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THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (SEPT 17 – 19)

Autumn is quickly approaching, and what better way to celebrate the season than with tall ships, or contemporary dancers, or lanterns! We’ve got nine superb things to do this weekend in Montreal!

MONTREAL PHOTO ESSAY: PIKNIC ELECTRONIK

Piknic Electronik is Montreal’s weekly outdoor dance party. Each week under the cooling shade of Jean Drapeau’s finest trees, international DJs spin electronic music to the masses. The event exists to share traditional perceived “nightclub” music with those who prefer their luscious beats in the light of day. And after more than a decade of Sunday afternoon dance parties, Piknic Electronik is a certifiable Montreal institution. Some even consider it their new religion. Here are some photos from the weekly event.

SO WHAT IS THE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIVERS/CITÉ AND PRIDE?

It seems the gaylaxy is a bit confused about the summer gay festivals in Montreal. In fact, just the other day I received yet another letter asking me to clarify the differences between our big homo hooplas. I thought I’d share the letter, as you might have the same internal* itching question!

HEAVY METAL MONTREAL: BIG NAMES, BIG SOUND

It might seem a bit incongruous to see a post about a heavy metal festival on the Montreal Buzz blog. But in 2008, Heavy Metal MTL attracted some 36,000 head-banging tourists and hard-rocking locals. After a break in 2009, the 2-day fest returns with a vengeance this weekend to prove that Montreal is a city that loves it some metal…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JULY 23 to 25)

This weekend in Montreal there are a few awesome festivals to choose from, enabling you to get your daily recommended amount of giggles, acrobats and African beats. But, while you’re here, you’ll probably need to eat at some point. And you might be in the mood to check out some art. And there’s a chance you’ll want to buy a new T-shirt. Wow, you’re going to be busy! We’ve got ten diverse recommendations for you to have a jam-packed, incredible weekend in Montreal.

AFRICAN MUSIC AND DANCE AT FESTIVAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE

Renowned for its colourful atmosphere and quality of programming, Montreal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique presents music and culture from 500 artists originating from more than 30 different countries across Africa, South America and the Caribbean. With more than 50 indoor and outdoor concerts, the festival is the largest North American gathering of major world music artists and a true celebration of Montreal’s multiculturalism. The 24th edition of the Festival also coincides with the 50th anniversary of independance of many African nations, making it a year of festivities to remember. Here are some of the Festival’s highlights :

DIVERS/CITÉ: THE MONTREAL GAY EVENT OF JULY

One of the biggest LGBT parties of the year in Montreal is just around the corner. After nearly 20 years of celebrating the best of gay culture, music and art, Divers/Cité has another stellar line up of performers set to seduce the city from July 26 until August 1. And you, of course, are invited.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JULY 2 TO 4)

If a forecast of sunshine and highs of 30 ºC /86 ºF isn’t enough to convince you, we’ve got ten other superb reasons for you to get your arse to Montreal this weekend. —————————————————————————————————————— [art festival] FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL MONTRÉAL EN ARTS – As one of the greatest open-air art galleries in North America, FIMA is a one-kilometer stretch of visual art ranging from sculpture to live painting to short film screenings. If you are in town this weekend, a ‘walk through’ is a ‘must do.’ [festival] JAZZ FESTIVAL – The largest Jazz festival in the world, this Montréal institution is typically attended by two million people annually. This year you’ll be serenaded by Dave Brubeck, Cyndi Lauper, George Clinton and so much more. It’s your last weekend to jazz it up! Find a tempo that works for you.

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Piknic Électronik is Montreal’s weekly outdoor dance party. Flickr user martingirard57 was there to capture the action! He also features many fab shots of Montreal on his page, including many glimpses of local architecture. Party on, we say! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.