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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.  

ROADSWORTH: GALLERY WORTHY

If in the past years, hunting down his art was always a gamble (even if you knew where to find it, you could never be certain the city hadn’t removed it already…) you can now be sure to find some of his work at Atelier Punkt, as he took over the space’s walls and floor and will, later on this week, extend this latest performance to the street, on the eastern and western sides of the building.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (OCTOBER 22 to 24)

One of the greatest things about Montreal is the diversity in activities that one can do. For instance, this weekend you can go from a Zen poetry reading on Friday night to a monster truck rally on Saturday night. And then on Sunday you might find yourself getting a massage in a nineteen century cavern or studying the threads of Montreal’s most famous fashion designer. Curious? Check out what to do this weekend in Montreal.

QUEBEC’S FINEST CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AT THE MAC

Your chance to see the best and the brightest. FREE! Montreal’s Musée d’Art Contemporain is showing top young Canadian artists thanks to the Sobey Art Award. The Sobey Art Award was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. The Award is presented annually to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within the 18 months prior to being nominated.

ART: LILIANA BERZOWKSY AT CIRCA

The first glimpse of Liliana Berezowksy’s work at Galerie CIRCA is inviting. A soft, pink suede chair-like piece sits on the floor to greet you. Indeed, for a nano-second, you think it is a contemporary chair, offering comfort. Therein lies the rub: Your first clue are the nails… A large roundish piece – can I call it ‘sculpture’ I ask myself ? – sits in the middle of the gallery.

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

“Les 40 portes d’Alfonso Gaglian” is a lovely collage of Montreal door photos by Antoine. Check out his stunning set of Montreal images, he has some truly stunning work. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.