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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.

F BAR AND BRASSERIE T!: THE TWO HOTTEST NEW RESTOS IN TOWN

Montreal may not be New York, with dozens of media-crazed chefs and restaurateurs, but it has a vibrant yet easy-to-grasp restaurant scene, with a handful of true restaurant-world stars. Locals know them on a one-name basis: Picard. McMillan. Chuck. Ferreira. Laprise. These are some of the biggies. But more on this later…

LE CENTRE SHERATON HOTEL

Le Centre Sheraton is a hotel in the heart of the Montreal action. Located on the cusp of where the business borough meets the shopping district, the hotel offers up a warm welcome with its many stellar services.

8 MONTREAL “DROP-IN” YOGA STUDIOS

Yoga has become a regular part of many people’s physical and mental health regimes. And just because you’re on the road visiting Montreal, doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice the yoga practice that you’ve diligently been developing. In fact, trying a new studio while I’m visiting a different city is one of my favorite travel activities. It counterbalances the often stressfulness of travel, while providing perfect opportunities for post-class conversations with locals. If you want to maintain the depth of your downward dog, or just need to chill-out during a busy business convention, here are eight studios in Montreal where we recommend gettin’ your yoga-on.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER WAS HERE

Yes, I’m sorry to report that Couture King Jean Paul Gaultier has left the building – that is, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. But don’t fret, fellow fashion fanatics. He’ll be back sooner than you think to launch his retrospective The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which makes its international debut right here in Montreal before continuing on to Dallas and San Francisco. Mark your calendars now, people: June 17 to October 2, 2011.

SOFITEL MONTREAL : A CLASS ACT

Seriously.  There’s absolutely no gimmick in that “five stars” rating. Everything at the Sofitel hits you as being top of the line.  Starting with the service. Four clés d’or concierges  (one of them being the actual vice-president of the international union) make sure every single customer gets what they want, when they want it.  The decorum adopted by the staff speaks for itself: the moment you step in, the staff makes you feel like royalty.