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MONTREAL FASHION WEEK: BACKSTAGE TO FRONTSTAGE

Montreal Fashion Week just wrapped up its 19th edition last night at Marché Bonsecours. We hung out backstage, frontstage (and back at the lounge bar) to give you an idea of the unique energy that goes on before, during and between each show. This is an hour in two minutes. Who you’ve seen: Sabrina Barila (fashion designer) Eve Friede (fashion journalist) Elisabeth Lepage (Marketing Director Soïa&Kyo) Marie-Ève Chagnon (Fashion Designer) Philippe Dubuc (Fashion Designer) Kelly Craig (model) / Cary Tauben (Fashion Stylist) / Karine Pronovost+Vincent Francis (Model Agents) Denis Gagnon (Fashion Designer) www.denisgagnon.ca

EXCLUSIVE FASHION – ONLY IN MONTREAL

« Oh my god, this is so goooorgeous – where did you get it ? » You know what happens next.  Merely a couple of days later,  the whole city is wearing that latest piece of fashion you were so proud of.  So much for being original, right? Well, if you’re visiting Montreal this fall, there are plenty stores you must stop by to fulfill your style hunger.  We’ve picked three collections that might tickle your fancy. Not only are the chances of seeing your latest purchase on your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend  slim- these collections are only available in Canada – you won’t destroy your wallet  because they’re all very much affordable.  So next time you’re being asked that killer question, simply answer : « I got it in Montreal daaaarling…»

LAST WEEK-END FOR WORLD PRESS PHOTO

Billed as ‘The World’s Largest Photojournalism Exhibition’, World Press Photo 10 is at the Just for Laughs Museum until October 3. This amazing exhibit features the finest photojournalism from around the world. There is something for everyone, as the ten themes include sports, nature, portraits and daily life. Selected from over 100,000 submissions, the 65 chosen photographs will travel to over 100 cities.

GOOGLE STREET AS ART

What a great idea!  Take images of the moment from the planet’s most techno tracker – Google Street – and pair them with black and white photographs taken a few years ago.

LIVING IT LARGE AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL

As a Montrealer, it’s rare that I get to experience the city’s high profile hotels. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth ranks amongst our downtown’s top addresses for a deluxe stay near some of Montreal’s major attractions, including Sainte-Catherine Street’s shopping strip, the Underground city, the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral and the Bell Center, home of the Canadien hockey team. I was lucky enough to see for myself if the hotel is up to its high-class reputation and I can assure you it is. Known for its modern charm and flawless service, the hotel’s motto echoes what makes Montreal unique in the eyes of locals and visitors alike: “Where Joie de Vivre Comes to Life”. Here are ten facts you need to know about Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, should you decide to enjoy one of its 1,037 guest rooms and suites while visiting Montreal.

BOUTIQUE HOTELS : WHERE TO STAY FOR YOUR GIRLS GETAWAY

Montreal is known for her sassy collection of boutique hotels. And I’m often asked, “Which one should I book?” Since each one has a distinctive personality, it’s an important question, because where you check in can set the tone and pace of your ladies’ night out. Here’s a little cheat sheet to guide you in the right direction.

John Fox Retrospective at Klinkhoff

Chair of Concordia’s Painting Department,  Montreal artist John Fox, RCA, (1927-2008)  is honoured with retrospective at Klinkhoff Gallery. I love to visit a certain graceful brownstone building on Montreal’s Golden Mile. The Klinkhoff Gallery is an elegantly quiet space. Therein lies Canadian art from the 19, 20 and 21st centuries. Here you will find no art hanging from the walls or blaring videos.  For almost 60 years this prestigious gallery has advised private and corporate collectors in amassing fine art.  Celebrating a long tradition of hosting retrospectives, this fall the gallery will honour the legacy of John Fox, the renowned Montreal artist and much-loved teacher.  The exhibition will feature works from private collections, as well as paintings owned by Fox’s widow, art historian Sandra Paikowsky.

MONTREAL STREET PROFILE: MAISONNEUVE

After starting out the Montreal Street Profile series with a look at Rue Bleury and following it north on winding, eclectic path up Avenue du Parc, we decided to head back to the downtown core and explore Boulevard De Maisonneuve, a busy stretch of street that has some sophisticated gems nestled on its blocks….

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.