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MONTREAL BUZZ GUIDE TO HOLIDAY CRAFT & ARTISANAL FAIRS

Holiday shopping might not be everyone’s favourite activity, but in Montreal, shopping can be a thoroughly delightful artistic and cultural experience, especially during December, when craft and artisanal fairs showcase some of the best made-in-Quebec creative goods around, from traditional crafts to avant-garde designs.

A GENTLEMEN’S GUIDE TO MONTREAL

Welcome to Movember, the month formerly known as November. For one month, the gentlemen of the world (known as Mo Bros) grow out their best stache to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other male health concerns. I thought with all these dapper furry lips walking around, a “Gentlemen’s Guide to Montreal” was in order…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: NOVEMBER 2-8

Take a break in Montreal this week with days dedicated to amazingly affordable fine food, high-flying and inspiring on-stage entertainment, international film and art, family-friendly sounds of science, and lots of great live music…

MONTREAL-BROOKLYN BRINGS TWO SCENES TOGETHER

There may be a smoked meat restaurant in Brooklyn named Mile End and a café in Mile End named Brooklyn, but the kinship between the two cities runs much deeper than that…

JAZZY ART IN THE QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES

The word “barbeau” may mean “scribble” in French, but as the current exhibition attests, Quebec legend Marcel Barbeau makes anything but…

5 REASONS TO LOVE THE FNC

October is basically worldwide film-festival post-season, as all the heavy hitters – Sundance, Cannes, Toronto – have come and gone. But this is also my favourite time of year for movies, as Montreal’s best general-interest festival, the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, is in town.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: OCTOBER 5-11

The Thanksgiving long weekend in Montreal features many things to be thankful for, and food is naturally among them. But on top of all the good meals Montreal provides, this week brings a film festival, world-class dance, theatre and art, a massive dance party, and lots of live jazz, rock and more…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 4

Even with summer officially gone, Montreal is still an arts and culture hotbed – especially this week, with three days of free arty happenings via Journées de la Culture, new art exhibitions starting up along with dance, musical theatre and circus shows, a burlesque festival and truly almost too much live music to handle.

CREATIVE CITY: JOURNEES DE LA CULTURE 2012

The city’s big museums are always a draw, with plenty of family-friendly activities and guided tours (some free, some at discounted prices). See the vast collections at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, including En Masse’s black-and-white mural-like art, as well as free screenings of films from the International Festival of Films on Art. The Musée d’art contemporain takes part in Saturday’s Marathon of Arts via a workshop called Souffle d’inspiration, and on Sunday tours and workshops related to the exhibition A Matter of Abstraction. Step into Montreal history at Pointe-à-Callière, and weave through the Urban Forest at the McCord Museum, where you might even get to know your satirical self at their Become an Editorial Cartoonist Workshop, September 29-30.