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Meet a Montrealer: Dominique Lavergne, Montréal Pride

Dominique Lavergne has been involved in Montréal’s LGBT community and the Gay Village for several years, and is in charge of the women’s program of activities in this year’s Montréal Pride. Dominique serves on Montréal Pride’s board of directors as a community representative and her mission is to give the lesbian communities more visibility throughout the year. Why create a program of activities for women? Usually, visibility for women is not something that is emphasized in big events and, at Montréal Pride, we believe it’s important to have as many female events as there are ale events. Tell us a bit about the events for women in the Pride program this year. First, thanks to the LSTW [Les Spread the Word] community, we have the opportunity to create a space for women during the Pride festival. The space opens on Thursday evening with a BBQ and will be open every day until Sunday. In the main program of activities, it all starts on Monday with an evening show called Trans-cinq ans d’histoire at Cabaret Mado. On Tuesday, there’s a conference and discussion about bisexuality at the Gouverneur Montréal Place Dupuis hotel. On Wednesday, the popular LSTW 6@9 de la Fierté … / Read More →

The world’s an art gallery at FIMA

You get the picture: from graffiti festivals to performance festivals, Montreal is a John Mayer-worthy wonderland of live, free fun all summer, with a surprise on every block. And one of the outdoor art events not to be missed happens along Sainte-Catherine in the Gay Village between June 11 and 15: FIMA, the Festival International Montréal en Arts…

QUEER MTL: 10 Alternative Party Places in Montreal

Montreal is a cultural quilt made up of different people from many different places. While much of Montreal’s gay scene takes place in the Village, there’s a whole alternative queer scene scattered throughout the Downtown, Plateau, Old Port, and Mile End. If you’re looking for a queer-friendly party place in Montreal, check out these venues…

Brunch, coffee, chocolate and keeping cozy in the Village

During the winter months, the beloved Boules Roses of Montreal’s Gay Village neighbourhood go into hibernation and people retreat from the streets to cozy up inside for delicious brunches, creamy lattes, and baked goods. Check out the lighter side of a Village more known for its crazy night life…


The bears are emerging from their winter hibernation, and they’re hungry for something sweet! Enter Sugarbear Weekend (March 21-24, 2013) at Stud Bar in Montreal’s Gay Village with a trip to one of Quebec’s historic Sugar Shacks!…


Montreal’s Gay Village is the cultural and economic hub for the city’s LGBT community. Filled with stores, restaurants, clubs and coffee shops, this is where many gay and lesbian Montrealers live, work and play. We did a “Gay Village 101” a couple years ago, but there’s so much going on in the Village that we felt it needed an update!


Queer of the Year 2011 has been a whirlwind roller coaster of a week. From all the finalists laughing together having a great time, to storm outs and wishing someone would break their neck. Although generally the drama was avoided, the last few days did have their moments. From the Community Spirit challenge, the coronation ceremony and the big gay parade, everyone had a great time. But only one was crowned the winner…


The Queer of the Year 2011 host is Mikala Bierma, gay famous for her YouTube web series “Disappointing Gay Best Friend.” Now, if Mikala is going to host a competition in Montreal, she’ll need to know a thing or two about the Gay Village. Luckily for her, I was there to give a tour….


For almost two decades Montreal has been blessed with the most high-energy, inclusive, amazing and flat out FUN festivals: Divers/Cité. This year marks its 19th year celebrating anything and everyone under the rainbow from July 25-31, 2011.