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.
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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.
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.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.