New York’s finest ladies, precocious Drag Queens Sherry Vine and Joey Arias, chat about their newest show, how their friendship began, their love for Montreal and how to get started in the biz of being fabulous.
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La vie à Montréal est gaie! Life in Montréal is gay! There is a double entendre happening in the above statement… by ‘gay’ we mean ‘happy’ AND ‘homolicious.’ Montréal has a long history of pride that ranges from our very own Stonewall in 1977 to being the first provincial jurisdiction in the world to recognize same-sex civil unions to a contemporary attitude that welcomes diverse peoples from all walks of life. We are the crossroads of Europe and North America, and our many dimensions of language, culture, art, politics and sexuality fuel a passion and sophistication that is unparalleled anywhere on the continent.
Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events. Here are some suggestions for the month of June.
The Gay Village is the clear destination for homos who travel to Montréal. With tons of bars, boutiques, cafés, saunas, salons and bistros, one could very well spend a weekend without needing to go elsewhere. But I sense that you are a gay with a flair for adventure. Being constrained to the Gay Village would only cramp your sophisticated sensibilities. In your quest for alternatives to the gay mainstream, here is a selection of homo hot spots in four other Montréal neighborhoods.
The main street of Montréal’s Gay Village will be closed to traffic again this summer, creating another pedestrian heaven. Gays everywhere are rejoicing!
Due to the acceptance (and celebration) of gay and lesbian peoples, Montréal has become one of the top gay destinations in the world. Even the rockstars know that! I sat down with Tyler and Jim from the Canadian rock group “Barenaked Ladies” to talk about all sorts of delicious gay things. What type of gay stuff does that band like to do? Who is their gay diva of choice? Who is hotter: George Stroumboulopoulos or Michael Bublé? This is information you need. What results is a humorous (and dare I say ‘touching’) interview that is a must-watch for anyone who loves these Canadian rock icons, or just enjoys a bit of gay flair. My favorite quote is, “MORE GAY INTERVIEWS!” Maybe I’ve found my calling?
Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events. Here are some suggestions for the month of May.
Montreal is the perfect destination for anyone living in North America looking for a significant change of scenery without having to travel to the end of the world. It is only an hour flight from New York or Toronto, yet feels a lot more like a trip to Europe. On top of saving on plane ticket fees and jetlag ramifications, you’ll be happy to hear that Montreal is also a very affordable city. With its vibrant cultural scene and bountiful summer festivals, Montreal has all it takes to offer you a memorable time without breaking the bank. Here are some ideas for a sensational Montreal trip on the cheap!
May long weekend is the perfect opportunity to kick the summer off with some fresh beats and new friends at Hot & Dry.
As Michael Musto is to New York City, Richard Burnett is to Montréal. Equal parts cuddle-icious cartoon character and fierce, loudmouth bitch, Richard Burnett is undeniably a Montréal gay icon. His nationally syndicated column, Three Dollar Bill, has been keeping queers in Montréal and across the nation au courant for 15 years. Burnett knows this city like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter. This makes him a perfect choice for this edition of MEET A MONTRÉALER.