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.
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Love, Death and the Terrifying and Beautiful World of Otto Dix, is only part of the title of the current Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) show: But it is a perfect description of his work.
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.
Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five 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 some suggestions for the month of September.
Chair of Concordia’s Painting Department, Montreal artist John Fox, RCA, (1927-2008) is honoured with retrospective at Klinkhoff Gallery. I love to visit a certain graceful brownstone building on Montreal’s Golden Mile. The Klinkhoff Gallery is an elegantly quiet space. Therein lies Canadian art from the 19, 20 and 21st centuries. Here you will find no art hanging from the walls or blaring videos. For almost 60 years this prestigious gallery has advised private and corporate collectors in amassing fine art. Celebrating a long tradition of hosting retrospectives, this fall the gallery will honour the legacy of John Fox, the renowned Montreal artist and much-loved teacher. The exhibition will feature works from private collections, as well as paintings owned by Fox’s widow, art historian Sandra Paikowsky.
The concept of traveling with a good book has always been a romantic notion for many of us. A few years ago I actually joined a Facebook group called “All I Really Want to Do Is Read Good Books in Interesting Places” simply because the concept of the group successfully summed up the leisurely lifestyle that I dream of living. “Reading” and “Vacation” go together like… well… parties and poutine. Montreal, in all its romantic glory, has a ton of interesting places to read good books. I’ve named ten of my favorite locations, and paired them with an author whose literary landscapes might compliment the Montreal spaces mentioned. Happy reading!
Pluriels. As the name suggests, this is a show of many that is a Great opportunity to see Quebec artistic talents! Artist and artisans have gotten together for a group show in a space on trendy St. Laurent, locally known as The Main. They are from a craft collective called MAM (Métiers d’Arts Métissés ) What a great idea! You can buy that perfect gift for now, for later…for the holidays. Choose from ceramics, knit stuff, toys, paintings. All works are pretty reasonable, and who knows, you might make a ‘discovery’ – sell it 10 years from now on ebay and make a huge profit! The show is at Galerie Espace, a space that is rented out to artists. On until August 24, but there is lots of fun stuff left.
A fabulous way to spend a meandering weekend is to visit ‘Extreme Painting’ – at eight galleries located all over Montreal. It’s a citywide art tour. Follow our directons
Neighborhood arts and crafts markets are great places to find unique products made by people who choose to create outside the mainstream box. A place to get that special piece that everybody wants but no one knows where to precisely find…
Is Montreal the Monaco of North America? Iegor de St-Hippolyte, founder of IEGOR Hôtel des Encans (house of auctions), thinks so. Hailing from France via Monaco, he was seduced by Montreal’s unique architecture and decided to make it his home. From here, he searches for and sells prestigious Canadian and international works of art, jewelry, antique books, decorative pieces, rare wines, etc… In 2004, he was appointed the official North American representative of Drouot, the world-famous Paris auction house.