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PORTUGUESE CHICKEN IN MONTREAL

Unike the little villages that pepper Montreal where one can find an abundance of local ethnic specialties – dragon’s beard candy and dim sum in Chinatown and fresh canoli and pizza in little Italy – you can smell the grilling of Portuguese chicken from almost any corner of town…

MONTREAL FASHION WEEK WARM-UP

Fashion lovers nota bene: The spring and summer 2013 fashion shows are about to take centre stage. Whether you’re a design fanatic or simply curious about our local designers, this is one of Montreal’s choicest events…

QUEER OF THE YEAR 2012: BEHIND THE SCENES OF FETISH FIASCO

You can always expect to see something interesting in Montreal’s Gay Village giving that it’s party central filled with interesting characters. That’s why some of the Village folk seemed unfazed when they saw the five Queer of the Year contestants strapped and chained together in fetish wear running down Saine-Catherine’s in one big BDSM blob…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST 24-30

Summer in Montreal isn’t over until we say it’s over – so even though this is August’s last hurrah for 2012, the sun is still shining and the party is still going on. This week, the St-Laurent Street fair brings everybody out for shopping, music and mingling, as does the 18th-Century Market in the Old Port, albeit in a different way. There’s also plenty of great live music, film, theatre and dance across the city…

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…