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STREET PROFILE: GREENE AVENUE

The Montreal Street Profiles series, considered by some/me to be the greatest set of blog posts ever written, has been busy. It’s covered Bleury, Parc and Maisonneuve, but then it got tired so it took a quick nap on a nearby park bench. But then it got right back up and strolled down Saint-Paul, Saint-Zotique and Crescent. It then decided to head a little west to explore Greene Avenue, in the heart of Westmount… Though Westmount, home to most of Montreal’s wealthiest English residents, extends much further west and up towards the mountain, Greene Avenue is viewed by many as it “Main Street”. Running south from Sherbrooke down to Atwater, in a couple short blocks this upscale avenue, named in 1881 for the landowner G.A. Greene, manages to contain an incredible density of shops, restaurants and what is probably Montreal’s best English bookstore.

SHOW & SELL – BARILÀ POP-UP SHOP

Barila Fall/Winter 2010 Campaign from Le Genou de Claire on Vimeo. Ladies, start your engines. Montreal-based fashion label Barilà is opening a pop-up shop. For ten days starting Nov. 14, get your fill of edgy frocks at major discounts. I’ve seen this local brand’s rocking show at Montreal Fashion Week; now it’s time for you to see the collection up close – and bring it home. To kick off Day One of this temporary boutique, there will be a special grand opening event with cocktails and nibbles. Plus, designer Sabrina Barilà will also be in the house to mix and mingle. I caught up with this super-stylish lady to chitchat about her ideas, her pop-up shop, and, of course, her clothes.

HAUTE FASHION EXHIBIT AT THE SOFITEL GOLDEN MILE

The drama!  The divas!  Great photos from the Couture Catwalks. The dazzling days of Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Dior. The inimitable elegance of high fashion from the runways of Paris are all on display at Montreal’s Sofitel Golden Mile hotel.

SOFITEL MONTREAL : A CLASS ACT

Seriously.  There’s absolutely no gimmick in that “five stars” rating. Everything at the Sofitel hits you as being top of the line.  Starting with the service. Four clés d’or concierges  (one of them being the actual vice-president of the international union) make sure every single customer gets what they want, when they want it.  The decorum adopted by the staff speaks for itself: the moment you step in, the staff makes you feel like royalty.

THE LGBT PACKAGE: IF YOU’RE GAY, THEN YOU DESERVE A DISCOUNT

It’s no secret that the gay community has an affinity for packages. Many people are drawn to a big package, but really, it’s the quality of the package that truly determines its worth. Tourisme Montreal is offering a discount on a hotel rooms, and throwing in some pretty stellar coupons to up the ante.

DOWNTOWN BEAUTY BARS

GET GLAMMED UP WITH THE GIRLS – OR GO SOLO Sometimes all you need is an express mani or basic facial. Other times you need a slow, luxurious treatment to go with your girly gabfest. (Foot scrub, leg massage plus French pedicure, anyone?) Of course, it doesn’t hurt to add a cocktail or two in there. Either way you choose to glam-it-up, a string of beauty bars have recently opened in the downtown core. All of them also offer exclusive or hard-to-find product lines for sale; so why not throw in a little shopping while you’re there?

RIDM – THE MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

Known as the RIDM, the Montreal International Documentary Festival showcases more than 100 documentaries from 37 different countries. It also brings more than 60 of these film’s directors to the city for Q&As, master classes, panels and more. Taking place from November 10-21, RIDM proves that reality is often more hard-hitting, heart-wrenching and/or hilarious than fiction…

NOVEMBER CONCERTS ROUNDUP

November (or, Movember as it’s increasingly become known) is an important month for Montreal music lovers, because once we hit December, everything starts coming up all Nutcrackers and Handel’s Messiahs. From legendary DJs to the Biebs, there’s something for almost every concertgoer this November…

CINEMANIA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

Since the Montreal Buzz is a blog aimed at an English audience, the Cinemania French Film Festival, which takes place from November 4-14, might seem like a bit of a tough sell. But fear not bilingually-challenged readers, this fest is also informally known as Montreal’s Subtitled French Film Fest… I think we can all agree that dubbed movies are for philistines. I find dubbing only acceptable in kung-fu movies and that’s directly because of how hilariously awful the final product is. Cinemania, instead, has been showcasing some of the best French movies being made in the world for 16 years now. This year they’ve got thirty films from Quebec, France, Algeria, Chad, Belgium and Austria- check the full schedule here. Or, if you trust me, consider some of the films that looked interesting to me… FYI: All movies are being screened at the totally gorgeous Imperial Theatre.

HOLIDAY INN SELECT: CHINATOWN

Many people chose to travel to Montreal because it has that delicious French flare that can’t be found elsewhere in North America. It’s like going to Europe, but cheaper. But Montreal is more than delicious baguettes and passionate romance and beautiful women with French accents. It’s a hub of international cultures, and the Chinese community plays an important role in the ethnic and cultural diversity of the city.