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PLANTS AND ANIMALS AND POUTINE

Montréal group Plants and Animals have strong feelings about poutine and they’re not afraid to go on the record with them. “I’ve tried some of the crazy ones they have at Banquise,” says guitarist and lead vocalist Warren Spicer. “But honestly, it’s too much.” “They should institute something like the Bavarian Purity Law they have for beer,” chimes in drummer Matthew Woodley. “Fries, curds, gravy, that’s it. Tightly regulated. Free-range, sustainable curds only!”

THE MONTRÉAL GAY LIST: APRIL

Each month “The Montréal Buzz” features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events. Here are some suggestions for the month of April…

DOMINION DOMINATES DOWNTOWN

Say hello to Dominion Square Tavern, a unique gastro-pub that comes as a most-appreciated addition to the downtown Montreal restaurant and bar scene. Opened in late December 2009 by Alex Baldwin (of the fashionable Baldwin Barmacie) and Alexander Wolosianski (of the legendary Whiskey Café), Dominion Square Tavern is rapidly turning into the darling destination of the Montreal in-crowd.

BIRON: A MONTRÉAL RESTAURANT RISES FROM THE ASHES

Last year the Montréal epicurean community was shocked when one of the city’s most cherished restaurants, DUEL, was closed due to a fire. DUEL had secured itself as one of the hottest places to dine in all of Canada. In fact, it was so hot that apparently the fire in the kitchen got out of control. But in a classic style of the phoenix, from the ashes of one amazing Montréal restaurant comes a new bistro birthing.