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THE LGBT PACKAGE: IF YOU’RE GAY, THEN YOU DESERVE A DISCOUNT

It’s no secret that the gay community has an affinity for packages. Many people are drawn to a big package, but really, it’s the quality of the package that truly determines its worth. Tourisme Montreal is offering a discount on a hotel rooms, and throwing in some pretty stellar coupons to up the ante.

THE MONTREAL GAY LIST: NOVEMBER

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 our suggestions for the month of November.

IMAGE+NATION: MORE THAN JUST GAY FILMS

The tag line for this year’s Image+Nation film festival is “Around the world in 10 days” – which is perfect for gays who appreciate international travel, but have a close-to-home budget.  With over twenty documentaries highlighting LGBT human rights, complex struggles with body image, lesbian feminist history, queer culture and the overlooked “B” in LGBT, you are guaranteed access to a world that might be unfamiliar. But the festival is not just about queer celluloid. It is also the opportunity to mingle with like-minded folks who appreciate cinema, creativity and glasses of wine.

COCKTAILS IN THE GAY VILLAGE: WHERE TO START THE PARTY

“Where do I get a good cocktail in Montreal?” – This question is frequently posed as travelers search out the ideal place to get their drink on. Well before I proceed with an answer, I want you to know that you’ve come to the right place. Montrealers love to drink. Late night parties are the norm around here. Bars and nightclubs are open until 3 AM, and then after-hours clubs continue the party to the wee hours of the morning. But when dinner has ended, and the bars aren’t yet hopping, what does a gay do? Well I’ll tell you — a gay goes for a cocktail.

LGBT CINEMA: IMAGE+NATION

After 23 years of cutting-edge queer film programming, the Image+Nation Film Festival has established itself as not only one of Montreal’s most provocative cinematic events, but also as one of the top LGBT film festivals in North America. This year the festival runs from October 28 until November 7, and promises to be as diverse and stimulating (and campy!) as ever. Here are six movies that the Image+Nation Film Festival will feature.

MONTREAL GAY LIST: OCTOBER

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 our suggestions for the month of October.

‘IT’S AN HONOR JUST TO BE NOMINATED!’ WHATEVER. WE WANT TO WIN THIS!

Each year our friends over at tripoutgaytravel.com hold a little awards contest that celebrates the best in the glamorous/scandalous world of gay travel. Montreal has been nominate for “Best Global Destination” – which makes sense for a variety of reasons: stellar gay village, delicious food, accessibility to Americans, cute accents and salacious nightlife. We’re kinda also awesome for hosting the world’s first international “Queer of the Year” contest. I thought I’d make a little video that highlights the ‘gayness’ of Montreal. We promise to keep on rockin’ it if you show us some voting love. You can vote with your Facebook or Twitter accounts, or you can keep it anonymous. But whatever you do, just get out there and vote now… for Montreal!

HARVEST: THE LGBT THEATRE FESTIVAL

The Montreal Harvest theatre festival began 6 years ago to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans folks had spaces to perform. The festival is a mélange of theatre, music and dance, perfect for anyone with an appreciation for LGBT cultures.

BLACK & BLUE: THE BIG MONTREAL PARTY TURNS TWENTY!

The annual Montreal Black & Blue Festival is one of the world’s great parties. What started back in 1991 as a simple fundraiser for HIV/AIDS related charities has become a full-fledged 7-day social, cultural, sports and party event that attracts thousands of people from around the globe to Montreal.

MONTREAL GAY LIST: SEPTEMBER

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 September.