It was a whirlwind summer in Montreal with festivals, food trucks and fun. We got to enjoy the new Clock Tower Beach, check out not one but two LGBT festivals (Divers/Cité and Fierte Montreal Pride) and enjoy the Boules Roses in the pedestrian haven of Aires Libres in the Gay Village. However the leaves are turning some Fifty Shades of Autumn, Pumpkin Spice is back at Starbucks and we can start rocking the sweaters and leather!
Bingo Night at Royal Phoenix: Located in the hip and very Queer Mile End, Royal Phoenix has become an institution of LGBT activity in Montreal since it opened in June 2011. There’s something to do there every night of the week, but Monday night is Bingo night hosted by Burlesque Star “Matante Julie.” For $5 you get three bingo squares and a Pabst, plus all the funds go to supporting the ACCM! After a few rounds, try out the Royal Phoenix Cantine’s tempura-covered deep fried chocolate bars.
The Edwards Twins: The Edwards Twin brothers have been delighting audiences for years with their uncanny impersonations of over 100 stars. You can see them do everything from Bette Midler, Cher and even Kermit the Frog in Montreal at Theatre St. Denis, September 14-16.
Montreal AIDS Walk: The Farha Foundation has raised more than $8.7 million for AIDS foundations across Quebec since 1992. Their annual AIDS walk “Ca Marche” takes place at 9AM on Sunday, September 30 starting at Parc Emilie Gamelin.
Shows at New City Gas: Do you love dancing and light shows with the best DJs in the world? New City Gas (a mid 1800s Industrial complex turned multi-functional event space) has an impressive line up for the fall: AN21 & Max Vangeli on September 15, Thomas Gold on September 22, Joachim Garraud on September 29, Armin van Buuren on October 5, and Calvin Harris on October 19. Tickets available here.
Festival Black & Blue: Evolution 2012: The 22nd edition of Black & Blue will be held on Sunday, October 7 and feature DJs like David Morales, Gareth Emery, and Sander van Doorn (to name a few.) The theme this year is “Evolution” with emphasis on inclusion, respect, open-mindedness, peace, equality, altruism and love! Reserve your tickets here, it’s for a great cause!
PitBull Montreal: The 2nd Edition of Pitbull takes place September 29th at Underworld. The event is in association with Gay Village fetish store Fetish Armada and features DJ Dwayne Minard from Toronto.
Catch a Music Show: Lesbian Canadian crooner and music icon k.d lang brings her band “The Siss Boom Bang” to Montreal at the Corona Theater on September 28 and 29. Fresh off his amazing show during Montreal Jazz Fest, Rufus Wainwright will be returning for a more intimate show at Eglise St-Jean Baptiste on October 26.
Date Night in the Village: Visiting Montreal with your lover? A cute date night in the Village will have you seeing rainbow hearts. Try some of the fine dining options in the Village like Kitchenette, or the more casual Lallouz for some kebobs! After a stroll up through the adorable back streets of the village surrounding amherst and ontario will bring you right up to the bottom of Parc Lafountaine.
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