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MONTREAL GAY PRIDE PARADE 2012

Montreal’s Gay Pride Parade took over downtown on Sunday, August 19in a burst of colour, music, dancing and spirit. Every Pride Parade I attend I make a point to really take it all in and recognize what’s really going on here. Standing on the corner of Guy and René-Levesque, watching the parade of rainbows and jubilation come to a halt for a moment of silence, I understand how fortunate we are in Montreal to have such an event. Where not only can everyone be themselves, they can be proud to show it. As the last of the floats, community organizations, and sponsors cross the finish line, I think, “Montreal, this is something to be seriously proud of.”

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL WOWS CULINARY CONTEST WINNERS

Sometimes the job of writing about food for Montreal Buzz seems less like a job and more like a lucky break – and this was certainly the case one sunny Saturday this summer when I joined six other lucky people who had won a Facebook contest put on by Montreal’s InterContinental Hotel…

5 FILMS TO CATCH AT THE MONTREAL WORLD FILM FEST

There was a time when the Montreal World Film Festival was bigger than any other other film festival in Canada, when the stars wore out the red carpets here at Place des Arts and the Cinema Imperial. But in recent years, our MWFF has distinguished itself as the place for young filmmakers to introduce their work to a wider audience, and for films from around the planet to strut their stuff on the world stage…

CONTEMPORARY ART FINDS (HUGE) NEW HOME AT ARSENAL GALLERY

Montreal’s latest, greatest, hugest rentable art space, Arsenal is the brainchild of local collectors Pierre and Anne-Marie Trahan. The couple, who’s also behind Division Gallery, has forged new ground further southwest than the city’s art world has yet ventured…

MONTREAL: A WORLD CLASS CRUISE DESTINATION

Montreal might not be the first metropolis that comes to mind when you think of a swish cruise destination, but it’s definitely a bustling port city – and with all her international festivals, happening food scene and fashion forward style, it only makes sense that passengers love stepping out when their grand ships shimmy up to the port…

East meets West at Festival AccesAsie

AccèsAsie celebrates the 16th edition of Asian Heritage Month. The Festival offers events ranging from energetic – break dancers – to meditative – monks and mandalas.. The Festival ends with the dismantling of a beautiful coloured sand mandala, which has been carefully constructed over four days by six Tibetan monks.

WHERE TO DRINK DURING THE BLUE MET FESTIVAL

Spring is in the air. Montreal is blossoming and so is the city’s literary crowning jewel, The Blue Metropolis Festival. And where there are writers congregating, you can bet there are drinks being poured…

STREET PROFILE: AMHERST

Our Montreal Street Profile series has already visited Bleury, Parc, Maisonneuve, Saint-Paul and Saint-Zotique. Other bloggers have investigated Crescent, Greene Avenue, Sainte-Catherine, Saint-Denis and Mont-Royal. For my kick at the street can, I decided to take a stroll along Rue Amherst…

THE MCCORD MUSEUM CELEBRATES 90 YEARS

Can you say ‘’history on an iPod’’? The McCord Museum on Sherbrooke Street, one of Canada’s oldest museums, is celebrating 90 years with a very forward-looking exhibit…

MONTREAL IN THE NEWS

Giamatti has a city crush Probably the biggest news item about Montreal this week, though not for Montrealers, is that we’re the city dreams are made of. Seems that Barney’s Version is has muscular awards-season legs–Paul Giamatti, who plays the titular Barney in the movie, won the Best Actor award at the Golden Globes (which are widely considered to be precursors to the Oscars in March).