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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.
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.
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.
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?
Here are some suggestion for hot and homo happenings in Montréal for the month of March!
MEC PLUS ULTRA (or MPU) is my pick for “Best out-of-village gay party.” It is a monthly party held in Montreal’s hippest neighborhood, the Plateau where guys gather to have a drink and mingle. The organizers know how to throw a party. I chatted with one of the event organizers, Julien De Repentigny, about his definition of “MPU”, what’s in store for future events and how to approach your evening crush…
When Tiga started a dance party, people came. NEON is a conceptual electro-collective featuring Montreal’s most smokin’ DJs and some hot dancing at SAT, a digital art Mecca. Check out one of Montreal’s raddest parties. (And, yes, I just said “raddest”.)
It is my belief that Halloween enables people to act out their inebriated fantasies in somewhat acceptable social spaces. Personally, I’ve never needed Halloween for that… Yet Halloween is always a special day for us gays; we wait all year to release our inner cracked-out pop star or gay cowboy fantasies. As you might imagine from our renown liberal culture, Montreal enjoys a good freak-fest. Check out my snarky costume suggestions, and the Montreal parties where you can release your inner gay ghoul…
Here are my 5 travel recommendations for what’s hot and gay in Montreal for the month of October…