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FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Our photo of the week comes from Montreal photographer and overall wonderful chap, Mr. Daniel Séguin. He has called this image “In Rhythm” — which is appropriate because he is capturing an iconic Montreal weekly event where travelers can literally feel the pulse of the city. Every Sunday afternoon on the eastern side of Mount Royal Park (under the angel statue), there is a big, joyous drumming festival. It’s called Tam Tams. It’s an inclusive event where anyone can bring a drum and join in the rhythm. Or, if your bongos don’t fit in  your suitcase, you can simply shake your money-maker. We suggest bringing a picnic, checking out the various vendors and ogling at the “LARP’ers” (Live Action Role Play). Thank you, Daniel! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

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.

MONTREAL HAS THE BLUES

As you may well have noticed, most of Montreal’s festivals take place in and around the Quartier Des Spectacles. Therefore, when a fest like Festiblues (August 11th-15th) sets up shop outside of the downtown core, the story about it is almost as much about the area it’s being held as it is about what its got going on. The FestiBlues International de Montreal is entering its 13th year, a feat that’s entirely impressive on its own in this fest-crazy city.

STREET FASHION AT OSHEAGA FESTIVAL [PHOTOS]

Osehaga Festival is all about great musicians performing in one of Montreal’s most stunning urban locations. But don’t get distracted by all the celebs, because this Montreal festival is also all about star-studded street fashion and unique dud watching.  The voice of men’s culture, GQ Magazine, was in town for the occasion, and recently published a series of photographs praising the beauty of the Montreal female breed. Here are some looks and folks that caught the eye of the Montreal Buzz.

CHARLIE WINSTON LOVES MONTREAL

The Montreal Buzz recently caught up with British beau, singer and songwriter, Mr. Charlie Winston during Montreal’s popular Osheaga Music and Arts Festival. Now we really wouldn’t want to start any rumors as gossiping is a terrible terrible thing, but there is  reason to believe you might spot the bohemian poetaster roaming in Montreal sooner than you think… see for yourself!

MONTREAL PHOTO ESSAY: DIVERS/CITÉ

The past weekend was epic in Montreal. A big part of the epic-ness was the annual Divers/Cité festival — a week long celebration of LGBT culture, music, art and more. There was a whole slew of artists, including Lady Bunny & Joey Arias, Sister Sledge, Frankie Knuckles, DJ Ana Paula and plenty of sassy others! If you didn’t make it this year, then you best pull out your big gay calendar for 2011 and circle the last week in July. You’ve got a date with Montreal. I was boppin’ about the festival enjoying the mixed drinks and drag queens. And in between martinis, I managed to snag a couple of photos. Enjoy!

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 6 TO 8)

Hey, guess what? The other day I was shopping for underwear at a generic department store, and there in the ginch aisle was a massive sign that read: “BACK TO SCHOOL SALE!” When I decipher the subtext to this sign, I believe it actually said to me, “Guess what fool, summer’s not going to last forever!” It was the first time a commercial sign made me cry. And it’s true, our summer weekends are numbered. But whatever you do, don’t panic. There is still time to need to sneak in a getaway! In fact this weekend might be your perfect option. And we’ve got a whole slew of recommendations for you…

RETRO INBOARDS GATHER AT CLASSIC BOAT FESTIVAL

Remember those gorgeous, sleek, low, wooden boats that whipped by in the movies?  Ladies usually wore a Hermès scarf and big Jackie Kennedy sunglasses.  The men drove the boat. You’ll be able to see 80 of these classics at the Festival du Bateau Classique in the Old Port (McGill and de la Commune Streets) of Montreal, from August 20th through the week-end.

MONTREAL GAY LIST: AUGUST

Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events. Here are some suggestions for the month of August.