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WHAT TO DO IN MONTREAL FOR HALLOWEEN

Montreal is without doubt a 4G city – ghosts, ghouls goblins and gremlins – when it comes to its Halloween celebrations, and this year again provides no rest for the wicked with a wide-ranging array of activities and events catering to a broad spectrum of seasonal fun seekers. We’ll commence with the family-oriented fun times first…

GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE DE MONTREAL 2012

Fans of world-calibre cycling, à la Tour de France, will be lining the route of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, taking place at and around Mont Royal Park on Sunday, September 9. The race comes to Montreal just as the hottest days of summer fade into memory and the air begins to get a crisp edge to it: the perfect time to watch top athletes sweat it out in a picturesque locale…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST 24-30

Summer in Montreal isn’t over until we say it’s over – so even though this is August’s last hurrah for 2012, the sun is still shining and the party is still going on. This week, the St-Laurent Street fair brings everybody out for shopping, music and mingling, as does the 18th-Century Market in the Old Port, albeit in a different way. There’s also plenty of great live music, film, theatre and dance across the city…

MONTREAL GAY PRIDE PARADE 2012

Montreal’s Gay Pride Parade took over downtown on Sunday, August 19in a burst of colour, music, dancing and spirit. Every Pride Parade I attend I make a point to really take it all in and recognize what’s really going on here. Standing on the corner of Guy and René-Levesque, watching the parade of rainbows and jubilation come to a halt for a moment of silence, I understand how fortunate we are in Montreal to have such an event. Where not only can everyone be themselves, they can be proud to show it. As the last of the floats, community organizations, and sponsors cross the finish line, I think, “Montreal, this is something to be seriously proud of.”

MONTREAL 2012 EVENTS CALENDAR

In the poetic words of the great Britney Spears: “Keep on dancing ’till the world ends.” This is exactly what Montreal will be doing for 2012. Though we’re only one month in, the 2012 cultural calendar is already filling up fast…

DANCE YOUR WINTER AWAY AT IGLOOFEST

Let’s face it, Montreal’s summer festivals have a pretty easy go of it. Have you seen Montreal in the summer? You could have an International Festival of Paper Clips and there would be 10,000 people partying downtown. But winter is a tougher sell, which makes the ongoing success of January’s Igloofest all the more impressive…

MONTREAL HALLOWEEN PARTY LINEUP

Since you have already, no doubt, planned the optimal trick-or-treating route for Halloween (based on a formula that predicts a path with the largest concentration of residences with a high candy-to-healthystupidapples ratio), why don’t I just skip ahead to telling you where the best Halloween parties in Montreal are this year…

POP MONTREAL – KARKWA

As early as last week, many people outside of Quebec had not heard of Karkwa. But when the Montreal group, who’ve been together for over a decade, won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in Toronto, that changed almost overnight. Before their Pop Montreal show on September 30th at Metropolis, the Montreal Buzz caught up with guitarist and vocalist Louis-Jean Cormier…

POP MONTREAL – 10 SHOWS YOU HAVE TO SEE

Pop Montreal takes over the city from September 29-October 3. For the 9th year in a row, Montreal gets all a-flutter with little pockets of big music tucked into all manner of venues. We’ll have more coverage coming up, but for now, let’s just get into some music you should consider seeing…

BLACK & BLUE: THE BIG MONTREAL PARTY TURNS TWENTY!

The annual Montreal Black & Blue Festival is one of the world’s great parties. What started back in 1991 as a simple fundraiser for HIV/AIDS related charities has become a full-fledged 7-day social, cultural, sports and party event that attracts thousands of people from around the globe to Montreal.