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GETTING BUSY ON MONTRÉAL’S BLEURY STREET

With better known Montréal destinations like St-Laurent and St-Denis, rue de Bleury ( locals drop the rue de, when they talk of the street), might seem like an odd place to start a series of street profiles. But for those in the know, Bleury is a perfect little stretch of Montréal nightlife…

PLANTS AND ANIMALS AND POUTINE

Montréal group Plants and Animals have strong feelings about poutine and they’re not afraid to go on the record with them. “I’ve tried some of the crazy ones they have at Banquise,” says guitarist and lead vocalist Warren Spicer. “But honestly, it’s too much.” “They should institute something like the Bavarian Purity Law they have for beer,” chimes in drummer Matthew Woodley. “Fries, curds, gravy, that’s it. Tightly regulated. Free-range, sustainable curds only!”

HAWKSLEY WORKMAN PLAYS MONTRÉAL

“Montréal is a place that, when you’re driving out the next day, chances are you did something the night before that you shouldn’t have…” says Hawksley Workman, over the phone from a tour bus making its way towards Quebec. Workman, the Juno-award winning singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, starts laughing and cuts himself off before saying anything more incriminating.

POIRIER BRINGS THE WORLD TO MONTRÉAL NIGHTS

Though he and his new album, Running High, travel the world’s dance floors, Montreal producer Poirier is happy with his home base… Poirier (who recently dropped Ghislain from his stage name) has become one of Montreal’s most in-demand and interesting producers/DJs. And though he’s constantly touring and has played shows on almost every continent in the world, he’s still got plenty of love for the Mile End neighbourhood he calls home.

MONTRÉAL JAZZ FEST TAKES SHAPE

We’ve already briefly touched on some of the exciting things in the works concerning the Jazz Fest and the Quartier Des Spectacles , but organizers have just released more details about who is coming to Montreal this summer. You’re going to want to read on…

LILITH FAIR RETURNS TO MONTRÉAL

In the late 1990s, Lilith Fair was one of the most successful touring festivals out there. For three summers it hosted some of the best female musicians in the world and the vast crowds of people that loved them. Then it disappeared. But, on July 23rd at Parc Jean-Drapeau, the women of Lilith Fair return to Montreal…

New Years Eve Montreal

Montreal for New Year’s Eve? Great nightclubs, great concerts, great parties with great cocktails and people? Great idea. Because, as regular readers of this blog know, Montreal’s reputation as an international nightlife destination is well deserved…

Weird Montreal Holiday Parties

If you’re anything like me, you have more than enough egg nog-fueled events coming up on your social calendar. Sure, the holiday season is a time to give thanks, but it has also become a time to wear bad sweaters while making endless small talk. Thank Christmas that there are some off-the-wall holiday events going on this year in Montreal that allow you to celebrate the season while actually having a good time…

Montreal Bach Festival

You wouldn’t be crazy for thinking that a classical music festival does not totally fit the “nightlife” mandate. To that I would I say: did you read my post about Star Wars and the symphony? Ok, so the Star Wars soundtrack might not be the best proof of my interest and expertise in the field of classical music. But any music fan worth their salt has to recognize the incredible complexity, scope and beauty of the genre. Or, at the very least, allow themselves to be swept away by hearing it performed by professionals in a sublime setting. This is what the Montreal Bach Festival offers the city from November 21st to December 5th…

Playing Pool in Montreal

Over the last several months, I’ve written a lot of posts for this blog about places that serve drinks. I’ve told you about the city’s best terasses (and explained that that is French for “patio”), Irish Pubs and, more recently, where the best places in Montreal are to go bowling. The next logical step, if there is such a thing in the nightlife department, is to tell you where the best places to play pool in Montreal are…