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DIVERS/CITÉ: THE MONTREAL GAY EVENT OF JULY

One of the biggest LGBT parties of the year in Montreal is just around the corner. After nearly 20 years of celebrating the best of gay culture, music and art, Divers/Cité has another stellar line up of performers set to seduce the city from July 26 until August 1. And you, of course, are invited.

MONTREAL GAY LIST: JULY

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 July.

JAZZ FESTIVAL INTERVIEW: WAX TAILOR

Before the soundcheck for his Thursday night show at Metropolis, French beatsmith Wax Tailor and I found a quiet corner to have a quick chat about what he has planned for Montreal and what he hopes Montreal has planned for him…

JAZZ FESTIVAL: BASIA BULAT

The entirely enchanting Basia Bulat is one of the Montreal Jazz Fest’s busiest performers. On Friday night she played the first of three performances at the MACM before jumping up on stage during the Plants and Animals show at Metropolis. We met up early Saturday morning after I may or may not have drank a lot of whiskey with members of Plants & Animals and The Besnard Lakes at Casa del Popolo …

LIVE AT THE JAZZ FESTIVAL: EMILIE SIMON

Emilie Simon, the French songstress that is taking the american indie music scene by storm is back in town. Before her Jazz Fest show on Saturday, June 26 as part of the fest’s late night series (show starts at 11:59 PM), I spoke to Emilie Simon, who has a musical background as eclectic and intriguing as her live show …

THE MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: WHERE TO DRINK

The Montreal Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world. Musical giants such as Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown have all captivated crowds since the festival’s debut edition in 1980. Today, more than 2 million people attend the Montreal Jazz Festival yearly. But the Jazz Fest is not just about music – it’s about life’s pleasures. And truth is, there’s nothing like a bit of jazz to awake my yearning for a glass – or two – of lilac wine. As famous saxophonist Steve Lacy once said: “Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it”. Well, the popular Montreal Jazz Festival is now 31 years-old and well above Quebec’s drinking age. Here are some cool places near the festivites to get your sip on!

IT’S MAIN MADNESS ON SAINT-LAURENT

There are some events in Montreal, like for example the F-1, that locals often avoid. But when it comes to this week-end’s “Main Madness”, when all of St-Laurent is closed off to traffic, even the most cynical of Montrealers can usually find something to do… In my opinion this is because Main Madness, also known as the Street Sale, can be an entirely different experience depending on where you are on St-Laurent. If you want champagne and snootily gorgeous waitresses, head to the area just above Sherbrooke for the terrasses that extend out from spots like Buona Notte and the nearby oyster bars set up on the street. If you want DJs and a slight wilder scene, head to the area outside bars like Korova and spots like Laika .

LA ST-JEAN: WHAT TO DO ON QUEBEC’S NATIONAL HOLIDAY

La St-Jean Baptiste or Fête Nationale is Quebec’s National Holiday. Every year, on June 24, Montrealers and Quebecers from all over the province come together to celebrate French Canadian culture. The tradition landed in Canada with the first French colonists and the first celebrations occured on the banks of the Saint Lawrance River in 1636, revered with a bonfire and five cannon shots. Today, Montrealers from all origins and backgrounds get together on June 23 and 24 to celebrate “La St-Jean”, as we simply call it. Here are some of the festivities happening in Montreal this year!

AN INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL LANOIS

Just days after our interview about his upcoming Jazz Fest show, Daniel Lanois was in a serious motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Thankfully he’s okay and recovering in the hospital, but has understandably had to cancel most of his summer tour, including his stop in Montreal. I had such a great chat with him that we decided we should still run the interview…

SNOOP DOGG TO PERFORM AT OSHEAGA FESTIVAL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6TUhx2wX0M Legendary West Coast rapper, Snoop Dogg, is the latest addition to this year’s astounding Osheaga line-up. The ultra-smooth and laidback MC will be taking the stage on Sunday August 1st, joined by a live band, to the greatest pleasure of music aficionados kicking it up under the stars of Parc Jean-Drapeau. Later that night you’ll also get to see shows by Metric and American rock band, Weezer.