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CHINESE ART LIVES LARGE AT ARSENAL

With a space as big as an airport hangar, you need a decorating style that’s larger than life. Enter the brand new show at Arsenal, reuniting 13 contemporary Chinese artists who like to make statements – BIG statements…

BORN ON THE STREET, GROWN IN A GALLERY

These days, art you might expect to see plastered on city walls on the walk back to your hotel is finding new life inside galleries all over town…

MONTREAL-BROOKLYN BRINGS TWO SCENES TOGETHER

There may be a smoked meat restaurant in Brooklyn named Mile End and a café in Mile End named Brooklyn, but the kinship between the two cities runs much deeper than that…

JAZZY ART IN THE QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES

The word “barbeau” may mean “scribble” in French, but as the current exhibition attests, Quebec legend Marcel Barbeau makes anything but…

CONTEMPORARY ART FINDS (HUGE) NEW HOME AT ARSENAL GALLERY

Montreal’s latest, greatest, hugest rentable art space, Arsenal is the brainchild of local collectors Pierre and Anne-Marie Trahan. The couple, who’s also behind Division Gallery, has forged new ground further southwest than the city’s art world has yet ventured…

FRESH PAINT GALLERY IN DOWNTOWN MONTREAL

An atypical partnership between a merchants association, a graffiti festival and a religious organization has produced one of Montreal’s most interesting new artistic spaces, the Fresh Paint Gallery, housed in the historic La Patrie building on Rue Saint-Catherine…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 30-JULY 4)

The last weekend of the Montreal International Jazz Festival is upon us – and it’s a big one. Rain or shine (looks like shine), the fest starts off Canada Day weekend with jazz standards and not-so-standards and caps it off with our own version of 4th of July celebrations: a massive outdoor concert from the B-52s. All that jazz plus a visit from Will and Kate, a fest just for teenagers, and some truly beautiful, truly challenging art from American painter (and celeb in his own right) John Currin…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MAY 13-15)

Sunny days are here again! Yet it seems that a lot of the fun stuff to do this weekend in Montreal requires indoor adventuring, especially at night. The FMX Challenge brings the outdoors – at least the dusty, dirt biking part of it – inside the Bell Centre, while the Israel Film Festival manages to capture the spirit of a nation (and its divisions) on screen. Plus New Yorks meets Montreal in dance, Beethoven moves in, and new media art that proves the future is now.

UNPREDICTABLE ART AT THE MONTREAL BIENNALE

La Biennale de Montréal 2011 en montage – Teaser from Biennale de Montréal 2011 on Vimeo. One of the great things about travelling is how even the best-laid plans can fall apart. Because, once you get past the frustration or disappointment, there’s adventure and discovery in the unexpected, a sense of moving forward and into something new. This year’s month-long Montreal Biennale gets that – it’s brought together 24 artists from 10 countries, all exploring the broad and fascinating theme of “chance.”…