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EASTER ISLAND: AN EPIC VOYAGE

Travel, people and culture : my ultimate three favorite things on Earth – and the reason behind my excitement for the Rapa Nui exhibition happening at Montreal’s Pointe-à-Callière museum. What? You don’t know Rapa Nui? Don’t worry. It is, after all, one of the most isolated places on the planet. Thanks to the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History Pointe-à-Callière though, I’m about to satisfy my thirst for knowledge and learn all about this distant land and people.

FIVE MONTREAL HOTELS FOR GRAND PRIX WEEKEND

Koko is one of Montreal’s hottest drinking, eating and socializing spaces. Last week, the restaurant-bar (which is part of Opus Hotel) threw a fantastic party to celebrate the opening of their popular patio. As jet-setters, photographers and fashionistas flocked in, I was instantly reminded that Grand Prix Weekend was just around the corner. Here are some hotel recommendations to help you plan a memorable Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal!

PLACES I LIKE TO SHOP: HEADQUARTERS BOUTIQUE

Where do you shop for all your accessories Tamy? This is a question that girls ask me on the daily. Today for example, I bumped into this girl Zina at Cluny ArtBar and she stopped me over the salad counter to ask me about my earrings. I found myself telling her all about Headquarters Boutique, how it was a Montreal fashion gem, how its basement served as an art gallery and how it brilliantly showcased the best of emerging and independant Montreal designers and artists. Then, I thought, not only should I tell Zina about it, but I should tell the entire world. Thank you, Internet!

CANDI BAR: MONTREAL’S NEW GROWN-UP TREAT

Ladies and gents, say hello to Candi Bar, the latest brainchild of Paulo Branco, owner of the already legendary Montreal bars: Gogo Lounge and Chez Serge Bar.  Made out of 80,000 pink and purple Mega Bloks (Canada’s legos), Candi Bar is hands down the ultimate nightlife destination (nightlife fans should check out this sweet deal on show tickets from La Vitrine) for any gal who appreciates original drinks and playful design. And you know if all the girls are going, logically, that means it will also be celebrated by the boys. Let’s see how long it takes them to start sipping on slushy pink cocktails!

MONTREAL BIKE FEST TAKES THE STREETS IN JUNE

In March 2010, the National Geographic named Montreal one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Part of the reason for that is the city’s extensive cycling paths and Montreal’s popular public bike system, Bixi. But that’s not all. For 26 years, The Tour de L’Île de Montreal has played a major role in positioning the city on the international scene as a North American biking capital.

TOP 5 EXHIBITIONS TO SEE THIS SPRING/SUMMER

The crucifixion of Louis Vitton, by Carlito Dalceggio, 2009 The only downfall of having endless amounts of galleries and museums in Montreal is that with so many options, it actually becomes hard to choose what to put on your « To See while I’m in Montreal » list. To help you resolve this issue, I’m retaliating with a list of my own. Here are my Top 5 exhibitions to see in Montreal this spring/summer.

MEET A MONTREALER: JULIEN SMITH

Meet Julien Smith. He’s that hip NYT bestselling author who wrote the book “Trust Agents” with Chris Brogan.  Long before that, he was that avant-garde podcasting kid who knew (and still knows) much more about the web than both you and I. According to the Montreal boutiques where he shops (see video for Julien’s fashion confessions), I decided to make the assumption that Julien is now rich. But don’t be fooled. The Twitter fame and designer plaid don’t mean that Julien is migrating to glamorous LA. In fact, Julien loves Montreal so much, it only made sense I ask him about his favorite spots in the city. You’ll find all his answers in the video, with links and addresses below.

A CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PREMIERE: TOTEM

For weeks the Montreal Buzz has been talking to you about Cirque du Soleil’s brand new show, TOTEM. After much anticipation, I finally got to experience the new-born baby of director Robert Lepage. Boy, was I not disappointed! Being the social butterfly that I am, I mingled with the crowd before, during and after the show to give you a sense of the crowd’s appreciation. You’ll also find excerpts from some of my favorite acts. TOTEM (click here for tickets) Cirque du Soleil April 22 – July 1, 2010 Old Port of Montreal For Booking Assistance 1-800-450-1480 (North America)

MILES DAVIS EXHIBIT AT THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Last thursday, I attended the museum premiere of We Want Miles, a multimedia retrospective of the musical career of the legendary Miles Davis, presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. As you’ll see in the video above, I had the chance to meet Miles Davis’ son and nephew, on top of chatting with the ever-charming director of the MMFA, Nathalie Bondil.

LADY GAGA VS. MONTREAL CANADIENS

This take on Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance is absolutely awesome! It was created by the peeps over at Virgin Radio in honour of the Montreal Canadiens (and our stellar goalie, Jaroslav Halak) who are heading into Game 7 this evening against the Capitals of Washington. There is simply no place like Montreal when it comes to hockey playoffs. GO HABS GO!