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Meet a Montrealer: Louis Negin

Canadian theatre legend Louis Negin was the first actor to ever appear nude on a legitimate British stage, in John Herbert’s Fortune and Men’s Eyes in London’s West End back in 1967. “In London at that time if you went to see a play with nudity in it, you had to join a theatre club which couldn’t be closed down by the police,” Negin recalls. “When Lord Chamberlain dissolved that law, Herbert’s Fortune and Men’s Eyes – with its explicit scenes of gay rape in prison – was a huge success in the West End.” But it was an incident on opening night made sensational headlines worldwide: “There I am in the nude onstage and my mom stands up in the audience and says, ‘Louis, put your pants back on!’ I thought I would faint on the spot. The story ran in newspapers around the world. My mom did interviews and there were paparazzi camped outside the house!” London-born Negin – who first moved to Montreal during its Sin-City heyday – has also performed on Broadway; met or worked with almost every glamourous star of the 20th century, from Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe to Joan Collins and Isabella Rossellini;… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Raphaël Gaspard, owner of Garçon fleur

September 10, 2015 Editor’s note: The Garçon Fleur shop is closed for an indefinite period. Garçon fleur, a.k.a. Raphaël Gaspard, has been delivering happiness on a bike for over a year. With the wind in his hair, he rides the streets of Montréal, distributing beautiful bouquets of wild flowers, which he creates himself with great attention and discernment. This expanding bucolic and environmental project has been hugely successful in reviving the image of florists. Two years ago, Raphaël also co-founded Gaspard & Roy with Félix Roy (singer for the Montréal rock group Human Human and head barman at Bouillon Bilk), a chic bar service that offers custom-made cocktails and showcases fine alcohols with market-fresh products. For Mother’s Day, this thriving young man, born in Germany but a Montréaler for 20 years now, shares his favourite go-to spots on where to smell the first blooms of spring and spend a perfect day with mom. What’s new with Garçon fleur in 2015? Garçon fleur is expanding with three new delivery bikes that will be bombing around the streets of Montréal selling bouquets to passers-by—a veritable wildflower shop on wheels. We’re also preparing lots of exciting partnerships and the release of our second… / Read More →

10 Delicious Montreal Food Experiences

Fresh ingredients, cozy eateries, late nights and good company are all part of Montreal’s culinary culture. Try these local favorites to please your taste buds and feed your joie de vivre. Warning, the names might not roll off your tongue…