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TIME TRAVEL AT THE REDPATH MUSEUM

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, at least their ancestors. See fabulous fossils of dinosaurs, including T Rex (not the band!) the 7-ton monster that lived 64 million years ago at McGill university’s Redpath Museum.

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

The downtown core of every city is usually packed with characters. In Montreal, we certainly have our share of iconic individuals that help create our unique urban identity, and the famous spoon guy in front of Ogilvy would be one of the most notable. Our ‘Photo of the Week’ comes from radiatingeye, who seems to have a stellar eye for capturing Montreal, and all its diverse inhabitants. Check out his/her comprehensive gallery of shots from around the city, including such Montreal sites as the Mont-Royal cemetery, Old Montreal, the Plateau and some great shots of urban art. Kudos! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

JAZZ FESTIVAL: BASIA BULAT

The entirely enchanting Basia Bulat is one of the Montreal Jazz Fest’s busiest performers. On Friday night she played the first of three performances at the MACM before jumping up on stage during the Plants and Animals show at Metropolis. We met up early Saturday morning after I may or may not have drank a lot of whiskey with members of Plants & Animals and The Besnard Lakes at Casa del Popolo …

LIVE AT THE JAZZ FESTIVAL: EMILIE SIMON

Emilie Simon, the French songstress that is taking the american indie music scene by storm is back in town. Before her Jazz Fest show on Saturday, June 26 as part of the fest’s late night series (show starts at 11:59 PM), I spoke to Emilie Simon, who has a musical background as eclectic and intriguing as her live show …

THE MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: WHERE TO DRINK

The Montreal Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world. Musical giants such as Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown have all captivated crowds since the festival’s debut edition in 1980. Today, more than 2 million people attend the Montreal Jazz Festival yearly. But the Jazz Fest is not just about music – it’s about life’s pleasures. And truth is, there’s nothing like a bit of jazz to awake my yearning for a glass – or two – of lilac wine. As famous saxophonist Steve Lacy once said: “Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it”. Well, the popular Montreal Jazz Festival is now 31 years-old and well above Quebec’s drinking age. Here are some cool places near the festivites to get your sip on!

KAYAKING THE LACHINE CANAL

As soon as summer hits, I dream of water. Thanks to revitalization efforts along Montreal’s shorelines, waterways, harbourfront and main Port, most of the water surrounding Montreal is now (gasp!) monitored, and in places, navigable. In fact, as of next summer, a new map, the Blue Route (St. Lawrence Water Trail) will help canoe and kayak enthusiasts chart a network of safe launches, shelters and rest areas along the St-Lawrence in/around Montreal.

DRIVE-END AT MONTREAL’S FINE ARTS MUSEUM

Remember drive-in movies? Today, many are abandoned. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Drive-End, a collection of Martin Beauregard’s photographs, many of which show these mammoth screens sitting silently. No one is watching anymore.

MONTREAL NEIGHBORHOODS 101: DOWNTOWN

The downtown district of any major city often tops the list of things ‘to do’ for a traveler. Montréal’s downtown is a mélange of stores, restaurants, cafés, galleries, corporate headquarters, and yes, those famous “adult cabarets.” Yet the central business district of every metropolis can risk blandness. And a selection of discriminating Montréalers have accused the downtown area of being overly commercial, with a heavy emphasis on big-brand shopping. And we understand that one could feel blasé in any given retail area. But among the generic giants there are plenty of gems. You just have to know what to look for. Here are a few of our favourite things about Montréal’s Downtown district.

MONTREAL GRAND PRIX : THE PARTIES!

Get ready for some memorable partying! Montreal Grand Prix Weekend is around the corner and with it, illustrious nightlife! I’ve already given you a Grand Prix Crash Course 101 and I’ve offered you a variety of Montreal hotels to choose from.  Now here’s your guide to some of the best F1 parties happening in Montreal this weekend!

MUTEK: SENOR COCONUT’S OUTDOOR FIESTA

The free outdoor concert headlined by Senor Coconut and his Orchestra was the first one put on by Mutek. Several hundred concertgoers and I were there, and as you can tell from the videos, it was a huge success…