As one of the gateway cities to the New World, underground gay life has flourished in Montréal for centuries. Montréal’s legendary joie-de-vivre and queer-positive embrace has turned the city into a choice LGBT international tourism destination, and there is much to see and do in Montréal for LGBT travellers in 2016. L’Opéra de Montréal presents the world-premiere of the opera adaptation of legendary gay Québec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard’s internationally-acclaimed 1987 play Les Feluettes which premiered in 1987 and was also made into the 1996 movie Lilies, directed by John Greyson. Les Feluettes, about a gay love triangle involving a Catholic bishop, runs from May 21 to 28 at the 3,000-seat Salle Wilfred-Pelletier at Place des Arts. Summer kicks off with Montréal drag legend Mado Lamotte’s 16th annual Drag Race – the over-the-top two-hour outdoor live show predates RuPaul’s Drag Race – at the Montreal Fringe Festival, whose 2016 edition runs from June 9 to 19. Several professional Montréal drag queens team up with their amateur counterparts for a side-splitting outdoor afternoon competition in Parc des Amériques. Mado’s Drag Race is usually held on the final weekend of the Montreal Fringe Festival. Free admission. Montréal’s Gay Village is home to the 16th edition of Mtl en… / Read More →
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Montréal’s Just For Laughs Festival blazed a trail for LGBT comics when it presented its annual Queer Comics showcase, boldly introducing many stand-up comedians over the years. Since JFL’s Queer Comics signed off in 2006, many LGBT entertainers have become major stars of stage and screen. This year, Just For Laughs is bringing many gay icons and LGBT entertainers to Montréal for the queerest edition of the festival ever. Neil Patrick Harris may be best known for his TV roles in How I Met Your Mother and Doogie Howser, M.D. But gay audiences adore gay entertainer as the charismatic song-and-dance host of the Tony Awards on Broadway in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013; of the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2013, as well as the 87th Academy Awards in 2015. Which makes especially well-suited to host four Just For laughs Galas (July 27 and 28 at 7 and 9:45 nightly). Star of stage and screen, Jane Lynch is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the smash-hit Fox TV series Glee, which was huge with LGBT audiences. The openly-lesbian Lynch will host her Just For Laughs Gala on July 22 at 7 p.m. Fresh from being Master of Ceremonies at a huge July 4 gala… / Read More →
Montréal ranks with New York and Sydney as one of the world’s Top drag cities. Montreal firmly established itself on the international drag map when local drag legend Mado Lamotte hosted her famed outdoor Mascara concert – billed as the biggest drag show on Earth – from 1998 to 2013. Over at Fierté Montréal Pride, another Montréal drag legend, Michel Dorion, hosts her annual outdoor Illusion drag concert each summer. While there are innumerable working drag queens in Montréal – the city has been home to many drag legends over the decades, including Guilda (Jean Guida) and La Monroe (a.k.a. Armand Monroe) – here are the top 5 drag queens working in Montreal today. Mado Lamotte After getting her start at Montreal nightclubs Poodles and Club Lézard in 1987, Mado Lamotte has released a kitschy dance album and an anthology of her Fugues magazine columns, hosted her infamous bingo nights at the Just For Laughs Festival where she also launched her annual outdoor show Mado’s Got Talent in 2014, appeared on countless TV shows and was even a spokesmodel for a major potato chip company. After hosting Mascara for 15 years, Mado continues to host her annual Mado’s Drag Race… / Read More →
Mado Lamotte is the star and owner of one of Montreal’s most prolific drag cabarets. For Do Your Thing in MTL, armed with her sharp tongue, cutting wit, and fabulous wig, she gives an exclusive tour of Montreal’s beautiful Old Port!
Montreal likes to celebrate the LGBT community in big ways. This is why Tourisme Montreal is excited to announce Do Your Thing in MTL!, a video series of performances and interviews with top LGBT entertainers from around North America that we’ve invited to Montreal showcase their talent by using the streets and attractions of Montreal as their stage. We have amazing performances rolling out over the summer months by singer-songwriter Jonny “Gay Pimp” McGovern, lesbian comedian DeAnne Smith, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, trans drag performer Carmen Carrera, and the Queen of Montreal’s Gay Village Mado Lamotte…