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MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL CELEBRATES WOMEN

Now more than ever, a woman’s place is in the kitchen—as the driving force of this year’s Montreal High Lights Festival. Every year since its inception a decade ago, the festival’s Wine and Dine Experience has organized itself around a theme, and this year the festival is honouring women in the culinary arts—from chefs to winemakers to cheesemongers…

SAY CHEESE AT THE MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL

How good are Quebec cheeses? Well, the lovely ‘Cinderella’ cheese, Cendrillon, was voted Best in the World in 2009. The ash-covered soft goat cheese, with a taste that becomes stronger with age, was the first cheese in the country to receive this prestigious award. You can try Cendrillon and other Quebec cheeses, for free, at the Festival of Quebec Cheeses in Montreal…

LIVING THE HIGH LIGHTS LIFE

I’m all for cosying up by the fire on a cold winter’s day, but when the High Lights Festival (Le Festival Montréal en Lumière), now in its 12th year, rolls into town, I’m out and about. Dubbed a party for the senses, there are really three parties wrapped into one…

CARL CRAIG HEATS UP IGLOOFEST

When legendary Detroit techno producer Carl Craig plays Igloofest on Thursday, January 27, it will be only the fourth time he’s DJ’d in Montreal (most recently dropping a memorable set at Mutek in 2009). Montreal Buzz caught up with him at his Planet E offices in Detroit to find out what he’s got in store for us…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JANUARY 20 TO 22)

This weekend, January 20-22, has it all: ballet, dancing, electro bands, The Habs and even a little sunshine imported directly Cuba… [Ice Dancing] Igloofest: Once again the Old Port’s Igloofest tops our weekend party options. Click here to see a video of one of our bloggers’ initiation into this very “a la Montreal” event… [Ballet] BJM Danse, which was formerly known as Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal), gives you lots of bang for your ballet buck with a bill that includes works from Mauro Bigonzetti, Cayetano Soto and Ochoa at Theatre Maisoneuve.

THE HEAT IS ON AT IGLOOFEST

Last week I went to my first Igloofest. Or, as one friend put it, “You lost your Igloofest virginity.” [Insert happy face here.] While I can’t exactly say I’m a brand new woman, I do have a new appreciation for the month of January. How, I wonder, did the last three editions of this massive outdoor party ever pass me by?

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…

AN INTERVIEW WITH M FOR MONTREAL’S MIKEY BERNARD

M for Montreal is now in its fifth year of bringing journalists and music industry insiders from around the world to Montreal in order to expose them to the silly amounts of great music this city has to offer. While it has become an international launching pad for many local (and close to local) acts, the benefit for the rest of us is simple: from November 17-20 we get to see some great shows… When trying to figure out how best to explain this event to you, we figured we might as well just go straight to the source. So we touched base with “M for Mikey” Rishwain Bernard, the fest’s program director and man-about-several towns who seems to attend almost every great party happening anywhere in North America…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (NOVEMBER 12 to 14)

Oh Montreal, why can’t you just give me a weekend off? I keep thinking that one of these weekends there will be NOTHING to do, and I’ll be able to get caught up on sleep and pay my bills and floss my teeth and do stuff that people with spare time do. But alas, my dear Montreal, you keep presenting me with so many wonderful temptations. Here are ten fun things to keep you in trouble this weekend.

RIDM – THE MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

Known as the RIDM, the Montreal International Documentary Festival showcases more than 100 documentaries from 37 different countries. It also brings more than 60 of these film’s directors to the city for Q&As, master classes, panels and more. Taking place from November 10-21, RIDM proves that reality is often more hard-hitting, heart-wrenching and/or hilarious than fiction…