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Your Spring Break guide to eating, drinking and partying, Montréal-style

Spring Break amazingness? You can have it all in Montréal. With its 3 a.m. closing hours, drinking age of 18 and hugely depreciated dollar (the whole city is basically a 30% off sale), Montréal is a win-win-win Spring Break party proposition. Let the following be your guide to doing it up right. Eats and pre-drinks There are those of us who would argue that the eating and pre-drinks portion of the evening is the most critical phase: not only are you laying a base for the remainder of the evening, you’re setting the tone. If you’re starting out on the Plateau Mont-Royal, imaginative hipster magnet and oyster/cocktail bar Le Majestique is all eye candy and killer cuisine. Fab fun food and drinks are also the raison d’être of L’Gros Luxe (Caesars topped with hamburgers, ’nuff said), and Big in Japan’s delectable small plate menu and vibrant vibe have also made it big in Montréal. If downtown, head to Sainte-Catherine Street West for Imadake, another Japanese small plate pub with a fun bordering on raucous atmosphere (which may have something to do with their signature “sake bombs”). Dominion Square Tavern is a must if only for the beautiful 1920s setting, though the… / Read More →

12 Reasons for LGBT travellers to visit Montréal in 2016

As one of the gateway cities to the New World, underground gay life has flourished in Montréal for centuries. Montréal’s legendary joie-de-vivre and queer-positive embrace has turned the city into a choice LGBT international tourism destination, and there is much to see and do in Montréal for LGBT travellers in 2016. L’Opéra de Montréal presents the world-premiere of the opera adaptation of legendary gay Québec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard’s internationally-acclaimed 1987 play Les Feluettes which premiered in 1987 and was also made into the 1996 movie Lilies, directed by John Greyson. Les Feluettes, about a gay love triangle involving a Catholic bishop, runs from May 21 to 28 at the 3,000-seat Salle Wilfred-Pelletier at Place des Arts. Summer kicks off with Montréal drag legend Mado Lamotte’s 16th annual Drag Race – the over-the-top two-hour outdoor live show predates RuPaul’s Drag Race – at the Montreal Fringe Festival, whose 2016 edition runs from June 9 to 19. Several professional Montréal drag queens team up with their amateur counterparts for a side-splitting outdoor afternoon competition in Parc des Amériques. Mado’s Drag Race is usually held on the final weekend of the Montreal Fringe Festival. Free admission. Montréal’s Gay Village is home to the 16th edition of Mtl en… / Read More →

Make your Montréal holiday stay happy – and affordable!

The holidays are about getting together with family and friends, sure. But sometimes sleeping on a lumpy hide-a-bed or a futon in a friend’s basement can put a kink in your holiday spirit – and your back. So if you’re not the couch-surfing type but you need to watch your budget, here are some affordable Sweet Deal offers (rooms under $150 and 50% off the second night) that will make your holiday visit to Montréal a little more merry. The tasteful and warmly appointed Hôtel Manoir Sherbrooke has everything going for it including the all-important, as they say, location, location, location. Situated on Sherbrooke Street a short walk to the popular restos, bars and shopping of major entertainment arteries St. Laurent Blvd. to the west and St. Denis Street to the east, the Manoir is also only a few blocks north of downtown and close to the Quartier des Spectacles. The classic, converted Victorian home comes with all the modern amenities and a complimentary continental breakfast is offered. If you want to live life like a Montrealer in one of its quintessentially Montréal neighbourhoods, the Plateau Mont-Royal, look no further than the Auberge de la Fontaine. Situated directly across the… / Read More →

