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PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK: THE MONTRÉAL WEEKLY OUTDOOR DANCE PARTY

You like to bask in the sunshine. You like to dance to upbeat music. You like to drink wine in a park on a Sunday afternoon. Then you’ll like to PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK. Each Sunday afternoon, in Parc Jean Drapeau, Montrealers and visitors gather to enjoy fresh air and cutting edge DJs. Piknic Électronik is a weekly outdoor celebration of electronic music. Some of the famous names to spin in the past two years include MSTRKRFT, Amon Tobin, Benga and Hercules & Love Affair. The featured artists are framed by the skyline of the city and a stunning, slow-sinking orange sun.

Chez Menick: The Sportsmen’s Barber

The Sportsmen’s Barber When Monsieur Menick was a little boy, like all of his friends, he wanted to live the life of famous hockey player. Well, the bad news was that he didn’t have much athletic talent. But the good news was that he had the vision to pick up some clippers and to sculpt out a career that would bring famous sportsmen to him. This is the story on how it happened, featuring appearances by a couple of classic sport legends, including Hulk Hogen and Chuck Norris. If you find yourself in a hairy situation while on your Montréal getaway, this could be the perfect place for you to get your coif in order. The Details Chez Menick 1960 Rue Masson 514-598-0467 Insider Info: Menick’s Barbershop is certainly off the beaten path in the unpretentious neighborhood of Rosemont. In the summer months, consider riding a bixi bike. In the winter months, the #45 bus from Metro Papineau will get you within walking distance. What do you think? Is the mustachioed look sexier than the lesbian haircut? Write me a comment!

7 Gay Videos for a Montréal ‘Trip’

Since I started as a guest blogger for Tourisme Montréal back in March of 2009, I have made more than 30 videos that help you, the traveler, have an authentic Montréal experience. Some of these videos were less then successful (ex: There is a little space for everyone). But overall, I’ve received a combined total of more than 40 000 views for my videos alone. Not braggin’ here. But I must have done something right along the way. Here are my seven favourite videos, and why they have become special to me. ———————————————————————————————————— Drag Queen Makeover (Extended version with Mado Interview)From the very beginning I had the idea for a Drag Queen Makeover. I contacted Mado, and after a few weeks of trying to find a date that would work, I finally got my opportunity. I was nervous and excited, but Mado and Miss Butterfly were warmly welcoming. I learned an important thing that night – should my gig as a blogger ever fail me, female impersonation could be a viable career option. Hot Lesbian (Haircut) ActionJJ Levine has been cutting my hair for almost two years now. When I proposed a video to her, she was pretty much open… / Read More →

Montreal Gay Village Culinary Tour

Montreal is known for its hot n’ happening gay life, as well as its European approach to delicious dining. So it’s only logical that gayness and deliciousness converge in the Montreal Gay Village. With my friend and colleague in tow, the darling Katerine Rollet, I hopped around the Montreal gayborhood to highlight some of the best spots to explore your “epi-queer-ean” fantasies. —————————————————————————————————————— Here’s a list of our stops: La Mie Matinale | Mouth-watering muffins, coffee… plus Dalida! 1371 St. Catherine East Kilo | Chillaxin’ café with decadent desserts! 1495 St. Catherine East Tutti Frutti | Corner grocery store (baguette, cheese, beer, etc) 1251 Maisonneuve East O’Thym | Delicious French Bistro, Apportez Votre Vin 1112 Maisonneve East Mozza | Cozy Italian Resto, Apportez Votre Vin 1208 St. Catherine East Le Saloon | Funky Lounge, Martinis, DJs 1333 St. Catherine East Le Resto Du Village | 24-hour Greasy Spoon 1310 Wolfe —————————————————————————————————————— If you have any questions, feel free to write inquires in the comment section!

We like it too!

I recently discovered this brilliant video, created by Studio Elliot, a local graphic design agency in Montreal! It’s the most charming ode to Montreal and a perfect example of why I wish there was a Love button on Facebook! http://www.youtube.com/v/m-eFzcjlpcU&hl=en_US&fs=1

Warning: La Chapelle Can Be Addictive

Montreal is full of interesting art galleries and performance spaces, but they’re not always easy to find simply by strolling through the streets.  However, if you keep your eyes peeled, you just might stumble upon La Chapelle, an alternative venue in the Plateau that focuses on experimental performances in a variety of disciplines and languages. Read the full story to find out how to catch a provocative puppet show inspired by Dennis Cooper’s infamous story of a serial killer.

Montreal Makes People Gay!

I just finished watching youtube, and boy oh boy, there sure are a ton of people filming their cats. Did you know that there is a cat that plays piano better than I do? How does this video have more views than my Drag Queen Makeover? Life is just so unjust. But I digress… In my wanderings, I stumbled across a video that is clear scientific evidence that, not only is Montreal gay friendly, but this city actually makes people gay. What we see in the beginning of the clip is a group of clearly heterosexual individuals who happen upon the Gay Village during a guided tour. What progresses is a “joie-de-vivre-sexual-awakening” that leaves our protagonist in a heated embrace. Perhaps Montreal is the gayest place on earth?

Bed-In for Peace: My Kind of Protest

In May 26, 1969, after being turned away from the USA and Toronto, John Lennon chose to come to Montreal for his famous “Bed-In for Peace.” It was in his room at The Queen Elizabeth Hotel that he recorded the anthemic peace song, “Give Peace a Chance.” Click “more” to connect with the hotel…

Win a Free Trip to Montréal

That’s right. We’re giving away a weekend getaway to Montréal – and the contest is open right now! And just when you thought it couldn’t get sweeter, there’s more. I am personally going to guide the lucky visitor around Montréal! Find out how to win…

Chattin’ with Shaun & Patrick from PROUD FM

I spent the weekend in Toronto, chatting about the joy that is Montreal. I also handed out 9000 Montreal bagels to the hungry people. They seemed quite “receptive.” While I was in “Queen City,” I popped by the PROUD FM studios to chat with Shaun and Patrick, two of the fab DJs that ensure that gay air waves reach the heart of the masses. Watch our little interview and find out what these boys love about Montreal.. and why I won’t share it with them! (Also, click “more” below to watch the video of the bagel distribution!)