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FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL: 5 SURE BETS

The truth is, nothing is for sure at Fantasia, and that’s the whole point. Montreal’s genre film festival, now in its 15th year, has been giving the people what they want for a decade and a half…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JULY 14-17)

It would seem, at least this month, that the circus never stops in Montreal – for real! Circus festival Montréal Complètement Cirque goes strong all weekend in various locations and Just For Laughs’ Pinkarnaval parade and performance night are like stepping right into the three-ring – if it were directed by Jean Paul Gaultier. Festival Nuits d’Afrique has fantasic music options outdoors and in, while the Fantasia film festival turns the lights off inside so whole new worlds can pour out from the screen, and Kid Koala brings joy to our ears at the Biosphere…

GAY MONTREAL: JULY

Gayly? Julay? Jugay? There seems to be almost as many portmanteaus for “Gay” and “July” as there are things to do! So take your time to muddle it over, and settle on the portmanteau you feel comfortable with and then explore all the exciting gay things happening in the city this month…

DIVERS/CITE 2011!

For almost two decades Montreal has been blessed with the most high-energy, inclusive, amazing and flat out FUN festivals: Divers/Cité. This year marks its 19th year celebrating anything and everyone under the rainbow from July 25-31, 2011.

HEAVY MTL: KISS, MOTORHEAD, BILLY TALENT AND MORE

What a festival asks you not to bring can be very telling. For instance, Heavy MTL requests that you not bring: objects causing bodily harm, illicit drugs and/or animals. Even if none of these things are allowed, it seems pretty clear that Heavy MTL 2011 will be awesome…

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER RETROSPECTIVE IN MONTREAL

Parisian fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier recently debuted his new exhibit “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It’s a show to please fashionistas, yes, but also cinephiles, theatre-lovers and culture hounds alike…

EVERY FESTIVAL HAS A LITTLE GAY IN IT

Montreal is a huge draw for LGBT tourists because of our eclectic Gay Village and our world-renowned Gay festivals, Divers/Cité and Pride. However, as Montreal is one of the most diverse and accepting cities in the world, every festival around Montreal this summer has a little gay in it…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: (JUNE 16-19)

In the middle of June, we run into a problem here in Montreal: there’s just too much to do. Choices must be made – and the broader your tastes, the tougher the choices. For me, I’m torn between what’s bound to be a crazy French hip-hop show and just relaxing at the Montreal Folk Festival. Or going to see a hilarious one-man play about trying to find a job (universal topics: always a winner) or seeing a bunch of super talented and enthusiastic dancers show off their stuff in an empty pool. Weird choices to have to make, but I wouldn’t have it any other way…

SUMMER LITERARY SEMINARS IN MONTREAL

The Summer Literary Seminars are in Montreal for the second year. Now, before you all stop reading, you should know that this is one of the best festivals of its kind. Not saying much, you think? Well, you’d be wrong. The two week long seminar brings together world-class authors, up-and-coming writers and literary enthusiasts for workshops, readings and panel discussions in the heart of downtown Montreal…

GAY MONTREAL: JUNE

After the onslaught of rain Montreal received in May, it’s now sparkling clean, and full of green! The gays don’t like the rain (unless it’s raining men, hallelujah) so now June is quickly making up for lost time. Put on your best flip flops, and you slinkiest tank tops because here are 15 gay things you can do in the 30 gay days of June. (Gayune?)