Montreal is an architecture-lovers wet dream. Whether you appreciate Art Deco, neoclassical, modern or anything in between, we’ve got a mishmash of styles and approaches to satiate your construction curiosity. In fact, I’d say we define urban architectural promiscuity. In this photo we have the iconic Montreal Olympic Stadium. “Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is a bold design by French architect Roger Taillibert. A funicular-type elevator brings visitors to the top three observation floors of the Tower, the tallest inclined tower in the world, which offers a spectacular view of the city. The sports centre, at the foot of the Tower, has six aquatic pools as well as a multi-sport facility.” Thanks to flickr extraordinaire, achille_beaulne, for this magnificent shot. Click on over for other photos of Achille’s perspective of Montreal. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.
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I first found out about Montreal photographer Benoit Aquin 2 years ago, when he won the Prix Pictet 2008, the most prestigious photography award in the world. For this Prize, sponsored by the Pictet Bank, Aquin submit pictures of the Chinese Dust Bowl – although the theme of the contest was water.
Our fiery photo this week captures a scene from local circus company, Tohu. “Inside and out, La TOHU (short for “tohu-bohu”, a French expression to describe urban hustle and bustle) is host to a year-round line-up of fun and excitement that spans a wide array of circus art forms, cultural celebrations and eco-responsible fairs. Home to state-of-the-art, purpose-built circus facilities as well as those of the National Circus School, the centre is a hub of cultural and economic life for the city and the Saint-Michel neighbourhood, with a mission to promote environmental design and stewardship. So come and run away to the circus in Montreal!” Thanks to Pierre Versailles for his photo! He’s our first contributor to have two photos featured! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.
Our “Photo of the Week” comes from an interesting perspective — the water. Many travelers are surprised to discover that Montreal is indeed a city surrounded by the Saint Lawrence River. If you’re interested in setting sail in Montreal, there are a variety of boating options (click and search “water sports”). The subject of this particular photo is Marché Bonsecours… “Recognized as one of the ten most beautiful heritage buidlings in Canada, the Marché Bonsecours is a proud showcase for Québec artists, designers and artisans. It houses fifteen boutiques, including the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec (Québec’s Craft Council), which offer original creations at the artisans’ prices. Watch glass-blowing artists at work in the Gogo Glass boutique, and enjoy Québec-grown products in the three restaurants and cafés-terraces.” Thanks to Flickr user “yletou” for the snapshot! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.
Our photo offering of the week comes from Flickr starlet “glzwus” — who has a couple of stunning albums devoted to various Montreal neighborhoods and attractions. Check’em out. Also, check out the Montreal Botanical Gardens in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. “With an outstanding collection that boasts more than 22,000 species and varieties of plants, the Montréal Botanical Garden is considered one of the world’s best gardens. Over 180 acres, it features 10 exhibition greenhouses and over 30 outdoor gardens. The Chinese and Japanese Gardens offer exotic landscapes, whereas the Tree House displays Québec’s abundant forest wealth.” Thanks for the photo! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.
Our photo of the week comes from Montreal photographer and overall wonderful chap, Mr. Daniel Séguin. He has called this image “In Rhythm” — which is appropriate because he is capturing an iconic Montreal weekly event where travelers can literally feel the pulse of the city. Every Sunday afternoon on the eastern side of Mount Royal Park (under the angel statue), there is a big, joyous drumming festival. It’s called Tam Tams. It’s an inclusive event where anyone can bring a drum and join in the rhythm. Or, if your bongos don’t fit in your suitcase, you can simply shake your money-maker. We suggest bringing a picnic, checking out the various vendors and ogling at the “LARP’ers” (Live Action Role Play). Thank you, Daniel! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.
Our photo this week is from Flickr ace Mr. Luc Deveault. He’s got a fine selection of Montreal photos, including some great shots around the islands of Parc Jean-Drapeau. The selected image features the Expo ’67 French Pavilion, which is currently home to the Montreal Casino. “Formerly the French and Québec pavilions of Expo 67, the Casino de Montréal offers 120 gaming tables, including Poker Texas Hold’em, and over 3,000 slots machines on five floors of sheer entertainment! It is also home to sumptuous private room L’exécutif, the Casino also offers four restaurants, including Nuances, rated Five Diamonds by CAA/AAA.” Thanks Luc! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.
Osehaga Festival is all about great musicians performing in one of Montreal’s most stunning urban locations. But don’t get distracted by all the celebs, because this Montreal festival is also all about star-studded street fashion and unique dud watching. The voice of men’s culture, GQ Magazine, was in town for the occasion, and recently published a series of photographs praising the beauty of the Montreal female breed. Here are some looks and folks that caught the eye of the Montreal Buzz.
The past weekend was epic in Montreal. A big part of the epic-ness was the annual Divers/Cité festival — a week long celebration of LGBT culture, music, art and more. There was a whole slew of artists, including Lady Bunny & Joey Arias, Sister Sledge, Frankie Knuckles, DJ Ana Paula and plenty of sassy others! If you didn’t make it this year, then you best pull out your big gay calendar for 2011 and circle the last week in July. You’ve got a date with Montreal. I was boppin’ about the festival enjoying the mixed drinks and drag queens. And in between martinis, I managed to snag a couple of photos. Enjoy!
Our photo of the week comes from Flickr whiz Madame B. She’s got a whole slew of delightful pics, including some stellar black & white work. This photo, despite its ambiguous origins (iPhone app or Polaroid?), captures the iconic “Five Roses” sign in vintage, faded glory. The sign has been an iconic part of the city’s skyline since its erection in 1948. With continued controversy over its future, ours suggestion is to plan a visit sooner than later, before it disappears from the Montreal skyline forever. For more information check out the Farine Five Roses Art Project, which is devoted to maintaining and celebrating the historic billboard. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.