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FRANCOFOLIES 2011, MONTREAL

The 2011 edition of FrancoFolies has just wrapped up. If you made it to the fest this year, you saw an amazing celebration of French music and culture. If you didn’t, watch this video and make sure you come back in 2012…

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: JUNE

June. As if there isn’t a better month in Montreal for free stuff? Seriously, June is where it’s at for no-money good times – namely because this is when festival season kicks into high gear with all kinds of free outdoor music shows at the Jazz Fest, FrancoFolies and the Fringe Festival, world-class fireworks displays every week, and an all-day party celebrating Quebec culture…

FRANCOFOLIES INTERVIEW: ALPHA BLONDY

Alpha Blondy, in Montreal to play the FrancoFolies on June 15, is one of Africa’s most well-known and respected reggae artists. He sings in French, English, Hebrew, Arabic and Dioula, the language spoken in Côte d’Ivoire. Which helps, because Alpha Blondy’s goal is to shower the world in positive vibes…

ST-LAURENT STREET SALES, SUMMER 2011

The St-Laurent Street Sale, aka The Saint-Laurent Street Fair, aka Main Madness, is a testament to the fact that if Montrealers were given the opportunity, they would spend every summer day outside, eating, shopping and drinking in the sun. No matter what you call it, it means one of Montreal’s most beloved streets is closed to cars and open to having an awesome time…

LESBIAN MONTREAL: JUNE

Summer is off to its cavalier start in good old Montreal. Montreal is a must-have-bike kind of a city in the summer, so even if you’re in town for just a bit, take a Bixi out to your next outing. We’ve got a fancy indie flea market where the cutest of the cutest will surely be, all sorts of nakedness at the Fringe Fest and Cirque du Soleil’s highly anticipated Totem…

MONTREAL BEER FESTIVAL: JUNE 8-12

Montreal is a city that honours culture and sophistication. Probably the most important festival of this kind is Le Mondial de la bière, or as it’s known by the elite: BEER FEST.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: TOTEM BY THE CEAGLE BROTHERS

So, I’m Jean Francois and this is my brother Jean Christophe. Or maybe it’s the other way around- everyone gets us mixed up so why can’t I? But we are definitely half bird and half cat which makes us basically the most agile creatures ever. We love the circus and we know this much: if you want to see the best circus performers in the world, you need to do come to Montreal to see Cirque du Soleil: Totem…

FRANCOFOLIES BY BEARCAN

Bonsoir! I am Bearcan. Half bear, demi toucan, best of both worlds, non? I am French, as you can see, a lover, poet, collector of the vintage iPods and I love the fresh bake of the bread. J’adore! My ladyfriend is the best thing I ‘ave in my life. She ease the most beautiful creature in the world and I take her a whole lot to FrancoFolies in Montreal!

MONTREAL COMPLETEMENT CIRQUE FESTIVAL

For most of my life, I did not love circuses. But Montreal turned that all around for me via some kind of cultural osmosis and because, as an arts journalist in this city, it was in fact impossible not to write about circuses. So by the time circus festival Montréal Complètement Cirque, the International Circus Arts Festival, came around, I was ready – and genuinely happy about it…

CONCERTS IN MONTREAL: JUNE

The arrival of June means that very soon most of the music in Montreal will come in festival form. But that doesn’t meant that the month of June doesn’t boast some great stand-alone concerts. While the back-to-back Rihanna shows are foremost in some people’s minds, there also some great local bands playing and, given the well-deserved world-class reputation of Montreal’s music scene, their shows should be marked down on your calendars with equal aplomb…