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THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 6 TO 8)

Hey, guess what? The other day I was shopping for underwear at a generic department store, and there in the ginch aisle was a massive sign that read: “BACK TO SCHOOL SALE!” When I decipher the subtext to this sign, I believe it actually said to me, “Guess what fool, summer’s not going to last forever!” It was the first time a commercial sign made me cry. And it’s true, our summer weekends are numbered. But whatever you do, don’t panic. There is still time to need to sneak in a getaway! In fact this weekend might be your perfect option. And we’ve got a whole slew of recommendations for you…

MONTREAL GAY LIST: AUGUST

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 August.

HOW TO NOT ACT LIKE A TOURIST IN MONTREAL

In my book of travel, no one likes to walk in a foreign city with the inscription “tourist” on their forehead. For that reason, let me provide you with ten essential “Montrealities” that will help you act like a local during your trip to Montreal!

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JULY 23 to 25)

This weekend in Montreal there are a few awesome festivals to choose from, enabling you to get your daily recommended amount of giggles, acrobats and African beats. But, while you’re here, you’ll probably need to eat at some point. And you might be in the mood to check out some art. And there’s a chance you’ll want to buy a new T-shirt. Wow, you’re going to be busy! We’ve got ten diverse recommendations for you to have a jam-packed, incredible weekend in Montreal.

MEET A MONTREALER: ROBERT RUTLEDGE

Dr. Robert Rutledge is a hunky associate professor in the Department of Physics at McGill University. His work is primarily in observational high energy astrophysics, studying the behavior of neutron stars and black holes. Dr. Rutledge recently participated in the discovery of the most distant stellar object ever found, a gamma ray burst that occurred when the Universe was only 625 million years old. Which, believe it or not, is the exact same age as Celine Dion’s husband, René Angélil. But Dr. Rutledge isn’t all soft-gamma repeaters and quiescent low-mass x-ray binaries, he’s also an expert on our national dish — Poutine! Keep reading to discover the delicate relationship between astrophysics and poutine…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JULY 16 to 18)

If you’ve ever been sitting on a airplane giggling at the “Just For Laughs Gags,” you’ve already experienced a little slice of Montreal. Seen in 75 countries, “Gags” is a hidden camera/reality TV series, and most definitely one of our greatest exports. The Just for Laughs Festival, in all its humorous forms, has begun this week in Montreal! And if your funny bone doesn’t need tickling, we’ve got 10 other perfect reasons to come to Montreal this weekend. Take a plane. Take train. Take a kayak. Just get here if you can!

THE MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL: WHERE TO DRINK

The Montreal Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world. Musical giants such as Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown have all captivated crowds since the festival’s debut edition in 1980. Today, more than 2 million people attend the Montreal Jazz Festival yearly. But the Jazz Fest is not just about music – it’s about life’s pleasures. And truth is, there’s nothing like a bit of jazz to awake my yearning for a glass – or two – of lilac wine. As famous saxophonist Steve Lacy once said: “Jazz is like wine. When it is new, it is only for the experts, but when it gets older, everybody wants it”. Well, the popular Montreal Jazz Festival is now 31 years-old and well above Quebec’s drinking age. Here are some cool places near the festivites to get your sip on!

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

MONTREAL FESTIVALS MATCHED TO YOUR PERSONALITY TYPE

With it’s unique position as the gateway between North America and Europe, Montréal is très unique in its dimensions of art, language, culture, politics and gastronomy. The city resonates a passion and sophistication that is unparalleled anywhere on the continent. This becomes evident in the diversified programming of festivals that the city continues to offer year after year. Travelers choose Montréal for a myriad of reasons such as affordability, diverse cultural options and patented joie de vivre. And because there are so many flavors of experience to choose from, we’ve conveniently matched 11 personality types with a Montréal festival that might just tickle your fancy.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL [JUNE 18 to 20]

It’s our job to find great things for you to do in Montreal. And we’re not going to lie to you, finding great things to do in Montreal is like hoping to find chocolate in a chocolate factory. This weekend is packed again with fun things to do and see in the city. Get out there and enjoy our 10 recommendations! —————————————————————————————————————— [festival] FIRST PEOPLES FESTIVAL – A celebration of indigenous culture, community, cinema and other artistic forms, this festival is a ‘Must See’ for anyone interested in a unique, authentic and historic experience. First Peoples’ art showcased in the major arena it warrants. [music festival] FRANCOFOLIES – Reflecting the thriving French-speaking music world, this 20-year-old festival is for anyone with a penchant for international song. Many free outdoor shows. Profitez! (TIP: The golden voice of Arica, Salif Keita, plays on Friday night!)