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Meet a Montrealer: Dominique Lavergne, Montréal Pride

Dominique Lavergne has been involved in Montréal’s LGBT community and the Gay Village for several years, and is in charge of the women’s program of activities in this year’s Montréal Pride. Dominique serves on Montréal Pride’s board of directors as a community representative and her mission is to give the lesbian communities more visibility throughout the year. Why create a program of activities for women? Usually, visibility for women is not something that is emphasized in big events and, at Montréal Pride, we believe it’s important to have as many female events as there are ale events. Tell us a bit about the events for women in the Pride program this year. First, thanks to the LSTW [Les Spread the Word] community, we have the opportunity to create a space for women during the Pride festival. The space opens on Thursday evening with a BBQ and will be open every day until Sunday. In the main program of activities, it all starts on Monday with an evening show called Trans-cinq ans d’histoire at Cabaret Mado. On Tuesday, there’s a conference and discussion about bisexuality at the Gouverneur Montréal Place Dupuis hotel. On Wednesday, the popular LSTW 6@9 de la Fierté … / Read More →

Montréal Pride survival guide

Hundreds of thousands of revellers are expected to attend Montréal Pride, the largest LGBT gathering in the Francophone world, from August 10-16. Over 80 events will be held during the festival, including Montréal Pride’s three flagship events: Community Day on Aug. 15, along Sainte-Catherine Street East in the Village; the ever-popular Pride Parade on Aug. 16 at 1 pm; and the iconic Mega T-Dance at Place Émilie-Gamelin on Aug. 16 beginning at noon. Here is a guide to survive Pride in Montréal: Remember why we are here – The first Gay Pride parade was held in 1970 to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. This year Montréal Pride honours the 25th anniversary of Sex Garage, a milestone event in Montréal history: In July 1990 police violently raided the LGBT Sex Garage loft party in old Montréal, politicizing a generation of activists who would go on to improve gay life in Montréal and Québec. Montréal Pride can also trace its origins directly to Sex Garage. Check out the free outdoor Sex Garage photo exhibition being presented at Place Émilie-Gamelin from Aug. 12-16. LGBT community relations with police have greatly improved since Sex Garage. At Pride, be positive and courteous, and respectful of… / Read More →

Montréal Pride paints the town pink

Hundreds of thousands of revellers are expected to attend Montréal Pride, the largest LGBT gathering in the Francophone world, from August 10-16. Over 80 events will be held during the festival, including Montréal Pride’s three flagship events: Community Day on August 15, along Sainte-Catherine Street East in the Village; the ever-popular Pride Parade on August 16 at 1 pm; and the iconic Mega T-Dance at Place Émilie-Gamelin on August 16 beginning at noon. For the third consecutive year, the Pride Parade theme will be inspired by the rainbow flag. This year’s colour is yellow, the rainbow flag’s third colour, representing light and energy. Many festival favourites are returning: Montreal drag legend Michel Dorion returns to host the star-studded Illusion drag extravaganza on August 15; and cabaret singer Marleen Menard hosts her much-buzzed about Et Si L’Amour revue on August 13 starring – among others – Quebec singers Johanne Blouin and Gardy Fury; triple-threat drag star Billy L’Amour and 1980s Canadian pop icon Luba. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. at Place Émilie-Gamelin. Montréal Pride will also present a free outdoor show on August 14 (also at Place Émilie-Gamelin) called Never Apart: Paradise Village, featuring such local and international artists as trans legend Amanda… / Read More →

Black & Blue 2014 Takes Over Montreal on Thanksgiving Weekend

Montreal’s sprightly Black & Blue festival pays homage to the future for their 2014 edition by throwing back to Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis. Join the all-night dance movement this Thanksgiving Weekend (Oct 9-13, 2014) at the Palais des congres de Montreal…

Fierté Montreal Pride Set To Dazzle Montreal Once Again

The 2014 edition of Montréal’s LGBT Pride celebrations goes from August 11 to 17, 2014. For this edition, they’ll be honouring Orange — the second colour of the rainbow pride flag which symbolizes healing, vitality, energy, and warmth. See what’s in store for all the lovers heading to Montreal Pride this year…

Aires Libres & Les Boules Roses light up Montreal’s Gay Village

Summertime in Montreal’s Gay Village is a dream. When the sunlight diffuses through the 200,000 pink balls strung above the pedestrian-only road, it casts a rosy glow that sets a beautiful atmosphere for sangria drinking, people watching, and club hopping. Check out what’s going on during the 2014 edition of Aires Libres in the Gay Village…

Queer MTL Travel Guide: Montreal Boy Episodes 5 & 6

In Logo’s webseries Montreal Boy, Stephane and Hugh are having a blast in Montreal. They’re seeing the sights, seeing the city, and definitely seeing each other. Have you watched all six episodes of Montreal Boy yet? Check them out on LogoTV.com/MontrealBoy! Find out more about all the places they visit in Montreal by scrolling through this Queer MTL Travel Guide:

Queer MTL Travel Guide: Montreal Boy Episode 3 & 4

Tourisme Montreal’s new six part webseries “Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached” recently premiered on LogoTV.com. Find out more about the places featured in Episodes 3 & 4 with this Queer MTL Travel Guide… Shopping in the Plateau & Mile End Montreal Plateau and Mile End is filled with trendy high-end boutiques and eclectic vintage shops. Explore the little streets, discover hidden gems, and find the perfect fitting pant. Definitely pop into Alibi (506 Rachel East) for a nice selection of men’s wear. Seeing All The Sights from Mont-Royal The most iconic views of Montreal requires a short hike up Mont-Royal to the Kondiaronk Belvedere. Take some city selfies, share a little kiss, and watch the city buzz below. Drinks & Dinner with New Friends Montrealers are a friendly bunch, and you’ll likely meet a few new friends hanging out around the city. Grab a meal and a few drinks at a local eatery like Madame Lee (151 Ontario East.) A Spa on a Boat  If heaven on Earth exists, it’s confirmed that a small slice of it can be found at Bota Bota; spa-sur-l’eau floating in Montreal’s Old Port. The therapeutic nordic bath circuit will rejuvenate your mind, body & soul. The striking… / Read More →

Queer MTL Travel Guide: Montreal Boy Episodes 1 & 2

Tourisme Montreal’s new six part webseries “Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached” recently premiered its first two episodes on LogoTV.com. Find out more about the places featured in Episodes 1 & 2 with this Queer MTL Travel Guide…

Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached

Tourisme Montreal is excited to premiere our new six part webseries “Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached” on LogoTV.com in collaboration with Air Canada and Jimmy Lee. When Montreal boy Stephane tries his hand at online dating, he meets the goofy, shy, and insanely hot Hugh. Only problem is… Hugh lives in New York! (Don’t you hate it when that happens?) Watch Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached on LogoTV.com to go on a whirlwind weekend of love, sex, and drama in Montreal…