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POP MONTREAL: MORE THAN JUST MUSIC

Pop Montreal may primarily be about music – it’s hard to deny that fact, what with huge bands like Arcade Fire playing this year alongside soon-to-be-huge bands and bands who (say they) don’t care if they’re ever huge – but what makes the festival like no other is how well-rounded it is, you know, like some unwholesome, scholarship-getting kid genius who also slays on the drums. I say this because of Art Pop, Pop Symposium, Fashion Pop, Puces Pop and Film Pop – and this year Sports Pop!

KAYAKING, SURFING AND SUP IN MONTREAL

If you’re looking to beat the summer heat, there’s no better way than to take a spin out to Kayak Sans Frontières (KSF), a water sports adventureland nestled along the shores of the Lachine Rapids…

ROGERS CUP 2011 IN MONTREAL

The Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament, previously known as the Canadian Open, is one of the premiere events on the WTA and ATP tours and has been held since 1881, making it the third oldest tennis tournament in the world (after Wimbledon and the US Open). The men and women’s events alternate between Toronto and Montreal- this year Montreal plays hosts to the men and is presenting a special award to the legendary Jimmy Connors…

GRAND PRIX DU CANADA (F-1) BY BULLGUIN

So, last night I’m running on the spot and watching the entire Fast and Furious franchise (a fabulous documentary series starring Paul Walker) with the help of several TVs lined up in a row and I was all, “Fast cars!” which reminded me of my mom who loves that Tracy Chapman song Fast Car because it’s “the story of my life/that’s how you were born,” or something but anyway, this got me thinking about Montreal and racecars. And this got me thinking about palindromes, which got me thinking about my first haircut which naturally led me to think about Vin Diesel which got me thinking about highly refined extinct animals and fossil fuels which got me thinking about the Grand Prix du Canada, aka F-1, aka Montreal’s Grand Prix…

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: MAY

One of the reasons Montreal is so much fun in the summer is that May and June are basically a frenzied celebration of the fact that we made it through winter. And so, May is full of free activities to get everyone out in the city’s public spaces – a free museum day, dance classes and even a festival dedicated to the great outdoors…

LESBIAN MONTREAL: MAY

Oh those May flowers! Lesbian Montreal has got the baddest to the freshest to the rocking-rollingest this month, as showers clear and winds get balmier…

MONTREAL IMPACT: FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

The Montreal Impact, the city’s ever-popular soccer team, have just started their 2011 season. With a new stadium, an imminent move up to the big leagues and, seriously, some of the best ticket prices in town, family plus football clearly adds up…

TOP 10 MONTREAL RESTAURANTS FOR WATCHING THE HOCKEY GAME

Hockey is more than just a sport of fighting goons, a fast puck and guys skating with a stick. Hockey is a culture, a lover and a religion to Montreal Canadiens fans. We talk hockey, we breathe hockey and we eat hockey…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (APRIL 21-24)

The only thing on many Montrealers’ minds this weekend involves a sheet of ice, a bunch of guys with sticks and a fervent belief in the second coming of our beloved Habs. I don’t know if hockey playoffs can or should usurp Easter, but I do know that neither should occupy a whole weekend, right? How to fill the rest of your time? Musical public art? Cowboys and clowns? Buffy sing-alongs? Live rock shows? All this and more. And some hockey…

TOP 10 PLACES TO WATCH HABS GAMES

Montreal’s collective obsession with hockey borders on mania. The Canadiens are now in the playoffs, which means “hockey fever” in Montreal is at an all-time high. Since I’ve been called up to cover sports and leisure for the Montreal Buzz, I’m going to start with an initiation into the anthropologically rich world of Montreal hockey fandom. These are sport bars in Montreal where hardcore fans go…