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CAFE DE FLORE BRINGS VANESSA PARADIS TO MONTREAL

Café de Flore is the eagerly awaited movie from celebrated Montreal director Jean-Marc Vallée. Vallée, director of C.R.A.Z.Y. (one of the best Montreal films ever made) and The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt and Paul Bettany, is bringing his latest film to his hometown of Montreal for a premiere at our city’s most glamorous cinema, the Imperial. The red-carpet affair and the premiere party afterwards promises to be glam—the star of Café de Flore is French singer/actress/bombshell Vanessa Paradis, wife of Johnny Depp…

LAURIER GORDON RAMSAY OPENS IN MONTREAL

Yup, got a little crush on Gordon Ramsay. If you, too, are a fan of the celebrity chef, you probably know that he recently opened a restaurant right here in Montreal, in my Outremont-hood, no less. It’s called Laurier Gordon Ramsay – “Laurier” because it’s on Laurier Avenue, and “Gordon Ramsay” because, well, you know…

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…

JAZZ FEST INTERVIEW: BOOTSY COLLINS

It was a wild day tracking down the funk pioneer Bootsy Collins before his Montreal International Jazz Festival show at Metropolis, but as you can see from the video interview, it was well worth it.

MONTREAL GETS THE ROYAL TREATMENT

Will and Kate will continue their royal romance this summer as they travel to Canada in their first official visit as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Montreal will be rolling out the red carpet on July 2! If you’re ready to get in the royal mood, then you better give yourself the royal treatment by doing what the Royals would do…

CELEBRITY SPOTTING IN MONTREAL

When celebrities come to Montreal, they’re just like normal tourists. Take Jake Gyllenhaal for example. When he was here filming Source Code, he stayed in a hotel, played with his dog, ate in restaurants and shopped in stores. The only difference is that, when celebs do it, we take detailed mental notes and then blab about them to our friends. Here are some recent Celeb sightings in Montreal…

MONTREAL IN THE MOVIES

One of the reasons movie studios like to shoot here is that Montreal can be all things to all people. It can double as anywhere in the world, including Ancient Sparta, as in Zack Snyder’s 300, or a resplendent version of itself, as in Montrealer Deborah Chow’s first feature, The High Cost of Living, starring Scrubs star Zach Braff. Recently, Montreal Buzz spoke to both Zach and Zack about their experiences shooting in Montreal…

MEET A MONTREALER: ANDRE MONET

Artist André Monet, a Montrealer now living in London, is creating a special portrait of royal couple Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton, who are marrying in April 2011…

CELEBRITY-SPOTTING IN MONTREAL

The who, where, and why you might care. A few days ago after a few late night cocktails at Barroco Restaurant (312 rue St-Paul ouest) in the Old Montreal, gal pal Mary* and I moseyed over to Le Papillon Rose (1071 côte du Beaver Hall) to fete our buddy Josh’s birthday (forever 39, right darling?) Josh – despite being PR man for Hype energy drinks – is a decidedly laidback dude. Mary, then, was a perfect study in contrast when actor Owen Wilson walked through the doorway and she shrieked, “Owen Wilson!” (In her defense, it was a very ladylike shriek; I don’t think everybody noticed.)

MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL GETS READY TO ROLL THE RED CARPET

If the end of August rhymes with back to school frenzy for parents, to movie buffs it is synonymous with the kickoff of the Montreal World Film Festival. From August 26 to September 6, the MWFF, celebrating its 34th anniversary this year, will present 430 films hailing from 80 countries across the globe. For the occasion, more than 600 000 film enthusiasts flock to the festival’s venues in thirst of cultural diversity, international talent and innovative cinema. French film icon, Gerard Dépardieu, will also be in town for this year’s MWFF, giving a master class to share his perspective on the 7th art.