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LESBIAN MONTREAL: JUNE

Summer is off to its cavalier start in good old Montreal. Montreal is a must-have-bike kind of a city in the summer, so even if you’re in town for just a bit, take a Bixi out to your next outing. We’ve got a fancy indie flea market where the cutest of the cutest will surely be, all sorts of nakedness at the Fringe Fest and Cirque du Soleil’s highly anticipated Totem…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JUNE 2-5)

June is here at last, the month we’ve been waiting for, when summer comes on strong and the festivals come on even stronger. It can be overwhelming at times – the Quartier des Spectacles fills with people, three or more festivals happen simultaneously with hundreds of events to choose from – but there’s something to suit every pace. This weekend, go dancing rave-style or nice and slow, take in some local independent theatre or the kind that tours the world, or lose yourself in operatic Italy or Latin love.

FRANCOFOLIES BY BEARCAN

Bonsoir! I am Bearcan. Half bear, demi toucan, best of both worlds, non? I am French, as you can see, a lover, poet, collector of the vintage iPods and I love the fresh bake of the bread. J’adore! My ladyfriend is the best thing I ‘ave in my life. She ease the most beautiful creature in the world and I take her a whole lot to FrancoFolies in Montreal!

CONCERTS IN MONTREAL: JUNE

The arrival of June means that very soon most of the music in Montreal will come in festival form. But that doesn’t meant that the month of June doesn’t boast some great stand-alone concerts. While the back-to-back Rihanna shows are foremost in some people’s minds, there also some great local bands playing and, given the well-deserved world-class reputation of Montreal’s music scene, their shows should be marked down on your calendars with equal aplomb…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MAY 27-29)

This last weekend in May could be said to mark, if not the beginning of summer, the end of spring. With sunny days and warm temperatures on the very, very near horizon, the final days of May are anything goes. Weird, wild experimental theatre and dance? Check. A fancy food festival? Check. An entire day wherein all the city’s museums are free of charge? Check. An outdoor dance party on an island in the middle of the St-Laurent river? Aw yeah, check…

MUTEK INTERVIEW: PLASTIKMAN, AKA RICHIE HAWTIN

Canadian techno legend Richie Hawtin has been announced as one of the headliners of Mutek, Montreal’s international festival of digital creativity and electronic music whose 12th edition takes place from June 1 through 5…

MONTREAL JAZZ FEST BY SQUIRROG

Heyo, Squirrog here, the biggest Jazz Fest fan in all of Mont- Oh snap, look at all those people looking at me in that picture! Get a room, it’ll last longer!  Where was I? Oh right- so I can’t believe I got a job playing Frogger for Tourisme Montreal! Wait… getting a text from Foxutan… Oh man, that guy is hilares… wait, what’s a blogger? Anyway, JAZZ FEST!

FRANCOFOLIES: 5 SURE BETS

We all know about the Jazz Fest but Les FrancoFolies de Montreal, June 9-18, is also a contender for one of the city’s most exciting musical events. The second-largest French song festival in the world welcomes hundreds of thousands of people every year to hear iconic and innovative acts from France, Quebec and the French diaspora…

MUTEK (JUNE 1-5, 2011)

From June 1st to June 5th, Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles becomes a veritable playground for all things Mutek. A festival that explores digital creativity and electronic music.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MAY 5-8)

Once May hits, Montrealers let themselves believe that summer is really coming and so we go outside, a lot, with other people, in the streets and in the parks, at festivals and sometimes even to dance. This weekend, witness spring’s bloom in world-renowned dance, electronic arts, on-stage historic Montreal and movies and music made for dancing…