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MONTREAL’S HISTORIC PATIOS

Some of Montréal’s historic patios date back 300 years. Cool off in the shade of old trees, beautiful gardens, and thick brick walls.

CHÂTEAU RAMEZAY: TIME TRAVEL GARDENS

Built in 1705, the Chateau Ramezay, is a beautiful grey stone building in Old Montreal is the oldest private history museum in Quebec. Built in 1705, it was the home of Governor Claude de Ramezay, a classically elegant structure with solid, thick walls and a beautiful garden.

ART GALLERY TURNS BIZARRO PAINT STORE

Artists Emmanuel Galland and François Lalumière have collaborated on an amusing project at Articule, an avant-garde, artist-run gallery featuring contemporary work. Invert me out is fun and playful.

CREATIVE CROSSOVERS – ROCK STARS, PAINTERS, VIDEO ARTISTS

Montreal’s Musée d’art contemporain (‘’the MAC’’) features Music Video V, an annual summer fest of video clips.  Videos, today’s urban vocabulary, zoom around the world on YouTube, FaceBook and other sites.  The MAC’s exhibit shows videos created by artists.  From the  internationally renowned Pipilotti Rist (I lay on the floor and watched one of her videos projected onto a church ceiling at the Venice Biennale), to Canada’s Rodney Graham and Montrealer Pascal Grandmaison – artists re-interpret and re-invent the medium at this fun show.

JENNY HOLZER LIGHTS UP DHC ART

I first saw Jenny Holzer’s LED (light emitting diodes) work in Berlin. Today, you can view her thought-provoking installations at DHC,a city-block long, multidisciplinary art space in Old Montreal. People refer to DHC as ‘Montreal’s other contemporary art museum’, a nod to the quality of the gallery’s exhibitions, which have featured such internationally renowned artists as Mark Quinn and Sophie Calle.

DARLING FOUNDRY: ART IN THE CITY

The Darling Foundry – yes, it was once a foundry – is one of Montreal’s famous art spaces. My favourite urban legend is that a feng shui master once visited this abandoned space during its transformation into a gallery and said ‘’there was great heat here once.’’  The gallery is still hot today – one of the city’s most famed alternative galleries. Located on Ottawa Street, the current exhibit shows two expositions:  one by Luis Jacob, and also in situ works that unite this street from east to west and includes Griffintown, a charming area threatened by urban development. This is where the lovely, big horses hide in their little stables, waiting for their calèches or sleds.

DRIVE-END AT MONTREAL’S FINE ARTS MUSEUM

Remember drive-in movies? Today, many are abandoned. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Drive-End, a collection of Martin Beauregard’s photographs, many of which show these mammoth screens sitting silently. No one is watching anymore.

BLDGBLOG’S MANAUGH BUILDS BUZZ AT CCA

Senior contributing editor to WIRED UK, and renowned blogger Geoff Manaugh (of BLDGBLOG fame) and author (BLDGBLOG The Book) joins the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) for a summer blogging series called CCA from…, as Visiting Scholar 2010.  But this is no dusty academic!  He has taught design studios at Columbia University and Pratt, so he kind of knows a lot of stuff.

GRAND PRIX ART

At super speeds, F1 tires touch, scrape and bounced off the asphalt of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Now these marks have been transformed into works of art by artist Martin Désilets. 

WHEN MONTREAL PARTIES IN STYLE: EYES WIDE OPENED

Montreal is often host to some pretty glamourous parties. For your enjoyement ( and ours), we attended one such extravaganza : Eyes Wide Opened. Twilight’s Rachelle Lefevre and Dracula descended on Montreal…even though, the Masked Soirée at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was held in a torrential downpour.