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Your 2015 Montréal summer festival guide

With every major summer festival and event in Montréal comes the impetus for a holiday getaway in our great city. The F1 Grand Prix du Canada, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, the Jazz Festival and Osheaga, for example, are but drops in a whole bucket of fun awaiting all ages and tastes in the coming weeks and months. Blue Metropolis Montréal International Literary Festival (April 20-26) The theme at Blue Met this year is “The Power of Words,” and this large-scale celebration of reading and writing across cultures once again brings in a raft of heavy hitter authors and literary-minded figures for readings, discussions and other special events. ELEKTRA (May 13-17) ELEKTRA is a yearly digital arts festival showcasing new creations in electronic music, video, cinema, performance, design, gaming and interactive installation in combination with the innovative use of new technologies, and, in particular, those of the digital kind. Festival TransAmériques (FTA) (May 21 to June 4) The Festival TransAmériques (FTA) celebrates new works in contemporary dance and theatre. Showcasing both established and emerging artists, choreographers, writers and directors, this ninth edition of the FTA also aims to foster dialogue through a stimulating range of workshops, debates and roundtable discussions. Chromatic (May… / Read More →

Guide to Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2014

Apart from the fast-paced F1 action on the track, the hundreds of thousands of elite racing fans who take part in Montreal’s Grand Prix Weekend also engage in a more leisurely paced race to take in a head-spinning array of associated offerings guaranteed to fly a green flag over their good time…

#MTLMOMENTS Nightlife Stunt brings Toronto to Montreal

Using a red hot #MTLMOMENTS Ferrari as bait, we pulled off a specular Montreal nightlife stunt by surprising three lucky duos from Toronto with an impromptu trip to Montreal for a wild weekend of food, drinks, dancing and fun…

VIDEO: Grand Prix Montreal 2013

The Grand Prix du Canada 2013 was another can’t miss-party in Montreal for serious F1 aficionados on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and casual race fans looking for fun on Saint-Laurent and Crescent. See you all again in 2014!

Formula 1Grand Prix du Canada 2013 roars into Montréal

F1 drivers in 2013 aren’t burning rubber so much as burning through rubber, and the super tight turns and sharp chicanes of Montreal’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve are virtually certain to add a chapter to the controversial tale of the tires at this year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada…


Even if you’re not an F1 racing fan per se, have you ever wondered, even once, what it might be like to strap into the cockpit of one of these elite machines and take it for a spin? Well now, courtesy of Montreal’s Vortex Racing, that experience can be yours, albeit without the worry of wrecking your $5 million ride.


Montreal’s Jacques Villeneuve is a hometown hero: only the third motorsport driver in history to have won championship races in CART, the Indy 500 and F1. The Montreal Buzz caught up with him to talk racing, his role in the French version of the Pixar movie, Cars 2, and where he spends his time in Montreal…


This week we tip our hats to the ‘urban formalist’ work of Flickr superstar dzpixel. With a sporty photo entitled ‘Scuderia Ferrari F1 team,’ we were impressed at how he got up close and personal with the shrine that many people call Ferrari. Well done. But the work of dzpixel is not just fast cars. What sealed the deal for us at THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ, was his exploration of vacant Montreal transit stations. He successfully captures spaces, which are typically seaming with people, empty. There is a warm sci-fi quality that appealed to our cool cyber-hearts. Well done, indeed. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.


Now that the madness of the Montreal Grand Prix is behind us, let us reminisce on the weekend. Thousands of visitors had the time of their life in the city. Martha Stewart tweeted that Montreal was a “large and clean city with a magnificent river running through it: the St-Lawrence”. She also tweeted that the food was really good, although I’m pretty sure she said that before getting a taste of her first poutine. Sir Richard Branson was spotted at Restaurant Primadonna and Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke, who is filming the movie Immortals in Montreal, was seen hanging out on the outdoor terrasse of Time Supper Club. Several parties were the talk of the town, but the reception held at Hotel Le St-James was probably the winner of them all.