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Karaoke Queens

You don’t have to be an American Idol to be a singing sensation. All you need is a few friends, a couple of drinks and a karaoke bar. (Okay, the ability to disassociate oneself from all forms of dignity is also helpful.) Karaoke is a tried n’ true form of fun; the perfect start to a crazy night. With a few friends, including a fellow Montréal Insider (the darling Tamy Emma Pepin), I hit up a local Karaoke Lounge and belted out some pop standards. Fave Moment: Me butchering the melody of “Piano Man” by Billy Joel. Check out these mad skills…

DIVERS/CITÉ vs CÉLÉBRATIONS

Montréal is a city of festivals. We are world renown for our Jazz Fest and our Comedy Fest (Just For Laughs), as well as many food, music and film festivals. We are constantly being spoiled. There are two LGBT festivals during the summer months. Both offering up some exciting events. But which one will be right for you? I help by explaining the differences…

Avenue Mont Royal :::: A Photo Tour

Many years ago, when I first visited Montréal, I stumbled out of Mont Royal metro station and found paradise – a neighbourhood called “The Plateau.” I said to myself, “Wouldn’t it be amazing to live here?” And now I do. Join me on a photo tour…

Gaykus :::: Haikus à la Gay Montréal

After a Sunday afternoon stroll through my beautiful city, I became inspired. I sat down and expressed myself through perhaps the most delicate of artistic forms, the haiku. Et voilà, the Gayku was born. You’re gunna wanna to see these…

Daniel Answers Your Burning Questions

The Tourisme Montréal blogs have been up and running for a couple of weeks now. My fellow Insiders and I are having a blast keeping you up to speed with the comings and goings of this city. I thought I’d take the opportunity to address some of the questions and comments that you’ve been sharing through Facebook and Twitter. I might just have the answers you’ve waited all your life to know…

Take My Breath Away :::: The Running Tourist

In the infamous words of pop/gay icon Madonna, “If we took a holiday/Took some time to celebrate/Just one day out of life/It would be, it would be so nice.” Holidays are a great time to depart from the rigors of the day-to-day… but Madge was clearly not training for a marathon. The downside of travel is that it can often impede on your work-out routine, while providing calorically-rich, culinary temptations. Whether you are an elite runner or just your average Joe/Jane with a devotion to maintaining abdominal definition, you probably don’t want to let the training program slide. And with Montréal offering up so many delicious patisseries, indulgence is less an option and more a cultural norm. Thank goodness for the Running Tourist…

The Circuit Comes to Town

May 14-18 brings the annual Hot & Dry party, an all-night event that promises to be hot & sweaty. Celebrate the arrival of summer with 2000 of your shirtless new best friends…

Piknic Électronik :::: I Can’t Wait!

One of my absolute favourite summer activities has to be soaking up electronic beats and rays of sunshine in Parc Jean-Drapeau. Every Sunday afternoon Montréalers shake their booties at an outdoor dance party. It is called Piknic Électronik. I wanted to give you a little taste of the excitement, so I made a little dance video – “I Can’t Wait!” Check it out…

Gay Montreal Clubs :: 5 Places to get your Sexy On

Gay Montreal clubs are known throughout the gaylaxy for their hot and sweaty dance floors. When it comes to deciding where to shake your groove thang, there are a few variables to consider, such as clientele, cover charges and type of music. But no matter what your tastes in music, you are guaranteed to find something that tickles your fancy. Here are my five recommendations to get your sexy on…

space for everyone

Montréal is home to a lot of homos. There is a large diversity of men out there. One might say that there are as many options as Ben & Jerry’s… or as we say in Montréal “Benoit et Gerald”. Check out my ode to diversity. Oh yeah, and you’ll never guess who I ask to marry me…