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Les Escales Improbables: art where you’d least expect it

The international multidisciplinary festival Les Escales Improbables de Montréal (EIM) rolls out its 12th edition from September 5 to 12 in different Montréal neighbourhoods and on new fields of exploration that include Parc Jarry, Villeray, Le Bain Mathieu, Laïka, Spa Le Saint Jude, Parc des Compagnons, St. Laurent Boulevard, the Maison de la culture Frontenac and more. These handpicked locations are host to innovative and eclectic projects devoted to stimulating discovery as well as the senses. This year, the EIM pays tribute to German sculptor Joseph Beuys, welcomes many Québec and international artists and invites everyone, from tall to small, to experience a kaleidoscope of emotions. Tête de lecture August 29 and 30, and September 5 and 6, in four different neighbourhoods French-Belgian actor Yves Heck invites you to join him for a literary rendezvous where serendipity and public taste shape the program. He’ll randomly select one of the texts brought by a budding writer (song, novel, tale, short story, poem) and reveal your literary favourites. Les Siestes Musicales, September 5 and 6 at  Parc Jarry Musicians Milimétrix, Franck Dadure, 10.000 Horses, Cordame Trio, Princess Project and Organ Mood, set the mood for slumber so you can take a delicious… / Read More →

Weekend at the Peel Basin: the boffo back-to-school event on the Lachine Canal

From September 12 to 13, under the glow of the Farine Five Roses sign, the Lachine Canal will host the second edition of a one-of-a-kind cultural event: the Weekend at the Peel Basin. Set against a backdrop that’s a combination urban, industrial and symbolic, this project by MASSIVart features music shows by up-and-coming artists and many outdoor activities. It’s for anyone and everyone, night owls, outdoor adventure seekers, creative types, foodies and young families. Here’s the lowdown on two days of intense entertainment. The Weekend at Peel Basin kicks off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, with a festive culinary get-together where hundreds of flavours will be featured—that’s right, street trucks! The menu for the evening looks something like this: sample delicious fare as you stroll the wharf, hang out and chill. Next, with the passing trains providing background acoustics, the Peel Basin will become an open-air club with High Klassified, The Posterz, KILOJULES and Clay and friends, that will have everyone dancing until 10:30 p.m. ($10 entry fee). You can buy a ticket at half-price on the presale ticket counter here. On Sunday, September 13, go kayaking on the canal, get out your fishing rod, try an urban… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Azamit, creative director, curator, stylist and founder of souk @ sat

Azamit is many things. A voice: full, deep and calm, punctuated by bursts of laughter. A physique: long and willowy, an Eritrean who exudes composure and grace. A style: unique, extraordinary, on trend. And a life philosophy that is inspired by meetings, collaborations, sharing, respect, discovery, and creative and intellectual stimulation. A Montrealer for 25 years now, Azamit has always lived in the fashion universe. After studying Fashion Design at Collège Lasalle and Fibres et Textile at École Supérieur des Arts Appliqués Dupérré, she started out as a model but quickly turned her attention to fashion design, a career she pursued out of sheer passion, which she has been devoted to for over 15 years. In her dizzying daily schedule, accompanied by her adorable Italian greyhound Tsuki Chichin, advertising campaigns follow editorials, in prestigious fashion magazines, including ELLE Québec, ELLE Canada and Dress To Kill. As she carved out her path, she became friends with Montréal designers and, one year, wanting to help out a jeweler girlfriend, founded the souk @ sat. That was 13 years ago. Now one of the industry’s most cutting-edge and popular local markets, Azamit made it her duty, not without a great deal of temerity… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Thierry-Maxime Loriot

Since its inauguration at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2011, the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit has toured the world, attracting more than 2 million visitors on three continents. Now at the tenth stop on its tour, the exhibit is on display at the Grand Palais in Paris—the fashion designer’s hometown—where it will remain until August 3, when it will pack up and head to Munich for the fall.  To mark this symbolic milestone, we met with Thierry-Maxime Loriot, former international supermodel and the exhibit’s curator, to discuss this extraordinary experience and ask about his favourite spots in Montréal. Here’s the interview. Why were you interested in being appointed as curator of the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit? This is the first exhibit that I’ve curated on my own. I had already done two other exhibits for the Museum of Fine Arts. There was Imagine: A Ballad for Peace from John and Yoko as well as Expanding Horizons: Painting and Photography of American and Canadian Landscape 1860-1918. But fashion has always been my main area of expertise, since I spent 10 years in the field and still have strong ties to this industry I love. I find it really exciting to make… / Read More →

The must-see exhibitions this summer in Montréal

As the culturally vibrant town that it is, Montréal is host to large-scale exhibitions this summer. From the dreamy and glassy universe of David Altmejd to Rodin’s spectacular bronzes to the luminous photographs of Horst, the town beams with artistic brilliance.  David Altmejd’s Flux and Jon Rafman Be sure to catch Flux from David Altmejd at the Musée d’art contemporain (MAC). Through materials (e.g., plexiglass and mirrors), scale (of the massive kind), and fantastical iconography, this Montréal artist now based in New York City exposes his creative world of wonders. Breathtaking and fascinating, you can easily spend hours just examining the many facets of The Flux and The Puddle, an impressive and massive showcase of the artist’s wild ingenuity. Meanwhile, The Spectre and The Main, at once static and dynamic, recalls the discovery of the ruins of an enchanted civilization as described in Barjavel’s “La Nuit des Temps.” And what about those giant figures—somewhat exotic, somewhat decomposed, and totally extraordinary. Also at the MAC is Montréal artist Jon Rafman’s inaugural exhibition of new and recent works. Drawing inspiration from the Internet and video game culture, as well as from some particularly obscure sub-cultures of the web, he creates alienated environments… / Read More →

