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TORONTO PICS MONTREAL: WIN A TRIP TO MONTREAL!

We Montrealers know we live in a pretty special city, but sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to see your hometown’s true beauty. Which is why we’ve come up with the Toronto Pics Montréal contest: we’re asking Toronto residents to submit their wonderful photos of our city in order to win a trip for 2 to Montréal with VIA RAIL and the opportunity to become guest photo-bloggers for the Montréal Buzz…

HALLOWEEN IN MONTREAL: FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

Montreal residents generally don’t need an excuse to get out and enjoy their city. But if ever there was one, it’s Halloween, which very comfortably slips the city – and its seasonally-appropriate Old World sensibilities – into an otherworldly embrace each and every October 31, with a colourful array of activities and events, tricks and treats…

NASCAR IN MONTREAL: A WAR OF ATTRITION

To the undiscerning Montreal race fan, NASCAR will always and inevitably appear to be the backwoods brethren of the more moneyed Formula One race that deigns to grace Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as it, in recent times at least, sees fit. Thankfully, there is almost no such thing as an undiscerning Montreal race fan. It’s a big part of the reason that NASCAR’s annual Nationwide series event (officially titled the NAPA Auto Parts 200, for its two-hundred 4.36 km laps) in Montreal, August 19-20, sells out here year after year, making it one of the most successful destinations on the expansive NASCAR circuit…

OSHEAGA 2011: A PHOTO ESSAY BY SUSAN MOSS

The 2011 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival drew record numbers of people to Parc Jean Drapeau to see everyone from Eminem to The Flamings Lips. But while the musicians that play a festival grab most of the headlines, it’s the fans that make it amazing. We got the wonderful Montreal photographer Susan Moss to capture it all…

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC AT JUST FOR LAUGHS

“I knew nobody would want to see me in a meat dress,” said Weird Al Yankovic from his home in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and daughter. The frock of meat is one of the many costumes (from bees to cheese) his weirdness dons in the kooky music video for Perform This Way, his popular parody of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. “So it’s a female body with my face surgically imposed,” explains Yankovic, who also directed the video that generated two million Youtube hits in two days.

LESBIAN MONTREAL: JULY

Summer is off to a spanking start with sunny days and sexy nights in Montreal. From Gurl Talk, a new night for queer ladies, to the first queer bar in Mile End, The Royal Phoenix—the city’s about to burst at the seams. All this in preparation for the August extravaganza that is Montreal Pride, aka la Fierté…

MONTREAL JAZZ FEST REVIEWS

Our Montreal Buzz writers are all over the Festival International Jazz de Montréal. Read their reviews of amazing concerts by Trombone Shorty, Bootsy Collins, Mark Berube, Ernest Ranglin, Steel Pulse, Return to Forever IV, Hugh Masekela, Theophilus London, Men Without Hats, Nikki Yanofsky and more…

THE MONTREAL CASINO: ITS SECRETS REVEALED

When you think of casinos, your thoughts probably turn to poker tables, chiming slot machines and people dressed to the nines looking for an evening of fun. The Casino de Montréal definitely delivers on all those counts, but what really makes the place worth visiting is the vibrant atmosphere…

LESBIAN MONTREAL: JUNE

Summer is off to its cavalier start in good old Montreal. Montreal is a must-have-bike kind of a city in the summer, so even if you’re in town for just a bit, take a Bixi out to your next outing. We’ve got a fancy indie flea market where the cutest of the cutest will surely be, all sorts of nakedness at the Fringe Fest and Cirque du Soleil’s highly anticipated Totem…

MONTREAL FASHION SECRETS

It takes but a quick saunter down any Montreal street to discover that the stylish reputation of Montrealers is well-earned. Montreal is a true fashion city: cutting-edge; inspired by international trends, architecture, nature, movement and visual arts; and unafraid of creative individuality when it comes to personal style. That’s why local designers, whether world famous or neighbourhood secrets, are worth visiting on your next trip. Here are four of my personal favourites, each of whom represents a key part of Montreal’s incomparable style…