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Major must-not-miss Montréal concerts in 2016

Not even a month in, and 2016 is already shaping up to be an epic and potentially record-setting year for concerts in Montréal. Names like Bieber, Rihanna, Santana, Adele and Céline, to name a few, feature prominently among the slew of A-list pop, rock, metal and indie artists slated to visit the city’s premiere large-capacity entertainment venue, the Bell Centre (the second busiest amphitheatre in Canada). The following represent some of the biggest and best on deck at the Bell Centre in 2016: Black Sabbath, February 23 Why not begin with “The End”? England’s Black Sabbath gave birth to a variant of rock that would become one of the most resonant (in more ways than one) genres of music ever: heavy metal. Now with the aptly titled “The End: The Final Tour by the Greatest Metal Band of All Time,” Black Sabbath bids fans farewell with a tour that “promises to surpass all previous tours.” Death Cab for Cutie and Metric, March 19 Black horn-rimmed glasses alert! Indie rock royalty pass the crown around when Toronto’s Metric (touring their latest, Pagans in Vegas) share the stage with Bellingham, Washington’s Death Cab for Cutie (supporting new album KINTSUGI) for the co-headlining “Lights on… / Read More →

Viva les divas! Top 2016 Montréal concerts by all-star divas

[Updated on July 6, 2016] Many great and legendary divas – celebrated female singers from the worlds of opera, pop music and Rock and Roll, not to mention an internationally-beloved throat singer – will headline much-buzzed about concerts in venues across Montréal in 2016. Here are some choice picks for the coming year: Soul singer Lisa Fischer, famed for her multi-octave range and featured back-up singer for, among others, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones, brings her solo show to the Corona Theatre on January 30. British 1970s disco diva Maxine Nightingale (Right Back Where We Started From) headlines the 13th annual Sammy’s Valentines Gala benefitting the Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Canada Society, at Plaza Volare on February 13. Winner of the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her album Animism, internationally-acclaimed Nunavut throat singer Tanya Tagaq headlines the Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts on February 19 and 20 during the Montréal en lumière winter festival. Grammy-nominated soul diva Andra Day headlines the Corona Theatre on March 18. The Queens of Sheba Tour features headliner and Montréal favourites Heart – who effectively launched their careers in Montréal when they opened for Rod Stewart at the Forum in 1976 –… / Read More →

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 →

Superstars and LGBT icons at Grévin Montréal wax museum

Big crowds are lining up to check out the 120 life-like wax mannequins, of such international superstars as Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson and Montréal’s very own Celine Dion at the Grévin Montréal wax museum. The museum also boasts a large contingent of LGBT icons, such as bisexual entertainers Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga, gay pop stars Elton John and Mika, and the self-proclaimed biggest diva of them all, Montréal drag legend Mado La Motte. “It’s like a Barbie doll dream come true!” says Mado. “I didn’t believe it until they started taking measurements of my body. I have to admit the result is astonishing. It’s flattering and pretentious to have a statue of yourself, but I love it!” Grévin Montréal Communications Director Sabrina Merceron says, “Mado Lamotte is an LGBT icon in Montréal. When talks about who should be at Grévin Montréal were initiated, Mado was on our very first list because she’s a major figure on the Montréal cultural scene.” The original Grévin Paris museum opened in 1882 and Grévin Montréal is the brand’s first international venture outside of France. Located on the 5th floor of the downtown Montréal Eaton Centre, Grévin Montréal covers over 2,000 square metres (20,000 square feet). The celebrities, sports… / Read More →


Trivia Time: What global superstar has legs to infinity and beyond, hair full of secrets, and a vocal range that touches the whole Kinsey Scale? The Queer of the Year of course! So let the dogs out, call Oprah, get in your kayak, and let your inner diva shine because the Queer of the Year contestants are paying homage to the one and only: CELINE DION. In drag. Check out behind the scenes photos…