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MONTREAL FASHION WEEK: BACKSTAGE TO FRONTSTAGE

Montreal Fashion Week just wrapped up its 19th edition last night at Marché Bonsecours. We hung out backstage, frontstage (and back at the lounge bar) to give you an idea of the unique energy that goes on before, during and between each show. This is an hour in two minutes. Who you’ve seen: Sabrina Barila (fashion designer) Eve Friede (fashion journalist) Elisabeth Lepage (Marketing Director Soïa&Kyo) Marie-Ève Chagnon (Fashion Designer) Philippe Dubuc (Fashion Designer) Kelly Craig (model) / Cary Tauben (Fashion Stylist) / Karine Pronovost+Vincent Francis (Model Agents) Denis Gagnon (Fashion Designer) www.denisgagnon.ca

EXCLUSIVE FASHION – ONLY IN MONTREAL

« Oh my god, this is so goooorgeous – where did you get it ? » You know what happens next.  Merely a couple of days later,  the whole city is wearing that latest piece of fashion you were so proud of.  So much for being original, right? Well, if you’re visiting Montreal this fall, there are plenty stores you must stop by to fulfill your style hunger.  We’ve picked three collections that might tickle your fancy. Not only are the chances of seeing your latest purchase on your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend  slim- these collections are only available in Canada – you won’t destroy your wallet  because they’re all very much affordable.  So next time you’re being asked that killer question, simply answer : « I got it in Montreal daaaarling…»

LIVING IT LARGE AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL

As a Montrealer, it’s rare that I get to experience the city’s high profile hotels. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth ranks amongst our downtown’s top addresses for a deluxe stay near some of Montreal’s major attractions, including Sainte-Catherine Street’s shopping strip, the Underground city, the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral and the Bell Center, home of the Canadien hockey team. I was lucky enough to see for myself if the hotel is up to its high-class reputation and I can assure you it is. Known for its modern charm and flawless service, the hotel’s motto echoes what makes Montreal unique in the eyes of locals and visitors alike: “Where Joie de Vivre Comes to Life”. Here are ten facts you need to know about Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, should you decide to enjoy one of its 1,037 guest rooms and suites while visiting Montreal.

POP MONTREAL – 10 SHOWS YOU HAVE TO SEE

Pop Montreal takes over the city from September 29-October 3. For the 9th year in a row, Montreal gets all a-flutter with little pockets of big music tucked into all manner of venues. We’ll have more coverage coming up, but for now, let’s just get into some music you should consider seeing…

MONTREAL DESIGNERS GET NOTICED AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

The number of Montrealers showing their collections, last week,  at New York fashion week seem to be rising every season.  In anticipation of  next week’s Montreal fashion week, here are three brands that created the buzz this time around.

ARTIST NICOLAS BAIER PLAYS WITH YOUR MIND

Many Montrealers know Nicolas Baier’s in situ work:  the large  – 6,000 square feet!  – leafy glass mural installed at Concordia University, high above wandering students. Now there is a chance to see Baier’s latest art up close and personal.

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