Montreal’s McCord Museum, loved by young and old alike for its walks through Canadian history, hosts a show featuring the Cirque du Soleil, in tribute to Totem, the current Cirque show in Montreal. (And what a show it is, under the Pantone-bright blue and yellow circus tents in the Old Port! Dream Weavers shows costumes, videos, and images from the Cirque’s surrealistic world full of wonder.
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Take a break. Take a little trip away from the downtown hustle, and visit some art on the outskirts of picturesque Little Italy. Discover the Battat Contemporary, a jewel of a gallery – a secret among local art aficionados. The space (2,000 square feet) is the brainchild of a toy magnate Joseph Battat whose love of art and his own collection were pivotal to this hot, go-to place, opened in 2008. The eclectic exhibitions range from Old Master drawings to cutting-edge contemporary work.
Travellers arriving, or leaving, from Montreal’s international Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport can enjoy a sophisticated stay at the new Marriott Montréal Airport. You don’t even have to go outside to get there. It is right above the U.S. Departures. Superbly designed – I love the Wallpaper*/ international style! - the hotel is bathed in light.
When you tire of Zest & the City, take a break. Discover Montreal’s Mont Royal. The sprawling 200-hectare park is a signature space by Frederick Law Olmsted famous for his landscape design of New York’s Central Park . At the top of Peel Street, follow signs for GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. The garden is in memory of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famed ‘bed-in for peace’ that took place in Montreal 41 years ago.
Montreal’s Contemporary Arts Museum, hosts its first solo show of British artist Runa Islam. Prisms and Pantone! I first saw the work of contemporary artist Runa Islam at the 2005 Venice Biennale where her film of china tea cups slowly crashing to the ground was a hit. Runa’s international reputation was enhanced by her nomination for Britain’s Turner Prize in 2008. Islam is a world citizen: she was born in Bangladesh, she studied in London, where she now works, and is represented by the prestigious White Cube Gallery.
The Montreal Interiror Design Show, the SIDIM, has arrived! It’s one of North America’s most prestigious design shows and features a three-day fest of fabulousness. Go to SIDIM’s website for a complete list of participants Look for:
Wow! What colour. What energy. What zest. Norman Laliberté’s show at Galerie de Bellefeuille is full of joy. This American artist with French-Canadian parents is famous around the world for his exuberant use of colour. He not only paints, but has produced beautiful banners – the most famous were for the Vatican Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. His wonderful work at the gallery is sophisticated, yet childlike. The bright shades almost make you smile. So if you are having a bad moment, pop over to Westmount, and add some cheer to your day.
Montreal’s 2010 City of Glass event has great stuff all over Montreal. I wandered into the Canadian Guild of Craft to see some cool lips by internationally-renowned glass artist Astri Reusch. Her show is aptly named Mémoires glaciales. Her sculptural pieces are all in glass – gleaming and seductive. Solid glass life-size heads are lit from within. You glow girl! One of her pieces is a huge ‘cloud’ of glass lips. Is this sensual reference to internet cloud…the lips symbolic of communication? In any case, just enjoy looking at them. They are smooth …and sexy. Many big kisses!
Ben Mulroney is renowned, of course, for his handsome presence as presenter on eTalk Daily. He also makes a cameo appearance in Jay Barushel’s The Trotsky (playing the role of a famous eTalk Daily presenter)! Last week, he took time off from his busy schedule to profess his love for Montréal through the much lauded Quickie With Montreal/Toronto initiative that is currently hitting the streets of both cities ( our video).
Isabelle Hayeur is one of my favourite photographers. Her large photos are now showing at Pierre- François Ouellette’s gallery in the Belgo building, the downtown Soho-style space full of great emerging artists.