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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).

DANCE YOUR WINTER AWAY AT IGLOOFEST

Let’s face it, Montreal’s summer festivals have a pretty easy go of it. Have you seen Montreal in the summer? You could have an International Festival of Paper Clips and there would be 10,000 people partying downtown. But winter is a tougher sell, which makes the ongoing success of January’s Igloofest all the more impressive…

SEXY STAGE SHOWS AT LE CENTAUR

In the cold of January Montreal’s premier English-speaking theatre heats things up with their Wildside Festival, a program of risqué and out-there theatre productions culled from the best of the festivals that have graced the city’s theatres over the past year. My personal favourite of these is Neon Nightz, a tour-de-force cabaret show that both titillated and moved me when I saw it at the Edgy Women Festival last summer.

VOICES OF HOPE: MUSIC FOR A CAUSE

Voices of Hope is a World AIDS Day Benefit Concert to raise funds for La Maison du Parc, will be held on December 4th at 7:00 p.m. at The Chruch of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal. Kent Nagano will be conducting L’association des musiciens de l’OSM with the Choir from the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul.

MONTREAL THREADS FOR MEN: PLAIN JANE HOMME

Founded in Montreal in 2004, Plain Jane Homme is a men’s clothing collection. Miss Jane designs timeless pieces that are perfect for the jet-setting, hip man. The collection provides accessible dandyism for the athletic type, and low-maintenance classiness for the computer geek. With clean lines and timeless fabrics, such as these, there’s no excuse for not looking sharp. We chatted with Plain Jane Homme about the collection, the guys who wear the clothes and where in Montreal you should rock your duds!