Posted on June 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 June.


[holiday] CÉLÉBRATION DE LA ST-JEAN – Quebec’s ‘national’ holiday, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, is on June 24.  The city basically shuts down for all sorts of festivities, much of them located in Old Montréal. But the gays will be having their own celebrations as well! You can catch the magical spinning action of DJ David Morales at Parking Nightclub. Wear blue and white (the colors of La Belle Province)!


[restaurant] L’INDEPENDENT – My favorite French bistro in the village offers up classic fare at a reasonable price. With professional and tactful service, you’re guaranteed a sophisticated evening and a delicious epicurean experience. And with the main street of the Montréal Gay Village closed to traffic, L’Independent will have a spacious patio for the rest of the summer! 1330 rue Ste-Catherine East. 514.523.8471.


[festival] FRING FEST – Montréal has many summer festivals. We are internationally renown for the Jazz Fest and Just For Laughs, and we enjoy welcoming the world. The Fringe Fest, however, exists on the opposite end of the festival spectrum. After 20 years of fun and debauchery, the locally raised, indie-spirited theatre festival still maintains its beloved place in the hearts of Montréalers. Don’t miss the Drag Races, it’s the most popular event in fringe history, with drag queens battling to the death. Okay, nobody actually dies. But dignity will be sacrificed. June 19. 4pm.


[concert] RUFUS WAINWRIGHT – Montréal’s singer/songwriter returns to his hometown to offer up the songs of his sixth studio album, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu. Rufus recently chatted with Montréal columnist Richard Burnett saying, “I’ve been up to Montréal a couple of times since my mom died [in January], and I’ve had to wrestle with the intensity.” Expect a powerfully emotion show. June 21.


[boutique] PRIAPE – Let’s say you come to Montréal and you realize that you forgot your leather half harness. Where does a gay go in a crisis such as this? Well my queer comrade, you’d get your arse to Priape; it’s the first stop in Montréal for toys, seductive underwear, magazines and, of course, leather gear. The staff are friendly and nonjudgmental. The Priape 2010 summer catalogue has just been released. The forecast calls for sexy.


  1. Alex

    / Jun 2nd

    Cool! 🙂

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