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Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.


Additional dates for Opéra de Montréal’s “Another Brick In The Wall”

The worlds of opera and rock and roll will descend upon Montréal for the hotly-anticipated world-premiere of Another Brick In The Wall – The Opera, based on Roger Waters’ legendary work The Wall. With more than 17,000 tickets already sold, the Opéra de Montréal has added additional dates to meet the demand for what is fast becoming an opera phenomenon. “Ten shows is absolutely unprecedented for the Opéra de Montréal, this is the biggest run we’ve ever done,” says OdM Director General Patrick Corrigan. “We also have a bunch of producers travelling to Montréal from across Canada, the United States and Europe to see the production to find out more about this show. There is a lot of interest in this show continuing on, to travel the world.” Another Brick In The Wall – The Opera tells the story of Pink, a troubled rock star who isolates himself from the rest of the world following his father’s death during World War II, and continuous abuse from his mother and teachers. The break-up of his marriage represents the last brick in the metaphorical wall he has built for himself. If his survival depends on it, will Pink be capable of demolishing… / Read More →

Olympian figure skater Eric Radford champions Canadian Gay Curling Championships

Canadian Olympian champion figure skater Eric Radford loves performing on the ice: in addition to being a six-time Canadian national champion (2012-2017) and two-time world champion (2015-2016) with his pairs partner Meagan Duhamel, Radford loves curling and will take part in the 2017 Canadian Gay Curling Championships in Montréal, the city the Winnipeg-born Radford now calls home. Organized by Montréal’s increasingly popular Les Fous du Roi and Les Phénix curling clubs, the 2017 Canadian Gay Curling Championships will be held in conjunction with The King’s Quest bonspiel at the Town of Mount-Royal Curling Club from February 10 to 12. The championships and bonspiel will welcome Canada’s nine growing LGBTQ curling leagues, and Radford explains why he is looking forward to competing. Revolution on Ice will be a show I never forget. #Madrid you are amazing and I hope to perform for you again and again! @javierfernandezskater thank you for this amazing experience. Also thank you to @yolanda_cal for this photo! #ROI #Revolutiononice #Madrid #Spain #figureskating #figureskater #amazing #goodtimes #unforgettable Une photo publiée par Eric Radford (@ericradford85) le 31 Déc. 2016 à 11h30 PST Eric Radford Q&A Job: Figure skater Favourite pastime: Playing the piano Why do you love curling? I think in a… / Read More →

Montréal celebrates Black History Month 2017

February 2017 marks the 26th anniversary of Black History Month in Montréal, and this year’s edition features a full slate of film screenings, art exhibitions, concerts and other special events. This year’s theme is “Here we stay, here we stand!” Here are some highlights during BHM 2017: Montréal’s famed Festival Nuits d’Afrique presents the Afrique en Cirque with Kalabanté, a multi-media spectacle combining dance, acrobatics and digital projections to the rhythmic sounds of percussion, at the Olympia Theatre on February 17. The oldest professional Black theatre company in Canada, Montréal’s Black Theatre Workshop is performing the English-language play Bluenose in schools from February 6 to March 3. There are also two public matinees on February 18 at 1 pm and 3 pm. Bluenose is a musical aimed at a young audience. Through a group of pirates – including one called Bluenose – it explores themes of difference and acceptance. The ninth annual Massimadi Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ film and arts festival runs February 21 to March 4 at various venues. “Massimadi” comes from the con­traction of two pejorative Haitian Creole words: masisi, for gay, and madivinez, for lesbian. Organizers combined them in a bid to reclaim both words when they founded Canada’s first (and only) black… / Read More →

