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The organizers of the 31st Montreal International Jazz Festival, which takes place from June 25 to July 6, have just announced the bulk of the shows happening this summer. Herbie Hancock, Smokey Robinson, George Clinton, The Moody Blues, Cyndi Lauper are just the tip of the iceberg… Trying to come up with a comprehensive list of everyone you need to see this summer is near impossible. As is making a list that appeals to an audience as varied as the one that attend the Jazz fest. Plus, the Fest’s website lets you make up your own schedule. So all I’ll do here is attempt pull some shows out of the list that I think are worth checking out…


The month of May in Montreal is all about classical music. Before the sounds of the Jazz Fest fill the city’s streets, parks and concert halls, it seems only fitting that we begin with the music that came first…


Over the course of a 20 year career, the Barenaked Ladies have become one of Canada’s most beloved bands. When they touched down in Montreal before their April 30th, Metropolis show, I sat down with Jim Creegan and Tyler Stewart to talk about bagels, shopping, women and Mount Royal’s medieval fighters. We also got briefly serious and emotional, but it didn’t last long…


Like the city itself, Montreal’s concert scene begins to heat up in the spring before exploding into an almost-overwhelming array of music when the summer festival season rolls around…

Montreal Desserts: Rice pudding!

I admit I entered Riz en folie reluctantly. All my life, I’ve found the texture of rice pudding a bit of a turn-off. And to make matters worse, I often find it too sweet.

My 48-hour Montreal food tour

In November I met up with fellow food blogger, Erin Zimmer, from Serious Eats, who came to Montreal for the weekend to explore the food scene. I took her on my personal foodie tour of Montreal

Montreal Restaurants: The Best deals for lunch

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know by now that Montreal is full of great restaurants. But with the recession impacting our spending, these great restaurants are not always an option, budget-wise. Here’s an idea: why not try them for lunch, when prices are more affordable?

Behind the scenes with Normand Laprise at Toqué!

In a previous post, I visited a farm with talented chef, Normand Laprise, from Toqué! — one of Montreal’s top restaurants. After our field trip, Normand kindly invited to visit his kitchen! So, as a good Insider, I wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of Montreal’s most famous gastronomic institutions. Now you can see his culinary innovation first-hand as he continues to promote farm-fresh products in his restaurants.

Montreal Electronic Music Scene: I LOVE NEON

In London, the Ministry of Sound became a legendary nightclub in the 1990s, basically the British equivalent to New York’s Studio 54. They quickly gained popular attention and contributed to redefining the sound of the 90s, radically changing the music scene at the time. Kitsuné was created in 2002 in Paris. It’s more than a record company — it’s also an avant-garde fashion label that has introduced the world to a lot of cool electronic bands such as Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco and La Roux. Well, in Montreal, we also have our own influential local music collective: it’s called I LOVE NEON. Read the full story to find out why it’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen before.