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A TEXAN’S TRIBUTE TO BUNDLED MONTREALERS

Texan-based artist Susi Brister knows Montreal well.  She attended  Concordia University’s internationally renowned fine arts program for her Masters.  Susi was back in Montreal recently for her first solo show in Canada.  While you are in town, check it out at Parisian Laundry Menagerie has lightness, wit and charm.

MONTREAL MUSEUMS MATCHED TO YOUR PERSONALITY TYPE

After the success of last summer’s wildly successul, Montreal festivals matched to your personality type, we’ve decided once again to incorporate our otherwise useless psychology degrees to help you find a Montreal experience that’s just right. Montreal has over fifty museums and galleries, each one specializing in a specific domain of creativity or human achievement or environmental phenomena. Here are ten of our favorites. But which one is right for you?

SHOPPING AT MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Whether you are in town for a meeting or with your family, friends or loved one, you will find many great holiday gifts ideas at the boutiques of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. There are two shops: M Boutique offers more traditional fares, and Design Space offers the cleanly contemporary.

THE MONTREAL GAY LIST: DECEMBER

Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features a selection of 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 our suggestions for the month of December.

MEET A MONTREALER: MICHEL RABAGLIATI

Michel Rabagliati is a graphic novelist born and based in Montreal. He has written several semi-autobiographical comic books featuring the life and times of a fellow named Paul. In 1999, his first publication, Paul in the Country, earned him a Harvey Award for Best New Talent. We feel this is pretty darn neat. And we think you should meet Michel.

LE SALON DES MÉTIERS D’ART: MONTREAL’S ONE-STOP SHOPPING SPOT FOR HOLIDAYS

While in town, shop early for the whole family, for the office, for friends (and for yourself!) at the Salon des métiers d’arts du Québec. It is the most important professional exhibition-sale in the province.  The wonderful fair full of hand-made works has praise from all who visit.  It has been a go-to gift-buying place for locals for years, and visitors have quickly discovered it. You can choose from a vast array of made-with-love-and talent pieces. Art, beads and bracelets, decorative objects, ecological works, foie gras, jams, kids’ clothing, lamps, sculptures, wine..basically almost everything and anything one might need to wrap. Wait.  No need to wrap.  A booth at the Salon will do this for you…easy, peasy.

NINA ARSENAULT BRINGS “SILICONE DIARIES” TO MONTREAL

“A knock-out by any definition… Canada’s most famous she-male… a Tiger Woods of plastic surgery.” – Shihan Govani, The National Post Art is a product and a process that expresses emotion or sentiment through various mediums such as song, painting, literature, photography, video or beyond. Some brave individuals choose their own body as their medium. Nina Arsenault is one of these individuals. And Ms. Arsenault is coming to Montreal. We chatted with the artist about transitioning, social media, and (of course) Montreal!

SOFITEL MONTREAL : A CLASS ACT

Seriously.  There’s absolutely no gimmick in that “five stars” rating. Everything at the Sofitel hits you as being top of the line.  Starting with the service. Four clés d’or concierges  (one of them being the actual vice-president of the international union) make sure every single customer gets what they want, when they want it.  The decorum adopted by the staff speaks for itself: the moment you step in, the staff makes you feel like royalty.

ARTIST DAMIEN HIRST SHOWS IN MONTREAL

Damien Hirst, one of the planet’s most famous (and rich!) artists is now carried and represented in Canada by Montreal’s Galerie de Bellefeuille. A YBA (Young British Artist) and reportedly Britain’s richest living artist (net worth valued at $344 million dollars!), Damien Hirst  is known for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved in formaldehyde.