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Distroboto: Montreal Art and Music

Tina Fey once called Montreal “New York with more cigarettes” and, for a while, a trip to most restaurants and bars revealed the city to be deserving of that tag. But, like any sensible place, Montreal has largely butted out of the smoking in public. But one enterprising organization has figured out how to create something new from the old and, in the process, given you a chance to take home a part of the cities’ vibrant art and music scene…

Montreal Shopping: Beyond in Love with Tati B.

Tatiana Poblah was smart when she chose “I love Tati B.” as her business slogan. The only thing is that “In Love” doesn’t even start to describe how head-over-heels I am for the work of this Montreal fashion illustrator, with a boutique on Pratt Avenue in swanky Outremont.

Image+Nation: Montreal’s LGBT Film Festival

Recently I was surfing the World Wide Web when I stumbled across an article on afterelton.com that listed the 50 Best Gay Movies. In the post, they pose the question, “Why aren’t there more good gay movies?” It’s true. There is a ton of cinematic queer crap out there. But thankfully the folks at Image+Nation screen through the mediocre to present the best of LGBT film every autumn in Montreal. Watch the sexy trailer of the gay film I am most excited to see…

Music Videos and more at the MACM

The MACM, or Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, is normally the domain of my colleague Daviel, whose knowledge of the Montreal art scene towers over my “that’s a pretty picture” style approach to art criticism. There are, however, occasions when the MACM crosses over into the dark realm of nightlife…

Phoebe Greenberg’s DHC/ART + Michal Rovner

Montreal has a new patron of the arts: Phoebe Greenberg. And her uncommon taste for risky adventures made her create one of the best art galleries in town, showcasing the work of experimental artists from all over the world. Read more to know why Montreal is now a real avant-garde city… in many ways.

Montreal Shopping Wish list #2: Corno’s artwork

This one’s quite simple: I want a Corno painting. Actually, let me rephrase that. I’m dying for a Corno painting. Who’s the object of my wall’s desires? None other than Quebec-born painter Johanne Corno, the self-described urban expressionist whose big dreams landed her in the Big Apple more than 15 years ago. But guess what! She’s back in town for the Jazz Festival with an amazing piece you can’t afford to leave hanging!

The Fag Fringe Forecast

Montréal goes a bit nutty each June. I know the Fringe Festival has begun when I look out my living room window onto St-Laurent Boulevard and see a Drag Queen marching up the street playing the bagpipes. (FYI – she’s known as the Drag-Piper.) The Fringe Fest runs this year from June 11 – 21. It is an uncensored, low cost, liberal, performance art festival – equal parts theatre, dance, music and creative anarchy. There is a little something for everyone. As stated in this year’s program, “The Fringe is all about discovery.” But choosing from among 100 or so local, national and international companies can be a bit overwhelming. So I’ve put on my “Fag-Filter” and found the good stuff. Here are 6 recommendations for homolicious Fringe shows and events…