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ZOOFEST 2011

Zoofest! I’m so glad it’s back again in all its weird and wonderful glory. The fest, begun as an off-shoot of Just For Laughs three years ago has come a long way in a short time (don’t even get me started on what their inaugural website looked like – my eyes still sting) and continues to bring the funny and the strange in a well-curated program of up-and-coming comedians and genre-defying performers. This year, they’ve doubled their programming: from July 9–31, we’ll have our choice of 83 original shows from over 200 artists. And all this can be yours for the low price of $39!…

U2 360 TOUR TAKES OVER MONTREAL

U2′s massive 360 Tour took over the city last night in Montreal and I got the chance to pretend to be a photographer for the evening…

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: JULY

This year’s Jazz Fest is now over, but in its place comes not only more music but barrels of laughs alongside every funky beat and magical melody. Much of it for free too! Wild parades – Just For Laughs puts on more than one and Montreal’s Caribbean community struts its stuff – high-flying circus shows, live music from around the world, and, of course, outdoor dance parties are basically par for the course here in July…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JULY 7-10)

Oh, it’s hot in the city. And I love it. Of course, I also love air-conditioning. But during July in Montreal, it’s easy enough to strike a balance between too hot to handle and too cold to hold. With Jazz Fest still ringing in our collective ears and the mercury rising, it’s time to wear the bare minimum and seek maximum entertainment: this weekend, find it at one of many circuses, at a full-blown Caribbean carnival, in film fests and in the parks, and, as if any of us could forget, in the form of a guy named Bono…

5 SECRET MONTREAL PATIOS

Montrealers like nothing better than a patio (or “terrasse”) in summer, our long winters make sure of that. But while the city’s sidewalk culture and the thriving see-and-be-seen patio scene screams “look at me, I’m super hot!”, there are still plenty of us that prefer a quiet place to call our own, sip our drinks and check each other out in a more surreptitious way. Here, we share some of the more off-the-beaten-track-places to enjoy a cold drink, or several…

MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2011

The 32nd edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal just wrapped up and Just for Laughs is about to begin. But before the laughter starts, let’s take a look back at the 2011 Jazz Fest…

CONCERTS IN MONTREAL: JULY

July fixes any music fest letdowns by playing host to Heavy MTL and Osheaga, but it also boasts some of the biggest concerts of the year: U2, Paul McCartney, The Black Keys, Taylor Swift and more…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 30-JULY 4)

The last weekend of the Montreal International Jazz Festival is upon us – and it’s a big one. Rain or shine (looks like shine), the fest starts off Canada Day weekend with jazz standards and not-so-standards and caps it off with our own version of 4th of July celebrations: a massive outdoor concert from the B-52s. All that jazz plus a visit from Will and Kate, a fest just for teenagers, and some truly beautiful, truly challenging art from American painter (and celeb in his own right) John Currin…

JAZZ FEST INTERVIEW: MADELEINE PEYROUX

Madeleine Peyroux might very well define what the Montreal Jazz Festival has become over its 32-year history: one foot rooted in jazz and blues tradition and the other taking exploratory steps into new musical configurations…

JAZZ FEST INTERVIEW: BOOTSY COLLINS

It was a wild day tracking down the funk pioneer Bootsy Collins before his Montreal International Jazz Festival show at Metropolis, but as you can see from the video interview, it was well worth it.