Free things to do in Montréal this summer

Enjoying the Montréal frenzy without spending a penny is certainly possible. We explain how with this handy guide! Free concerts Every Wednesday and Thursday at noon, head to the Jardins Gamelin, a green oasis right in the heart of downtown to take advantage of free concerts. You can also check out the city’s parks for the Concerts Campbell, which feature numerous free performances until August 12. Not to be missed: the Sœurs Boulay at Parc Marcel-Léger on July 22, and concerts by the Orchestre Métropolitain at Parc de West-Vancouver and at the Chalet de la Montagne, on July 24 and 30 respectively. For classical music, Les grands orchestres are back for a 4th edition on the Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park, Sundays from July 26 to September 20. Also on the list of musts: the Big Free Concert presented by SiriusXM, from the Classical Spree, on August 5 at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, enthusiasts of enchanting arias can head to Saint-Laurent Boulevard for the Barber of Seville on August 16 at 9 p.m. during Montréal’s Italian Week. And, of course, there are the free shows at Montréal’s festivals: the Montréal First Peoples Festival from July 29 to August… / Read More →

The Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec: On your mark, get set, play!

For its second edition, from July 11 to 25, the Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec takes over the Quartier des spectacles, De Maisonneuve Boulevard, and Complexe Desjardins. For two weeks, some 20 exhibitors will offer serious gamers a digital and physical experience via close to 100 free activities. Lovers of board games and the outdoors will be able to get in on the action, literally, on the Gaming Boulevard, an open-air thoroughfare on De Maisonneuve Boulevard, between Jeanne-Mance and Saint-Urbain Streets. Numerous established and emerging board game publishers from Québec will host, among others, chess competitions (e.g., the Francophonie championship), Génies en herb, and Scrabble battles, not to mention juggling workshops. Also, from July 16 to 19, in particular, Nintendo will feature its recent release, Splatoon. New for 2015, the Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec will welcome for the first time at the SAT, July 10 to 12, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive finals, the largest tournament ever to be organized in North America, bringing together about 20 professional teams as part of the Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC). Throughout the duration of the festival and for the second consecutive year, the North American qualifier for the free Just Dance Now competition will… / Read More →

Check out Montréal’s outdoor pop-up markets

In summer, outdoor pop-up markets emerge all over the city. Craftspeople, producers and farmers offer visitors and Montrealers alike a variety of fresh products and creations handmade with local flavour, creating a fine opportunity to fill up wicker baskets or suitcases with wonderful Montréal keepsakes. Here’s your review of outdoor pop-up markets with the best goods in town. Marché des Possibles For its second edition, the most popular market in Mile End offers day and night versions, bringing together the creations and merchandise of a wide range of selected artisans and food producers. Food trucks will also be on hand at noon every Friday, and a gourmet barbecue will be held Saturday evenings. On weekends, families can enjoy several free activities starting at 11 a.m., including yoga, hip-hop classes, and handiwork, circus, and theatre ateliers. When: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from June 19 to August 9 Where: At the corner of Bernard and Saint-Dominique Streets Night Market in Mile-Ex Located in an industrial setting, the summer Alexandraplatz bar, a symbol of the Mile-Ex neighbourhood, will be at the centre of a night market organized by Les Survenants. On the program: some 20 local artisan stalls, food trucks, Montréal DJs, and… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Sleiman-Tanios Chahwan, Owner of Adbeus

Sleiman is busy, a free spirit of Lebanese descent raised in Montréal, and a citizen of the world. After spending time in New York and Beirut refining his skills, this entrepreneur, soon to be 27, returned to his adopted city that he deems “passionate and populated with creative, enthusiastic, and open people.” Since 2010, he has been developing Adbeus, a website listing the best independent coffee shops in Montréal, which has gradually transformed into a mobile app and dedicated project. Sleek, aesthetic and practical, this guide focuses on the product quality, ambience, service, and décor of each of the establishments visited. Rather than admitting to being a coffee expert himself, Sleiman prefers to address the experiences that accompany coffee consumption. At the beginning of April, he launched the second version of his app, downloaded over 10,000 times in Montréal alone and offering additional international cities, including Toronto, New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Prague, London, and Istanbul, all managed by trusted local partners. Tell us about the Adbeus app. It’s a handy list that fosters the discovery of independent coffee shops through a geolocation system and allows for customizing the experience with specific criteria, such as roaster, WiFi, the nearest Métro… / Read More →

Spotlight on new Québec cuisine: five excellent picks

The first time you set foot in Québec, the clichés about its cuisine abound. Montréal, mecca of poutine, beaver tails and pâté chinois. A paradise where rich dishes and heaping plates help protect you from the cold? Perhaps. But this description feels a little overcooked. And ever since Toqué—the restaurant that redefined Québec cuisine—opened its doors, the culinary scene continues to chart daring and creative new territory, so much so that the Omnivore food festival has been firing up Foodlab for the past three years now. Who are the chefs to watch? The restaurants not to miss during your next visit to Montréal? Our recommendations: Manitoba Manitoba is situated smack dab in the middle of the Mile Ex industrial district, in an up-and-coming neighbourhood that’s very popular among Montrealers. This delightful rustic-chic restaurant, which takes a walk on wild side, boasts a menu entirely dedicated to Québec terroir cuisine and feels entirely one-of-a-kind. The restaurant, created by the design firm La Firme, ushers the flora and fauna of Québec to its open kitchen past a slender dark wood bar and an intricate cedar ceiling. It’s pleasing to the eye, friendly and accessible. The menu changes according to product availability. Go… / Read More →