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MEET A MONTREALER: ANDY NULMAN

Meet Andy Nulman. He’s the brains, and clearly the good looks (see below), behind the massively successful Montréal comedy festival “Just For Laughs.” “In 1985, Andy Nulman joined the festival’s staff and introduced Anglophone events as well; under Nulman’s stewardship, the festival increased to a full month, with French-speaking performers during the first half, and English speakers in the second half. International and non-verbal acts (acrobats, pantomimes, etc.) are scattered throughout the program.” (Wikipedia) The Just For Laughs is the largest festival of its kind in the world. It has brought many comedians to Montréal, such as Jeff Foxworthy, Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Russell Peters, Dame Edna Everidge, and Bill Cosby. But enough about those jokers! Let’s meet Mr. Nulman!

MONTREAL GAY LIST: JUNE

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 June.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL [JUNE 4 TO 6]

Here are some fun things to do and see this weekend in Montréal! [electro music] MUTEK – Bringing some of the world’s biggest and most innovative names to Montréal, a city with a well-documented appreciation for electronic music culture. Great music. Great setting. Party on. [restaurant] DOMINION – If you are doing some downtown shopping and are craving a classy yet casual dining establishment for lunch or supper, look no further than Dominion. Fresh dining, with about 80% of all products coming from Quebec.

MUTEK: BEN FROST COULD LIVE IN MONTREAL

Like Matmos, Ben Frost makes something quite different than what many people think of when they hear the term “electronic music”. Before his return to Mutek, I talked to him about his new record, meeting Tim Hecker and giving it all up to become David Guetta…

MONTREAL FRINGE FESTIVAL: THEATRE, DANCE, COMEDY & MUSIC

Montréal has many summer festivals. We are internationally renown for the Jazz Fest and Just For Laughs, and we enjoy welcoming the world. The Fringe Fest, however, exists on the opposite end of the festival spectrum. After 20 years of fun and debauchery, the locally raised, theatre festival still maintains its beloved place in the hearts of Montréalers.

GLASS KISSES ON MONTREAL’S GOLDEN MILE

Montreal’s 2010 City of Glass event has great stuff all over Montreal.  I wandered into the Canadian Guild of Craft to see some cool lips by internationally-renowned glass artist Astri Reusch. Her show is aptly named Mémoires glaciales. Her sculptural pieces are all in glass – gleaming and seductive. Solid glass life-size heads are lit from within. You glow girl! One of her pieces is a huge ‘cloud’ of glass lips. Is this sensual reference to internet cloud…the lips symbolic of communication?  In any case, just enjoy looking at them. They are smooth …and sexy.  Many big kisses!

PEDESTRIAN HEAVEN IN MONTREAL: AIRES LIBRES

The main street of Montréal’s Gay Village will be closed to traffic again this summer, creating another pedestrian heaven. Gays everywhere are rejoicing!

SENOR COCONUT TO HOST FREE FIESTA AT MUTEK

Montreal’s Mutek festival just announced their first ever free outdoor concert. It’s taking place on June 5th at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier Des Spectacles. Even if you don’t know much about electronic music, how could dancing in downtown Montreal during a concert headlined by someone named Señor Coconut be anything but an awesome idea?

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……