The month of May rhymes with Gay. Unfortunately, this prohibits me from creating a clever portmanteau such as last month’s hit “Gaypril”. Whatever April, May is sunny and beautiful so we don’t need to port any sort of manteau. Anyways, here are ways you can maximize your five gay senses in Montreal this May…
SMELL… the flowers of Aires Libres, starting May 18! This is an ecological, artistic and community initiative that includes shutting down Saint-Catherine, from Berri to Papineau, to all automotive traffic. The Village becomes a pedestrian paradise filled with themed decorations and terraces! Festivals and fairs are abound during Aires Libres, so check the website often for the ever-changing schedule.
SEE… the last play in Centaur Theater’s 2010/11 season, A Beautiful View. A play that documents a twisting relationship between two women, from hate to hope, lust to regret. It comes from Governor-General award winning playwright and director Daniel MacIvor and stars Diane Brown and Colleen Wheeler. This gentle, bittersweet dramedy runs until May 22.
The Rites of Gender is a photo exhibit by Damian Siqueiros that runs through the month of May, ending on June 11, at the Consulate of Mexico’s gallery Espacio Mexico (2055 Peel). It uses the “iconic language of classical religious art” to explore and play with “the matter of gender identity and its diversity.” I saw it last week and I was truly moved. It explores the fluidity of sexuality with a tongue-in-cheek smirk at religion.
HEAR… the angelic sounds of homosexuals singing karaoke at Club Date every night at 11PM. Expect lots of Celine and many variations of “I Will Survive”. If you want something a little glitzier, hear the sick and infectious beats at Club Unity every Friday and Saturday night: with a little Britney, your ears will be very happy. For something more delicate, The Gay Choir of Montreal is having their concert “Rouge” at Gesu on the 13 and 14 of May.
Hear the inspirational stories and speakers at this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, which takes place May 17 every year! From May 15–17 there are activities happening at Complexe Desjardins, kicking off on the 15 with a ceremony for The Fight Against Homophobia Award, which this year is going to Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan. May 16 and 17 is a mini-expo of LGBT organization with an informative kiosk. It also includes a photo exhibition by prominent Gay & Lesbian photographers. For a full list of all the events of the International Day Against Homophobia visit the website here.
TASTE… the rainbow all the way through the village at some of the hottest and tastiest places! NUVU is the chic and sleek restaurant du jour. Kilo is the old classic that never disappoints and La Piazetta (1101 Sainte-Catherine East) has the thinnest of crusts that leaves one the desire to imitate the thinness in their waistline. Come the launch of Aires Libres, all of these places will have large terraces where locals relax from sun up to sun down.
TOUCH… yourself and other people at the many gay parties happening in the month of May. May 7 is another edition of MEC PLUS ULTRA with a “Call of the Wild” theme. A free drink before 11PM and Pat Dynamite in the DJ booth should make for a pretty rambunctious night. On May 22, DJ Yinon Yafel from Tel Aviv will be spinning at Club Unity. But the most important time to really get down in May will be at the Weekend Hot & Dry events held by the BBCM (Bad Boys Club Montreal). From May 20–23, there will be several high profile DJs spinning and events going down at Sky, Le Circus and Parking. The most notable event is Mark Anthony doing his famous house music at Sky on Friday, May 20.
Guest Blogger: Alex Dunphy
Aires Libres, May 18 to September 12, Ste-Catherine between Berri & Papineau
A Beautiful View at Centaur Theater, 453 St. Francois-Xavier, (514) 288-3161
Club Date Piano Bar, 218 Sainte-Catherine Street East, (514) 521-1242
L’Eglise Gesu, 1202 de Bleury Street, (514) 861-4378