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MUST-SEE BANDS AT POP MONTREAL 2011

This year Pop Montreal is ten years old. To celebrate this landmark, the people at Pop have created a lineup that reflects maturity, grace and, of course, one serious party. There are over 300 bands to see in only 5 days. This is an impossible amount of shows, but that’s the point. You’re supposed to be feverishly running around town in a delirious Pop Montreal frenzy. It’s okay though, you have all winter to recover.

QUEER OF THE YEAR 2011: DAY 2

After a night of celebration and cheers at the housewarming party, the finalists arrived at the location for their first challenge surprisingly fresh and coherent. It’s a good thing too, because they had to turn up the heat and put their best face forward…

MONTREAL’S TOP SOMMELIERES

The quotient of beautiful women in Montreal seems even higher than in my native Brazil. Especially during these warm months, the beauties are everywhere in Montreal: sipping beer on terrasses, biking, walking their dogs and, of course, waitressing at restaurants. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that some of the most qualified sommelières (female sommeliers), aka wine experts, in town also happen to be attractive women.

SUONI PER IL POPOLO PREVIEW

I’m not sure what Suoni means but I do know that it’s synonymous with the very best of musical ingenuity and is one of Montreal’s most loved festivals that delights the city for the entire month of June. The festival is a celebration of the eclectic and this year is no exception, with a lineup that includes artists who play free jazz, noize, bent rock, electronics, country, folk and underground pop. The program features familiar faces, new groups and people you’ve never heard of…

STREET PROFILE: BERNARD

Once upon a time, Bernard was the end of the line- literally. Mile End was once a pastoral suburb where families of newly-arrived Greek immigrants mixed with the the second-largest population of Orthodox Jews outside of Israel. Those populations still inhabit the area, but now Mile End is a major artery of the city’s cultural life and Bernard is the main vein…

GREAT FURNITURE FINDS IN MONTREAL

Antique furniture collectors are very familiar with the wealth of goodies available on Montreal’s famed Antique Row (a.k.a. rue Notre Dame). If the word “antique” to you denotes dainty porcelain teacups or Baroque Louis XIV legs, there’s a whole other side to furniture shopping that may surprise you…

ROADSWORTH: GALLERY WORTHY

If in the past years, hunting down his art was always a gamble (even if you knew where to find it, you could never be certain the city hadn’t removed it already…) you can now be sure to find some of his work at Atelier Punkt, as he took over the space’s walls and floor and will, later on this week, extend this latest performance to the street, on the eastern and western sides of the building.

DAVID USHER ON MUSIC, MILE END & MONTREAL

David Usher is many things: musician, humanitarian, artist and father. He’s rocked around the country with his band Moist, won a handful of Junos (the Canadian ‘Grammy’) and has had radio hits on three continents. And we love him for all those reasons. But he remains especially near and dear to our hearts because he’s a Montrealer.

AVENUE DU PARC: A MONTREAL STREET PROFILE

Since our last street profile focused on Rue Bleury it makes perfect sense that our next installment touches on Avenue du Parc, the butterfly of an avenue that the Bleury, uh, caterpillar transform into once it crosses Sherbrooke. Heading north from the Sherbrooke intersection, Parc extends all the way up to Jean-Talon, along the way showcasing a ton of great spots

LA RÉCRÉ MARKET: RECESS EVERY SATURDAY

Neighborhood arts and crafts markets are great places to find unique products made by people who choose to create outside the mainstream box.  A place to get that special piece that everybody wants but no one knows where to precisely find…