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12 Reasons for LGBT travellers to visit Montréal in 2016

As one of the gateway cities to the New World, underground gay life has flourished in Montréal for centuries. Montréal’s legendary joie-de-vivre and queer-positive embrace has turned the city into a choice LGBT international tourism destination, and there is much to see and do in Montréal for LGBT travellers in 2016. L’Opéra de Montréal presents the world-premiere of the opera adaptation of legendary gay Québec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard’s internationally-acclaimed 1987 play Les Feluettes which premiered in 1987 and was also made into the 1996 movie Lilies, directed by John Greyson. Les Feluettes, about a gay love triangle involving a Catholic bishop, runs from May 21 to 28 at the 3,000-seat Salle Wilfred-Pelletier at Place des Arts. Summer kicks off with Montréal drag legend Mado Lamotte’s 16th annual Drag Race – the over-the-top two-hour outdoor live show predates RuPaul’s Drag Race – at the Montreal Fringe Festival, whose 2016 edition runs from June 9 to 19. Several professional Montréal drag queens team up with their amateur counterparts for a side-splitting outdoor afternoon competition in Parc des Amériques. Mado’s Drag Race is usually held on the final weekend of the Montreal Fringe Festival. Free admission. Montréal’s Gay Village is home to the 16th edition of Mtl en… / Read More →

Montréal’s famed Black & Blue party turns 25

Montréal’s famed Black & Blue gay circuit party celebrates its 25th anniversary with a star-studded line-up of international deejays and stellar cast of Montréal dance divas, who will raise the roof at the straight-friendly Black & Blue Main Event at the Pierre Charbonneau Amphitheatre in Montréal’s Olympic park on Oct. 11. “I am mostly excited because we are using a new venue for the Main Event this year,” says Black & Blue co-founder Robert Vezina. “The Pierre Charbonneau Amphitheatre is the former wrestling and boxing arena used in the 1976 Olympics, with a high ceiling, stands and multiple platforms perfectly suited for our party. It has an official capacity of 2,500 and our aim is to create an interactive club-like experience.” After drawing 800 revellers to their first party in 1991 — raising $3,500 for AIDS Community Care Montréal — Black & Blue quickly became the single most successful all-night dance party on the planet. Over 25 years the festival has generated over $300 million in local economic spin-offs, donated $1.2 million cash to various AIDS and LGBT organizations, plus an additional $800,000 in free tickets and services to help LGBT community groups. Pre-9/11 attendance peaked in 1999 when 17,000… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: October 11-17

The Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend in Montreal is all about keeping people well-fed, relaxed and entertained with special restaurant menus, an international film festival, world-class theatre, and music for singing along to or dancing all night…

BLACK & BLUE 2013: NEW VENUE, NEW VIBE

Black & Blue 2013 explodes in Montreal this Thanksgiving long weekend, October 9-15, 2013. For this edition, Black & Blue is taking out a new lease on life with a brand new location and a refreshed vibe…

LGBT FALL EVENTS IN MONTREAL

It was a whirlwind summer in Montreal with festivals, food trucks and fun. We got to enjoy the new Clock Tower Beach, check out not one but two LGBT festivals (Divers/Cité and Fierte Montreal Pride) and enjoy the Boules Roses in the pedestrian haven of Aires Libres in the Gay Village. However the leaves are turning some Fifty Shades of Autumn, Pumpkin Spice is back at Starbucks and we can start rocking the sweaters and leather!