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MEET A MONTREALER: RICHARD BURNETT

As Michael Musto is to New York City, Richard Burnett is to Montréal. Equal parts cuddle-icious cartoon character and fierce, loudmouth bitch, Richard Burnett is undeniably a Montréal gay icon. His nationally syndicated column, Three Dollar Bill, has been keeping queers in Montréal and across the nation au courant for 15 years. Burnett knows this city like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter. This makes him a perfect choice for this edition of MEET A MONTRÉALER.

THE STRAIGHT GUIDE TO THE MONTRÉAL GAY VILLAGE (3 EASY STEPS)

It is becoming a widely accepted axiom that gay people are tons of fun. As a gay man, I feel comfortable with this notion, and would also like to add that we’re creative, playful, strong and stylish! Oh yes, and we’re clearly humble. This being said, it is perfectly natural and normal to feel attracted to the gay community.

BIRON: A MONTRÉAL RESTAURANT RISES FROM THE ASHES

Last year the Montréal epicurean community was shocked when one of the city’s most cherished restaurants, DUEL, was closed due to a fire. DUEL had secured itself as one of the hottest places to dine in all of Canada. In fact, it was so hot that apparently the fire in the kitchen got out of control. But in a classic style of the phoenix, from the ashes of one amazing Montréal restaurant comes a new bistro birthing.

Pica Pica: Spanish Tapas in the Gay Village

There is no shortage of great food options in Montréal. You could easily spend a full weekend eating your way through the Gay Village. No pun intended. My friend Ahmar and I headed to Pica Pica the other night for girl talk and tapas. We tucked ourselves into one of the booths, and enjoyed some friendly service and saliva-inducing dishes. You too can have this lovely experience. Whether you visit with a friend or in a big group, when it comes to tapas, it’s all about sharing. For two people I recommend getting four of the “Nuestras Tapas.” And don’t forget your veggies! This is what we ate: Ceviche – Tomate y aguacate Tomato and avocado salad Esparagos gratiné Asparagus with Parmesan gratin Pollo con queso de cabra alla pimienta Julienned chicken in a white wine, lemon, and peppered goat cheese sauce Gambas bravas Shrimp in a cream sauce Trosos de autun al sofrito Cubed red tuna in an island spice sauce Again, as I mentioned in my previous article about Pulled Pork Sandwiches at Dépanneur le Pick Up, I am certainly not a food critic. That being said, both Ahmar and I agreed that the ‘Gambas Bravas’ (shrimp in… / Read More →

Gay Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfasts are a great accommodation option no matter where you travel. With access to hosts who know the city, you get more of a local experience, while the modest size of most establishments increases your chances of meeting fellow travelers. In Montreal, B&Bs tend to be affordable, with locations throughout the city. And here are eight B&Bs located in the Montreal Gay Village:

Gay Pride Montreal: “CÉLÉBRATIONS”

Gay Pride in Montreal is called “Célébrations”. Debuting in 2007, Célébrations is a relatively new Montreal LGBT festival. The organization and event was created by some key community figures to ensure that the traditional elements of Pride (Parade and Community Day) would be offered to both Montrealers and visitors. Now into its third year, Célébrations has established itself among the many Montreal queer events (Divers/Cité, Black & Blue, Image&Nation) as a “destination” festival. This means that the gays travel specifically to Montreal to partake in the parties, shows and, most definitely, the massive Pride Parade! Get the inside scoop on this year’s Pride festivities (including my recommendations)…

Fireworks in Gay Montréal

When you are in Montréal and some hottie leans in to say – Salut mon beau homme, do you see fireworks too? – there is a good chance that there might actually be pyrotechnic detonations in the sky. Every Saturday from June 13 to August 22 2009 at 10:00 p.m. Montréal will play host to an international fireworks competition. Find out where to catch the explosive gay fireworks action…

“People Watching”

Tomorrow is May 28th. It’s a special day, especially if you like people watching as much as I do. Find out why…

Introducing Mado

“I’m not a female impersonator. I’m too ugly. I’m a drag queen.” -Mado Lamotte Every village has a queen, and every gay village has several, but in Montréal’s gay village, there are no queens that can even compare with the iconoclastic Mado…