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Elektra’s Shock Therapy

From May 1 to 10, we’re celebrating the 10th edition of Elektra. Dedicated to new forms of creative expressions, this event takes place in several cultural venues and art galleries all over Montréal, from Usine C to Galerie La Centrale, as well as Galerie articule on Fairmount and the Belgo building downtown. It features multimedia and electronic arts mingling together in a plural way that is almost indescribable. The program includes visual art, live performances, exhibitions and music shows from local artists and international visitors. They’re showing their work (or sometimes just the embryo of a creation or an unfinished concept), looking for people to react and interact with it. Admission is free for most art gallery happenings and projections, while performances usually cost a little more. More info about Elektra here. The photo is taken from Kurt Hentschläger’s FEED, a live performance during which you basically enter Usine C before midnight, and become surrounded by smoke machines and stroboscopes. Oh, and you have to sign a release paper before you go in, just in case something happens. Experimental and crazy, right? Yes, that’s how we like it here.

Bike + Taxi = BIXI

Get some exercise, explore the city and meet locals . . . by bike! Starting May 12, Montréal will have a brand new public bike system that will make it that much easier for tourists – and Montrealers – to take a spin around town. Get the goods on this fun travel option…

Drink in Montreal: an Introduction

Montreal has no shortage of places to have a drink. On some streets, like St-Laurent or St-Denis, you can’t move more than 5 feet without finding somewhere to grab a beer, enjoy an expertly-mixed cocktail or relax with a fine bottle of wine and some friends.

Mutek and Montreal

This year, Mutek celebrates 10 great years of showcasing some of the world’s best electronic music and culture. In that time, it has become not only one of Montréal’s most beloved festivals, but one of the premiere events of its kind in the world. It runs from May 27th-31st in some of the cities’ most interesting venues- check www.mutek.org for the full rundown. I’m a huge fan of this unique event and will have a ton of exclusive tips, picks and profiles on this blog in the coming weeks. To kick it all off, I sat down with Dimitri Nasrallah, the Festival’s Content Manager and International Media Relations whiz. We talked about how the fest began and where it’s going…

Cirque du Soleil: Release your inner lady[bug]

The Big Top is up in the Old Port of Montréal and – although I would never wear royal blue and mustard yellow in the same outfit – those colours have never looked better together!

Who Loves the Sun

The return of summer in Montréal means that you can stay up late all night, enjoy wine and cheese in the park, and flipflop your way through the city with sparkling pop songs in your iPod. And whether you speak English or French, fun is multilingual. Read more about my first taste of summer in 2009.

In the studio with Plants and Animals

In many ways, Plants and Animals perfectly represent the diversity that makes Montreal’s music scene so magical. Made up of one Francophone and two Maritime-expats, this trio formed while taking classes together in Concordia University’s Music Department. Their 2008 full-length debut album, which was nominated for two Junos and the Polaris Music prize, was titled Parc Avenue – a nod to the lively and eclectic street on which most of the group lives. Recently, a photographer friend and I hung out in the studio as they worked on their new album…

Making Imelda Marcos Jealous

“I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.” Thank goodness you don’t have to own as many shoes as Imelda Marcos to feel like you’re on top of the world! Although it is nice to own a few gorgeous pairs…

Highlights from the FIFA

This year’s International Festival of Films on Art showcased the work of artists and disciplines through the lens of talented filmmakers.