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THE GREATEST CITIES IN THE WORLD AT FTA

Festival TransAmériques features the Greatest Cities In The World. Most Canadians might not admit to it, but we’re fascinated by America. Sure, I’m basing this on informal, anecdotal evidence, and my own often-fraught love of the U.S. of  A., but why wouldn’t it be true? America captivates our imaginations – maybe because we don’t quite “get” it. James Long, co-director of Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement, shares this fascination. So much so that the theatre company created  a multi-media show, The Greatest Cities in the World, based on Americans talking about their homeland: specifically, stories of towns in Tennessee named after the cities of London, Paris, Rome Moscow and Athens.

WHEN MONTREAL PARTIES IN STYLE: EYES WIDE OPENED

Montreal is often host to some pretty glamourous parties. For your enjoyement ( and ours), we attended one such extravaganza : Eyes Wide Opened. Twilight’s Rachelle Lefevre and Dracula descended on Montreal…even though, the Masked Soirée at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was held in a torrential downpour.

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!

SIDIM: MONTREAL DESIGN SHOWS OFF

The Montreal Interiror Design Show, the SIDIM, has arrived!  It’s one of North America’s most prestigious design shows and features a three-day fest of fabulousness. Go to SIDIM’s website for a complete list of participants Look for:

MONTRÉAL’S RIALTO MAKING A COMEBACK WITH THE LUYAS

Some things sell themselves: The Luyas, a Montreal band whose acquaintance you should make, are playing a benefit show at the Rialto, one of the city’s most woefully underused venues. And it’s for a good cause. And the cover is only $5… Located near the corner of Parc and Bernard, the Rialto Theatre is a movie theatre constructed in 1924. Montreal architect Joseph-Raoul Gariépy and designer Emmanuel Briffa were inspired Paris’ Palais Garnier and, as you can imagine, the result is pretty breathtaking. There’s a reason it’s designated a National Historic Site of Canada. The Rialto has struggled somewhat since it’s early heyday, but over the years it’s been home to some pretty legendary concerts: Public Enemy, The Pixies, Modest Mouse and Wolf Parade, to name a few. Now under new ownership and management, the Rialto is hoping to make a much welcome comeback…

FIVE MONTREAL HOTELS FOR GRAND PRIX WEEKEND

Koko is one of Montreal’s hottest drinking, eating and socializing spaces. Last week, the restaurant-bar (which is part of Opus Hotel) threw a fantastic party to celebrate the opening of their popular patio. As jet-setters, photographers and fashionistas flocked in, I was instantly reminded that Grand Prix Weekend was just around the corner. Here are some hotel recommendations to help you plan a memorable Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal!

SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS GET LOOSE IN MONTRÉAL

If you’re going to see Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings on May 26 at The National and happen to be the type of fan who likes to take things in from the front row, you should be prepared to become part of the show…

MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: BIG TICKETS

The organizers of the 31st Montreal International Jazz Festival, which takes place from June 25 to July 6, have just announced the bulk of the shows happening this summer. Herbie Hancock, Smokey Robinson, George Clinton, The Moody Blues, Cyndi Lauper are just the tip of the iceberg… Trying to come up with a comprehensive list of everyone you need to see this summer is near impossible. As is making a list that appeals to an audience as varied as the one that attend the Jazz fest. Plus, the Fest’s website lets you make up your own schedule. So all I’ll do here is attempt pull some shows out of the list that I think are worth checking out…

ELEKTRA, A FESTIVAL OF THE DIGITAL ARTS

Montreal’s Elektra Festival, which runs from this Wednesday to Sunday, has been exploring some of the coolest things in the world of digital arts for 11 years. I recently interviewed Edwin van der Heide, the artist behind one of the fest’s more interesting presentations……

MONTREAL GETS CLASSICAL IN MAY

The month of May in Montreal is all about classical music. Before the sounds of the Jazz Fest fill the city’s streets, parks and concert halls, it seems only fitting that we begin with the music that came first…