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SUMMER LITERARY SEMINARS IN MONTREAL

The Summer Literary Seminars are in Montreal for the second year. Now, before you all stop reading, you should know that this is one of the best festivals of its kind. Not saying much, you think? Well, you’d be wrong. The two week long seminar brings together world-class authors, up-and-coming writers and literary enthusiasts for workshops, readings and panel discussions in the heart of downtown Montreal…

THE GAYS OF MONTREAL: THEY’RE EVERYWHERE

While Montreal’s Gay Village is an amazing place for gays and lesbians, it’s not the only place we play and live! We call the far stretches of Montreal’s neighbourhoods home and we all have our favourites. So whether you’re in the dramatic Downtown, trendy Plateau, funky Mile-end, or glitzy Old Port: The Gays are everywhere!

NEIGHBOURHOOD 101: CHINATOWN 2

Though Chinatown 2 might be sound like the title of bad movie sequel, it is actually an area in downtown Montreal that is home to some of the city’s best asian food…

MONTREAL JAZZ FEST, ALL YEAR LONG

If you’re a fan of the Montreal International Jazz Festival and happen to be in town before the fest kicks off on June 25, you should consider checking out the incredible wealth of fest-related photos, recordings, articles and more found at The Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse…

5 PUBS FOR SAINT PATRICK’S DAY

If you’ve never been to Montreal for St Patrick’s day, you really should consider coming this year. You should also consider keeping your plans fairly light for the morning after…

A STELLAR VIEW AT THE DELTA CENTRE-VILLE

One of the perks of being a Montreal Insider blogger is that I get to discover all the city’s hidden secrets and overlooked treasures. The Delta Centre-Ville is one such gem. The iconic building has always stood at the crossroads of Downtown, Old Montreal and up-and-coming Griffintown, but as a Montrealer I’d somehow never checked it out before…

FLESH AND BLOOD AT GALERIE UQAM

Award-winning artist Shary Boyle shows creates art out of pretty porcelain, bringing to mind the tchotkes people have in their homes – the Lladro and Royal Doulton china pieces so loved by collectors – yet the subject matter is troubling…

The InterContinental Montreal

The InterContinental Montreal is truly one of the city’s most unique hotels. Following massive renovations in 2009, it manages to effortlessly combine its rich heritage with a contemporary design motive and the intimate feel of a boutique hotel with the service that only a luxurious Four-Diamond hotel can offer…

HILTON MONTRÉAL BONAVENTURE

The Hilton Montréal Bonaventure was built back in the day to accommodate the wave of foreign folk who would come for the International World Fair: Montréal’s fabulous Expo 67. Some 40 years later, this 395-room hotel has certainly been around the block, and then some.

STREET PROFILE: SAINTE-CATHERINE

  The list of Montreal Streets that we’ve already profiled has gotten so extensive that I’m going to skip the usual witticisms and just lay out where we’ve been so far: Bleury, Maisonneuve, Saint-Paul, Saint-Zotique, Crescent and Greene Avenue. But, with Christmas and visions of over-stuffed shopping bags dancing around your checking account, we thought it was time to take a trip to Sainte-Catherine… If there’s one street that visitors to Montreal know without consulting our profile series, Sainte-Catherine (or St-Catherine/Ste-Catherine) is probably it. It’s a massive east-west thoroughfare, which starts in Westmount and ends in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and manages to pass through the Concordia ghetto, the Quartier Latin and the Gay Village on its way. Which is clearly too huge an area for us to cover in one post. And it’s not really necessary, because it’s the part of Sainte-Catherine that crosses downtown Montreal that is the big draw…and has been for years.