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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…

HARVEST: THE LGBT THEATRE FESTIVAL

The Montreal Harvest theatre festival began 6 years ago to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans folks had spaces to perform. The festival is a mélange of theatre, music and dance, perfect for anyone with an appreciation for LGBT cultures.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (SEPT 24 – 26)

This weekend in Montreal is going to be sexy. With internationally acclaimed entertainer Scarlett James bringing her sensual burlesque festival back for locals and visitors, if there is a sudden temperature change in the city, it ain’t El Niño. It’s the body temperature of an audience gettin’ all hot and bothered. We’ve got burlesque, art, cinema, food and even some quirky karaoke for you this weekend.

FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINEMA: OCTOBER 13 TO 24

Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC) exists to highlight the most original and innovative achievements in film and new media. After 38 years of stellar programming, the 2010 festival is guaranteed to be visually amazing, while offering fascinating stories from around the globe.

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.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (SEPT 10 – 12)

This week the students of North America shined their new shoes, threw their book bags over their shoulders and headed timidly back to classes. There’s something heartwarming about watching the future generations bravely engaging in the acquirement of academic knowledge. The children are our future! However, if those little booger dumplings are inhibiting you from taking that much-needed weekend getaway, we suggest that you drop them off at school and hit the highway. Montreal is waiting for you. And we’ve got strippers. Here are nine great things to do this weekend in Montreal.

THE MAGIC OF LANTERNS RETURNS!

This video is a tease from the 2009 Magic of Lanterns at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. I am reposting it today as it never gets old and is consistently one of my favorite ways to celebrate fall in the city. Imagine walking through the most stunning Chinese garden at night, surrounded by more than 700 colorful lanterns, with the sounds of traditional Chinese instruments in the fresh autumn breeze. Just the top of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium rising through the trees is there to remind you that you are right in the heart of the city!

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 27 TO 29)

“Weekend getaways are like a quick shower for the soul.” This is the sentiment that a friend once expressed to me. And I couldn’t agree more. If your soul is needing a cleaning, then perhaps this weekend could be your perfect opportunity to rejuvenate in Montreal. See a movie. Listen to some music. Slow dance. Check out our nine recommendations on what you can do this weekend in Montreal.