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THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 6)

Summer is over but Montreal’s busy fall season is about to leave all that fun and sun in its wake. As the days grow shorter this week, the nights light up here: in bars and restaurants – and for outside dining too, in theatres and music venues, in art galleries and cinemas. The weekend starts with an arts and culture bang with Les Journées de la Culture, three days of free entertainment around town and around the whole province…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (SEPTEMBER 22-29)

There’s officially too much to do this week in Montreal. That’s my professional opinion as a go-er and a do-er. Summer may have its multitude of festivals and picnic-in-the-park ways, but autumn packs a bounty of sights and sounds: over 400 bands and artists fill the city for Pop Montreal, jazz and classical musicians join in the music scene too (not to mention Kanye and Jay-Z), stages come alive with new theatre, dance and circus arts, and fashion, visual art and film bring in creative work from around the world…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (SEPTEMBER 15-22)

With summer behind us, we can now move on to more serious things. Like pop music festivals, eating hamburgers, singing karaoke classics and high-fiving extreme skiers. That’s just how Montreal rolls. But along with all that fun – all of which is actually happening in organized-event form this week – we’ve got thought-provoking drama and dance on more than a few stages, new mind-bending art, some very short films and, as always, rock n’ roll…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 23-26)

From festival heatwaves to dance-party downpours to perfect days in the park, June in Montreal has seen it all this year – and this weekend might just see it all too. The Montreal Jazz Fest sets its purple phasers to stun as it kicks off with none other than Prince, followed by a weekend of bee-bop, hip-hop, reggae, experimental and regular ol’ fun times. Friday is officially reserved for feting the Francophone culture that, unarguably, makes this city and province so fun, while Saturday night sees the sky above amusement park La Ronde light up in style. Plus there’s a festival on the Lachine Canal and plenty of art and music to keep us busy, indoors and out…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 9-12)

Just as the first real heatwave of the year ends, this weekend begins – but that doesn’t mean it’s not packed with super hot stuff to do. So hot that not even a forecast of scattered showers can put a damper on this action. Which is a good thing because much of what’s going on this weekend happens outdoors: a huge Formula 1 race (and parties and a beer festival to go along with it), a massive celebration of French music from here around the world, weird and wild independent theatre and music and street fairs galore.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 2-5)

June is here at last, the month we’ve been waiting for, when summer comes on strong and the festivals come on even stronger. It can be overwhelming at times – the Quartier des Spectacles fills with people, three or more festivals happen simultaneously with hundreds of events to choose from – but there’s something to suit every pace. This weekend, go dancing rave-style or nice and slow, take in some local independent theatre or the kind that tours the world, or lose yourself in operatic Italy or Latin love.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MAY 27-29)

This last weekend in May could be said to mark, if not the beginning of summer, the end of spring. With sunny days and warm temperatures on the very, very near horizon, the final days of May are anything goes. Weird, wild experimental theatre and dance? Check. A fancy food festival? Check. An entire day wherein all the city’s museums are free of charge? Check. An outdoor dance party on an island in the middle of the St-Laurent river? Aw yeah, check…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MAY 5-8)

Once May hits, Montrealers let themselves believe that summer is really coming and so we go outside, a lot, with other people, in the streets and in the parks, at festivals and sometimes even to dance. This weekend, witness spring’s bloom in world-renowned dance, electronic arts, on-stage historic Montreal and movies and music made for dancing…

GAY MONTREAL: MAY

The month of May rhymes with Gay. Unfortunately, this prohibits me from creating a clever portmanteau such as last month’s hit “Gaypril”. Whatever April, May is sunny and beautiful so we don’t need to port any sort of manteau. Anyways, here are ways you can maximize your five gay senses in Montreal this May…

LESBIAN MONTREAL: MAY

Oh those May flowers! Lesbian Montreal has got the baddest to the freshest to the rocking-rollingest this month, as showers clear and winds get balmier…