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GAY MONTREAL: MAY

The month of May rhymes with Gay. Unfortunately, this prohibits me from creating a clever portmanteau such as last month’s hit “Gaypril”. Whatever April, May is sunny and beautiful so we don’t need to port any sort of manteau. Anyways, here are ways you can maximize your five gay senses in Montreal this May…

ELEKTRA: MONTREAL’S DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL

Montreal’s four-day international digital arts festival, Elektra, starts in just a few days (May 4-8). Turns out you don’t have to wait to see what the future looks like, all you need to do is go to the festival…

MONTREAL BIODOME: A FUN FAMILY FAVOURITE

The Montreal Biodome (Biodôme de Montréal) is beloved by kids of all ages. Boasting a range of animals, plant life and ecosystems, it’s an environment that promotes education about the natural world. But you can leave “education” out of it when trying to convince your children and just say: “Penguins! Monkeys! Crazy looking fish!”…

MONTREAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Montreal Chamber Music Festival, May 5–28, is celebrating 16 sold-out years.  This year the fest spotlights Beethoven’s string quartets for the first time in over a decade. There are also FREE pre-concert presentations before the Beethoven Series on Tuesdays and Wednesdays…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (APRIL 28-MAY 1)

There’s really no stopping the world from coming to Montreal – if only we weren’t so darned welcoming, eh? This weekend is no exception, with an international literary fest, a world-wide celebration of dance, a world-music festival and an art exhibition that spans the globe. And world-touring Godspeed You Black Emperor stops in with sonic love for their hometown…

OSHEAGA, MUTEK AND FRANCOFOLIES ANNOUNCE LINEUPS

Montreal is famously a festival city. Especially in the summer, when the city explodes all over parks and other outdoor music venues for big name events like Mutek, Francofolies and Osheaga. We can hardly stand the anticipation, especially with these new lineup announcements…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (APRIL 21-24)

The only thing on many Montrealers’ minds this weekend involves a sheet of ice, a bunch of guys with sticks and a fervent belief in the second coming of our beloved Habs. I don’t know if hockey playoffs can or should usurp Easter, but I do know that neither should occupy a whole weekend, right? How to fill the rest of your time? Musical public art? Cowboys and clowns? Buffy sing-alongs? Live rock shows? All this and more. And some hockey…

WHERE TO DRINK DURING THE BLUE MET FESTIVAL

Spring is in the air. Montreal is blossoming and so is the city’s literary crowning jewel, The Blue Metropolis Festival. And where there are writers congregating, you can bet there are drinks being poured…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (APRIL 7-10)

The whole of Montreal seems to be shaking off winter with great vigour this weekend – the streets are sure to be full of people who’ve already traded their winter boots for flip-flops. Compagnie Marie Chouinard celebrates 20 years of dance in the sun and in the snow, Buddy Guy and Jackson Browne show off their very different guitar stylings and the Monster Spectacular gives a whole new meaning to going for a weekend drive…