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FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE: JULY 12-24

This year marks the 25th edition of one of Montreal’s most dynamic festivals, Nuits D’Afrique, and it’s no surprise that this year’s theme is A Quarter Century of World Music and the mantra is tradition, boldness and renewal. The extravaganza features 57 artists from 32 countries and 13 jam-packed days of shows featuring the best names of African and world music…

MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2011

For 10 days this summer, June 25 to July 4, Montreal goes jazz crazy. Well, not really crazy, more like extremely excited to the point of literally dancing in the streets. And, while I’m being honest here, it’s not all jazz either, or at least not any typical definition of it. For instance: music-world royalty Prince just agreed to a two-night stand here! Yes, the 32nd edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival is as eclectic and diverse as ever…

STREET PROFILE: BERNARD

Once upon a time, Bernard was the end of the line- literally. Mile End was once a pastoral suburb where families of newly-arrived Greek immigrants mixed with the the second-largest population of Orthodox Jews outside of Israel. Those populations still inhabit the area, but now Mile End is a major artery of the city’s cultural life and Bernard is the main vein…

CONCERTS IN MONTREAL: MAY

We’re on the cusp of Montreal’s fest season, which bombards the senses with more shows than one pair of ears can possibly take in. So take your time and choose wisely from May’s concert schedule which contains, among many other aural treats, Adele and Sharon Jones, two of today’s best voices…

STREET PROFILE: ONTARIO

The Streets of Montreal are a frenzied network of grand boulevards, cobblestone lanes, trendy thoroughfares and dazzling streets. The Montreal Buzz has developed a fun and informative series of street profiles that cover Bleury, Parc, Maisonneuve, Saint-Paul, Saint-Zotique, Crescent, Greene Avenue, Sainte-Catherine, Amherst and Saint-Denis. Today, I’ll explore the blossoming Rue Ontario…

MONTREAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Montreal Chamber Music Festival, May 5–28, is celebrating 16 sold-out years.  This year the fest spotlights Beethoven’s string quartets for the first time in over a decade. There are also FREE pre-concert presentations before the Beethoven Series on Tuesdays and Wednesdays…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (APRIL 28-MAY 1)

There’s really no stopping the world from coming to Montreal – if only we weren’t so darned welcoming, eh? This weekend is no exception, with an international literary fest, a world-wide celebration of dance, a world-music festival and an art exhibition that spans the globe. And world-touring Godspeed You Black Emperor stops in with sonic love for their hometown…

OSHEAGA, MUTEK AND FRANCOFOLIES ANNOUNCE LINEUPS

Montreal is famously a festival city. Especially in the summer, when the city explodes all over parks and other outdoor music venues for big name events like Mutek, Francofolies and Osheaga. We can hardly stand the anticipation, especially with these new lineup announcements…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (APRIL 14-17)

April showers eventually bring May flowers. Just remember that this weekend as you dash indoors to get out of a freak rainstorm. It appears there’s plenty to do inside though – like shopping for high fashion at low prices or watching naked thespians on stage! If that’s not your bag, multi-use pun intended, let Montreal’s gallery walls show you the world in art and photography or figure out first-hand what TV on the Radio really means…

GAY MONTREAL: APRIL

April is essentially the summer’s pre-drink. The snow has officially melted and chances of a winter relapse are relatively slim. This time of year has the gays scrambling to the gym, in preparation for another scorching summer, but the fun has already begun! Montreal has oodles of gay or gay-friendly things to do in April and beyond…