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IMAGE+NATION: MORE THAN JUST GAY FILMS

The tag line for this year’s Image+Nation film festival is “Around the world in 10 days” – which is perfect for gays who appreciate international travel, but have a close-to-home budget.  With over twenty documentaries highlighting LGBT human rights, complex struggles with body image, lesbian feminist history, queer culture and the overlooked “B” in LGBT, you are guaranteed access to a world that might be unfamiliar. But the festival is not just about queer celluloid. It is also the opportunity to mingle with like-minded folks who appreciate cinema, creativity and glasses of wine.

A BACKSTAGE INTERVIEW WITH SARAH HARMER

Hot off the heels of a new album (Oh Little Fire) and last week’s exclusive iTunes Session EP, Sarah Harmer was in Montreal last week to rock out at Cabaret Juste Pour Rire. After her previous offering of folksie-bluegrass, “rocking out” has become a greater priority for the Ontario-based songstress. Her new album  is “a gust of rock more forceful than anything she’s played since her mid-‘90s days with rambunctious Kingston rockers Weeping Tile.” But despite exchanging fiddles for electric guitars and a cooler, grittier soundscape, Harmer is still the introspective, lovelorn woman that Canadians have known to love and appreciate. We caught up with her backstage to talk about the new album, her activism and what she’s growing in her garden.

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This simple but lovely photo is brought to you by Flickr shutterbug DubyDub2009. We like it because it capture the architectural textures of Old Montreal with the colorful bricks and Victorian detailing. Check out our Neighborhood 101 for more information on the delightful Old Montreal. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (OCTOBER 29 to 31)

This weekend promises to be spooktacular in Montreal. We’ve got plenty of Halloween parties to release the inner ghoul. But if dressing up as a zombie or as Antoine Dodson doesn’t do it for you, there are plenty of other things to do this weekend in Montreal.

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Our delightful photo of the week is brought to you by Flickr starlet Madam B. She has a stunning selection of Montreal imagery, including the colours of autumn in the city. This diptych features a little slice of the changing maple leaves, paired with the iconic angel that welcomes people to Parc Mont-Royal. Remember, you’ve only got a couple weeks left to catch the fall foliage! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

COCKTAILS IN THE GAY VILLAGE: WHERE TO START THE PARTY

“Where do I get a good cocktail in Montreal?” – This question is frequently posed as travelers search out the ideal place to get their drink on. Well before I proceed with an answer, I want you to know that you’ve come to the right place. Montrealers love to drink. Late night parties are the norm around here. Bars and nightclubs are open until 3 AM, and then after-hours clubs continue the party to the wee hours of the morning. But when dinner has ended, and the bars aren’t yet hopping, what does a gay do? Well I’ll tell you — a gay goes for a cocktail.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (OCTOBER 22 to 24)

One of the greatest things about Montreal is the diversity in activities that one can do. For instance, this weekend you can go from a Zen poetry reading on Friday night to a monster truck rally on Saturday night. And then on Sunday you might find yourself getting a massage in a nineteen century cavern or studying the threads of Montreal’s most famous fashion designer. Curious? Check out what to do this weekend in Montreal.

LGBT CINEMA: IMAGE+NATION

After 23 years of cutting-edge queer film programming, the Image+Nation Film Festival has established itself as not only one of Montreal’s most provocative cinematic events, but also as one of the top LGBT film festivals in North America. This year the festival runs from October 28 until November 7, and promises to be as diverse and stimulating (and campy!) as ever. Here are six movies that the Image+Nation Film Festival will feature.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (OCTOBER 15 to 17)

This weekend in Montreal will be visually stimulating. Between film, art, parties and ghosts, your eyes are going to be VERY happy. Here are ten things to do this weekend in Montreal.

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Our photo this week comes from sociologist and Flickr extraordinaire David Schalliol (aka MetroBlossom on Flickr). He uses a photo technique called “Tilt-Shift” which plays with depth of field to simulate a miniature setting. David has captured a Montreal moment at the corner of St. Catherine and McGill Avenue, the heart of the shopping district. Bravo Mr. Schalliol! We love your Montreal photo set. For recommendations on what to do downtown, check out our Montreal Neighborhoods 101: Downtown. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.