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Hidden Hotspot #4: Laïka

Whether I want to work all day long, chain-drinking cafés au lait and eavesdrop on other regulars talking about Tokyo and Berlin, or simply spend an evening sharing a bottle of white Bordeaux with a friend while listening to some of the world’s best DJs, Laïka is a favourite venue in the Plateau area.

Montreal Culture Pick: Pierre Lapointe

This talented 28-year-old artist sings about French prostitutes and forests of disappointed lovers, while spending his free time at a columbarium. Pierre Lapointe has reached local and international fame with his first two albums, while his latest one, Sentiments humains, was just released in April 2009. Read more to find out why you should pick up his album while you’re in town.

Hidden Hotspot #3: La Quincaillerie

Our poor lonesome cowboy sometimes needs a place to go, like in those old westerns, whenever he feels like drinking Scotch and meeting up with friends. After several years of unfaithful affairs with other bars, La Quincaillerie remains the best alternative for successful Wednesday nights.

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.