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THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (SEPTEMBER 22-29)

There’s officially too much to do this week in Montreal. That’s my professional opinion as a go-er and a do-er. Summer may have its multitude of festivals and picnic-in-the-park ways, but autumn packs a bounty of sights and sounds: over 400 bands and artists fill the city for Pop Montreal, jazz and classical musicians join in the music scene too (not to mention Kanye and Jay-Z), stages come alive with new theatre, dance and circus arts, and fashion, visual art and film bring in creative work from around the world…

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FASHION SHOW IN MONTREAL

At last week’s Festival Mode & Design Montreal, time stood still for 40 solid minutes as our Gaultier-loving city made fashion history. Thousands of spectators who had gathered around the massive downtown catwalk watched some of his Fall/Winter 2011/12 collection in awe, while Jean Paul Gaultier’s cast of eccentric models strut their stuff under a celestial tent of summer stars…

PINKARNAVAL: A JEAN PAUL GAULTIER-INSPIRED PARADE

Montreal’s love affair with designer Jean Paul Gaultier poured out onto the streets when Pinkarnaval, a Gaultier-inspired parade and party, took over downtown. As he did for the premiere of his internationally-acclaimed exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Gaultier himself showed up to join in on the fun…

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: JULY

This year’s Jazz Fest is now over, but in its place comes not only more music but barrels of laughs alongside every funky beat and magical melody. Much of it for free too! Wild parades – Just For Laughs puts on more than one and Montreal’s Caribbean community struts its stuff – high-flying circus shows, live music from around the world, and, of course, outdoor dance parties are basically par for the course here in July…

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER EXHIBIT BY APELOPE

Salutations cherished personages. I am the one and only Apelope. I see nothing but beauteousness in the entities encompassing my vicinity. This is why my vocation as a Graphical Creator of Designs is as important as my love of fashion and my adoration of the genius that is GAULTIER!

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER RETROSPECTIVE IN MONTREAL

Parisian fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier recently debuted his new exhibit “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It’s a show to please fashionistas, yes, but also cinephiles, theatre-lovers and culture hounds alike…

JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL 2011: BEST BETS

An Angus Reid poll from last year stated that Just for Laughs (or JFL as we call it), our world-famous comedy festival, is the festival Montrealers love most. And locals always know…

GAY MONTREAL: JUNE

After the onslaught of rain Montreal received in May, it’s now sparkling clean, and full of green! The gays don’t like the rain (unless it’s raining men, hallelujah) so now June is quickly making up for lost time. Put on your best flip flops, and you slinkiest tank tops because here are 15 gay things you can do in the 30 gay days of June. (Gayune?)

THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER IN MONTREAL

Since The Costume Institute’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty opened at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, popular culture has rediscovered the relationship between fashion design and art. In a stroke of serendipity, this summer the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts pays tribute to another iconic haute couture designer of our time, this one alive and well: The incomparable Jean Paul Gaultier.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER WAS HERE

Yes, I’m sorry to report that Couture King Jean Paul Gaultier has left the building – that is, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. But don’t fret, fellow fashion fanatics. He’ll be back sooner than you think to launch his retrospective The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which makes its international debut right here in Montreal before continuing on to Dallas and San Francisco. Mark your calendars now, people: June 17 to October 2, 2011.