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Deals and steals at Montréal museums

Montréal Museums’ Day is a great way for art-lovers on a budget to visit Montréal’s 38 museums for free in late May each year. But the city’s major museums also have many deals year-round to see blockbuster exhibits as well as their permanent collections. Here are some choice activities and deals for solo visitors as well as families on a budget: Family deals The oldest and busiest museum in Canada, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts schedules Family Weekends with children’s drop-in workshops and interactive tours of the collections, as well as lectures and film screenings in the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium. MMFA admission for children 12 and under is free, although fees do apply for the MMFA’s popular Museum Day Camps for children. The Musée d’art contemporain admission for children aged 12 and under is free, although fees do apply for the MAC’s popular Museum Day Camps for children.  The MAC also charges a flat-rate $30 admission for families (2 adults with children). The McCord Museum admission and activities are free for children aged 12 and under. On arrival at the McCord’s admissions desk, kids will get a free backpack (as long as quantities last) containing everything they’ll need for… / Read More →

McCord Museum’s provocative “Camp Fires” exhibition explores gay identity

The McCord Museum presents the provocative exhibition, Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette, which explores explicit themes and gay identity via 60 works by three internationally-renowned French-Canadian ceramic artists. “The works have been assembled around the theme ‘Queer Baroque’ because all three artists explore aspects of Baroque,” says exhibition curator Robin Metcalfe. “All three artists were raised in Catholic culture which is steeped in the Baroque, which itself was appropriated in the construction of queer identity: aristocratic and aesthetic sensibilities were appropriated in the 19th century by people constructing a new homosexual identity, people like Oscar Wilde. For instance, the painting Blue Boy (by Thomas Gainsborough) exemplified masculinity in its day, but is seen as very gay today. It has come to be read that way because of the appropriation of the aesthetic.” Produced by Toronto’s Gardiner Museum, this touring exhibition is currently on display at the McCord Museum until August 15, 2015. Metcalfe says the three artists were chosen because of their longstanding relationships with one another: Milette and Mathieu were students together, and Milette and Foulem are married. “They also share a common political discourse and produce ceramics as a… / Read More →

LGBT summertime fun in Montréal 2015

There is plenty for LGBT tourists to see and do in Montréal this summer, from the city’s annual LGBT Pride celebrations and concerts by pop and jazz divas, to major museum exhibitions showcasing gay artists and gay life. The summer kicks off with Montréal drag legend Mado Lamotte’s 15th annual Drag Race (yes, it predates RuPaul’s Drag Race) at the Montreal Fringe Festival, whose 2015 edition runs from June 1 to 21. Several professional Montréal drag queens team up with their amateur counterparts for a side-splitting outdoor afternoon competition on June 20 in Parc des Amériques. Free admission. The McCord Museum has two major summertime exhibitions of particular interest to the LGBT community: The Camp Fires: the queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette show features 70 pieces by three renowned Canadian ceramists whose works have for over 30 years explored “’camp”’ themes and the gay male experience with an aesthetically powerful body of work rooted in the history of ceramics and contemporary culture. Runs from April 10 to August 16. The second exhibition is Horst: Photographer of Style, the internationally-acclaimed retrospective of the works of legendary German-American gay artist Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), one of the 20th century’s… / Read More →

Things to do in Montreal: March 19 to 25

As Mother Nature tries to decide which way to go out there, huddle indoors with a few dozen good movies thanks to the International Festival of Films on Art this week, or lose yourself in the masses of programming for Digital Spring. There’s also tons of family activities, theatre, ballet, music, and the exciting kickoff of the sugaring season. (Be sure to warn your dentist.) All about arts The 2015 edition of the International Festival of Films on Art presents some 60 films about art this year, running from March 19 to 29, in cinemas all over the downtown core. You can see films on everything from architecture to dance to animation; goodies like Escape From Moomin Valley, all about the fantastical world of comic artist Tove Jansson, or The Man Who Saved the Louvre, about the heroic efforts of Louvre director Jacques Jaujard during the Second World War. Read more here. Theatre lovers won’t want to miss their last chance to catch The Goodnight Bird, at Centaur, a play about a vagrant who lands on a middle-aged couple’s balcony. It runs until March 22. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal premiere their latest opus on March 19: The Little Prince, chorographed by Dutch… / Read More →

Thing to do in Montreal: October 10-16

With Thanksgiving weekend ringing in the week, the theme is fall’s bounty, both outdoors and in. From film screenings to grandiose ballet productions to the beautiful changing colours on the trees, there’s a whole lot to take in…

Things to Do in Montreal: December 20-January 9

The winter holiday season in Montreal can be as relaxing as it is exciting – whatever pace you choose, the city can match it, whether you’re in the mood to dine and shop, see art and go to the symphony, run away with the circus, or take the whole family out to play in the snow…

Creative Entertainment at Journees de la Culture

Music, theatre, dance art, circus performances and much more come together during Journées de la Culture, September 27-29 at hundreds of museums, galleries, cafes and outdoor locations in almost every neighbourhood in Montreal. After 17 years the free, province-wide arts and culture event has become a tradition, uniting artists of all kinds with appreciative audiences…

Things to do during a family weekend in Montreal

With a little bit of planning and a diverse range of activities, taking your family to Montreal will be an unforgettable and affordable trip that will become one for memory lane. Here’s an itinerary of three days packed full of fun and food…

Guide to Museums in Montreal

There’s a reason Montreal feels like such a cultural town – with international caliber art programs in both English and French universities, plus rents cheap enough to need very little to live on, this is an artist’s mecca! So it’s only natural that there are practically as many museums are there are cafés…