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PIERRE DORION AT THE MACM

Walk into the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal anytime after October 3 and you’re guaranteed a double take or two. That’s because one of Montreal’s most recognized painters, Pierre Dorion, is in da house.

EN MASSE REDESIGNS THE MMFA

There’s art not only on the walls, but around the walls, on the furniture, in the air… where am I? Why, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ newly redesigned education wing!

MONTREAL FALL ARTS GUIDE 2012

This fall, Montreal’s visual and performing arts scene is as hot as the summer of 2012 was: see thought-provoking visual art, world-class dance and circus, and emotionally rousing theatre of all genres. And if you’re here September 28-30, take in as much of Montreal’s arts and culture scene as you can handle during the city-wide Journées de la Culture, a weekend of special exhibitions, activities and performances at museums, galleries, theatres and even in the streets…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 6

It’s Labour Day long weekend and public life is in the spotlight this first week of September: live music, from indie-rock to hip hop, at Olympic Park and around town; film from around the world and from the bike world; fashion shows; outdoor art and performances; a food-and-shopping-filled street party – and it’s Burger Week too!

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST 24-30

Summer in Montreal isn’t over until we say it’s over – so even though this is August’s last hurrah for 2012, the sun is still shining and the party is still going on. This week, the St-Laurent Street fair brings everybody out for shopping, music and mingling, as does the 18th-Century Market in the Old Port, albeit in a different way. There’s also plenty of great live music, film, theatre and dance across the city…

CHOREOGRAPHED COOL: WINTER DANCE IN MONTREAL

Like most professionals, highly skilled and experienced dancers can make their art appear so easy – it’s astounding to see something so beautiful yet so rigorous, and, truth be told, satisfying to see dancers sweat to challenging choreography. That’s my experience anyway, because challenging – in the most positive sense – is more often than not the operative word in Montreal dance…

BIG BANG AT THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Art worlds collide in The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Big Bang exhibition, with filmmakers, fashion designers and musicians sharing gallery space with writers, architects and mural/graffiti artists, and more – each inspired by works of art in the museum’s century-spanning permanent collection. The multi-disciplinary, multi-media (and free) Big Bang isn’t your typical museum fare, but perhaps it should be…

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…