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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…

Gay Montreal Clubs :: 5 Places to get your Sexy On

Gay Montreal clubs are known throughout the gaylaxy for their hot and sweaty dance floors. When it comes to deciding where to shake your groove thang, there are a few variables to consider, such as clientele, cover charges and type of music. But no matter what your tastes in music, you are guaranteed to find something that tickles your fancy. Here are my five recommendations to get your sexy on…

In the studio with Plants and Animals

In many ways, Plants and Animals perfectly represent the diversity that makes Montreal’s music scene so magical. Made up of one Francophone and two Maritime-expats, this trio formed while taking classes together in Concordia University’s Music Department. Their 2008 full-length debut album, which was nominated for two Junos and the Polaris Music prize, was titled Parc Avenue – a nod to the lively and eclectic street on which most of the group lives. Recently, a photographer friend and I hung out in the studio as they worked on their new album…

space for everyone

Montréal is home to a lot of homos. There is a large diversity of men out there. One might say that there are as many options as Ben & Jerry’s… or as we say in Montréal “Benoit et Gerald”. Check out my ode to diversity. Oh yeah, and you’ll never guess who I ask to marry me…

Hidden Hotspot #1: Drawn & Quarterly

About five years ago, I traded in my old Batman comic books for graphic novels. Maybe it’s just because as you get older, you feel something like Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, which tells the story of a young girl living in Tehran, might be a little closer to your everyday life than a man with a black leather costume whose job description includes saving the world and fighting evil people.