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MONTREAL’S COMICCON IS GOING TO BE AWESOME

Where can you see the original Batman and Robin palling around with Deanna Troi and Worf while Boba Fett and the Pinhead from Hellraiser look on? No, I’m not talking about that dream you had that one time, I’m talking about Montreal’s very own Comiccon!

WIKIPEDIA SCAVENGER HUNT TAKES OVER MONTREAL

On August 28, Wikipedia will be organizing an all-day scavenger hunt in Montreal for their 10th anniversary. The idea is simple. It’s a free content photography contest where contestants compete against other teams to capture as many local Montreal sights for Wikipedia as they can within the time frame. Each landmark is allotted a certain amount of points, and the further away they are the more points they’re worth…

MUST-SEE BANDS AT POP MONTREAL 2011

This year Pop Montreal is ten years old. To celebrate this landmark, the people at Pop have created a lineup that reflects maturity, grace and, of course, one serious party. There are over 300 bands to see in only 5 days. This is an impossible amount of shows, but that’s the point. You’re supposed to be feverishly running around town in a delirious Pop Montreal frenzy. It’s okay though, you have all winter to recover.

THE LION KING MUSICAL ROARS INTO MONTREAL

The Lion King is an award-winning musical, one of the longest-running of all time. It has traversed the globe and finally the dazzling production has made a stop at Place Des Arts in Montreal from August 9 to September 4. Long live the king!

REGGAEFEST 2011 TAKES OVER OLD MONTREAL

Staying cool in the heat is a constant battle, but if you’re in the Old Port lounging by the water, it’s easy to convince yourself that you’re relaxing on an island paradise and the Montreal International Reggae Festival, August 20-21, makes it even easier. The festival is the largest event of its kind in Canada with 60,000 people coming from all over for the two-day party…

FESTIBLUES: CELEBRATE THE BLUES IN MONTREAL

The Festiblues festival is returning, August 10-14, with yet another spectacular line-up. The 5-day festival features musicians from Quebec and around the world at Montreal’s Ahuntsic Park and surrounding area. In traditional Montreal style, the Ahuntsic Park is being turned into a blues playground for all the blues that’s fit to print…

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE AT OSHEAGA

I sat down with Chris Walla and Jason McGerr of Death Cab For Cutie before their set at Osheaga in support of their new album, Codes and Keys. During our talk, I learned that they had an unabashed love for Montreal’s Jazz Fest and fellow Osheaga headliner, Elvis Costello. And if that Chris Walla isn’t careful, he’ll earn himself the reputation of being the nicest guy in rock and roll…

KAYAKING, SURFING AND SUP IN MONTREAL

If you’re looking to beat the summer heat, there’s no better way than to take a spin out to Kayak Sans Frontières (KSF), a water sports adventureland nestled along the shores of the Lachine Rapids…

5 MONTREAL BANDS (AND 1 DJ) YOU SHOULD SEE AT OSHEAGA

It’s no secret that the best bands in Canada are from Montreal, or at least they moved to Montreal and then became the best. Festivals like Osheaga build the momentum of the music scene by offering lesser-known bands exposure and a platform to play for a larger audience than a loft or club allows. Here, then, are some Montreal bands and a DJ/Producer playing Osheaga that you shouldn’t miss…

CYPRESS HILL TALKS ABOUT MONTREAL, OSHEAGA, AND THE MUSIC BUSINESS

The seminal hip hop group Cypress Hill is gracing the stage at Osheaga this summer on July 31 at, ahem, 4:20. I got the chance to chat with Sen Dog of Cypress Hill about Montreal, Osheaga, the first record he ever bought and how he thinks the music industry has changed since their first album in 1991…