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What’s on now in Montréal galleries

September in Montréal isn’t just abuzz because it’s back-to-school time – it’s also a return to art, because so many of the city’s small contemporary art galleries and artist-run centres close for the summer months. The resurgence is such an exciting time! Here’s what’s going on in 10 key spots. Galerie Division Catch the work of Toronto photographer artist Scott McFarland in a solo show until October 10. His large-scale works are complex, patiently assembled pictures that resist classification solely as photographs.  Parisian Laundry As headquarters to the Mois de la Photo until October 11, you’ll find works by artists Roberto Pellegrinuzzi, Dominique Blain and Laia Abril (among others) that relate to the biennale’s theme of the Post-Photographic Condition. Check out the long list of participating galleries here. Fonderie Darling Until October 25, catch two shows: Hôtel Formes Sauvages, a video triptych by French artist André Fortino, and an exhibition by Roy Meuwissen in the small gallery about the news and the various artistic languages that recount it. Antoine Ertaskiran Painter Martin Golland gets solo run of this space in Little Burgundy with an exhibition titled Setting the Stage, featuring work depicting a fictional meeting point between a built environment… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: May 1 to 7

Feel your appetite being whetted? That’s because the food trucks are back! Outdoor life returns in full swing this week as the sun shines its heat on the city’s parks, bike paths and terrasses. But keep your evenings free: there are enough shows going on to fill two lifetimes. Spring is in the air You know it’s spring when you see your first food truck! May 1 marks the time for foodies to celebrate the great thaw with a sampling of what’s out there. Whether its tacos, poutines, grilled cheeses or salads, check out our list, and don’t miss a beat! Other reasons to celebrate (besides the Montréal Canadiens being in the hockey playoffs, which you should watch from these hot spots) include the reopening of the bike paths all over the city, the amazing jogging trails that are just waiting for you to enjoy and the millions of fun activities for the whole family happening over the next couple of months. Avid shoppers will want to stroll the streets for some made-in-Montréal style, thanks to this handy-dandy fashion map, whether you’re looking for jewellery or other goodies. And of course, every day is a good day for a drink on… / Read More →

10 Spots to Buy Affordable Contemporary Art in Montréal

You may never have considered becoming an art collector, but think about it: instead of those Ikea posters on your wall, you could have original art you love that will only increase in value over time. And you won’t need to mortgage your house! There’s loads of affordable art available in Montréal, for anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred. From April 24 to 26, at Paper15, an art fair that promotes objects made exclusively on paper (therefore that much affordable), you can peruse a whole bunch of art gathered in one magical, inspiring space. You’ll come across photography, prints and everything in between, as well as booths held by galleries from Montréal and further afield, including Joyce Yahouda Gallery, Diaz Contemporary, and dc3 Art Projects. But, if you can’t make the fair, fear not. Visit these 10 spots to buy affordable contemporary art, and you’ll soon be collecting like a boss. Expozine This small-press fair that occurs every fall in the basement of St-Enfant-Jésus du Mile End church, at Saint-Dominique and Saint-Joseph, is a choice spot for limited-edition prints, postcards or posters that look awesome in a frame. They’ll set you back no more than $100, and… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: December 20-January 9

The winter holiday season in Montreal can be as relaxing as it is exciting – whatever pace you choose, the city can match it, whether you’re in the mood to dine and shop, see art and go to the symphony, run away with the circus, or take the whole family out to play in the snow…