. A-list French actor Vincent Cassel (he played opposite Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, and in Stephen Soderbergh’s Oceans 12 and Oceans 13) gained twenty pounds and several configurations of appealing retro facial hair to slip into the skin of Mesrine. 

METROPOLIS FINALLY COMPLETE, GETS NEW SCORE

Buenos Aires, 2008– A priceless treasure is discovered in a forgotten corner: A complete 16mm version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, the most important masterpiece of the German Expressionism movement and the most expensive silent film ever made. Montreal, July 28, 2010. A newly restored digital copy of the complete Metropolis has its Eastern Canadian premiere as a special gala of the Fantasia film festival in the 3000-seat Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des arts, featuring a new score by Gabriel Thibaudeau of the Cinematheque Quebecoise, performed by a 13-piece orchestra.

FANTASIA 2010: FROM FRITZ LANG TO THE GODFATHER OF GORE

Film festivals are a tricky game—there are so many in this city that there sometimes seems to be a non-stop parade of special cinematic events extending from mid-May to well past Hallowe’en. But much as I love ‘em, a film festival around these parts is not necessarily cause for genuine excitement. There’s only one Montreal film festival that sells out a 700-seat theatre four times a day, every day, for three weeks every year for 14 years running..

MONTRÉAL NIGHTLIFE: JANUARY-FEBRUARY

[9BKo7P0E1qk] While you might be more concerned these days with surviving the holiday eating season and making some solid New Year’s Eve plans, it’s never too early to start circling some dates on your early-2010-nightlife-calendar…

CHEZ MENICK: THE SPORTSMEN’S BARBER

When Monsieur Menick was a little boy, like all of his friends, he wanted to live the life of famous hockey player. Well, the bad news was that he didn’t have much athletic talent. But the good news was that he had the vision to pick up some clippers and to sculpt out a career that would bring famous sportsmen to him.

BEST OF MONTRÉAL NIGHTLIFE 2009

With 2010 just around the corner, it’s time to look back at the year we’ve had. It’s been a treat and a privilege for me to be involved in this incredibly cool campaign. I still can’t quite believe that I get to write about music and nightclubs in a city like Montreal and actually get paid for it. Both the blog and I will be back in the new year and will continue to cover this city’s dynamic nightlife scene, but before that let’s take a minute to look back at some of the highlights…