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MUTEK: BEN FROST COULD LIVE IN MONTREAL

Like Matmos, Ben Frost makes something quite different than what many people think of when they hear the term “electronic music”. Before his return to Mutek, I talked to him about his new record, meeting Tim Hecker and giving it all up to become David Guetta…

6 GAY GEMS OUTSIDE OF THE MONTREAL GAY VILLAGE

The Gay Village is the clear destination for homos who travel to Montréal. With tons of bars, boutiques, cafés, saunas, salons and bistros, one could very well spend a weekend without needing to go elsewhere. But I sense that you are a gay with a flair for adventure. Being constrained to the Gay Village would only cramp your sophisticated sensibilities. In your quest for alternatives to the gay mainstream, here is a selection of homo hot spots in four other Montréal neighborhoods.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL [MAY 28 TO 30]

It’s supposed to be another stunning weekend in Montréal. Here are nine fun and diverse ways to tackle the city! [festival] TRANSAMÉRIQUES – A powerful blast of theatre and dance from seventeen cities, a dozen countries and four continents will sweep through Montréal as the fourth edition of the Festival TransAmériques shakes up the city. [museum] MONTRÉAL MUSEUMS DAY – Once a year Montréal museums open their doors to everyone… for free! This year it’s happening on Sunday, May 30. Make sure you do some stretches if you plan on seeing everything.

GO HABS GO!

A few hours before Game 2 between the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers, we asked a few Montréal luminaries, artists, bloggers and all-around cool cats what the Habs mean to them.

SENOR COCONUT TO HOST FREE FIESTA AT MUTEK

Montreal’s Mutek festival just announced their first ever free outdoor concert. It’s taking place on June 5th at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier Des Spectacles. Even if you don’t know much about electronic music, how could dancing in downtown Montreal during a concert headlined by someone named Señor Coconut be anything but an awesome idea?

PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK: THE MONTRÉAL WEEKLY OUTDOOR DANCE PARTY

You like to bask in the sunshine. You like to dance to upbeat music. You like to drink wine in a park on a Sunday afternoon. Then you’ll like to PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK. Each Sunday afternoon, in Parc Jean Drapeau, Montrealers and visitors gather to enjoy fresh air and cutting edge DJs. Piknic Électronik is a weekly outdoor celebration of electronic music. Some of the famous names to spin in the past two years include MSTRKRFT, Amon Tobin, Benga and Hercules & Love Affair. The featured artists are framed by the skyline of the city and a stunning, slow-sinking orange sun.

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.

BAL EN BLANC [#PARTY]

Montréal is unarguably Canada’s party city. You wanna take a kayak to work, then you go to Vancouver. You wanna get rich off oil money, you go to Calgary. You wanna burn off the blahs of everyday life and party like the sun might not rise, you come to Montréal. Clearly the key ingredient to every party city is the ability to host a good party. I don’t want to brag, but we seem to have mastered the “epic party.” Between Resolution, The Jazz Festival, Divers/Cité, Black & Blue, and the weekly Piknic Électronik, we barely have time to bake our delicious French patisseries.

SING, STRIP & SLOWDANCE: YOU HAVE A DATE WITH THE MONTRÉAL “QUIRK SCENE”

A trilogy of awesomeness will be rockin’ The Main on the last weekend of March. March 26: Strip Spelling Bee March 27: Slow Dance Night March 28: Crowd Karaoke These parties are part of the quickly evolving “Quirk Scene” in Montreal. But what in tarnation are these events? And how can you participate?