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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.

REGGAE FESTIVAL: MONTREAL IS JAMMIN

Get ready for some of that easy skanking and roots reggae! The Quays of the Montreal Old Port are transforming themselves into a major “Reggae Village” of peace and love for the 7th edition of the Montreal International Reggae Festival. For the occasion, a slate of renowned artists, including original Wailers member, Bunny Wailer, are in town and carrying on the legacy of Caribbean music. Here’s wha gwanin’ as of August 6.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL [JUNE 11 to 13]

If you want to tackle everything that is happening in Montréal this weekend, then we hope you brought your palm pilot*. You’re going to need some sort of technical magic to keep you on schedule. Our suggestion: DON’T PANIC. Instead, choose 3 or 4 things and keep it fun. Here are nine recommendations on what is hot and happening in Montréal this weekend! —————————————————————————————————————— [car racing] GRAND PRIX – Thousands of F1 fans and thrill-seekers will take over the streets of Montréal this weekend. Crescent Street will be shut down, as will Boulevard Saint Laurent. Basically EVERYWHERE will be a party. And we support partying. [concert] MEMORIES OF THE 50’S – Michel Comeau interprets great the great ones: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Yves Montand, Charles Trenet, Michael Bublé and many more in a show recalling the crooners of then and now. Feel like a randy teenager again!

JEFF PULVER AT MONTREAL WEBCOM (AND BEYOND)

Jeff Pulver was in Montreal last week for Webcom 2010. If you’re a social media fan, Jeff Pulver needs no introduction. Haven’t heard of him? Now is the time to pay attention!

AC MILAN STARS LAND IN MONTREAL

AC Milan superstars, Ronaldinho and Clarence Seedorf, landed in Montreal last evening in preparation of the game they are playing this Wednesday against the Montreal Impact. The two football/soccer players quickly got out of the plane and into a bus that was taking them to their hotel, but I did manage to squeeze in a few questions to Ronaldinho about the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

JIMMY WALES AT WEBCOM MONTREAL

Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, was in Montreal yesterday to give a keynote address at Webcom Montreal. You might have never heard his name before, but this man has changed the way we live and access information forever – making knowledge attainable and free for people around the globe. In our interview, Wales talked to me about open source licensing and how it is transforming the face of the internet. We also chatted about such various subjects as the video-era, students in India, copyright issues, geotagging and this mysterious thing called Werewolf, of which Wales is a big fan. Support Wikipedia. Make a donation to the Wikimedia Foundation