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Get an eyeful at two world-class photo exhibitions

Photography lovers have got it made this season, as Montréal is the site of two international-calibre photo exhibitions. First, the World Press Photo exhibition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and returns to Marché Bonsecours in Old Montréal, from August 26 to September 27, with the world’s very best in photo reportage photography. Then, from September 10 to October 11, the Mois de la Photo de Montréal photography biennale returns with an edition curated by Catalan artist Joan Fontcuberta according to the theme The Post-Photographic Condition. Here’s a taste of what to expect at both. This photograph by Raphaela Rosella Moree, from New South Wales, Australia, depicts Laurinda as she waits in her purple dress for the bus that will take her to Sunday School. She is among the many socially isolated young women in disadvantaged communities in Australia facing entrenched poverty, racism, trans-generational trauma, violence, addiction, and a range of other barriers to health and well-being. You can see it at the World Press Photo exhibition. Titled All Yours and part of the series in almost every picture #14, this work by Dutch artist Erik Kessels shows the close attention he pays to the most popular or trivial forms… / Read More →

Things To Do in Montréal: August 21 to 27

The month ends of a high note with delicious bites throughout the city, the year’s most striking imagery and more stylish finds than you’ll be able to fit into your carry-on. And you thought the summer fun would start slowing down! (glorious food) After Deauville, France, Rio, Istanbul and London, the annual Omnivore World Tour Montreal edition is happening NOW! It’s filling foodies’ bellies and inspiration until August 24 with master classes, a huge tasting party and dozens of collaborative dinners combining the talents of local and international chefs. During the two days of back-to-back half-hour culinary demonstrations at SAT, you can catch Montreal chefs Stéphanie Labelle, Julien Joré, Segué Lepage, Guillaume Kittel-Ouimet, Fabien Maillard, John Winter Russell, Michelle Marek, Marc Cohen, Marc-Alexandre Mercier, Simon Mathys, Michael Ruel, Matthieu Gauthier, Minh Phat, Samuel Pinard, and Farine and Marc-André Leclerc. PHEW! Plus some great visiting chefs from around the country and globe. Save up space for the Omnivorious Party on August 22, hosted by 15 participating chefs who’ll prepare over 6,000 dishes to taste. (Reserve your spot early.) (world-class photos) The World Press Photo exhibition celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, returning to Marché Bonsecours in Old Montréal to wow image… / Read More →

Seeing the world onscreen at the Montréal World Film Festival

The world is within reach – well, the world of cinema, at any rate! – with the arrival of the Montréal World Film Festival, on in downtown Montreal from August 27 to September 7. It’s got hundreds of films on view this year, with, as per usual, treats coming from the four corners of the globe, from Lithuania to Uruguay. Here are five flicks in the running for the World Competition – you won’t want to miss a minute. 2 NIGHTS TILL MORNING Directed by Mikko Kuparinen, 84 minutes This Finnish-Lithuanian production is a moody romance about a one-night stand between two strangers who speak different languages. Things take an unexpected turn when a volcano ash cloud grounds all outgoing flights. It stars Montréal actor Marie-Josée Croze across Finnish heartthrob Mikko Nousiainen. CHUCKS Directed by Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl, 93 mins Straight from Austria, this steamy, heady romance between a troublemaking cutie with long fuchsia hair and her older probation officer promises as much visual beauty as dramatic tension. The aesthetic recalls Tom Tykwer with the finesse of Wong Kar Wai, but despite the stunning settings, things aren’t all rosy in love land. THE MIDNIGHT ORCHESTRA Directed by Jérôme… / Read More →

5 Montréal essentials: Jewellery

A distinctive piece of jewellery is such a simple way to make a blah look go kablooey! Choose it right, and it’ll become a talking piece – and the most personal way you can remember a place you loved. Montréal has a world-class fleet of jewellery makers, some of which are collected around the globe. Here are 5 great brands to know.   Arc Jewellery Minimalist, streamlined chic is the specialty of this jewellery brand, especially evident in the Linearity collection, which includes these delicate earrings. This is the type of jewellery that makes an all-black look suddenly seem calculated and modish. It’s made with the utmost care out of sterling silver, brass and gold plating. Find these earrings online here, or Arc goodies in general at Montréal stockist Ibiki at 4357 St-Laurent. Starting at $45 per pair Charlotte Hosten The veritable queen of statement necklaces, Hosten has also segued into a specialty in bridal wear (for all you funky brides out there). Every one of her pieces is unique, like this Aya necklace, made from a mix of cord, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, quartz and sunny yellow semi-precious stones. Contact her online for special orders. Find the Aya necklace… / Read More →

Things To Do in Montréal: August 14 to 20

Take a bite out of August this week with an international food festival, a fashionable feast for the eyes (and your shopping bag), a grandiose Pride Parade and more world-class live music than anyone would know what to do with. Talk about a full plate! Music in the air ÎleSoniq is upon us! For the third week in a row, Parc Jean-Drapeau is the site of great musical happenings. On the weekend of August 14 and 15, you can take in the sun as you bop to headliners including Die Antwoord, Azealia Banks, Deadmaus, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Blasterjaxx, Kiesza, Prince Club and more. Catch more world-class performances in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu for the last two days of International des Montgolfières, on until August 16. Beautiful hot air balloons from the world over cohabitates with hot music including performances of Jonas and the Massive Attraction on Friday night, Moist on Saturday, Caravane and Our Lady Peace on Sunday and Sally Folk and Sylvain Cossette with Andrée Watters on Monday. Yet another unmissable music even this weekend might draw your attention away, though: August 14 to 16 is also the Montreal International Reggae Festival! Right in the heart of Old Montreal, the island… / Read More →

