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THE BEST MONTREAL FOOD & NIGHTLIFE APPS

As the world goes mobile, so are many of the restaurants and clubs that make up an important part of Montreal’s culinary and nightlife scene. Here are some of the best Restaurant and Nightlife apps that can help you navigate your way to a perfect night out!

MONTREAL GAY VILLAGE 201

Montreal’s Gay Village is the cultural and economic hub for the city’s LGBT community. Filled with stores, restaurants, clubs and coffee shops, this is where many gay and lesbian Montrealers live, work and play. We did a “Gay Village 101” a couple years ago, but there’s so much going on in the Village that we felt it needed an update!

BLACK AND BLUE: BLACKJACK 21

The Bad Boys Club of Montreal (BBCM) is at it again! They’re rocketing into another decade of high-profile, large-scale dance events while continuing their ultimate goal and vision of raising money to find a cure for HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme is high-rollers BlackJack21 for the 21st Anniversary of Black & Blue! To be clear is is not a casino night, but will be filled with glitz, glamour, and some high-stakes games…

MEET A MONTREALER: STEPHAN GRONDIN

Stephan Grondin is the Montreal DJ opening for Kylie Minogue (who plays the Bell Centre on April 28), but if you frequent Montreal’s best clubs, chances are you’ve heard his infectious beats already…

CELEBRITY-SPOTTING IN MONTREAL

The who, where, and why you might care. A few days ago after a few late night cocktails at Barroco Restaurant (312 rue St-Paul ouest) in the Old Montreal, gal pal Mary* and I moseyed over to Le Papillon Rose (1071 côte du Beaver Hall) to fete our buddy Josh’s birthday (forever 39, right darling?) Josh – despite being PR man for Hype energy drinks – is a decidedly laidback dude. Mary, then, was a perfect study in contrast when actor Owen Wilson walked through the doorway and she shrieked, “Owen Wilson!” (In her defense, it was a very ladylike shriek; I don’t think everybody noticed.)

MONTREAL HALLOWEEN PARTY LINEUP

Since you have already, no doubt, planned the optimal trick-or-treating route for Halloween (based on a formula that predicts a path with the largest concentration of residences with a high candy-to-healthystupidapples ratio), why don’t I just skip ahead to telling you where the best Halloween parties in Montreal are this year…

STARS AND CARS AT THE SAINT-JAMES HOTEL

Now that the madness of the Montreal Grand Prix is behind us, let us reminisce on the weekend. Thousands of visitors had the time of their life in the city. Martha Stewart tweeted that Montreal was a “large and clean city with a magnificent river running through it: the St-Lawrence”. She also tweeted that the food was really good, although I’m pretty sure she said that before getting a taste of her first poutine. Sir Richard Branson was spotted at Restaurant Primadonna and Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke, who is filming the movie Immortals in Montreal, was seen hanging out on the outdoor terrasse of Time Supper Club. Several parties were the talk of the town, but the reception held at Hotel Le St-James was probably the winner of them all.

GETTING BUSY ON MONTRÉAL’S BLEURY STREET

With better known Montréal destinations like St-Laurent and St-Denis, rue de Bleury ( locals drop the rue de, when they talk of the street), might seem like an odd place to start a series of street profiles. But for those in the know, Bleury is a perfect little stretch of Montréal nightlife…

POIRIER BRINGS THE WORLD TO MONTRÉAL NIGHTS

Though he and his new album, Running High, travel the world’s dance floors, Montreal producer Poirier is happy with his home base… Poirier (who recently dropped Ghislain from his stage name) has become one of Montreal’s most in-demand and interesting producers/DJs. And though he’s constantly touring and has played shows on almost every continent in the world, he’s still got plenty of love for the Mile End neighbourhood he calls home.

MEET A MONTREALER : PAULO BRANCO

Last week, my colleague Daniel Baylis introduced you to MEET A MONTREALER, an exciting new feature of this blog that allows you to meet some of Montreal’s coolest individuals. Today, I bring you party host extraordinaire: the one and only, Paulo Branco.