10 (more) wonderful ways to explore Montréal

A second (or third or fourth) visit to Montréal is a time for really getting to know the city and its people – but where to start digging deeper? We’ve compiled a top-ten list that’s all about going beyond the main attractions – check our 10 Montréal “musts” for first-time visitors first so you don’t miss any of those! See a Show at Place des Arts Live music, theatre, dance and more is all under the roof of Place des Arts, the city’s biggest theatre complex, right downtown in the Quartier des spectacles. Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre Métropolitain play classical favourites and new music in the new Maison Symphonique, Opéra de Montréal stages lush opera productions, Danse Danse brings international dance stars to the Montreal stage, and rock stars and Broadway shows make appearances at PdA throughout the year. Shop the Plateau Find speciality stores and Canadian and Quebecois designers’ boutiques as well as bookstores, furniture and more on the streets of the Plateau neighbourhood, especially on Saint-Denis Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard north of Sherbrooke, Mont-Royal Avenue in the several blocks east and west of the Mont-Royal Metro station, and along Laurier Avenue west of Saint-Laurent. and if… / Read More →

Guide to New Year’s Eve in Montreal 2014

Consider this your invitation to New Year’s Eve in Montreal, but be sure to note that, as always, it’s BYOB: Bring Your Own Bedtime. Whether it’s delectable dining, wintery walking or skating, champagne-fuelled dancing and/or every other manner of party prancing, Montreal has the solution to your New Year’s Eve resolution, all night and – in some cases – all the next day long. Strap in…

The world’s an art gallery at FIMA

You get the picture: from graffiti festivals to performance festivals, Montreal is a John Mayer-worthy wonderland of live, free fun all summer, with a surprise on every block. And one of the outdoor art events not to be missed happens along Sainte-Catherine in the Gay Village between June 11 and 15: FIMA, the Festival International Montréal en Arts…

Aires Libres & Les Boules Roses light up Montreal’s Gay Village

Summertime in Montreal’s Gay Village is a dream. When the sunlight diffuses through the 200,000 pink balls strung above the pedestrian-only road, it casts a rosy glow that sets a beautiful atmosphere for sangria drinking, people watching, and club hopping. Check out what’s going on during the 2014 edition of Aires Libres in the Gay Village…

Queer MTL Travel Guide: Montreal Boy Episodes 5 & 6

In Logo’s webseries Montreal Boy, Stephane and Hugh are having a blast in Montreal. They’re seeing the sights, seeing the city, and definitely seeing each other. Have you watched all six episodes of Montreal Boy yet? Check them out on LogoTV.com/MontrealBoy! Find out more about all the places they visit in Montreal by scrolling through this Queer MTL Travel Guide:

Queer MTL Travel Guide: Montreal Boy Episode 3 & 4

Tourisme Montreal’s new six part webseries “Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached” recently premiered on LogoTV.com. Find out more about the places featured in Episodes 3 & 4 with this Queer MTL Travel Guide… Shopping in the Plateau & Mile End Montreal Plateau and Mile End is filled with trendy high-end boutiques and eclectic vintage shops. Explore the little streets, discover hidden gems, and find the perfect fitting pant. Definitely pop into Alibi (506 Rachel East) for a nice selection of men’s wear. Seeing All The Sights from Mont-Royal The most iconic views of Montreal requires a short hike up Mont-Royal to the Kondiaronk Belvedere. Take some city selfies, share a little kiss, and watch the city buzz below. Drinks & Dinner with New Friends Montrealers are a friendly bunch, and you’ll likely meet a few new friends hanging out around the city. Grab a meal and a few drinks at a local eatery like Madame Lee (151 Ontario East.) A Spa on a Boat  If heaven on Earth exists, it’s confirmed that a small slice of it can be found at Bota Bota; spa-sur-l’eau floating in Montreal’s Old Port. The therapeutic nordic bath circuit will rejuvenate your mind, body & soul. The striking… / Read More →

Queer MTL Travel Guide: Montreal Boy Episodes 1 & 2

Tourisme Montreal’s new six part webseries “Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached” recently premiered its first two episodes on LogoTV.com. Find out more about the places featured in Episodes 1 & 2 with this Queer MTL Travel Guide…