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Meet a Montrealer: Dominique Lavergne, Montréal Pride

Dominique Lavergne has been involved in Montréal’s LGBT community and the Gay Village for several years, and is in charge of the women’s program of activities in this year’s Montréal Pride. Dominique serves on Montréal Pride’s board of directors as a community representative and her mission is to give the lesbian communities more visibility throughout the year. Why create a program of activities for women? Usually, visibility for women is not something that is emphasized in big events and, at Montréal Pride, we believe it’s important to have as many female events as there are ale events. Tell us a bit about the events for women in the Pride program this year. First, thanks to the LSTW [Les Spread the Word] community, we have the opportunity to create a space for women during the Pride festival. The space opens on Thursday evening with a BBQ and will be open every day until Sunday. In the main program of activities, it all starts on Monday with an evening show called Trans-cinq ans d’histoire at Cabaret Mado. On Tuesday, there’s a conference and discussion about bisexuality at the Gouverneur Montréal Place Dupuis hotel. On Wednesday, the popular LSTW 6@9 de la Fierté … / Read More →

Montréal Pride survival guide

Hundreds of thousands of revellers are expected to attend Montréal Pride, the largest LGBT gathering in the Francophone world, from August 10-16. Over 80 events will be held during the festival, including Montréal Pride’s three flagship events: Community Day on Aug. 15, along Sainte-Catherine Street East in the Village; the ever-popular Pride Parade on Aug. 16 at 1 pm; and the iconic Mega T-Dance at Place Émilie-Gamelin on Aug. 16 beginning at noon. Here is a guide to survive Pride in Montréal: Remember why we are here – The first Gay Pride parade was held in 1970 to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. This year Montréal Pride honours the 25th anniversary of Sex Garage, a milestone event in Montréal history: In July 1990 police violently raided the LGBT Sex Garage loft party in old Montréal, politicizing a generation of activists who would go on to improve gay life in Montréal and Québec. Montréal Pride can also trace its origins directly to Sex Garage. Check out the free outdoor Sex Garage photo exhibition being presented at Place Émilie-Gamelin from Aug. 12-16. LGBT community relations with police have greatly improved since Sex Garage. At Pride, be positive and courteous, and respectful of… / Read More →

Montréal Pride paints the town pink

Hundreds of thousands of revellers are expected to attend Montréal Pride, the largest LGBT gathering in the Francophone world, from August 10-16. Over 80 events will be held during the festival, including Montréal Pride’s three flagship events: Community Day on August 15, along Sainte-Catherine Street East in the Village; the ever-popular Pride Parade on August 16 at 1 pm; and the iconic Mega T-Dance at Place Émilie-Gamelin on August 16 beginning at noon. For the third consecutive year, the Pride Parade theme will be inspired by the rainbow flag. This year’s colour is yellow, the rainbow flag’s third colour, representing light and energy. Many festival favourites are returning: Montreal drag legend Michel Dorion returns to host the star-studded Illusion drag extravaganza on August 15; and cabaret singer Marleen Menard hosts her much-buzzed about Et Si L’Amour revue on August 13 starring – among others – Quebec singers Johanne Blouin and Gardy Fury; triple-threat drag star Billy L’Amour and 1980s Canadian pop icon Luba. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. at Place Émilie-Gamelin. Montréal Pride will also present a free outdoor show on August 14 (also at Place Émilie-Gamelin) called Never Apart: Paradise Village, featuring such local and international artists as trans legend Amanda… / Read More →

Fierté Montreal Pride Set To Dazzle Montreal Once Again

The 2014 edition of Montréal’s LGBT Pride celebrations goes from August 11 to 17, 2014. For this edition, they’ll be honouring Orange — the second colour of the rainbow pride flag which symbolizes healing, vitality, energy, and warmth. See what’s in store for all the lovers heading to Montreal Pride this year…

LGBT SUMMER IN MONTREAL RECAP

Waking up bleary eyed in the fall, the summer long Montreal daydream becomes a memory meld of food trucks, festivals, park promenades, and sangria sipping in the sun. Because it’s Montreal (one of the most gay friendly places on Earth) the LGBT community was out frolicking in full force…

Things to Do in Montreal: August 9–15

Enjoy Montreal-made entertainment and August’s sunny days at several outdoor events this week, ranging from rock and blues music festivals to orchestra performances to live graffiti art – all the while, eat well at food and cultural festivals…

Guide to Festivals in Montreal

Montreal’s many festivals reach their peak during the summer months, yet the festival fun continues at high levels throughout the year. To help you plan, here’s Tourisme Montreal’s Guide to the city’s most entertaining, must-see festivals…

DO YOUR THING IN MTL: A NEW MONTREAL LGBT VIDEO SERIES

Montreal likes to celebrate the LGBT community in big ways. This is why Tourisme Montreal is excited to announce Do Your Thing in MTL!, a video series of performances and interviews with top LGBT entertainers from around North America that we’ve invited to Montreal showcase their talent by using the streets and attractions of Montreal as their stage. We have amazing performances rolling out over the summer months by singer-songwriter Jonny “Gay Pimp” McGovern, lesbian comedian DeAnne Smith, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, trans drag performer Carmen Carrera, and the Queen of Montreal’s Gay Village Mado Lamotte…

WHAT TO DO IN MONTREAL’S GAY VILLAGE IN 2013

Tucked into a cozy café during the early winter months of 2013, or prancing around in a tank top come August, Montreal’s Gay Village is a fun and friendly place to hang out all year. The Village is packed with places to eat, drink and dance that appeal to a wide variety of people!