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MONTREAL GAY PRIDE PARADE 2012

Montreal’s Gay Pride Parade took over downtown on Sunday, August 19in a burst of colour, music, dancing and spirit. Every Pride Parade I attend I make a point to really take it all in and recognize what’s really going on here. Standing on the corner of Guy and René-Levesque, watching the parade of rainbows and jubilation come to a halt for a moment of silence, I understand how fortunate we are in Montreal to have such an event. Where not only can everyone be themselves, they can be proud to show it. As the last of the floats, community organizations, and sponsors cross the finish line, I think, “Montreal, this is something to be seriously proud of.”

A POP MONTREAL 2012 PREVIEW

For the past 11 years, September in Montreal hasn’t just meant the return of students and cooler days – it’s also the much-anticipated time of the Pop Montreal Music Festival, a fest that started small but keeps hitting new highs year after year…

EXPERIENCEMTL FEST ROCKS PARC OLYMPIQUE

The back-to-school chill may be in the air, but summer isn’t over yet: the all-ages ExperienceMTL, August 24 to September 1, with over 40 bands – including Public Enemy, Atari Teenage Riot and Malajube – ends summer vacation with a bang at Olympic Park in the city’s east end…

QUEER OF THE YEAR 2012: BEHIND THE SCENES OF SEXY GRAVY

The Poutine: Fresh french fries, sprinkled with cheese curds, smothered in gravy. Usually people chow down on a poutine at 3AM after the clubs are closed and you need to stuff your face with something naughty and delicious. It’s not the prettiest of sights. Leave it to Queer of the Year to try and make this culinary staple… Sexy?

QUEER OF THE YEAR 2012: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE LIFE OF CELINE DION

Trivia Time: What global superstar has legs to infinity and beyond, hair full of secrets, and a vocal range that touches the whole Kinsey Scale? The Queer of the Year of course! So let the dogs out, call Oprah, get in your kayak, and let your inner diva shine because the Queer of the Year contestants are paying homage to the one and only: CELINE DION. In drag. Check out behind the scenes photos…

H2O ADVENTURES ON THE LACHINE CANAL

In years past, when considering their options for a nautical experience, it would have been fairly safe to wager that most Montrealers wouldn’t have chosen a mostly landlocked, formerly industrial area of town at one time best known for its crumbling factories. But now, courtesy of H2O Adventures, situated on the tree-lined shore of the historic Lachine Canal, the safe bet for waterborne fun is indeed just west of Old Montreal and mere steps south of the bustling Atwater Market…

BELGIAN GUEST CHEF DELIGHTS TOQUE! DINERS

Montreal’s High Lights Festival centers heavily on food, as dozens of guest chefs descend on the city to show off their skills at different host restaurants. This year, Belgium has been chosen as the main theme and the chef representing his countrymen as the festival’s honorary president is Yves Mattagne, who owns the two-Michelin-star Seagrill, in Brussels, among other restaurants…

MONTREAL 2012 EVENTS CALENDAR

In the poetic words of the great Britney Spears: “Keep on dancing ’till the world ends.” This is exactly what Montreal will be doing for 2012. Though we’re only one month in, the 2012 cultural calendar is already filling up fast…

QUEER OF THE YEAR 2011: DAY 1

The Queer of the Year contestants have landed! They’re here to compete for $5000, a trip back to Montreal and the Queer of the Year Crown! The competition is just getting started and is going to get HOT. What did the finalists do on their first day, and what was my first real life impression of them…

MONTREAL GAY ICONS SPEAK ABOUT GAY PRIDE 2011

Montreal is the best place to celebrate Gay Pride. This city is a cultural and diversity hot bed with so much to offer. The people, the community, the clubs, the weather, everything just always seems to shine brightly during Fierte Montreal Pride. Don’t believe me? Maybe you’ll trust the words of 4 Montreal Gay Icons…