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Montreal Design: The School and the Street

I’ve always been crazy about typography. I like to walk down the streets and just notice the use of Helvetica, or Arial, or Times New Roman all over the city – and judge those who still use Comic Sans MS (Remember the one that looks like chalkboard characters and is supposed to make everything look funnier?). And lucky for me, Montreal definitely takes design seriously, using it to brand and advertise itself to the rest of the world. Paris has its own image, as do New York or London. I think the same applies to Montreal, which was recently named a “world design capital” by the UNESCO, after Berlin and Buenos Aires.

Montreal Love Mob on Sunny Sunday

You’ve probably already heard about flash mobs. Whether it’s a silent disco happening in London, a pillow fight in Dubai or a frozen get-together at Grand Central Station in New York, it’s a cute way to show some love and celebrate life for its beautiful simplicity. Today, Montrealers decided to pay homage to the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-in, and reunited downtown for Montreal’s first love mob. Click for the full story and watch my video about this unique ephemeral event.

M for Montreal Wants You!

M FOR MONTREAL is a dream come true. It’s an organization that celebrates Montreal music and encourages international music professionals and journalists to come and experience the local scene. Since its inception, M for Montreal has built an impressive network of music fans from the four courners of the world – from SXSW and Coachella organizers to France’s Les Inrockuptibles and United Kingdom’s The Guardian.

Montreal Dance: The Fall 2009 Season

Fall is just around the corner, and as the temperature cools down, creativity heats up. And nowhere is this more evident than at Montreal’s various dance venues. The Montreal dance scene’s new fall season proposes some exciting works from talented local dancers and international choreographers. Read more to find out why you shouldn’t leave Montreal without taking in an evening of ground-breaking dance performances.

Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles Unveiled

I’ve already mentioned a few projects that were going on in Montreal in MY RESPONSE to Tyler Brûlé’s Monocle issue about the world’s Top 25 Liveable Cities. One of these major initiatives is the Quartier des Spectacles (that’s French for “performance neighbourhood”), which will encompass a large portion of the downtown area. Near St. Laurent Blvd. and Ste. Catherine Street, the Quartier des Spectacles will offer tourists and locals the opportunity to discover the latest in theatre, music, cinema, dance, design, visual arts and several other disciplines, in more than 80 cultural venues.

Opera de Montreal Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

Many people still think opera is an inaccessible type of art, maybe a little too difficult to understand or truly engage with.  I don’t agree. Read more to find out why I think opera might actually be the best form of total art – and why you shouldn’t miss this season’s new program.

Montreal Film: World Film Festival 2009

Focusing on independent, mostly unknown films from the four corners of the world, Montreal’s World Film Festival has very little in common with Toronto’s International Film Festival. Without any big Hollywood productions, some people might say it lacks sparkles and glamour, but I think the opposite; a film festival should be about real, unforgettable filmmaking, not Dior dresses and big-name movie stars. Read the full story to know why the World Film Festival attracted Ingrid Bergman instead of Brad Pitt.

Montreal Through the Lens of Photographers

September is Photo Month in Montreal, or Le Mois de la photo, as it is officially called. Held bi-annually, it is Montreal’s biggest photographic event. Everywhere in the city, you’ll be able to find artwork from internationally acclaimed photographers and artists. Remarkable photos will be displayed in museums and art galleries, but also in the street, and on the walls of old industrial buildings. This year’s theme is “The Spaces of the Image,” which invites people to be part of a truly memorable experience about our perception of photography. Read the full story to know more about this exceptional photographic event.

Montreal’s Top 5 Hotels for Art Lovers

I’ve always loved hotel rooms, because they allow you to truly be yourself – or somebody else, like a crazy rock star or a Russian oligarch. And there’s that level of intimacy and solitude that’s almost impossible to achieve at home. Read more to find my suggestions of the best hotels to get inspired in Montreal.

How to Spend a Weekend in Montreal

Last weekend, journalist extraordinaire Darrell Hartman and I walked through the streets of Montreal, chasing art galleries, museums and shops, having drinks and enjoying summertime in public parks. As his host, I wanted to show him what Montreal is really about. Read the full story to find out more.