12 reasons for LGBTQ travellers to visit Montréal in 2017

As one of the gateway cities to the New World, underground gay life has flourished in Montréal for centuries. Montréal’s legendary joie-de-vivre and queer-positive embrace has turned the city into a choice LGBTQ international tourism destination, and there is much to see and do in Montréal for LGBTQ travellers in 2017. Summer kicks off with Montréal drag legend Mado Lamotte’s 17th annual Drag Race—the over-the-top two-hour outdoor live show predates RuPaul’s Drag Race—at the Montreal Fringe Festival, whose 2017 edition runs from June 8 to 18. Several professional Montréal drag queens team up with their amateur counterparts for a side-splitting outdoor afternoon competition in Parc des Amériques. Mado’s Drag Race is usually held on the final weekend of the Montreal Fringe Festival. Free admission. Montréal will be the place to be in August for the inaugural Canada Pride festival, as the city celebrates its 375th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, and Canada marks 150 years of Confederation in 2017. Organized by Montréal Pride, the largest Pride festival in the Francophone world, and modelled on EuroPride and WorldPride, the 11-day Canada Pride celebration is expected to draw over 750,000 spectators from August 10 to 20, 2017. Canada Pride will feature a sports tournament, an international… / Read More →

Visit different worlds at Montréal Space for Life museums

From the tropics to outer space, children of all ages can discover new worlds at the Montréal Space for Life museums, the largest natural sciences museum complex in Canada, which comprises the Biodome, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium. Biodome The hugely popular Biodome—whose name means “House of Life”—is home to more than 4,500 animals from 250 different species and 500 plant species, all under one roof. As visitors wander around the Biodome, they will experience and witness five ecosystems of the Americas: Tropical Rainforest (where you will see piranhas, amphibians and reptiles such as the anaconda and yacare caiman), Laurentian Maple Forest (spot such mammals as beavers and lynx), Gulf of St. Lawrence, Labrador Coast, and Sub-Antarctic Islands complete with King Penguins. Meanwhile, the Biodome’s Naturalia Discovery Room exhibition runs to December 31 and explores how animals and insects adapt to their natural environments. The Biodome is closed on Mondays. Sa première visite à l’Insectarium de #montreal ou bien la première neige de la saison… Les années passent, mais il a toujours les mêmes beaux grands yeux contemplatifs 💕 . . . #souvenir #insectarium #montrealjetaime #quebecoriginal #quebec #familyfun #familyblogger #mamancomblée #jardinbotanique A photo posted by Valérie Thibault (@familleaumenu) on Nov… / Read More →

Blockbuster winter and spring 2017 Montréal museum exhibitions

Famed Russian-French artist Marc Chagall, French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier and legendary Canadian photographer William Notman take centre stage in blockbuster exhibitions at Montréal museums this winter and spring 2017. Chagall: Colour and Music at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the largest exhibition ever devoted to Marc Chagall (1887-1985) in Canada, featuring some 500 works and documents—paintings, collages, watercolours, sculptures, stained glass windows and ceramics—which show how Chagall’s aesthetic and artistic world is imbued with music. The exhibition includes his creations for the stage, notably 40 rarely-seen costumes and sets for the ballets and operas Aleko (1942), The Firebird (1945), Daphnis et Chloé (1958) and The Magic Flute (1967). No less than famed art critic Robert Hughes called Chagall “the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century.” Chagall: Colour and Music runs from January 28 to June 11. After such a great adventure, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” seen by two million visitors in twelve cities over five years couldn’t end like this… As cherry on the cake, as a very early Christmas gift or as a 2017 good resolution, the @mbamtl is presenting a surprise return of the most incredible wedding moments by… / Read More →

