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Olympian figure skater Eric Radford champions Canadian Gay Curling Championships

Canadian Olympian champion figure skater Eric Radford loves performing on the ice: in addition to being a six-time Canadian national champion (2012-2017) and two-time world champion (2015-2016) with his pairs partner Meagan Duhamel, Radford loves curling and will take part in the 2017 Canadian Gay Curling Championships in Montréal, the city the Winnipeg-born Radford now calls home. Organized by Montréal’s increasingly popular Les Fous du Roi and Les Phénix curling clubs, the 2017 Canadian Gay Curling Championships will be held in conjunction with The King’s Quest bonspiel at the Town of Mount-Royal Curling Club from February 10 to 12. The championships and bonspiel will welcome Canada’s nine growing LGBTQ curling leagues, and Radford explains why he is looking forward to competing. Revolution on Ice will be a show I never forget. #Madrid you are amazing and I hope to perform for you again and again! @javierfernandezskater thank you for this amazing experience. Also thank you to @yolanda_cal for this photo! #ROI #Revolutiononice #Madrid #Spain #figureskating #figureskater #amazing #goodtimes #unforgettable Une photo publiée par Eric Radford (@ericradford85) le 31 Déc. 2016 à 11h30 PST Eric Radford Q&A Job: Figure skater Favourite pastime: Playing the piano Why do you love curling? I think in a… / Read More →

Your spring break guide to all things Montréal!

If you thought you needed to head south for spring break to feel the heat, you couldn’t be more wrong. Not only is Montréal a sizzling hot spring-break destination, it has some of the coolest urban neighbourhoods to eat, drink, and party till the early morning hours. Most importantly, you won’t have to break the bank. Thanks to an attractive U.S. exchange rate and budget-friendly prices you can indulge like a superstar on the budget of a roadie. These neighborhoods are just some of where the action is. Favorite bar in town, favorite staff and everything! Also the light there during Sunday brunch is just perfect!✨👌🏻 Une photo publiée par Sarah Babineau (@kara_bino) le 11 Janv. 2017 à 12h18 PST Little Italy and Villeray One of the funkiest, up and coming areas in Montréal these days are the Little Italy and Villeray neighbourhoods, where a healthy fusion of old and new come together to form a uniquely original urban vibe. Brasserie Harricana borrows amply from its Québec roots, but this popular meeting place for the locals remains a modern, experimental craft brewery with its own line of in-house beers and a long list of comfort-food offerings. Fried beer can chicken,… / Read More →

12 reasons for LGBTQ travellers to visit Montréal in 2017

As one of the gateway cities to the New World, underground gay life has flourished in Montréal for centuries. Montréal’s legendary joie-de-vivre and queer-positive embrace has turned the city into a choice LGBTQ international tourism destination, and there is much to see and do in Montréal for LGBTQ travellers in 2017. Summer kicks off with Montréal drag legend Mado Lamotte’s 17th annual Drag Race—the over-the-top two-hour outdoor live show predates RuPaul’s Drag Race—at the Montreal Fringe Festival, whose 2017 edition runs from June 8 to 18. Several professional Montréal drag queens team up with their amateur counterparts for a side-splitting outdoor afternoon competition in Parc des Amériques. Mado’s Drag Race is usually held on the final weekend of the Montreal Fringe Festival. Free admission. Montréal will be the place to be in August for the inaugural Canada Pride festival, as the city celebrates its 375th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, and Canada marks 150 years of Confederation in 2017. Organized by Montréal Pride, the largest Pride festival in the Francophone world, and modelled on EuroPride and WorldPride, the 11-day Canada Pride celebration is expected to draw over 750,000 spectators from August 10 to 20, 2017. Canada Pride will feature a sports tournament, an international… / Read More →

10 stunning historic churches and sacred sites to see in Montréal

While Montréal was known as Sin City during much of the 20th century, it was also nicknamed “the city of a hundred bell towers.” In fact, when celebrated American writer Mark Twain visited Montréal in 1888, he famously said, “This is the first time I was ever in a city where you couldn’t throw a brick without breaking a church window.” For those seeking a spiritual journey, or who simply want to enjoy the architectural splendour of Montréal’s many religious historic sites, here are some of the most beautiful churches in Montréal. Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal Montréal’s majestic Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal is a designated National Historic Site of Canada and one of the world’s great Catholic basilicas. Saint André of Montréal, known locally as Brother André, began construction in 1924 to honour Saint Joseph, the stepfather of Jesus, but did not live (1845 – 1937) to see construction completed in 1966. The exterior of the basilica is designed following the lines of the Italian Renaissance, its colonnade features Corinthian-style pillars and its dome is not just the third-largest of its kind in the world (after the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro in Côte d’Ivoire and Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome) but is the… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Christiane Richard

Aires Libres is an annual public art event that unfolds from May to September on the pedestrian-only section of Sainte-Catherine Street East between Saint-Hubert and Papineau Streets. For the second consecutive year, a program of films focused on women will be screened this summer at Parc de l’Espoir (Hope Park). Job: Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Membership Coordinator, Le Village Why did you decide to include outdoor movie nights in the Aires Libres program? The idea behind Aires Libres—bringing culture to street level—is for pedestrians take hold of the public space and collectively enjoy all sorts of experiences through art and entertainment. Outdoor screenings are rooted in this idea since people head to the park in droves to enjoy all that cinema has to offer. As soon as the screening begins, they embark upon a journey of emotions that they can share with the crowd. Why a program focused on women? Most gay neighbourhoods worldwide address men exclusively. Montréal’s Gay Village has always seen the value in the diversity of the LGBTQ community—with all its letters—and invites women to occupy their own place in the neighbourhood. Also, the partnership with Lez Spread The Word, which connects an impressive… / Read More →

A Brief History of Gay Montréal and Walking Tour

Montréal is a top LGBT tourism destination, but the city wasn’t always the gay hub it is today. Back in the 17th century it was just a tiny outpost of the French Empire, surrounded by fields and valleys as far as the eye could see. It was here in 1648 that a gay military drummer with the French garrison stationed to protect the Sulpician Order of priests — the seigneurs of Montréal — was charged by the Order with committing “the worst of crimes” and sentenced to certain death in the galleys. “The drummer’s life was spared after Jesuits in Québec City intervened on his behalf,” Québec Gay Archives co-founder Ross Higgins said. “He was given a choice by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Québec: die or become the colony’s first executioner.” The unidentified drummer took the executioner job. Before Montréal was founded in 1642 by the young French officer Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, it is worthy to note the cyclical intolerance of minorities like Jews, homosexuals and Gypsies in Christian Europe. So it was in Montréal, where fewer than a thousand settlers endured gruelling winters and disease for decades, and where guards stood on duty against Indians to protect… / Read More →

Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached

Tourisme Montreal is excited to premiere our new six part webseries “Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached” on in collaboration with Air Canada and Jimmy Lee. When Montreal boy Stephane tries his hand at online dating, he meets the goofy, shy, and insanely hot Hugh. Only problem is… Hugh lives in New York! (Don’t you hate it when that happens?) Watch Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached on to go on a whirlwind weekend of love, sex, and drama in Montreal…

10 Great Montreal videos

We’ve curated what we think is a pretty great list of our favourite videos featuring Montreal-  check them out…