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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…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 23-26)

From festival heatwaves to dance-party downpours to perfect days in the park, June in Montreal has seen it all this year – and this weekend might just see it all too. The Montreal Jazz Fest sets its purple phasers to stun as it kicks off with none other than Prince, followed by a weekend of bee-bop, hip-hop, reggae, experimental and regular ol’ fun times. Friday is officially reserved for feting the Francophone culture that, unarguably, makes this city and province so fun, while Saturday night sees the sky above amusement park La Ronde light up in style. Plus there’s a festival on the Lachine Canal and plenty of art and music to keep us busy, indoors and out…

OSHEAGA ARTS: KID KOALA AT THE BIOSPHERE

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in a place where nature and culture meet in wild abandon and the music never stops, the massive outdoor music and arts festival Osheaga has you covered. On top of that, Osheaga amps up its oft-overshadowed Arts component during the month of July by inviting Montreal favourite Kid Koala to install his immersive audio-visual creation, Space Cadet, in the Biosphere. Has there ever been a better pairing of artist and venue?

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: (JUNE 16-19)

In the middle of June, we run into a problem here in Montreal: there’s just too much to do. Choices must be made – and the broader your tastes, the tougher the choices. For me, I’m torn between what’s bound to be a crazy French hip-hop show and just relaxing at the Montreal Folk Festival. Or going to see a hilarious one-man play about trying to find a job (universal topics: always a winner) or seeing a bunch of super talented and enthusiastic dancers show off their stuff in an empty pool. Weird choices to have to make, but I wouldn’t have it any other way…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 2-5)

June is here at last, the month we’ve been waiting for, when summer comes on strong and the festivals come on even stronger. It can be overwhelming at times – the Quartier des Spectacles fills with people, three or more festivals happen simultaneously with hundreds of events to choose from – but there’s something to suit every pace. This weekend, go dancing rave-style or nice and slow, take in some local independent theatre or the kind that tours the world, or lose yourself in operatic Italy or Latin love.