Montréal’s winter and spring 2017 opera, ballet and classical music season

Opera, ballet and classical music lovers have a wealth of choices as international stars will grace Montréal’s finest stages this winter and Spring 2017, including Japanese-American violinist Midori and French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, not to mention the world premiere of Another Brick In The Wall – The Opera, based on Pink Floyd’s iconic album The Wall. There is also a lot of buzz surrounding the McGill Chamber Orchestra’s stellar 77th season: their Poperetta concert at the Corona Theatre on March 5 will showcase singers from the Atelier Lyrique de L’Opéra de Montréal; their Tenorissimo concert at the Maison Symphonique on April 25 will star Quebec’s “Prince of Tenors” Marc Hervieux singing Bel Canto’s best-loved arias for tenor; and the MCO’s blockbuster Carmina Burana concert at the Maison Symphonique on June 6 stars soprano Andriana Chuchman, baritone Theodore Baerg and internationally-acclaimed Canadian tenor John Mac Master. Découvrez les coulisses du monde merveilleux de l’opéra avec @lp_lapresse + #mtlmoments #mtl #opera #operahouse #backstage #coulisses Crédit : Brent Calis A photo posted by Opéra de Montréal (@operademontreal) on Dec 9, 2016 at 7:03am PST The Opéra de Montréal’s 37th season continues with a production of Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc (Jan. 28 to Feb…. / Read More →

English theatre shines in Montréal this winter and Spring 2017

Theatre goers will enjoy blockbuster Broadway musicals Kinky Boots and Million Dollar Quartet, as well as many other crowd-pleasing Tony and Pulitzer-winning dramas and comedies, produced by some of Montréal’s most exciting professional and independent English-language theatre companies, including Black Theatre Worskhop’s much-anticipated drama Angélique about the real-life black slave woman who burnt down Old Montréal in 1734. The year kicks off with the Broadway touring production of the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots which headlines Salle Wilfred-Pelletier from Jan. 3 to 8. After winning Best Original Score at the 2013 Tony Awards, Cyndi Lauper told me, “I didn’t stop to think I was the first woman to win that award [solo because] there were a lot of men involved, people who understood me, like playwright Harvey Fierstein.” The touring Broadway musical Mamma Mia! also headlines Salle Wilfred-Pelletier, for five performances only, from Feb. 17 to 19. British playwright Catherine Johnson wrote the musical about a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father on the eve of her wedding on the same Greek island paradise her mother visited 20 years earlier. Over the course of the play, the cast sings 22 ABBA songs that fit together uncannily, as if they’d been written for the… / Read More →

10 stunning historic churches and sacred sites to see in Montréal

While Montréal was known as Sin City during much of the 20th century, it was also nicknamed “the city of a hundred bell towers.” In fact, when celebrated American writer Mark Twain visited Montréal in 1888, he famously said, “This is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window.” For those seeking a spiritual journey, or who simply want to enjoy the architectural splendour of Montréal’s many religious historic sites, here are some of the most beautiful churches in Montréal. Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal Montréal’s majestic Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is a designated National Historic Site of Canada and one of the world’s great Catholic basilicas. Saint André of Montréal, known locally as Brother André, began construction in 1924 to honour Saint Joseph, the stepfather of Jesus, but did not live (1845 – 1937) to see construction completed in 1966. The exterior of the basilica is designed following the lines of the Italian Renaissance, its colonnade features Corinthian-style pillars and its dome is not just the third-largest of its kind in the world (after the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro in Côte d’Ivoire and Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome) but is the… / Read More →

Montréal DJs pick their favourite nightclubs and residencies

Montréal is home to some of the world’s best DJs. We asked some of them to tell us their current favourite Montréal nightclubs and DJ residencies. Lost Heroes Arts & Media > Space Lab 2015 Une photo publiée par Christian Pronovost (@lost_heroes) le 29 Avril 2015 à 3h06 PDT Christian Pronovost – a.k.a. Lost Heroes DJ, producer, music consultant and artistic director Christian Pronovost – a.k.a. Lost Heroes – is a true Montréal icon who has been in the music business for over 30 years, from co-founding and owning the first record store for DJs in the city, Inbeat (1986 to 2010), to sharing a stage with everybody from Grace Jones to Frankie Knuckles. “Montréal has so many great spots to offer for all different genres, styles and tastes,” says Pronovost. “When I play in Montréal I tend to be very specific with the type of events I do, focusing more on special occasions, collaboration and concept events over your typical trendy club night. But I must say that one of my current favourite spaces to play in the city as a DJ is DATCHA, a very cool, intimate yet edgy nightclub, where the crowd is fresh, young, excited and enthusiastic… / Read More →