Catch Trends on the Move with Montréal’s Fashion Trucks

Saddle up to the window, lean in, and order… a sweatshirt? Yes siree, after the worldwide trend of food trucks comes the new kid on the block: fashion trucks. Rather than carry the overhead of a street-front boutique, young designers from New York to Paris to Montréal are choosing to take their style on the high road. Why not, when you can drive to a new neighbourhood everyday, open your doors, and bring your customers the looks they want right at their doorsteps? Here’s a guide to Montréal’s new upwardly mobile fashion fleet. To know where there are right now, click their names to access their sites! OLDWIG The pink flamingos on the side of the truck say it: there’s whimsy and kitsch afoot! The Oldwig fashion truck contains vintage goods galore, both apparel and the occasional object. Whether you’re looking for that perfect vintage Adidas track jacket or the pair of cut-offs of your dreams, dive into the jam-packed selection and see what you can find. COVEN Dreamt up by a collective of fashion school graduates, the sleek white Coven truck with black logo announces its aesthetic – think stylish, minimalist, but overall, affordable. That was the whole idea… / Read More →

Things To Do in Montréal: August 7 to 13

From gay pride to heavy metal, to blues to high fashion – Montréal really does offer everything. In a single week! Forget about choosing, just walk around and soak it all up at once. Call it a cultural experiment. Fresh-air music Music fans, ready your ears: it’s Heavy Montréal! Get your hard rocks off in Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 7 to 9, as headliners including Slipknot, Faith No More, Korn, Iggy Pop and NOFX bring their death metal, hair metal, black metal, hard rock and hardcore to Montréal. All that aggression leaving you blue? Wallow in style at Festiblues International de Montréal, the all-blues festival that runs from August 6 to 9 in bucolic Parc Ahuntsic. Catch world-class blues from over 50 international artists. If pop is more your style, head to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, just 45 minutes from central Montreal, where from August 8 to 16 hot air balloons and even hotter music cohabitate at International des Montgolfières Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. With top acts like Meghan Trainor, Our Lady Peace, Radio Radio and Moist sharing the lineup with luminaries from closer to home like Éric Lapointe, Misteur Vallaire and Jonas and the Massive Attraction, it’s a high colour date not to be missed –… / Read More →

Your 2015 Fashion and Design Festival survival guide

Catwalks in the street, thumping beats, champagne flutes and stilettos left and right – the annual Fashion and Design Festival can be a dizzying affair! And since we want you to get the very most out of all your Montréal experiences, find below your complete guide to the summer’s most glamorous experience. Event Fashion and Design Festival, August 19 to 22. What you’re getting into The 15th anniversary edition of this major outdoor event at Quartier des Spectacles, in the heart of downtown Montreal, presenting 50 shows, as much as 300 participants and 550,000 visitors expected. This one-of-a-kind occasion provides an inside look at the world of fashion and design through activities like fashion shows, live creative sessions, film screenings, tons of conferences, design showcases and musical performances. Participating brands this year include Guess, Forever21, Ardène, Dynamite and Le Château, while individual designer shows include Hey Dahye, Iris Campo, Expose by Télio, Laurence Nerbonne, Pieter Oliver and many more. What to bring Like any other large-scale festival, there are a few essentials: First of all, your finery. With crowd this fabulous, brimming with designers, trendsetters and models, you want to decked out in your coolest garb! Get creative and have… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Nick Farkas

As cofounder of festivals Osheaga, Ile Soniq, Heavy MTL and, starting this September, YUL EAT, Nick Farkas never stops. The only downside to his culturally immersed life is that sometimes, he’s too busy to enjoy other people’s events, like Just For Laughs and the Rogers Cup! This is how he experiences Montréal. Job: Vice President, Concert and Events, Evenko. Favourite pastime: Listening to music. How long have you been a Montrealer? Since 1970, when I was 5 years old. My parents came from Hamilton. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? Osheaga this weekend! The next three weekends of festivals, with Osheaga followed by Heavy Montréal and then Ile Soniq, are our busiest time in the year. What’s the next big thing you’re planning? We’re doing a new festival called YUL EAT in Old Montreal, near the Clock Tower, in the beginning of September, over Labour Day weekend. In the midst of doing our other three festivals and the 13,000 shows we do a year, the team decided it was time to do another festival. Tons of chefs, cooking classes, brunches, dinners, free concerts and more. What’s your favourite thing about organizing events? Definitely seeing the reaction… / Read More →

Things To Do in Montréal: July 31 to August 6

Montréal is on island time this week – Île Ste-Hélène time, to be exact, where Osheaga brings some of the world’s top musical acts to play in a beautiful park setting. That’s just the weekend though, and the fun doesn’t stop there: how about getting heebie-jeebies at Fantasia? Or shopping at Marché des Possibles? In Montréal in the summer, everything is possible. Sounds and sunshine A bucolic music and arts festival in beautiful Parc Jean-Drapeau, across the St. Lawrence from downtown Montréal on Île Ste-Hélène, Osheaga rocks the island from July 31 to August 2 with open-air shows by Florence + The Machine, The Black Keys, NAS, Interpol, Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent, The Kills, Run the Jewels, First Aid Kit, A Tribe Called Red, Young Fathers, Sza, Milk & Bone and Cri – for starters. With stages every few feet and programming so richly packed there are always two acts you want to see at the same time, it’s a frenzy – especially on this, its 10th anniversary. So check out your survival guide here. Meanwhile, MEG Montréal lights up our days and nights with hip hop, electro and indie rock at venues until August 2, along the Main, on… / Read More →