Posted on April 29th, 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 May.


[contemporary dance] FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES – I know what you’re thinking, but no, this is not a giant American tranny-fest. But, then again, I’m not able to confirm the gender identities of the many dancers in the 26 performances. So, who knows? You might be in for some hot tranny action. And seriously, who doesn’t like that? But the real scoop is that this Montréal dance festival is 17 days of cutting edge performances exploring grace, passion, movement and even humor. Come get into the groove. May 27 to June 12. Various events/performances.


[party] HOT & DRY – A ridiculously hot and sexy annual weekend party in Montréal where top name DJs spin at some of the city’s sweatiest nightlife venues. There are at least eight separate events, and many other side festivities – but, heck, it’s Montréal, when is there not a party happening? This year will feature David Morales, Ian Key, The Cube Guys and many more.  May 20 – 24. Weekend pass for $69.


[pedestrian heaven] AIRES LIBRES – For the third summer in a row, the main street in Montréal’s Gay village (Saint Catherine East) will be closed to motorized vehicles. You can expect ‘patio culture’ to be flourishing throughout the summer, as well as numerous art installations, street performers and event a beach volleyball court. Essentially it’s an ecological and artistic manifestation of homosexual goodness. Here’s my footage from last year’s Gay Village Pedestrian Action. May 26 – September 13. Free events throughout the summer.


[bistro] STEAK & FRITES – Listen up gays! The homosexual village has a new ‘Bring Your Own Wine’ restaurant. Grab a bottle of vino, install yourself near the window, and choose between lamb, fish, duck or simply a classic steak. It’s a meat lover’s wet dream! But then so are most Montréal gay bars. Waiters walk around with a bottomless bowl of fries, so bring your appetite (and maybe some elastic-waist stretchy pants). 1302 Saint Catherine East. 514-439-1376.


[fashion] STYLEXCHANGE – As a gay man there is a lot of pressure to look fabulous. I vacillate between rejecting any expectations of stylistic and physical beauty, and running out to my hot yoga studio to ensure my abdominal muscles stay visible. Ultimately looking great is all about a balance, and finding what works for you. This being said, if you are looking to satisfy your inner fashionista, I recommend checking out the newest  STYLEXCHANGE store in Montréal. It’s a concept store with a killer design and plenty of labels to choose from (think Diesel, Energie, Christian Audigier, Nudie, Rock & Republic, True Religion and more). 1608 Saint Catherine Street West.

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