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A Gay old time at Just For Laughs

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 →

Montreal’s Top 5 Drag Queens

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 →

DO YOUR THING IN MTL: A NEW MONTREAL LGBT VIDEO SERIES

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…