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McCord Museum turns up the music from Charlebois to Arcade Fire

The sound of Quebec-made music, from the late-1950s to today, can be heard loud and clear at Music – Quebec: From Charlebois to Arcade Fire, a new multimedia exhibition at Montreal’s McCord Museum, May 30 to October 13, highlighting not only significant moments in Montreal and Quebec history, but Quebec’s place in a global pop-culture zeitgeist…

Guide to Montreal’s Commercial Art Galleries

Have you ever visited a museum and wished it were a shop? Short of becoming a game-show millionaire, you may never be able to buy a Monet or a Borduas – but you can get close. Montreal has a slew of commercial galleries that enable both experienced collectors and more timid art lovers to invest in a masterpiece (or three) of their own. Here are some spots to start with…

QUEER MTL GUIDE: Fall in love with Autumn

Autumn in Montreal is the best time to fall in love with the city. After a fresh fun summer, the leaves start to burn with the colours of pumpkin spice, candlelight, and crisp nights. Montrealers start cuddling a little closer, ordering increasingly hot seasonal beverages, swapping their flip-flop-crop-tops for leather boots and knitwear, and begin feasting to pad our bodies for the winter months ahead. Fall in Montreal is hopelessly romantic, energetically busy, and comes and goes all too quickly…

Do Your Thing in MTL: Transgender Model Carmen Carrera Nearly Naked in the Gay Village

Carmen Carrera is a stunning woman. She’s one of the first contestant from RuPaul’s Drag Race to come out as transgender. It’s hard to believe that she was actually born a he. For “Do Your Thing in MTL” she did a pop up burlesque show under the famous Boules Roses in the heart of Montreal’s Gay Village with local troop Speakeasy Burlesque! The video is about a a confused person, ashamed and afraid to be themselves. But with a little help from some friends, the cloak is torn away and Carmen Carrera is born! She’s confident, sexy, and exactly who she was meant to be…

Things to Do in Montreal: July 19-25

Summer entertainment keeps the heat at bay this week in Montreal with jokes, music, fresh air and movies: see Just For Laughs comedy festival shows from some of the most brilliant comedians working today; Shakespearean performance in the parks; underground films in air-conditioned theatres; and live music from Beyoncé to beats brought all the way from Africa…

See the World at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Week-ends du Monde

Montreal may be known primarily for its unique Quebecois culture and French roots, but the city’s cultural picture spans much further and wider. Since 2005, Week-ends du Monde has turned the spotlight on the diverse communities that make Montreal what it is: this year, the festival makes itself at home again at Parc Jean-Drapeau, filling the weekends of July 6-7 and July 13-14 with music, dance and culinary delights…

Do Your Thing in MTL: Comedian DeAnne Smith’s Mile End Love Song

When putting together a list of LGBT stars to be apart of the performance series Do Your Thing in MTL, we needed to find someone who was A) Lesbian B) Hilarious and C) Adorable. DeAnne Smith came riding in on a litter of kittens and wrote us the little ditty “Mile End Love Song”… Go ahead and sing along!

DO YOUR THING IN MTL: JONNY “GAY PIMP” MCGOVERN GIVES MONTREAL A FRENCH KISS

Queer MTL is officially launching Do Your Thing in MTL with a kiss! A big gay pimpin’ French Kiss from singer-songwriter-rapper-comedian Jonny McGovern. Do Your Thing in MTL is a video series that features some of the best LGBT talent around in Montreal just being themselves and doing their thing! Check out what Jonny “Gay Pimp” McGovern got up to during his time in Montreal…