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COOL CHRISTMAS GIFTS AT MONTREAL’S EXPOZINE

Expozine, which boasts over 270 vendors and roughly 15 000 visitors, is the largest small press fair in Canada and a November highlight for many Montrealers. If you’re looking to give “alternative” gifts this holiday season, then consider giving people Soundgarden CDs. But, if that’s not “alternative” enough for you, then head down to Expozine (November 26-27) and check out what’s hot off the small presses…

SOCIETY FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY (SAT)

The SAT, or Society for Arts and Technology, is one of Montreal’s most dynamic and innovative spaces. Home to everything from cultural happenings to DJ nights (including many of the Mutek festival events over the years), it’s an impressive venue with a tech-centered, cutting-edge mandate. What they’ve added recently speaks directly to this point: the Foodlab, a guerilla kitchen with an eye towards experimentation, and the Satosphere, a 360-degree immersive environment filled with projectors and over 150 speakers. We sent our cameraman to give you a sneak peak but make sure you check it out for yourself. Society for Arts and Technology, 1201 Saint-Laurent, (514) 844-2033

FRESH PAINT GALLERY IN DOWNTOWN MONTREAL

An atypical partnership between a merchants association, a graffiti festival and a religious organization has produced one of Montreal’s most interesting new artistic spaces, the Fresh Paint Gallery, housed in the historic La Patrie building on Rue Saint-Catherine…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (SEPTEMBER 22-29)

There’s officially too much to do this week in Montreal. That’s my professional opinion as a go-er and a do-er. Summer may have its multitude of festivals and picnic-in-the-park ways, but autumn packs a bounty of sights and sounds: over 400 bands and artists fill the city for Pop Montreal, jazz and classical musicians join in the music scene too (not to mention Kanye and Jay-Z), stages come alive with new theatre, dance and circus arts, and fashion, visual art and film bring in creative work from around the world…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (SEPTEMBER 15-22)

With summer behind us, we can now move on to more serious things. Like pop music festivals, eating hamburgers, singing karaoke classics and high-fiving extreme skiers. That’s just how Montreal rolls. But along with all that fun – all of which is actually happening in organized-event form this week – we’ve got thought-provoking drama and dance on more than a few stages, new mind-bending art, some very short films and, as always, rock n’ roll…

MAGICAL LANTERNS ILLUMINATE MONTREAL

Now in its 19th year, The Magic of Lanterns festival is an absolute favourite of Montrealers of all ages. Hosted in the Montreal Botanical Garden‘s Chinese Garden, it is the perfect way to put a spotlight on one of the city’s most beautiful and serene spaces…

POP MONTREAL: MORE THAN JUST MUSIC

Pop Montreal may primarily be about music – it’s hard to deny that fact, what with huge bands like Arcade Fire playing this year alongside soon-to-be-huge bands and bands who (say they) don’t care if they’re ever huge – but what makes the festival like no other is how well-rounded it is, you know, like some unwholesome, scholarship-getting kid genius who also slays on the drums. I say this because of Art Pop, Pop Symposium, Fashion Pop, Puces Pop and Film Pop – and this year Sports Pop!

A MONTH OF PHOTOS IN MONTREAL

Known for illuminating a broad range of global issues, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal this year turns its focus inward, illuminating both the depths of human compassion and the darker recesses of existence. Heavy themes for heavy times, but Le Mois de la Photo’s 2011 key word – lucidity – speaks more to the truth that photography can provide rather than its possible deceptions…

MONTREAL FASHION WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2012

Fashion your seatbelts (yes, I stole this line). Montreal Fashion Week is just around the corner. For four days in fall Montreal’s fashion-obsessed gather to preview what’s in store for next spring and summer 2012…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 25-SEPTEMBER 1)

While Montreal’s warm weather will continue well into late September, the beginning of September is nevertheless considered the end of summer, just as with most places in the northern hemisphere. But at least summer goes out with a bang here! The St-Laurent Street Fair sees to that, with the main shopping, wining and dining strip closed to cars and open to fun and carousing all weekend. Add to that a film festival, a burlesque festival and plenty of music and art to take the sting out of summer’s end…