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‘IT’S AN HONOR JUST TO BE NOMINATED!’ WHATEVER. WE WANT TO WIN THIS!

Each year our friends over at tripoutgaytravel.com hold a little awards contest that celebrates the best in the glamorous/scandalous world of gay travel. Montreal has been nominate for “Best Global Destination” – which makes sense for a variety of reasons: stellar gay village, delicious food, accessibility to Americans, cute accents and salacious nightlife. We’re kinda also awesome for hosting the world’s first international “Queer of the Year” contest. I thought I’d make a little video that highlights the ‘gayness’ of Montreal. We promise to keep on rockin’ it if you show us some voting love. You can vote with your Facebook or Twitter accounts, or you can keep it anonymous. But whatever you do, just get out there and vote now… for Montreal!

QUEER OF THE YEAR: BEHIND THE SCENES COMMENTARY

The “Queer of the Year” has been an international search for the brightest star under the rainbow. Last week, five contestants were flown into Montreal to spend a week competing in various challenges, only one gaining the official title of “Queer of the Year”! I had the pleasure of hosting this incredible experience. I spent one crazy-ass week with five fantabulous fags from different cities around North America. There were ups and downs, and only one walked away with the title. So what happens when five gay guys get shoved in a loft for a week? You need to watch and find out!

QUEER OF THE YEAR: THE BOYS ARE IN MONTREAL

Hey Gay-lovers! It’s been a busy week here in Montreal with five fabulous guys arriving from all corners of North America to compete for the ultimate title of “Queer of the Year.” Check out the first three days of their adventures, and be sure to surf over to www.queeroftheyearcontest.com to register your vote on your favorite queer!

QUEER OF THE YEAR: FINAL FIVE ANNOUNCED!

Over the past few weeks we’ve had the pleasure of hearing folks testify why they might be the “Queer of the Year.” We’ve had people come out of the closet, march alone in their small town pride parade and flex their muscles in hopes of making a lasting impression with you! It was definitely some tight competition with video entries coming from across North America. After much humming and hawing, the panel (comprised of representatives at Tourisme Montreal, Montreal Pride and other community members) has made their decision! Here are the five finalists!

THE ‘QUEER OF THE YEAR’ – COULD IT BE YOU?

There are a lot of fabulous queers in the world. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transfolk (and all the beautiful identities in between) are spending their leisure time making the world a better place: helping community organizations fundraise, lobbying for equal rights against antiquated legislation or simply being funny and positive individuals. Why not throw a massive, viral internet party and celebrate them? The ‘Queer of the Year’ contest has arrived. It’s equal parts “YouTube reality jovial-ness” and “genuine campaign to salute awesome queers.” And it’s pretty easy to enter. You submit a short video that attests to why you might be the ‘Queer of the Year.’ The upload it at queeroftheyearcontest.com. Then you get your friends to vote for you! (All the contest rules here.) Five fab queers will be flown to Montreal from August 9 to 16, 2010 to compete for the final title. Do you have what it takes? So watch the above introductory video. Visit the ‘Queer of the Year’ website. Make a quick video. And maybe we’ll see you in Montreal! —————————————————————————————————————— DETAILS Queer of the Year Contest The search for the brightest star under the rainbow http://www.queeroftheyearcontest.com twitter.com/QOTYcontest facebook.com/QOTYcontest

HEY AMERICANS! WIN A TRIP TO MONTREAL!

The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is hosting a contest giving US residents the chance to win an ultimate Canadian experience. The winner will choose from 5 Canadian adventures, one of which is focused on the urban experience and includes two nights in Montreal! “Urban Fare: The energy rushes at you. Exciting. Diverse. Delicious. Chic. Nonstop. It’s woven into the tapestry of these two great cities: Toronto, “The City That Works” and Montréal, “la belle ville.” You see it in the culture and the arts. Taste it in the food. Explore it in the architecture. Catch it in the attitude. Purchase it in the endless, magnificent shopping. Then celebrate it deep into the night.” To enter, visit the “Canada. See it now.” website and click on “Urban Fare.” Bonne Chance!