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FRIDAY NOCTURNES: THE MARVELOUS MARRIAGE OF MUSIC AND MUSEUM

Music and art go together like… well… John and Yoko. Where the cadence of a chord progression ends, the visual stimulus of a painting begins. On the first Friday of each month the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum hosts an event called Friday Nocturnes. They invite a trendy band or musician to perform, while giving visitors the opportunity to engage with contemporary art.

HARVEST: THE LGBT THEATRE FESTIVAL

The Montreal Harvest theatre festival began 6 years ago to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans folks had spaces to perform. The festival is a mélange of theatre, music and dance, perfect for anyone with an appreciation for LGBT cultures.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (SEPT 24 – 26)

This weekend in Montreal is going to be sexy. With internationally acclaimed entertainer Scarlett James bringing her sensual burlesque festival back for locals and visitors, if there is a sudden temperature change in the city, it ain’t El Niño. It’s the body temperature of an audience gettin’ all hot and bothered. We’ve got burlesque, art, cinema, food and even some quirky karaoke for you this weekend.

FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINEMA: OCTOBER 13 TO 24

Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC) exists to highlight the most original and innovative achievements in film and new media. After 38 years of stellar programming, the 2010 festival is guaranteed to be visually amazing, while offering fascinating stories from around the globe.

ARTIST NICOLAS BAIER PLAYS WITH YOUR MIND

Many Montrealers know Nicolas Baier’s in situ work:  the large  – 6,000 square feet!  – leafy glass mural installed at Concordia University, high above wandering students. Now there is a chance to see Baier’s latest art up close and personal.

STREET PROFILE: SAINT-PAUL

Our Montreal Street Profile series has already hit Bleury, Parc and, most recently, Maisonneuve. Which is convenient, because even though we’re now heading down to Old Montreal to check out Rue Saint-Paul, these two streets share something in common…

EMERGING ART FESTIVAL IN MONTREAL

Back for a 7th edition, Montreal’s international festival,  Les Escales Improbables (translation: improbable pauses), returns to the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal between September 8 and 12. On the menu: dance, music, performance, visual art and theatre – all very improbable of course!

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (SEPT 10 – 12)

This week the students of North America shined their new shoes, threw their book bags over their shoulders and headed timidly back to classes. There’s something heartwarming about watching the future generations bravely engaging in the acquirement of academic knowledge. The children are our future! However, if those little booger dumplings are inhibiting you from taking that much-needed weekend getaway, we suggest that you drop them off at school and hit the highway. Montreal is waiting for you. And we’ve got strippers. Here are nine great things to do this weekend in Montreal.

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Our “Photo of the Week” comes from an interesting perspective — the water. Many travelers are surprised to discover that Montreal is indeed a city surrounded by the Saint Lawrence River. If you’re interested in setting sail in Montreal, there are a variety of boating options (click and search “water sports”). The subject of this particular photo is Marché Bonsecours… “Recognized as one of the ten most beautiful heritage buidlings in Canada, the Marché Bonsecours is a proud showcase for Québec artists, designers and artisans. It houses fifteen boutiques, including the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec (Québec’s Craft Council), which offer original creations at the artisans’ prices. Watch glass-blowing artists at work in the Gogo Glass boutique, and enjoy Québec-grown products in the three restaurants and cafés-terraces.” Thanks to Flickr user “yletou” for the snapshot! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.