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COCKTAILS IN THE GAY VILLAGE: WHERE TO START THE PARTY

“Where do I get a good cocktail in Montreal?” – This question is frequently posed as travelers search out the ideal place to get their drink on. Well before I proceed with an answer, I want you to know that you’ve come to the right place. Montrealers love to drink. Late night parties are the norm around here. Bars and nightclubs are open until 3 AM, and then after-hours clubs continue the party to the wee hours of the morning. But when dinner has ended, and the bars aren’t yet hopping, what does a gay do? Well I’ll tell you — a gay goes for a cocktail.

MONTREAL GAY LIST: OCTOBER

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 our suggestions for the month of October.

‘IT’S AN HONOR JUST TO BE NOMINATED!’ WHATEVER. WE WANT TO WIN THIS!

Each year our friends over at tripoutgaytravel.com hold a little awards contest that celebrates the best in the glamorous/scandalous world of gay travel. Montreal has been nominate for “Best Global Destination” – which makes sense for a variety of reasons: stellar gay village, delicious food, accessibility to Americans, cute accents and salacious nightlife. We’re kinda also awesome for hosting the world’s first international “Queer of the Year” contest. I thought I’d make a little video that highlights the ‘gayness’ of Montreal. We promise to keep on rockin’ it if you show us some voting love. You can vote with your Facebook or Twitter accounts, or you can keep it anonymous. But whatever you do, just get out there and vote now… for Montreal!

NüVü: THE CHIC NEW VILLAGE DINING EXPERIENCE

Every once in a while something absolutely fabulous is introduced into our lives, and we are left wondering how we possibly survived without it. For instance, can anyone really remember how we maintained our fierceness before Lady Gaga? Montreal’s newest chic bistro, NüVü, has arrived. And she’s wearing designer duds.

QUEER OF THE YEAR: BEHIND THE SCENES COMMENTARY

The “Queer of the Year” has been an international search for the brightest star under the rainbow. Last week, five contestants were flown into Montreal to spend a week competing in various challenges, only one gaining the official title of “Queer of the Year”! I had the pleasure of hosting this incredible experience. I spent one crazy-ass week with five fantabulous fags from different cities around North America. There were ups and downs, and only one walked away with the title. So what happens when five gay guys get shoved in a loft for a week? You need to watch and find out!

SOUL FOOD @ KITCHENETTE

Kitchenette is one of those Montreal restaurants that is exists quietly in the hearts of Montrealers who know where to find good food. Located directly across the street from Montreal’s CBC building on René Lévesque Boulevard, the bistro is the premiere lunch destination for the buzzingly busy broadcast crowd. When the sun sets, however, Kitchenette takes on a relaxed evening atmosphere, as local residents escape the bustling terraces of the Montreal gay village and wander the one block south to install themselves for a calm evening meal.

SO WHAT IS THE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIVERS/CITÉ AND PRIDE?

It seems the gaylaxy is a bit confused about the summer gay festivals in Montreal. In fact, just the other day I received yet another letter asking me to clarify the differences between our big homo hooplas. I thought I’d share the letter, as you might have the same internal* itching question!

MONTREAL GAY LIFE: AN OVERVIEW

La vie à Montréal est gaie! Life in Montréal is gay! There is a double entendre happening in the above statement… by ‘gay’ we mean ‘happy’ AND ‘homolicious.’  Montréal has a long history of pride that ranges from our very own Stonewall in 1977 to being the first provincial jurisdiction in the world to recognize same-sex civil unions to a contemporary attitude that welcomes diverse peoples from all walks of life. We are the crossroads of Europe and North America, and our many dimensions of language, culture, art, politics and sexuality fuel a passion and sophistication that is unparalleled anywhere on the continent.

MONTREAL GAY LIST: JUNE

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 June.

PEDESTRIAN HEAVEN IN MONTREAL: AIRES LIBRES

The main street of Montréal’s Gay Village will be closed to traffic again this summer, creating another pedestrian heaven. Gays everywhere are rejoicing!