NLGJA Convention: Welcome Queer Journalists!

Posted on September 2nd, 2009 by .

Montreal will welcome the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Convention from September 10-12, 2009.

I got excited and decided to play host to these journalists, media professionals, educators and students. Check out all my Montreal weekend recommendations…

Hey Convention goers! Thanks for stopping by my page!

Here are my tips on Montreal parties, restaurants and other fun stuff:

(My contact information is at the bottom of the page.)

PARTIES

  • September 9 – Whitney Houston Party @ Parking With the new Whitney burning up the charts, Parking Nightclub is honoring the gay icon with a tribute night. $3 drinks all night long. Free cover before 11pm ($3 after). Whitney CD giveaways!
  • September 10 – Shake Your Groove Thang A benefit party for Ethnoculture (a LGBTQ group creating events and dialogue around issues of sexuality, ethnicity and race). This is an authentic grassroots Montreal queer party. Club Tools (1592 St Catherine East). $7 at the door.
  • September 11 – ART & DESIGN MONTREAL Held at Montreal’s premiere destination for design and events, the SAT, (Société des arts technologiques ), the party will feature a mixture of photographic and graphic design, set to the backdrop of Montreal’s coolest DJs. Not specifically gay, but I mean, come on… 1195 Saint-Laurent Blvd. $15.
  • September 12 – You chose a bar in the Gay Village.
  • September 13 – Queer Slow Dance Night Montreal’s most famous Lesbian party opens its doors to all queers for an evening of slow tunes and intimate dances. A dance-card booklet helps you set up dances and breaks in advance! I’ll be a designated dancer, so come early and let me whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Fundraiser for QueerCorps (a local queer radio program). $10.

EATING

  • China Town – 5 minutes by foot from the Hyatt Hotel, China Town offers up tons of options for the budget-conscious traveler. I recommend the Little Sheep Mongolia Hot Pot for a unique dining experience!
  • Lola Rosa Café – A jaunt up the hill from the hotel will bring you to one of Montreal’s most cherished vegetarian restos. Might be crowded, but it’ll be friendly and delicious. 545 Milton Street.
  • Saloon – The “it” bistro in Montreal’s Gay Village, Saloon serves up some dee-lish cocktails set to the funkiest ambience. You’ll be able to chill on the patio if the sun is shining. 4 PM – 7 PM “Happy Hours” every day. DJs will be spinning. Try the Honey Brie Salad. Dinner with a drink = $30 plus tax & tip. 1333 St. Catherine Street East.
  • BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) – Many restaurants in Montreal allow their guests to bring their own bottle of wine. Check out four of my recommendations!

For tons of other food recommendations check out my colleague’s Montreal Food Blog for tips and inspirations, including her guide on “How to Order Coffee in Montreal!

OTHER FUN STUFF

  • BIXI – Montreal’s public bicycle system has made headlines worldwide. I recommend trying it out for yourself! Two wheels is always a fantastic way to see a city.
  • Mount Royal – NYC has Central Park, we have Mount Royal. If you have some time before or after the convention, take a stroll up to the top of the mountain. Give yourself 2-3 hours and bring your camera. It’s a beautiful view from the top!
  • The Gay Village – Sort of an obvious one, but it truly is a gem. Wikipedia has called it the “Largest gay village in the world,” but I’m no size queen. To me, the Village represents a space where diversity is not only encouraged but also mandated. Speaking of which, you’ll see a lot of man-dates around… (oh yes, I just made that pun).
  • Lesbian Haircut – What’s that? You wanna meet the real Shane McCutcheon? She is from Montreal and can give you a lezzie up-do for $15. Click on the link for details, and to watch the video where I got my own Lesbian makeover…
  • Running Tourist – If you’re like me, you might be a bit of a sporty spice. I enjoy a good jog to sweat out last-night’s gin. Don’t just take to the streets and get lost, let the Running Tourist take you on a guided run of Montreal.**If you are interested in the Running Tourist, let me know and I’ll join the group!
  • Piknic Electronik – Montreal’s weekly Sunday afternoon outdoor dance party.

So there you go! Some recommendations to make your Montreal experience memorable! Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any specific questions. I can be reached at:

daniel@tourisme-montreal.org
facebook.com/danielbaylis
twitter.com/daniel_baylis

Looking forward to meeting you!

Bisous,

Daniel

PS: I will be speaking at the Convention about my life as a “Social Media Floozie”. Join me on Saturday (Sept 12) from 11 am – 12:15 pm!

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