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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.

DRESS UP TIME IN TENNIS LAND

Well, there we were. Neatly lined up behind media stanchions. Tennis legend, the ever-elegant lady of the courts, Chris Evert, (fabulous in fuchsia) was guest of honour at the red carpet event hosted by Tennis Canada and the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. Chris, a three-time champion of the Rogers Cup, was inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame on Monday August 16 during a centre court presentation at Uniprix Stadium.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 20 TO 22)

This weekend’s forecast calls for a relaxed 25˚C (that 77˚F to our American friends). It’s going to be sunny and mild — the perfect kind of weather for roaming the cobblestone streets, tucking into bistros for glasses of beer and watching the world go by. However, if you’re a “do’er”, we’ve got nine fantastic things “to do” this weekend in Montreal!

MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL GETS READY TO ROLL THE RED CARPET

If the end of August rhymes with back to school frenzy for parents, to movie buffs it is synonymous with the kickoff of the Montreal World Film Festival. From August 26 to September 6, the MWFF, celebrating its 34th anniversary this year, will present 430 films hailing from 80 countries across the globe. For the occasion, more than 600 000 film enthusiasts flock to the festival’s venues in thirst of cultural diversity, international talent and innovative cinema. French film icon, Gerard Dépardieu, will also be in town for this year’s MWFF, giving a master class to share his perspective on the 7th art.