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MONTREAL GAY PRIDE PARADE 2012

Montreal’s Gay Pride Parade took over downtown on Sunday, August 19in a burst of colour, music, dancing and spirit. Every Pride Parade I attend I make a point to really take it all in and recognize what’s really going on here. Standing on the corner of Guy and René-Levesque, watching the parade of rainbows and jubilation come to a halt for a moment of silence, I understand how fortunate we are in Montreal to have such an event. Where not only can everyone be themselves, they can be proud to show it. As the last of the floats, community organizations, and sponsors cross the finish line, I think, “Montreal, this is something to be seriously proud of.”

QUEER OF THE YEAR 2012: BEHIND THE SCENES OF SEXY GRAVY

The Poutine: Fresh french fries, sprinkled with cheese curds, smothered in gravy. Usually people chow down on a poutine at 3AM after the clubs are closed and you need to stuff your face with something naughty and delicious. It’s not the prettiest of sights. Leave it to Queer of the Year to try and make this culinary staple… Sexy?

MONTREAL BUZZ 2011: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Over the course of 2011, we produced a series of videos in an attempt to document all the amazing things that were happening in Montreal. From festivals to food to gay montreal, from things to see to things to do, we were there. Check out all of the videos on Tourisme Montreal’s Youtube channel. As editor of this blog, I’d like to take a moment to thank our totally boss bloggers and our amazing cameraman Guillaume Langlois, who shot and edited all of these videos. See you all in 2012!

GAY NEW YEAR’S EVE

As 2011 races into a dramatic finish, it’s time to reflect on the year gone and look forward on what’s to come. 2011 was an amazing 12 months in Montreal. From Igloofest and Nuit Blanche, from Bixi bikes and summer festivals to Queer of the Year, Montreal has never been busier! While it’s easy to already be thinking ahead to another year of cabane a sucre, terraces, restaurants and parties… let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. 2011 is not technically over and we plan on going out on December 31 with one last hurrah!

SPEND A WEEKEND IN MONTREAL’S GAY VILLAGE

So you need to get away for a few days. Maybe you’re looking for a mini-adventure, a small repose or a three day party. Look no further than Montreal and its dramatic Gay Village! Montreal lies within spitting distance of huge urban centres like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto and Ottawa. It’s easy and affordably accessible for a quick and fun weekend getaway…

12 GAY & LESBIAN THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER

It is November and the homosexuals are getting chilly. Time to make a trip to H&M and stock up on scarves. All the scarves. The weather here in Montreal has played nice, so I’m really running behind in my late-fall/pre-winter fashion shopping. At least all the visitors that come to Montreal this time of year can enjoy temperate weather while taking in all the beautiful fall colours. So as the Gays and Lesbians saddle up their scarves and fashion boots, here are 12 things they can do in Montreal…

GAY HALLOWEEN IN MONTREAL

What do a sexy sailor, sexy devil, sexy politician and a sexy policeman all have in common? They’re all costumes usually found at big gay Halloween parties. Give an excuse for a queen to dress up and get wild with close to zero repercussions and they will deliver. Straight people don’t know this because they are rarely invited, but the gays and lesbians throw the most insane Halloween parties…

MONTREAL’S BLACK & BLUE 2011

While the dress code may have been “black and blue”, skin seemed to be the dominant garment of choice at BlackJack21: Black & Blue 2011. 6000 ravers made the pilgrimage to their version of a holy site that this year found itself back at the Olympic Stadium…

MONTREAL GAY VILLAGE 201

Montreal’s Gay Village is the cultural and economic hub for the city’s LGBT community. Filled with stores, restaurants, clubs and coffee shops, this is where many gay and lesbian Montrealers live, work and play. We did a “Gay Village 101” a couple years ago, but there’s so much going on in the Village that we felt it needed an update!

BLACK AND BLUE: BLACKJACK 21

The Bad Boys Club of Montreal (BBCM) is at it again! They’re rocketing into another decade of high-profile, large-scale dance events while continuing their ultimate goal and vision of raising money to find a cure for HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme is high-rollers BlackJack21 for the 21st Anniversary of Black & Blue! To be clear is is not a casino night, but will be filled with glitz, glamour, and some high-stakes games…