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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.

LET IT SNOW – WARM UP TO WINTER IN ECO-FUR

Fur is fabulous – and recycled fur is even more so. Montreal designer Mariouche Gagné has carved a cosy little niche for herself and called it “Ecoluxe.” At Harricana, her beautiful all-white boutique near the Atwater Market, shoppers can sift through racks and shelves of re-cycled fur products: everything from full-length coats to chic aviator hats to cuddly teddy bears.

STREET PROFILE: CRESCENT

To date, the Montreal Street Profile series has strolled up Bleury and Parc, across Maisonneuve, Saint-Paul and Saint-Zotique. Up next, we take a walk down Crescent, a downtown street I haven’t spent much time on since being an undergrad… When completing my undergraduate degree at Concordia, I spent many afternoon “group study sessions” on this street. Even then I generally avoided the wildness of Crescent Street at night. It’s just not my thing. But, based on how packed it is (despite being the shortest street we’ve profiled), I’m willing to concede that it is clearly many other people’s thing. Writing about a street you haven’t visited in a while is daunting, so thank goodness that my new colleague Patricia Gajo was on hand to hip me to the fact that, while the old faithfuls remain, there have been some new developments on the street named for the shape it was in 1860…

BUSINESS BLACKBOOK: WHERE TO EAT YOUR NEXT POWER LUNCH

Toqué is arguably Montreal’s most revered restaurant. It is a white tablecloth institution that has long been known for its fabulous service, contemporary décor, and extraordinary tasting menus. I’ve celebrated some special occasions here, including a very romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. (Note to any gentlemen readers: My date got bonus points for having superb taste in venues.)

MONTREAL’S STOP MOTION FILM FESTIVAL (OCT 29 – 31)

If James Cameron and his Navi friends are to be believed, 3D computer animation is the only way of the future. But if you enjoyed The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox to name just a few, you’re already a big fan of stop motion animation and should clearly be checking out the festival devoted to it this weekend…

GREAT ENGLISH THEATRE IN MONTREAL

Last month, I told you that fall was the perfect season to see the symphony. I was totally right. Based on the overwhelming success of that prediction (as judged by me), I’m here with another confidant autumn call: this is also the perfect time of year to go see a play…

MONTREAL NEIGHBORHOOD 101: LITTLE BURGUNDY

We started our neighbourhood 101 series with the Plateau before heading south to St-Henri. When picking the next one, it made sense to simply take a quick stroll west through the Atwater market over to Little Burgundy, a neighbourhood rich with history, whose recent revitalization has been due in large part to the strength of its restaurants…

A TASTE OF JAPAN IN MONTREAL

When one colleague is an ex-Kendo warrior (ok, slight exaggeration, but he does have the outfit and the sword) and another is Montreal’s answer to Astro Boy (it’s his hair), it’s easy in this office to let a Japanese fetish flourish. Surely though, we here at The Montréal Buzz are not the only ones who gravitate toward the Land of the Rising Sun. Fellow Japanophiles, here are some Montréal spots to hit for a quick Japanese fix.