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ST. JOSEPH’S ORATORY: CANADA’S SACRED DESTINATION

One of Montreal’s famed skyline silhouettes; St. Joseph’s Oratory is a sacred destination for many. It attracts 2 million visitors annually. Some climb the 100 steps on their knees as pilgrims. Others come simply to admire this Italian Renaissance-style basilica reminiscent of the Duomo in Florence. I love the grandeur of the beautiful building, set back on its large property.  It is the largest church in Canada. Its dome is second in size only to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  The first small chapel was erected in 1904, and was extended often.  By 1917 a new Crypt-Church was built, large enough for about 1,000 people.  Montreal’s Brother André, who was canonized last week-end in Rome, had a dream to build a sanctuary dedicated to Saint Joseph.  His dream came true in 1967, when the Oratory was completed.

QUEBEC’S FINEST CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AT THE MAC

Your chance to see the best and the brightest. FREE! Montreal’s Musée d’Art Contemporain is showing top young Canadian artists thanks to the Sobey Art Award. The Sobey Art Award was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. The Award is presented annually to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within the 18 months prior to being nominated.

ART: LILIANA BERZOWKSY AT CIRCA

The first glimpse of Liliana Berezowksy’s work at Galerie CIRCA is inviting. A soft, pink suede chair-like piece sits on the floor to greet you. Indeed, for a nano-second, you think it is a contemporary chair, offering comfort. Therein lies the rub: Your first clue are the nails… A large roundish piece – can I call it ‘sculpture’ I ask myself ? – sits in the middle of the gallery.

WALKING WITH GHOSTS IN MONTREAL

Get ready for the witching hour! Take a Ghost Walk in Old Montreal.  Follow the guide over cobbled stones and hear about gruesome crimes committed in Montreal’s centuries-old river-side area.

LAST WEEK-END FOR WORLD PRESS PHOTO

Billed as ‘The World’s Largest Photojournalism Exhibition’, World Press Photo 10 is at the Just for Laughs Museum until October 3. This amazing exhibit features the finest photojournalism from around the world. There is something for everyone, as the ten themes include sports, nature, portraits and daily life. Selected from over 100,000 submissions, the 65 chosen photographs will travel to over 100 cities.

GOOGLE STREET AS ART

What a great idea!  Take images of the moment from the planet’s most techno tracker – Google Street – and pair them with black and white photographs taken a few years ago.

ARTIST NICOLAS BAIER PLAYS WITH YOUR MIND

Many Montrealers know Nicolas Baier’s in situ work:  the large  – 6,000 square feet!  – leafy glass mural installed at Concordia University, high above wandering students. Now there is a chance to see Baier’s latest art up close and personal.

AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER SHOWS HAITI AFTER EARTHQUAKE

I first found out about Montreal photographer Benoit Aquin 2 years ago, when he won the Prix Pictet 2008, the most prestigious photography award in the world.  For this Prize, sponsored by the Pictet Bank, Aquin submit pictures of the Chinese Dust Bowl – although the theme of the contest was water.

ART DECO IN MONTREAL

Art Deco in Montreal in alive and well, with building façades, lamps and doors, carefully cherished and luckily still standing.  Take a tour. An expert will give you details on the many fabulous examples.