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MEET A MONTREALER: JACQUES VILLENEUVE

Montreal’s Jacques Villeneuve is a hometown hero: only the third motorsport driver in history to have won championship races in CART, the Indy 500 and F1. The Montreal Buzz caught up with him to talk racing, his role in the French version of the Pixar movie, Cars 2, and where he spends his time in Montreal…

SUMMER AT JEAN-TALON MARKET

Locals know that a summer stroll around Montreal’s markets is not only a chance to connect local farms to your table, it’s also a chance for us to check each other out in the long-awaited sunshine…

BOCATA AND BARROCO IN OLD MONTREAL

In the sweetest spot on the sweetest street down in Old Montreal, Rue Saint-Paul (it’s also the oldest), there sits a sweet set of sister restaurants: Bocata, an atmospheric wine bar, and Barroco, a hip little hideaway that feels Old World in just the right way…

ROBERT LEPAGE AND CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: TOTEM

Just as Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring show Totem represents the evolution of Mankind, so does the show itself trace the evolution of Cirque du Soleil itself- arguably Montreal’s most famous, beloved and successful artistic export. Totem follows the human desire to progress from the sludge of our murky beginnings to the pinnacles of human aspiration…

JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL 2011: BEST BETS

An Angus Reid poll from last year stated that Just for Laughs (or JFL as we call it), our world-famous comedy festival, is the festival Montrealers love most. And locals always know…

FRANCOFOLIES: 5 SURE BETS

We all know about the Jazz Fest but Les FrancoFolies de Montreal, June 9-18, is also a contender for one of the city’s most exciting musical events. The second-largest French song festival in the world welcomes hundreds of thousands of people every year to hear iconic and innovative acts from France, Quebec and the French diaspora…

THE ST-AMBROISE MONTREAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

The St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, May 30 to June 19, isn’t like other festivals. For one thing, it’s the only theatre, dance, music and comedy festival where anyone can participate, as a festivalgoer, but also as a volunteer or even a performer…

MONTREAL BIKE FEST 2011

A bike can be whatever you want it to be:  An Individualistic statement, environmental activism, sightseeing method, or simply a tool for getting from point A to point B. In Montreal, tens of thousands of us think of our bikes as all of those things and more, which is why we throw a big party about bikes every year. So in the spirit of a spectacular two-wheeled summer, hope to see you all at the Montreal Bike Fest and Le Tour de L’ile…

STREET PROFILE: BERNARD

Once upon a time, Bernard was the end of the line- literally. Mile End was once a pastoral suburb where families of newly-arrived Greek immigrants mixed with the the second-largest population of Orthodox Jews outside of Israel. Those populations still inhabit the area, but now Mile End is a major artery of the city’s cultural life and Bernard is the main vein…