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NEIGHBOURHOOD 101: NDG

Family-friendly, the area called NDG (Notre Dame de Grace) is easily accessible and full of fun. Best news? All the places listed are within 3-6 blocks, and provide a lovely stroll.  Those on Sherbrooke Street are near a huge park, which you can wander through on your way to Monkland Street.  Or, stay in the park, and take a picnic! You are as likely to come across an artist in the street as you are garage sales signs.

John Fox Retrospective at Klinkhoff

Chair of Concordia’s Painting Department,  Montreal artist John Fox, RCA, (1927-2008)  is honoured with retrospective at Klinkhoff Gallery. I love to visit a certain graceful brownstone building on Montreal’s Golden Mile. The Klinkhoff Gallery is an elegantly quiet space. Therein lies Canadian art from the 19, 20 and 21st centuries. Here you will find no art hanging from the walls or blaring videos.  For almost 60 years this prestigious gallery has advised private and corporate collectors in amassing fine art.  Celebrating a long tradition of hosting retrospectives, this fall the gallery will honour the legacy of John Fox, the renowned Montreal artist and much-loved teacher.  The exhibition will feature works from private collections, as well as paintings owned by Fox’s widow, art historian Sandra Paikowsky.

THE ANIMALS OF BONSECOURS ISLAND

Love animals? Run down to the Old Port.  The photos are fabulous! On Bonsecours Island (sounds like a pirate place, non?) at the Quais / piers of Old Montreal’s port area, there are 140 of the best animal photos in the world.  Fifty of these are being shown for the first time.  The exposition also has a video, which is really great to watch.  The show is a partnership between the famed Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the National Geographic Collection, and the renowned international photographer Vincent Munier.  It’s fun for everyone.  And the animal photos are amazing.  They should be.  Vincent has been awarded the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award – three times!

DRESS UP TIME IN TENNIS LAND

Well, there we were. Neatly lined up behind media stanchions. Tennis legend, the ever-elegant lady of the courts, Chris Evert, (fabulous in fuchsia) was guest of honour at the red carpet event hosted by Tennis Canada and the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. Chris, a three-time champion of the Rogers Cup, was inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame on Monday August 16 during a centre court presentation at Uniprix Stadium.

A BETTER WAY TO GIFT/SOUVENIR SHOP

Pluriels. As the name suggests, this is a show of many that is a Great opportunity to see Quebec artistic talents! Artist and artisans have gotten together for a group show in a space on trendy St. Laurent, locally known as The Main. They are from a craft collective called MAM (Métiers d’Arts Métissés ) What a great idea!  You can buy that perfect gift for now, for later…for the holidays.  Choose from ceramics, knit stuff, toys, paintings.  All works are pretty reasonable, and who knows, you might make a ‘discovery’  – sell it 10 years from now on ebay and make a huge profit!  The show is at Galerie Espace, a space that is rented out to artists. On until August 24, but there is lots of fun stuff left.

TIME TRAVEL AT THE REDPATH MUSEUM

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, at least their ancestors. See fabulous fossils of dinosaurs, including T Rex (not the band!) the 7-ton monster that lived 64 million years ago at McGill university’s Redpath Museum.

EXTREME PAINTING TAKES OVER MONTREAL

A fabulous way to spend a meandering weekend is to visit ‘Extreme Painting’ – at eight galleries located all over Montreal. It’s a citywide art tour. Follow our directons

PEACE BELLS RINGS IN MONTREAL

On August 5, in the Japanese section of Montreal’s Botanical Gardens, Mayor Gérald Tremblay and Hiroaki Isobe, Japan’s consul-general, rang the peace bell in commemoration of Hiroshima. At the same time a bell rang many, many miles away, in that city where the first atomic bomb was dropped. The peace bell was presented to the city of Montreal from the city of Hiroshima as a sign of ‘eternal friendship and peace’ to mark the twinning of the two cities in 1998.

VINTAGE FURNITURE SHOPPING IN MONTREAL

Movie producers know that Montreal’s Amherst Street is the go-to source for deco and modernist furniture. Most stores rent as well as sell their vintage pieces, classics with clean, geometric shapes and sharp lines. Amherst street has a few semi-secret sources, which we will share!

RETRO INBOARDS GATHER AT CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL

Remember those gorgeous, sleek, low, wooden boats that whipped by in the movies?  Ladies usually wore a Hermès scarf and big Jackie Kennedy sunglasses.  The men drove the boat. You’ll be able to see 80 of these classics at the Festival du Bateau Classique in the Old Port (McGill and de la Commune Streets) of Montreal, from August 20th through the week-end.