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St-Laurent Street Sale Returns

Montréal’s St-Laurent Boulevard is going at it again with its notorious street sale and party. I spoke to you about the STREET FAIR about two weeks ago, but unfortunately the original weekend was rained out. This weekend, however, the sun should be shining, so put on your flip-fops and summer dresses . . . It’s time for afternoon sun and discount shopping, all in one place!

The Fag Fringe Forecast

Montréal goes a bit nutty each June. I know the Fringe Festival has begun when I look out my living room window onto St-Laurent Boulevard and see a Drag Queen marching up the street playing the bagpipes. (FYI – she’s known as the Drag-Piper.) The Fringe Fest runs this year from June 11 – 21. It is an uncensored, low cost, liberal, performance art festival – equal parts theatre, dance, music and creative anarchy. There is a little something for everyone. As stated in this year’s program, “The Fringe is all about discovery.” But choosing from among 100 or so local, national and international companies can be a bit overwhelming. So I’ve put on my “Fag-Filter” and found the good stuff. Here are 6 recommendations for homolicious Fringe shows and events…

Festival TransAmériques: Body Language

When is crying a good thing? Because something incredibly beautiful just happened. Expect moving performances and unforgettable art moments at this year’s Festival TransAmériques, an event dedicated to experimental dance and theatre. Read more for my suggestions and find out why you should go.

This Year’s Jazz Fest Line-Up

Breaking news: Your Arts & Culture Insider doesn’t know much about jazz. But that doesn’t mean he won’t enjoy his summer with saxophones and a little scotch.

Elektra’s Shock Therapy

From May 1 to 10, we’re celebrating the 10th edition of Elektra. Dedicated to new forms of creative expressions, this event takes place in several cultural venues and art galleries all over Montréal, from Usine C to Galerie La Centrale, as well as Galerie articule on Fairmount and the Belgo building downtown. It features multimedia and electronic arts mingling together in a plural way that is almost indescribable. The program includes visual art, live performances, exhibitions and music shows from local artists and international visitors. They’re showing their work (or sometimes just the embryo of a creation or an unfinished concept), looking for people to react and interact with it. Admission is free for most art gallery happenings and projections, while performances usually cost a little more. More info about Elektra here. The photo is taken from Kurt Hentschläger’s FEED, a live performance during which you basically enter Usine C before midnight, and become surrounded by smoke machines and stroboscopes. Oh, and you have to sign a release paper before you go in, just in case something happens. Experimental and crazy, right? Yes, that’s how we like it here.

Highlights from the FIFA

This year’s International Festival of Films on Art showcased the work of artists and disciplines through the lens of talented filmmakers.