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NINA ARSENAULT BRINGS “SILICONE DIARIES” TO MONTREAL

“A knock-out by any definition… Canada’s most famous she-male… a Tiger Woods of plastic surgery.” – Shihan Govani, The National Post Art is a product and a process that expresses emotion or sentiment through various mediums such as song, painting, literature, photography, video or beyond. Some brave individuals choose their own body as their medium. Nina Arsenault is one of these individuals. And Ms. Arsenault is coming to Montreal. We chatted with the artist about transitioning, social media, and (of course) Montreal!

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Entitled “The Blues” by Flickr user Melissa Sal, this photo displays a couple key features of one of our favorite neighborhoods – The Plateau Mont-Royal. We see a three-story walk up apartment with colorful detailing, the green of a maple tree and last, but certainly not least, a pair of bicycles. Montrealers do love to cycle. Thanks for the dreamy photo! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

FORGET AMERICAN THANKSGIVING, ESCAPE TO MONTREAL FOR THE WEEKEND

Dear American friends, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. For many of you, this time of year represents festive meals and the opportunity to reflect on the blessings in one’s life. Yet for other folks, Thanksgiving is a tired and stress-inducing holiday where you’re forced to wear that god-awful chartreuse sweater that your half-blind aunt knit you while salivating over Don Johnson during a Miami Vice marathon. And let’s be honest, the embarrassment of smelling like Fixodent drool each holiday begins to erode one’s self-respect.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (NOVEMBER 12 to 14)

Oh Montreal, why can’t you just give me a weekend off? I keep thinking that one of these weekends there will be NOTHING to do, and I’ll be able to get caught up on sleep and pay my bills and floss my teeth and do stuff that people with spare time do. But alas, my dear Montreal, you keep presenting me with so many wonderful temptations. Here are ten fun things to keep you in trouble this weekend.

THE LGBT PACKAGE: IF YOU’RE GAY, THEN YOU DESERVE A DISCOUNT

It’s no secret that the gay community has an affinity for packages. Many people are drawn to a big package, but really, it’s the quality of the package that truly determines its worth. Tourisme Montreal is offering a discount on a hotel rooms, and throwing in some pretty stellar coupons to up the ante.

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Can you guess what’s the unique delicacy in this photo? If you said gremlin barf, you’re totally wrong! It’s poutine, silly! And it is a local delicacy here in Montreal! (And for the record we resent you comparing our cuisine to the regurgitation of a monster.) “Poutine is a delicious mixture of fries, sauce and cheese. The classic Quebec poutine uses a very specific pepper sauce and fromage beaucronne (like a cheddar cheese curds).” And since your curiosity is now peeked, there are a couple of late-night options for you to sample poutine. It’s always more delicious before hitting the sack, after a night of partying. Thanks Flickr prodogy beingmimosa for the yummy photo! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

THE MONTREAL GAY LIST: NOVEMBER

Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events. Here are our suggestions for the month of November.

HOLIDAY INN SELECT: CHINATOWN

Many people chose to travel to Montreal because it has that delicious French flare that can’t be found elsewhere in North America. It’s like going to Europe, but cheaper. But Montreal is more than delicious baguettes and passionate romance and beautiful women with French accents. It’s a hub of international cultures, and the Chinese community plays an important role in the ethnic and cultural diversity of the city.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (NOVEMBER 5 TO 7)

Many people assume that summer is the season for festivals in Montreal. And it is true that many of our most famous festivals, such as The Jazz Fest or Just For Laughs, take place during the warm months, but some of the more subtle and locally-cherished festivals take place in autumn and winter. There are a few of these festivals taking place now in Montreal, as well as some other events and activities to pepper your weekend getaway with loveliness.

5 ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS IN MONTREAL

An important part of any perfect weekend getaway is dining on great food in cozy bistros. And there is nothing quite divine as sharing the experience with your main squeeze. Whether a fresh new flame or a partner of 50 years, a romantic meal is a helpful pit stop in the ol’ relationship race. Okay, maybe not the best metaphor I’ve ever written. Our criteria for a winning romantic restaurant include a couple of variables: uniqueness, ambience and deliciousness. Each of these five restaurants will provide an idealistic backdrop for a lovely evening with your sweetheart. Bon Appétit!