Get ready for some memorable partying! Montreal Grand Prix Weekend is around the corner and with it, illustrious nightlife! I’ve already given you a Grand Prix Crash Course 101 and I’ve offered you a variety of Montreal hotels to choose from. Now here’s your guide to some of the best F1 parties happening in Montreal this weekend!
THURSDAY JUNE 10 :
The Sid Lee Garage Party: International agency Sid Lee (you know, the one behind that Adidas Star Wars video that is taking over Youtube right now) is hosting a major garage party in a secret location on Thursday night. The location will only be revealed the day of the party so keep your eyes peeled on their notorious Facebook page for deets. Please note that you must absolutely RSVP to attend this event!
Blondish: Having emerged from Montreal, this double act recipe is made up of Dj’s Vivie-Ann and Anstascia. These girls know how to rock a party and are everything but your usual blonde stereotype. They’ve played around the world and are back in town for Grand Prix. If you like house music, this party’s for you! Where: Velvet Club, 426 Rue Saint Gabriel, (514) 878-3561, Place d’Armes Metro, MAP
FRIDAY JUNE 11:
The Street Party at La Porte Rouge: In the midst of the street sale of Mont-Royal Street, La Porte Rouge is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary and organizing a massive street party on their outdoor patio all week-end. 7 DJs are performing both Friday and Saturday, transforming Mont-Royal Street in a huge dance floor! Where: 1834 Mont-Royal Avenue, (514) 522-8244, Mont-Royal Metro, MAP
Frank Delours at Buonanotte: Seriously, I would go to this party just to stare at DJ Frank Delours. The New York/Miami sensation is the DJ of choice of clients such as Gucci, Vogue, Fendi, Valentino – and girls, he’s hot. Delours plays some amazingly soulful classics, hip-hop and mash-ups, which are sure to make you dance all night. See you by the DJ booth, or dancing on the tables, oui? Where: 3518 Saint Laurent Boulevard, (514) 848-0644, St-Laurent Metro, MAP
SATURDAY JUNE 12:
Nicole Scherzinger at La Mouche: Pussycat Doll (and girlfriend of British beau, Lewis Hamilton) Nicole Scherzinger will be part of this year’s nightlife action, hosting a party at La Mouche, a huge club located on St-Denis street. Buy your tickets online. Where: La Mouche, 1284 Saint Denis Street, (514) 764-2683, Berri Metro, MAP
Jangala Loft Party: A jungle of music, installations, fire dancers and other exotic celebrations await you at the Jangala Loft Party. This party is happening at the heart of the city and at the cusp of the huge outdoor party that will be St-Laurent Boulevard. Where: Musée Juste Pour Rire, 5th floor, 2109 Saint Laurent Boulevard, (514) 845-4000, St-Laurent Metro, MAP
DJ Gusto at Buonanotte: Buonanotte is the place to see and be seen during Grand Prix Weekend. As for Gusto, he’s one of Hollywood’s favorite celebrity DJs, having set the mood for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Paris Hilton to name a few. Get there early or you won’t get in. Where: 3518 Saint Laurent Boulevard, (514) 848-0644, St-Laurent Metro, MAP
Ferrari Party at Hotel Le St-James: This is probably one of the most exclusive Grand-Prix parties happening this weekend. It might be VIP and invite only, but that has never stopped me from getting into an event, so I thought I would include it anyway, for the benefit of all you fierce readers. So what’s the big deal about? First, Hotel Le St-James is one of Montreal’s most elegant and renowned hotels. Second, there will be a reception at 6pm to mark the fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, in addition to many surprises, including the brand new Ferrari 599 GTO, the 458 Italia, and the private Beechcraft Hawker jet that will be on display near the entrance to the hotel. Word on the street is that there will be many celebrities, race car drivers and even a few Olympic gold medalists in attendance. I will be there, fully equipped with my Flip-Cam for later reporting. Where: Hotel Le St-James, 355 Saint-Jacques Street, (514) 841-3111, Square-Victoria Metro, MAP
Shaydakiss and A-Rock at Velvet: They are the cutest couple in Montreal and also happen to be my two favorite Montreal DJs. Shay and A-Rock are the bomb! This party will be full of local partying legends, trendsetters, hipsters and other fun characters seeking everything but the presence of the bourgeois Grand Prix crowd. Velvet Club is located in Old Montreal’s Auberge St-Gabriel. Where: 426 Rue Saint Gabriel, (514) 878-3561, Place d’Armes Metro, MAP
SUNDAY JUNE 13:
Cirque du Soleil Party at Auberge St- Gabriel: This one will be a night to remember. Cirque du Soleil founder, Guy Laliberté, will be throwing one of his legendary parties at Auberge St-Gabriel. A sexy attitude, a smile – or a black credit card- might get you through the door. Where: Auberge St-Gabriel. Where: 426 Rue Saint Gabriel, (514) 878-3561, Place d’Armes Metro, MAP
Madonna’s DJ Enforno at Buonanotte: If I’m mentioning Buonanotte again, it’s because it is a true Montreal institution when it comes to high-rolling parties. The St-Laurent supper club will celebrate the last day of Grand Prix festivities with famous DJ Enforno, also known as Madonna’s chouchou turntablist. Where: 3518 Saint Laurent Boulevard, (514) 848-0644, St-Laurent Metro, MAP
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