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FIVE VERY FRENCH THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL

Montreal may be far away from Paris. But sometimes it’s pretty close. Here are four addresses to indulge into the original French lifestyle of Montreal

DRIVE-END AT MONTREAL’S FINE ARTS MUSEUM

Remember drive-in movies? Today, many are abandoned. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Drive-End, a collection of Martin Beauregard’s photographs, many of which show these mammoth screens sitting silently. No one is watching anymore.

A WALK WITH MARTHA WAINWRIGHT

Martha Wainwright and I took a candid stroll on Montreal’s Plateau district yesterday. She spoke freely about her new album, her family and some of her favourite Montreal haunts.

BEST MONTREAL SUSHI JOINTS: SATA SUSHI IN HOMA

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (or HoMa) is a Montréal neighborhood that has some major Montréal attractions. The food scene in this district is starting to blossom, and Sata Sushi is a restaurant most definitely leading the movement.

EAT LOCAL IN MONTREAL: AN INTERVIEW WITH SARAH ELTON (THE LOCAVORE)

Eating locally raised and harvested food is an important part of any authentic travel experience. Blogger, journalist and author of “Locavore,” Sarah Elton, shares some tips on how to eat locally in Montréal or wherever your travels might take you.

PAUL MULDOON TALKS POETRY, TRAVEL AND MONTREAL

In a world of Paris-Hilton-twitter-literacy, Paul Muldoon is a true poetic gem. I sat down with this Pulitzer Prize winning poet to chat about how he writes a poem, the link between poetry & travel and his favorite hotel in Montréal.

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.