Posted on August 1st, 2010 by .

Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events.

Here are some suggestions for the month of August.


[pride] CÉLÉBRATIONS – Pride Festival activities always provide many perfect reasons to visit Montreal. Make sure to walk through the village on the Saturday (August 14) for community day; it’s the perfect way to discover the depth and diversity of the Montreal LGBT community. The theme of the parade this year will be “Superheroes” – so bring your lycra body suit and create a super-fab homophobia-fighting identity. During the pride festival, Montreal will also be crowning the International Queer of the Year! Tune in to see who it will be! August 10 – 15.


[alternative pride] PERVERS/CITÉ – Coined as “the underside of pride,” Pervers/Cité is a collaboratively run designed, multi-faceted event to bring back the radical underpinnings of the pride movement. Take a historical walking tour of queer Montreal, participate in a stimulating game of ‘Capture the Fag’ or brush up on your intellectual side at the queer bookfair. Find that little homo anarchist dreamboat that you’ve been searching for. August 1 – 15.


[concert] SCISSOR SISTERS – With a new album out, and the reliability of Jake Shears removing his shirt and getting REALLY sweaty, you probably don’t need any extra motivation. But if you do need that extra kick in the pants, Pitchfork said, “Night Work is a bold, uncompromising album that more than earns its inevitable cult adulation.”  And aren’t we all part of the cult of Jake? August 29.


[restaurant] GARDE-MANGER – I recently took New York City blogger Joe.My.God. on a Bixi ride through Montreal. After a few hours of peddling our tired asses we tucked ourselves in at the bar and had a super delicious meal. The chef, bad-boy Montrealer Chuck Hughes, has his own show ‘Chuck’s Day Off,’ which will soon be storming the televisions of America. Recent visitors to Garde-Manger include Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal. Reservations a must.


[park] PARC LAFONTAINE – Just north of the Gay Village in the charming Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood is one of Montréal’s most cherished parks. And by ‘cherished’ I mean ‘gayest.’ In the summer you’ll see boys rollerblading by hand-in-hand and dreamy dykes nuzzling up with each other on picnic blankets. Bring a baguette and some cheese (and some wine), and enjoy the Montréal joie de vivre in the shade of a leafy maple tree. (Insert romantic sigh here.)



  1. William

    / Aug 3rd

    Pervers/cité is largely run by a tiny but vocal and aggressive Anti-Israel group who occasionally market themselves as “Queer” in order to strong arm their way into gay events. Running under a different name, they financially ruined Toronto Pride. In the same way that the City of Toronto refused funding to Pride following their use of hateful and divisive language in the parade there, the City of Montreal and its agencies should not be endorsing their activities, or if it does, it should at least be providing full information so that participants can make up their mind fully informed about the political groups to whom they are lending financial and social support.

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