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NORTH AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS ROLLER COASTER CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY!

“Le Monstre” is a true landmark of the city of Montreal. Build 25 years ago, the famous roller coaster of La Ronde amusement park is not only the largest wooden roller coaster in Canada but also the tallest two-track wooden roller coaster in the world. Just last year, “Le Monstre” beat out Magic Mountain’s “X2″ to win the Six Flags Tournament of Thrills. Such achievements certainly deserve highlighting, so to celebrate 25 years of screams and sensations,  I headed to Parc Jean-Drapeau with my girlfriend Marie-Anne for a perfect girlfriend getaway! Take a look!

THE FLAMING LIPS LIGHT UP MONTREAL

Confetti blizzards, strobe lights, smoke machines, Goliath-sized hand lasers, multi-coloured balloons and a giant space bubble…all the signs announcing the 2010 Tour of the Flaming Lips were gathered at Metropolis last Wednesday.

CHARLIE WINSTON LOVES MONTREAL

The Montreal Buzz recently caught up with British beau, singer and songwriter, Mr. Charlie Winston during Montreal’s popular Osheaga Music and Arts Festival. Now we really wouldn’t want to start any rumors as gossiping is a terrible terrible thing, but there is  reason to believe you might spot the bohemian poetaster roaming in Montreal sooner than you think… see for yourself!

YOAV ON MONTREAL, SOCIAL MEDIA AND LIVING LIFE GYPSY STYLE

Yoav is a one-man, music phenomenon. His music is based primarily on his own vocals, his guitar and his trusted foot-pedal mixer (that he affectionately calls “The Beast” – photo below). After touring the world for the past couple of years, his diligence is paying off with a #1 iTunes album and an ever-increasing fan base.

AFRICAN MUSIC AND DANCE AT FESTIVAL NUITS D’AFRIQUE

Renowned for its colourful atmosphere and quality of programming, Montreal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique presents music and culture from 500 artists originating from more than 30 different countries across Africa, South America and the Caribbean. With more than 50 indoor and outdoor concerts, the festival is the largest North American gathering of major world music artists and a true celebration of Montreal’s multiculturalism. The 24th edition of the Festival also coincides with the 50th anniversary of independance of many African nations, making it a year of festivities to remember. Here are some of the Festival’s highlights :

MISSTRESS BARBARA TALKS JAZZ FESTIVAL (AND GOES ACOUSTIC)

Misstress Barbara wants you to know that she is not simply pushing buttons. After 14 years as an internationally renowned House/Techno DJ, the queen of the turntable is exchanging her vinyl records for guitars and keyboards. And she’ll be proving her nouvelle stage personna  again this weekend at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Miss B is now a certified band performer. And if last year’s sold out show was any indication of the potential that Misstress Barbara has to rock out sans “hiding-in-a-DJ-booth,” then we have much to look forward to this second time through.

THE ‘QUEER OF THE YEAR’ – COULD IT BE YOU?

There are a lot of fabulous queers in the world. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transfolk (and all the beautiful identities in between) are spending their leisure time making the world a better place: helping community organizations fundraise, lobbying for equal rights against antiquated legislation or simply being funny and positive individuals. Why not throw a massive, viral internet party and celebrate them? The ‘Queer of the Year’ contest has arrived. It’s equal parts “YouTube reality jovial-ness” and “genuine campaign to salute awesome queers.” And it’s pretty easy to enter. You submit a short video that attests to why you might be the ‘Queer of the Year.’ The upload it at queeroftheyearcontest.com. Then you get your friends to vote for you! (All the contest rules here.) Five fab queers will be flown to Montreal from August 9 to 16, 2010 to compete for the final title. Do you have what it takes? So watch the above introductory video. Visit the ‘Queer of the Year’ website. Make a quick video. And maybe we’ll see you in Montreal! —————————————————————————————————————— DETAILS Queer of the Year Contest The search for the brightest star under the rainbow http://www.queeroftheyearcontest.com twitter.com/QOTYcontest facebook.com/QOTYcontest

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.