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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 LogoTV.com 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 LogoTV.com 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…