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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…

ARMAND VAILLANCOURT EXHIBITION IS YOUNG AT HEART

The Montreal Jazz Festival’s Galerie Lounge TD in the Quartier des Spectacles now has a fabulous, fun and free show featuring Armand Vaillancourt, a Quebec artist-icon. I recently the chance to meet Armand for the Montreal Buzz…

MONTREAL GAY ICONS SPEAK ABOUT GAY PRIDE 2011

Montreal is the best place to celebrate Gay Pride. This city is a cultural and diversity hot bed with so much to offer. The people, the community, the clubs, the weather, everything just always seems to shine brightly during Fierte Montreal Pride. Don’t believe me? Maybe you’ll trust the words of 4 Montreal Gay Icons…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 30-JULY 4)

The last weekend of the Montreal International Jazz Festival is upon us – and it’s a big one. Rain or shine (looks like shine), the fest starts off Canada Day weekend with jazz standards and not-so-standards and caps it off with our own version of 4th of July celebrations: a massive outdoor concert from the B-52s. All that jazz plus a visit from Will and Kate, a fest just for teenagers, and some truly beautiful, truly challenging art from American painter (and celeb in his own right) John Currin…

3 HOT MONTREAL GALLERIES

Three hot Montreal galleries offer radically different art. From pretty pastel paintings of the Canadian west to rock star references and collector edition prints from a videographer/techie, from a renowned Quebec artist to a Canadian landscape legend, these works will amaze you…