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A Google Map of Montreal Nightlife

If you’re visiting Montréal to come experience our incredible Nightlife scene, there are so many options that it can be hard to get your bearings. You may have come to town with a couple places in mind. You may have, if you’re very astute, handsome and intelligent, been reading this Nightlife blog and gotten a couple ideas for where you want to go. But, if you’re planning to jump around the city a bit, to let the night winds take you where they will, it’s nice to know where all those spots are in relation to each other. For this reason, I’ve taken the time to make a special Nightlife in Montréal Google map for you to help plan your nights out on the town…

My Pick: aKido

You can find a self-proclaimed “World’s Best DJ” in every city. But electronic music isn’t all about techno beats and repetitive jingles. Coming up with something different is hard – and it often seems about as likely as Lady Gaga going without hair products for more than 24 hours. aKido, however, has done it. Read more to find out why you shouldn’t leave Montréal without his latest release.

Tiga’s Coming…

Montréal born DJ/Producer Tiga is bringing his beats home on Saturday June 6th. Come get yer sexy on…

My pick: Lhasa

You always remember your first times. The first time you kissed someone. The first time you fell in love. And also the first time you heard a song that changed your life. Lhasa will change yours. Read more to find out how to bring home a meaningful souvenir from your trip to Montréal.

Parking… No, not your car

Hey fellow gays. If you’re like me, you like to go out. You like to have a good time. You’ve been known to even get a little sweaty on the dance floor. Well have I got good news for you. One of Montréal’s premiere nightclubs, PARKING, has expanded – bigger, louder, gayer! Okay, you’ll have to decide for yourself how far along the gay-o-meter it is. But no matter what, you can expect amazing beats, and various areas to suit your fancy: the classic nightclub, “Tunnel” (a male only space… wink wink, nudge nudge) and the freshly installed Urban Room. With 95,000 watts of sound you might not even need to dance because you’ll probably be vibrating. Throw in a new lighting system and state-of-the-art LED video projections and you are bound to have a transcendent experience. Here’s a taste of the action…

Karaoke Queens

You don’t have to be an American Idol to be a singing sensation. All you need is a few friends, a couple of drinks and a karaoke bar. (Okay, the ability to disassociate oneself from all forms of dignity is also helpful.) Karaoke is a tried n’ true form of fun; the perfect start to a crazy night. With a few friends, including a fellow Montréal Insider (the darling Tamy Emma Pepin), I hit up a local Karaoke Lounge and belted out some pop standards. Fave Moment: Me butchering the melody of “Piano Man” by Billy Joel. Check out these mad skills…

This Year’s Jazz Fest Line-Up

Breaking news: Your Arts & Culture Insider doesn’t know much about jazz. But that doesn’t mean he won’t enjoy his summer with saxophones and a little scotch.

Mutek and Montreal

This year, Mutek celebrates 10 great years of showcasing some of the world’s best electronic music and culture. In that time, it has become not only one of Montréal’s most beloved festivals, but one of the premiere events of its kind in the world. It runs from May 27th-31st in some of the cities’ most interesting venues- check www.mutek.org for the full rundown. I’m a huge fan of this unique event and will have a ton of exclusive tips, picks and profiles on this blog in the coming weeks. To kick it all off, I sat down with Dimitri Nasrallah, the Festival’s Content Manager and International Media Relations whiz. We talked about how the fest began and where it’s going…

The Circuit Comes to Town

May 14-18 brings the annual Hot & Dry party, an all-night event that promises to be hot & sweaty. Celebrate the arrival of summer with 2000 of your shirtless new best friends…

Piknic Électronik :::: I Can’t Wait!

One of my absolute favourite summer activities has to be soaking up electronic beats and rays of sunshine in Parc Jean-Drapeau. Every Sunday afternoon Montréalers shake their booties at an outdoor dance party. It is called Piknic Électronik. I wanted to give you a little taste of the excitement, so I made a little dance video – “I Can’t Wait!” Check it out…