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SEPTEMBER CONCERT ROUNDUP

The big deal in Montreal music this month is the always-incredible Pop Montreal. But since it doesn’t kick off until September 29, what are you and your ears to do until then? As always, the Montreal Buzz has you covered with a preview of some of the must-see shows this September. Peelander-Z , September 4 @ Il Motore: Let’s start off the wonderfully bizarre and awesome Peelander-Z, a “Japanese Action Comic Punk band” who rock as cool a kid’s show as you’ll find anywhere. I mean, did Raffi ever play SXSW?

AN INTERVIEW WITH SCISSOR SISTERS!

As they make their way across the land to spread the joy of their latest album (Night Work),  Scissor Sisters made a necessary stop in Montreal. I caught up with Jake and Del to chat about Night Work, who wears the pants in the band and why Canada is cool.

QUEER OF THE YEAR: BEHIND THE SCENES COMMENTARY

The “Queer of the Year” has been an international search for the brightest star under the rainbow. Last week, five contestants were flown into Montreal to spend a week competing in various challenges, only one gaining the official title of “Queer of the Year”! I had the pleasure of hosting this incredible experience. I spent one crazy-ass week with five fantabulous fags from different cities around North America. There were ups and downs, and only one walked away with the title. So what happens when five gay guys get shoved in a loft for a week? You need to watch and find out!

EXTREME PAINTING TAKES OVER MONTREAL

A fabulous way to spend a meandering weekend is to visit ‘Extreme Painting’ – at eight galleries located all over Montreal. It’s a citywide art tour. Follow our directons

MONTREAL’S ITALIAN WEEK

Montreal’s Italian Week takes place this week, until August 15th, which the more observant of you will notice is actually more than a week. But given the range of activities it boasts- art exhibits, food, music, cars, bocce tournaments and much more- it’s pretty evident that a week would not have been enough…

PEACE BELLS RINGS IN MONTREAL

On August 5, in the Japanese section of Montreal’s Botanical Gardens, Mayor Gérald Tremblay and Hiroaki Isobe, Japan’s consul-general, rang the peace bell in commemoration of Hiroshima. At the same time a bell rang many, many miles away, in that city where the first atomic bomb was dropped. The peace bell was presented to the city of Montreal from the city of Hiroshima as a sign of ‘eternal friendship and peace’ to mark the twinning of the two cities in 1998.

MONTREAL AUGUST CONCERT ROUNDUP

Given how incredibly hard Osheaga rocked, I’d understand if you thought that music in Montreal might take a break during August. But you’d be wrong, because Montreal doesn’t stop when it comes to music. Here, then, are some shows that you shouldn’t miss…

THREE EXOTIC BRING-YOUR-OWN WINE RESTAURANTS

We admit it, Bring Your Own Wine restaurants, a Montréal speciality, can be hit or miss experiences.  Here are three culturally diverse classics that never disappoint. We’ve been going back to them for years with the same pleasure.

HOW TO NOT ACT LIKE A TOURIST IN MONTREAL

In my book of travel, no one likes to walk in a foreign city with the inscription “tourist” on their forehead. For that reason, let me provide you with ten essential “Montrealities” that will help you act like a local during your trip to Montreal!

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JULY 23 to 25)

This weekend in Montreal there are a few awesome festivals to choose from, enabling you to get your daily recommended amount of giggles, acrobats and African beats. But, while you’re here, you’ll probably need to eat at some point. And you might be in the mood to check out some art. And there’s a chance you’ll want to buy a new T-shirt. Wow, you’re going to be busy! We’ve got ten diverse recommendations for you to have a jam-packed, incredible weekend in Montreal.