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A HISTORY LESSON IN 18 MINUTES: “YOURS TRULY, MONTREAL”

“Yours Truly, Montreal is a multimedia show using striking and evocative images to present the city’s history. It takes viewers to the heart of the action as they watch Montreal grow and earn its international reputation, from the birth of the island to the 21st century.” One of the best ways to obtain a solid understanding of any destination is to learn a bit of local history. Montreal, considering its mélange of English and French lineage, has a unique evolution which has positioned the city as unparalleled in North America for creativity, open-mindedness and French flair.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (OCTOBER 22 to 24)

One of the greatest things about Montreal is the diversity in activities that one can do. For instance, this weekend you can go from a Zen poetry reading on Friday night to a monster truck rally on Saturday night. And then on Sunday you might find yourself getting a massage in a nineteen century cavern or studying the threads of Montreal’s most famous fashion designer. Curious? Check out what to do this weekend in Montreal.

CHATEAU DUFRESNE MUSEUM: LIFE, A HUNDRED YEARS AGO

There are certain venues that have become so familiar to locals, that we forget what is so great about them.  For me, the Château Dufresne Museum is undoubtely one such place.  As a Montreal child I was reguralry dragged to the Château for my school’s bi-annual “artsy day trip”.  As you’d imagine, at twelve years old, my interest for Art Deco was, well, let’s say overshadowed by other aesthetical issues.  Things have changed since, and so have my artistic sensibilities.  

FRIDAY NOCTURNES: THE MARVELOUS MARRIAGE OF MUSIC AND MUSEUM

Music and art go together like… well… John and Yoko. Where the cadence of a chord progression ends, the visual stimulus of a painting begins. On the first Friday of each month the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum hosts an event called Friday Nocturnes. They invite a trendy band or musician to perform, while giving visitors the opportunity to engage with contemporary art.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JULY 16 to 18)

If you’ve ever been sitting on a airplane giggling at the “Just For Laughs Gags,” you’ve already experienced a little slice of Montreal. Seen in 75 countries, “Gags” is a hidden camera/reality TV series, and most definitely one of our greatest exports. The Just for Laughs Festival, in all its humorous forms, has begun this week in Montreal! And if your funny bone doesn’t need tickling, we’ve got 10 other perfect reasons to come to Montreal this weekend. Take a plane. Take train. Take a kayak. Just get here if you can!

DRIVE-END AT MONTREAL’S FINE ARTS MUSEUM

Remember drive-in movies? Today, many are abandoned. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Drive-End, a collection of Martin Beauregard’s photographs, many of which show these mammoth screens sitting silently. No one is watching anymore.

BLDGBLOG’S MANAUGH BUILDS BUZZ AT CCA

Senior contributing editor to WIRED UK, and renowned blogger Geoff Manaugh (of BLDGBLOG fame) and author (BLDGBLOG The Book) joins the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) for a summer blogging series called CCA from…, as Visiting Scholar 2010.  But this is no dusty academic!  He has taught design studios at Columbia University and Pratt, so he kind of knows a lot of stuff.