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Meet a Montrealer: Plastik Patrik

Montréal nightlife icon and queer androgyne Plastik Patrik has been entertaining audiences for over two decades, before the current generation of club kids was even born! Once, when Cyndi Lauper discovered Plastik Patrik – “What a fabulous name!” she said – and Patrik’s then-band One 976, she invited the glam-punk rockers to sing two encores with her (La Vie en rose and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun) onstage at Le Metropolis de Montréal in 2004. Patrik would go on to form another band, Patrik et les Brutes, and became a much in-demand DJ. Patrik – who keeps fit by swimming laps and running marathons – is also the emcee for the women’s exciting Montreal Roller Derby league. Job: I’m a multi-tasker. Make-up artist, DJ, party planner, performer, emcee, roller derby announcer. Favourite pastime: Exercise. Club nights and gigs have come and gone but I’ve always trained. Obsessively. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? Summer in the city is always a treat, that’s no secret. One of my favorite festivals is MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL. They always have a big show in Parc Émilie-Gamelin. Big outdoor circus in the summer, that’s Montréal full spin. What’s the next big thing you’re… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: October 23 to 29

Late October in Montréal is all about food, art-abundant culture, live music and Halloween fun. The city’s official Restaurant Week, MTL à TABLE, kicks off with gourmet festivities and menu specials, just as a cultural feast is unleashed in theatres and galleries, touring bands thrill music fans and Halloween activities creep into our already wild nightlife. Fantastic food   Montréal is a food lovers’ city, with more restaurants than most major urban centres and the acclaim to match – try as many eateries as you can during MTL à TABLE, Montréal’s official Restaurant Week, happening October 29 to November 8 at 150 restaurants across the city. For 11 days, take advantage of table d’hôte reduced prices ($21, $31 or $41), culinary tours, wine tastings, special events and more, from family-friendly restaurants to group-friendly locales, bring-your-own-wine favourites to local cheeses. For more details on what to do and where to go during Restaurant Week, read our Tourisme Montréal Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à TABLE. Happy eating! Halloween anticipation Because Montréalers love Halloween, the costumed fun starts early. Cult movie fans cheer for both the film and a cast of characters on stage at the Rocky Horror Picture Show Ball,… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: November 1-7

The city pulls out all the stops for Halloween, with wild and eerie entertainment and parties all weekend, while still attending to another of life’s necessities: food, courtesy of TASTE MTL. Once Halloween ends, the food fun continues along with innovative theatre, dance, art and live music… (restaurant hopping) Montreal holds its own version of restaurant week with TASTE MTL, November 1-11, inviting over 100 restaurants to prepare affordable 3-course meals, giving culinary tours around the city, and offering wine tastings, cooking classes and workshops with master chefs and gastronomy experts. Restaurants Tasso, Au Cinquième Péché and Le Continental on St-Denis Street even host Opéra de Montréal singers on select evenings, and, as an enticement to sample restaurants on Mont-Royal Avenue, on the evenings of November 1-2 and 8-9 see several hundred candles light up in an art installation outside Mont-Royal metro station. (fright nights) Halloween happens all weekend in Montreal, so expect to see costumed hoards aplenty. Celebrate the season outdoors at the Montreal Botanical Garden, where the Great Pumpkin Ball and the Insectarium’s Spiders Unmasked shows entertain all day, or go on a ghost tour of the city with Fantômes Montreal. Of course, night time is when the real… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: October 25-31

As both winter and Halloween approach, Montreal continues to entertain with live theatre and music, intriguing art, designer shopping, and horror movies, along with many chances this week to make the most of the fall weather, whether it’s sunny for daytime ambling or eerily overcast for costumed cavorting…