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MONTREAL BEST NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTIES

I know you’re all super busy returning Christmas presents online, but, when you have a second, here are some of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Montreal…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (NOVEMBER 26 TO 28)

This weekend in Montreal is all about the parties. Well, parties and hockey. But I guess hockey could be considered a party. It does have beer and music. Anyway, you get the point. Here are ten (plus) fun things to do this weekend in Montreal.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (NOVEMBER 12 to 14)

Oh Montreal, why can’t you just give me a weekend off? I keep thinking that one of these weekends there will be NOTHING to do, and I’ll be able to get caught up on sleep and pay my bills and floss my teeth and do stuff that people with spare time do. But alas, my dear Montreal, you keep presenting me with so many wonderful temptations. Here are ten fun things to keep you in trouble this weekend.

THE MONTREAL GAY LIST: NOVEMBER

Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events. Here are our suggestions for the month of November.

IMAGE+NATION: MORE THAN JUST GAY FILMS

The tag line for this year’s Image+Nation film festival is “Around the world in 10 days” – which is perfect for gays who appreciate international travel, but have a close-to-home budget.  With over twenty documentaries highlighting LGBT human rights, complex struggles with body image, lesbian feminist history, queer culture and the overlooked “B” in LGBT, you are guaranteed access to a world that might be unfamiliar. But the festival is not just about queer celluloid. It is also the opportunity to mingle with like-minded folks who appreciate cinema, creativity and glasses of wine.

HOTEL PLACE D’ARMES CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY

Last Thursday the Antonopoulos family celebrated the tenth anniversary of their Hotel Place d’Armes with an all-out bash. Boxing circa 1930 was the evening’s colourful theme, so lucky invite-only guests (like me) were entertained by some live fist fighting in a miniature ring, “cigarette girls” (serving sushi) dressed in feathers and flapper dresses, an oyster bar, drinks aplenty, a slick jazz band, and guest of honour Lucian Bute , the Montrealer who recently defended his super-middleweight title after a spectacular knockout match with Jesse Brinkley on Oct. 15 at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (OCTOBER 29 to 31)

This weekend promises to be spooktacular in Montreal. We’ve got plenty of Halloween parties to release the inner ghoul. But if dressing up as a zombie or as Antoine Dodson doesn’t do it for you, there are plenty of other things to do this weekend in Montreal.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (OCTOBER 22 to 24)

One of the greatest things about Montreal is the diversity in activities that one can do. For instance, this weekend you can go from a Zen poetry reading on Friday night to a monster truck rally on Saturday night. And then on Sunday you might find yourself getting a massage in a nineteen century cavern or studying the threads of Montreal’s most famous fashion designer. Curious? Check out what to do this weekend in Montreal.

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…

BACHELORETTE BASH IN MONTREAL

Seeing that I’m writing a book about hedonism in Montreal, my girlfriend in New York was convinced that my “cute little French city” would be the perfect place for her up-coming bachelorette party—and that I was the ideal person to send her a list of ideas. Of course, I had to agree, on both accounts (and add that Montreal is also a very safe city). But, I made her promise—in exchange for a girly-girl, good times itinerary—that there would be no matching pink t-shirts or plastic tiaras involved. Thank god, she agreed. Here goes…