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FrancoFolies: Another Side of French Music

Living in Montreal, you quickly come to realize that the term “French music” covers far too broad a base to be one single category. In fact, it’s only as specific as “British rock” or “American folk music.” Read more to find out why French music isn’t just about Celine Dion anymore.

Blood, Porn and Vampires: Montreal’s Fantasia

If you think Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the wackiest movie you’ll see this summer, well, get ready for something a little more intense. The Fantasia Film Festival is celebrating its 13th edition with more than 115 genre movies from the four corners of the world, including Asia, Europe, United States and Canada. Goodbye Hogwarts, hello monsters, murderers and other tentacles. Read more about this transgressive event that’s taking place until July 29th.

Montreal Hits the Big Screen

Judd Apatow’s Funny People with Adam Sandler and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds with Brad Pitt have something in common: they will both premiere in Montreal this month! That’s right, Montrealers will catch a glimpse of these major motion pictures before their official release in Canada and the United States. Read more to find out how you can catch up this summer’s two box office hits before the rest of America.

5 Places to Enjoy Jazz Music in Montreal

The MONTREAL JAZZ FEST has just wrapped up. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find great spots around the city to hear trumpets and saxophones year-round. Here’s my list of recommendations for those of you who missed some of the big gigs from the summer festival. Read out more about my alternative picks to enjoy up-and-coming young musicians, old ragtime classics or world-influenced jazz beats.

I ♥ New York

Hey folks! Just a quick note to let you know that I will be in New York City this Thursday and Friday, July 16th and 17th, along with other fellow Montreal insiders. We will be giving away five sweet prizes: a round trip to Montreal, plus two nights accommodation for one crazy weekend! You will have to look for clues throughout the city to find us, but check out my Twitter account for updates, and watch the CBS morning show on Friday. If you want to meet and talk about the city and other fancy artsy things, this will be the time! I’ll see you there!

Montreal in Monocle’s Top 25 Liveable Cities

Montreal made Monocle magazine’s Top 25 Liveable Cities in the World for the third year in a row. But Tyler Brûlé’s team is thinking perhaps the city might be lacking new and inventive structures, and should improve its urban landscape. I don’t agree. Find out my answer to this month’s issue of Monocle about how Montreal is changing itself.

Phoebe Greenberg’s DHC/ART + Michal Rovner

Montreal has a new patron of the arts: Phoebe Greenberg. And her uncommon taste for risky adventures made her create one of the best art galleries in town, showcasing the work of experimental artists from all over the world. Read more to know why Montreal is now a real avant-garde city… in many ways.

Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival

What I like about Montreal’s festivals is the fact that they constantly renew themselves. They don’t take tourists and locals for granted, but instead are always looking to evolve and offer something different. Read more to find out why Just for Laughs is the best example of an innovative international big gig.

Hidden Hotspot #4: Laïka

Whether I want to work all day long, chain-drinking cafés au lait and eavesdrop on other regulars talking about Tokyo and Berlin, or simply spend an evening sharing a bottle of white Bordeaux with a friend while listening to some of the world’s best DJs, Laïka is a favourite venue in the Plateau area.

Montreal Culture Pick: Pierre Lapointe

This talented 28-year-old artist sings about French prostitutes and forests of disappointed lovers, while spending his free time at a columbarium. Pierre Lapointe has reached local and international fame with his first two albums, while his latest one, Sentiments humains, was just released in April 2009. Read more to find out why you should pick up his album while you’re in town.