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MONTREAL RESTAURANTS IN THE NEWS

I’ve always been impressed by how often Montreal and its food scene popped up in The New York Times and other publications I like to read – but recently things seem to have kicked up a notch. All of a sudden, local chefs and restaurants are being written up seemingly everywhere, so much so that I had to ask myself why…

CAFE DE FLORE BRINGS VANESSA PARADIS TO MONTREAL

Café de Flore is the eagerly awaited movie from celebrated Montreal director Jean-Marc Vallée. Vallée, director of C.R.A.Z.Y. (one of the best Montreal films ever made) and The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt and Paul Bettany, is bringing his latest film to his hometown of Montreal for a premiere at our city’s most glamorous cinema, the Imperial. The red-carpet affair and the premiere party afterwards promises to be glam—the star of Café de Flore is French singer/actress/bombshell Vanessa Paradis, wife of Johnny Depp…

EXCLUSIVE FASHION SHOOT WITH PHILIPPE DUBUC

I’ve been a fan of Montreal fashion designer Philippe Dubuc since I moved to this city over a decade ago. So when presented with the exclusive opportunity to hang out behind the scenes of his photo shoot for Philippe Dubuc for Icône at Simons, how could I say “non”?

MONTREAL’S TOP SOMMELIERES

The quotient of beautiful women in Montreal seems even higher than in my native Brazil. Especially during these warm months, the beauties are everywhere in Montreal: sipping beer on terrasses, biking, walking their dogs and, of course, waitressing at restaurants. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that some of the most qualified sommelières (female sommeliers), aka wine experts, in town also happen to be attractive women.

THE GAYS OF MONTREAL: THEY’RE EVERYWHERE

While Montreal’s Gay Village is an amazing place for gays and lesbians, it’s not the only place we play and live! We call the far stretches of Montreal’s neighbourhoods home and we all have our favourites. So whether you’re in the dramatic Downtown, trendy Plateau, funky Mile-end, or glitzy Old Port: The Gays are everywhere!

SUONI PER IL POPOLO PREVIEW

I’m not sure what Suoni means but I do know that it’s synonymous with the very best of musical ingenuity and is one of Montreal’s most loved festivals that delights the city for the entire month of June. The festival is a celebration of the eclectic and this year is no exception, with a lineup that includes artists who play free jazz, noize, bent rock, electronics, country, folk and underground pop. The program features familiar faces, new groups and people you’ve never heard of…

LE FILET: MONTREAL’S BEST NEW SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Every town has its share of culinary stars who attract buzz- in New York, it’s Daniel Boulud (Daniel, Bar Boulud, etc.) and David Chang (Momofuku Ko, Ssäm Bar, etc), in Paris, media darling Iñaki Aizpitarte (Le Chateaubriand) gets that honour. In Montreal, the crowd favourites are David McMillan and Fred Morin of Joe Beef fame, and Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier of Club Chasse et Pêche and their much buzzed-about new venture, Le Filet…

BRUNCH IN THE PLATEAU

A quintessential Montreal weekend starts with brunch. And if you’re a lucky (lazy?), it starts around midday and chugs merrily along until late afternoon…

AVENUE DU PARC: A MONTREAL STREET PROFILE

Since our last street profile focused on Rue Bleury it makes perfect sense that our next installment touches on Avenue du Parc, the butterfly of an avenue that the Bleury, uh, caterpillar transform into once it crosses Sherbrooke. Heading north from the Sherbrooke intersection, Parc extends all the way up to Jean-Talon, along the way showcasing a ton of great spots

THRIFT SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

Montrealers love their thrift shops.  That is probably why you’ll find some in almost every neighbourhood of the city. Conveniently, three of our favourites ones are neighbhours, which makes for an easy vintage shop-hopping sessions on Saint-Laurent Boulevard.  Moreover, these boutiques have a unique way to play with retro stylings, making them an awful lot of fun to walk into, even when you’re not looking to actually buy anything.