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Where to Watch Films Outdoors This Summer in Montréal

While summer festivals keep Montréal buzzing non-stop with music and laughter, outdoor film screenings provide a short breather, whether right downtown or in a neighbourhood park – and all for free! Bring a cushion or a picnic blanket and settle in under the stars for a movie-going experience like no other. Just For Laughs has picked two Hollywood comedies to add to their impressive roster of stand-up stars this July: see Tim Burton’s beloved Beetlejuice on July 13 and Mike Meyers spy sendup Austin Powers on July 22 at 9 pm at Place des Festivals. See the city in yet another light every Tuesday at 9 pm as the Quartier des spectacles hosts Downtown Screenings Under the Stars at Place de la Paix: Pop Montréal programs a 16 mm screening of 1980 Québec comedy Pinball Summer a.k.a. Pick-Up Summer on July 7 and Fantasia International Film Festival picks The Incredible Adventure of Jojo (And His Annoying Little Sister Avila) on July 21, while the Montréal First Peoples Festival presents Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary Kanehsatake, 270 ans de résistance on August 4 and Festival International du Film sur l’Art screens Entre ciel et terre, quand le Hip-Hop devient art on August 25…. / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Christiane Richard

Aires Libres is an annual public art event that unfolds from May to September on the pedestrian-only section of Sainte-Catherine Street East between Saint-Hubert and Papineau Streets. For the second consecutive year, a program of films focused on women will be screened this summer at Parc de l’Espoir (Hope Park). Job: Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Membership Coordinator, Le Village Why did you decide to include outdoor movie nights in the Aires Libres program? The idea behind Aires Libres—bringing culture to street level—is for pedestrians take hold of the public space and collectively enjoy all sorts of experiences through art and entertainment. Outdoor screenings are rooted in this idea since people head to the park in droves to enjoy all that cinema has to offer. As soon as the screening begins, they embark upon a journey of emotions that they can share with the crowd. Why a program focused on women? Most gay neighbourhoods worldwide address men exclusively. Montréal’s Gay Village has always seen the value in the diversity of the LGBTQ community—with all its letters—and invites women to occupy their own place in the neighbourhood. Also, the partnership with Lez Spread The Word, which connects an impressive… / Read More →

10 Great Montreal videos

We’ve curated what we think is a pretty great list of our favourite videos featuring Montreal-  check them out…

Aires Libres 2013 takes over the streets of Montreal’s Gay Village

The mercury creeping up, patios rolling out and the shirts coming off means one thing: summer in Montreal’s Gay Village. The 2013 edition of Aires Libres will soon be underway once the famous Boules Roses are strung up above the pedestrian-only paradise of Sainte-Catherine street…

FABULOUS TERRACES OF THE GAY VILLAGE

If you’ve been to the Gay Village in this past week, chances are you’ve noticed the jaw-dropping decorations of Aires Libres 2011 (unless you walk using your face). 170,000 pink resin balls create a dream-like canopy that stretches the 1.2 kilometers between Berri and Papineau. They provide the perfect ambiance to kicking back and relaxing on one of the many patios of the Gay Village…

AIRES LIBRES 2011 IN THE GAY VILLAGE

Remember the saying “April showers bring May flowers”? Well we’ve stuck through the showers… so where are the flowers? Look no further than another summer of Aires Libres 2011 in Montreal’s Gay Village starting May 18th!