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Tam Tams: Drums, Dancing and Doobage

Every Sunday afternoon, all the peace lovin’ people of Montréal unite: black or white, Anglo or Franco, young or old, gay or straight (and everyone in between). The reason is the “Tam Tams,” a collective drum/circus/dance festival, where the mood is chill and the air is filled with the smell of… hippie lettuce. I grabbed a Bixi Bike and headed off to the park, where I created my first installation of “Montréal BikeCam.” Don’t miss my take on one of Montréal’s most peculiar sub-cultures, the “medieval nerf-sword warriors”…

A Google Map of Montreal Nightlife

If you’re visiting Montréal to come experience our incredible Nightlife scene, there are so many options that it can be hard to get your bearings. You may have come to town with a couple places in mind. You may have, if you’re very astute, handsome and intelligent, been reading this Nightlife blog and gotten a couple ideas for where you want to go. But, if you’re planning to jump around the city a bit, to let the night winds take you where they will, it’s nice to know where all those spots are in relation to each other. For this reason, I’ve taken the time to make a special Nightlife in Montréal Google map for you to help plan your nights out on the town…

Dance in Montreal: An Introduction

This may come as a shock to you, but I’m not a big dancer. I think it’s been the years of working as a music critic, where the job entails standing at the back of the venue, often beside the other Montréal music critics and taking in the music and crowd analytically. Or, that’s what I tell myself anyway – maybe I’m just a bad dancer… But I do recognize that many of you are dance-happy and, though you might not catch me on Montréal’s most happening dance floors, I definitely know where they are…

Mutek Montrealers: Ghislain Poirier

He’s attracted international attention through his remix work (Les Georges Leningrad, Clipse, Lady Sovereign and more) and his albums for Chocolate Industries and Ninja Tune. But Ghislain Poirier imprinted himself on my Montréal music radar after I attended one of his legendary Bounce Le Gros nights, where his distinctive mix of hip-hop, dub, dancehall, baile funk and more collided. At the time, it was a mix of hip-swiveling dancefloor mayhem unlike anything I’d ever heard. Fast-forward several years, and Ghislain has become one of Montréal’s dancefloor ambassadors, beloved at home and coveted by party people everywhere….

Mutek Montrealers: Akufen

It’s no coincidence that some of the biggest shows at Mutek are being left in the capable hands of Montréal musicians. The same love and support of electronic music in this city that helped make Mutek so popular has also helped propel several local artists to international acclaim. A perfect example of this funky symbiosis is the man known as Akufen, who returns to Mutek with some new music I can’t wait to hear…

Parking… No, not your car

Hey fellow gays. If you’re like me, you like to go out. You like to have a good time. You’ve been known to even get a little sweaty on the dance floor. Well have I got good news for you. One of Montréal’s premiere nightclubs, PARKING, has expanded – bigger, louder, gayer! Okay, you’ll have to decide for yourself how far along the gay-o-meter it is. But no matter what, you can expect amazing beats, and various areas to suit your fancy: the classic nightclub, “Tunnel” (a male only space… wink wink, nudge nudge) and the freshly installed Urban Room. With 95,000 watts of sound you might not even need to dance because you’ll probably be vibrating. Throw in a new lighting system and state-of-the-art LED video projections and you are bound to have a transcendent experience. Here’s a taste of the action…

Montreal Jazz Festival: Some Big Ticket Picks

Bringing in more than 2 million fans a year, the Montreal Jazz Festival is the largest event of its kind in the world. It’s a pretty amazing time to be in Montréal: the summer is in full swing, everyone is out and about, and everywhere you go there’s amazing music playing. It’s Montréal at its best. It’s strolling around the blocked-off streets with a glass of wine and 100,000 new friends watching the biggest free concert you’ve ever seen. It’s sitting down to a show you’ve been waiting to see your whole life. It’s discovering a musician your friends, family and co-workers haven’t even heard of yet.

Music and Beer at Divan Orange

In the summer, there’s no better place to be in Montréal than on busy St-Laurent. One of my favorite spots on The Main, as the street is known locally, is The Divan Orange.

The Circuit Comes to Town

May 14-18 brings the annual Hot & Dry party, an all-night event that promises to be hot & sweaty. Celebrate the arrival of summer with 2000 of your shirtless new best friends…