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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 →

Things to do in Montréal: December 4 to 10

Montréal sparkles as the holiday season truly arrives this week, turning streets into winter villages and playgrounds, art and craft fairs into gift-shopping bonanzas, and the city’s numerous stages into charming gatherings for choirs, orchestras and rock shows. Celebrate the season Whether in the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal or in the parks of the Plateau, Montréal celebrates the holiday season with music, food, drink and open arms this week. Merry Montréal turns Old Montréal into a winter wonderland with fires to warm up by, free hot chocolate, Santa at the Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier, Christmas-themed films and more. Le Festival Noël dans le parc lights up trees, offers activities for kids and shares the music of dozens of local musicians in free concerts at Parc des Compagnons-de-St-Laurent (Mont-Royal Avenue at Cartier) and at Parc Lahaie (Saint-Laurent Boulevard at Saint-Joseph) on weekday evenings and in the afternoon and evenings on weekends, to December 10 – don’t miss the parade on December 5 on Mount Royal Avenue ending in fireworks at Parc LaFontaine at 7 p.m. Also see Santa in Montréal’s downtown malls or delve deeper into the traditional Victorian Christmas in Montréal. Creative gifts Find all kinds of Québec-made… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: November 27 to December 3

With December officially here this week, there’s something seasonally appropriate and festive to do every day of the week: see Santa and sip hot chocolate, go to a hockey game, shop and shop some more, see a show or a film or a choir, and drink wine and eat well. Santa, hockey and merry making  The city’s biggest Santa Claus parade was last weekend, but if you missed it there’s still more Santa to see at the Plaza St-Hubert Santa Claus Parade on November 27 at 7 p.m. on St-Hubert Street between Bellechasse and Jean-Talon. Also find Santa at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Stewart Museum, packed with handmade Santa figurines and free all month, while toys old and new delight at Mister Rabbit’s Circus at the McCord Museum. Whether it snows this week or not, Merry Montréal makes Old Montréal feel like a winter wonderland – warm up around fires, drink hot chocolate, bring the kids to see Santa at the Christmas market at Place Jacques-Cartier, watch Christmas-themed films and more, starting December 3. And, of course, there’s plenty of hockey: The Canadiens play on home ice at the Bell Centre three times this week, taking on the Devils, the Blue Jackets… / Read More →

All-Star 2015 edition of Montréal’s Image+Nation LGBT film festival

Image+Nation is Canada’s oldest LGBT film festival and will screen the best of queer cinema from around the world at its 28th annual edition, at various Montréal venues from Nov. 26 to Dec. 6. “Image+Nation is the first LGBT film festival in Canada and one of the oldest in the world,” says festival director Charlie Boudreau. “It stands as the premiere site to discover LGBT film in the city and plays a trendsetting role within the larger festival circuit in Canada, North America and internationally. Over three decades the festival has earned a reputation for itself as an event that brings together the best and brightest LGBT film from around the globe while at the same time hopefully providing a window onto our queer world.” The opening film is the much-buzzed about American feature That’s Not Us by director William Sullivan, about three New York couples who pack whiskey-fueled card games, buzz-killing wisecracks and overdue emotional conversations into one end-of-the-season beach house vacation. The closing film is Kiss Me Kill Me by director Casper Andreas and screenwriter David Michael Barrett. The West Hollywood murder mystery is filled with outrageous stereotypes and ludicrous plot twists, and co-stars Gale Harold (of Queer… / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal this November

If anyone dared think that with the cooling effect of November weather came a cooling of things to see, eat and do in Montreal, they’d best think again. Some of Montreal’s most popular and interesting events and festivals are just getting warmed up…

Things to Do in Montreal: December 6-12

The city lights up indoors and out this week with a sparkling public art exhibition along with giant Christmas trees, illuminated skating rinks, sports competitions and films, and delightful dance, theatre, and live music…

Things to Do in Montreal: November 29–December 5

Along with the newly fallen snow in Montreal comes the beginning of the holiday season and its many events — this week brings winter sports, on-stage spectacle, new film, unique shopping experiences and live music…

Things to Do in Montreal: November 22-28

The city begins to sparkle with holiday spirit this week as rock, classical and electro music festivals light up the night, the Santa Claus Parade comes to town, one film festival ends and another begins, circus and dance delight all ages, and holiday fairs give us another reason to shop.

IMAGE+NATION 26: Montreal International LGBT Film Festival

Image+Nation is raising the curtain on their 26th edition, making it the longest running LGBT film festival in Canada. From November 28 to December 3, Image+Nation will screen the best queer cinema at venues around Montreal. Organizers have focused their curation of films this year around the global fight for LGBT rights…