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A Brief History of Gay Montréal and Walking Tour

Montréal is a top LGBT tourism destination, but the city wasn’t always the gay hub it is today. Back in the 17th century it was just a tiny outpost of the French Empire, surrounded by fields and valleys as far as the eye could see. It was here in 1648 that a gay military drummer with the French garrison stationed to protect the Sulpician Order of priests — the seigneurs of Montréal — was charged by the Order with committing “the worst of crimes” and sentenced to certain death in the galleys. “The drummer’s life was spared after Jesuits in Québec City intervened on his behalf,” Québec Gay Archives co-founder Ross Higgins said. “He was given a choice by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Québec: die or become the colony’s first executioner.” The unidentified drummer took the executioner job. Before Montréal was founded in 1642 by the young French officer Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, it is worthy to note the cyclical intolerance of minorities like Jews, homosexuals and Gypsies in Christian Europe. So it was in Montréal, where fewer than a thousand settlers endured gruelling winters and disease for decades, and where guards stood on duty against Indians to protect… / Read More →

October: Off the Beaten Path

As a cultural playground for adults, it doesn’t get much more fun than Montreal. But the action extends well beyond the vast sandbox of popular, tried and true Montreal activities into the realm of perhaps lesser known, but certainly no less entertaining local events and adventures. Let’s take a trip off the beaten path in October…

Black & Blue 2014 Takes Over Montreal on Thanksgiving Weekend

Montreal’s sprightly Black & Blue festival pays homage to the future for their 2014 edition by throwing back to Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis. Join the all-night dance movement this Thanksgiving Weekend (Oct 9-13, 2014) at the Palais des congres de Montreal…


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…


For the 22nd edition of the landmark Black & Blue Festival (October 3 – 9) thousands of people will flock to the Palais des congres in Montreal to celebrate life and dance until the sun does down… and comes back up again! The theme this year is “Evolution” and invites people to forget about those crazy “end of the world” prophecies and just enjoy each moment we have here to the fullest, all while supporting a great cause.