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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…

Ritz-Carlton Montreal: Inside Downtown Montreal’s most famous luxury hotel

Ritz-Carlton Montreal – the very first Ritz-Carlton in the world – was always a grand destination, but it has surpassed even its own standards since completing its redesign in 2012. Lead by Hong Kong-based designer J. Lee Rofkind, creative director of hotel specialists BUZ Design, the redecoration of the rooms and public spaces retained the property’s storied grandeur but updated it with new colours and materials. The guest experience was also enhanced with contemporary luxuries like roomier bathrooms and automatic blinds. We caught up with Rofkind about this exciting design experience…

Montreal Designers Open Their Doors This Spring

Design buffs will get an inside view this spring, as two events invite one and all to enter the intimate creative spaces of some of Montreal’s most acclaimed designers, architects, fashion creators and artists…

SHOP HOP: INTERIOR DESIGN WARE IN LITTLE BURGUNDY

Little Burgundy isn’t just good looking on the outside, with its sharp contemporary architecture alongside quaint historical buildings. This hip Montreal neighbourhood has got stunning interiors, too, thanks to a collection of amazing designer furnishing stores…

FESTIVAL MODE & DESIGN MONTREAL

The Festival Mode & Design Montreal is a glorious outdoor event that combines the city’s many loves: fashion, design, music and al fresco living. If you’re planning a getaway to our mighty metropolis this summer, this is a must-see, must-do from August 3 to 6, for fashion and design hounds, as well as the general culture curious. And best of all, it’s free…

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Montreal is an architecture-lovers wet dream. Whether you appreciate Art Deco, neoclassical, modern or anything in between, we’ve got a mishmash of styles and approaches to satiate your construction curiosity. In fact, I’d say we define urban architectural promiscuity. In this photo we have the iconic Montreal Olympic Stadium. “Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is a bold design by French architect Roger Taillibert. A funicular-type elevator brings visitors to the top three observation floors of the Tower, the tallest inclined tower in the world, which offers a spectacular view of the city. The sports centre, at the foot of the Tower, has six aquatic pools as well as a multi-sport facility.” Thanks to flickr extraordinaire, achille_beaulne, for this magnificent shot. Click on over for other photos of Achille’s perspective of Montreal. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

GIVE JOHN LENNON’S PARK A CHANCE

When you tire of Zest & the City, take a break. Discover Montreal’s Mont Royal. The sprawling 200-hectare park is a signature space by Frederick Law Olmsted famous for his landscape design of New York’s Central Park . At the top of Peel Street, follow signs for GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. The garden is in memory of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famed ‘bed-in for peace’ that took place in Montreal 41 years ago.

SIDIM: MONTREAL DESIGN SHOWS OFF

The Montreal Interiror Design Show, the SIDIM, has arrived!  It’s one of North America’s most prestigious design shows and features a three-day fest of fabulousness. Go to SIDIM’s website for a complete list of participants Look for:

CANDI BAR: MONTREAL’S NEW GROWN-UP TREAT

Ladies and gents, say hello to Candi Bar, the latest brainchild of Paulo Branco, owner of the already legendary Montreal bars: Gogo Lounge and Chez Serge Bar.  Made out of 80,000 pink and purple Mega Bloks (Canada’s legos), Candi Bar is hands down the ultimate nightlife destination (nightlife fans should check out this sweet deal on show tickets from La Vitrine) for any gal who appreciates original drinks and playful design. And you know if all the girls are going, logically, that means it will also be celebrated by the boys. Let’s see how long it takes them to start sipping on slushy pink cocktails!