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8 Montréal women who make their city shine

Montréal has an inexhaustible resource: strong women who forge ahead, driven to create. As vibrant as the city they live in, they are an inspiration to us all and showcase homegrown talent around the world. In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, here are eight women whose talent and passion make Montréal shine. Régine Chassagne This member of the popular band Arcade Fire cofounded KANPE, an organization that aims to bring together the Haitian diaspora and people who feel drawn to the Haitian cause. KANPE applies a sustainable working model to combat poverty by helping the neediest families become more autonomous. Thanks to donations collected through ticket sales for Arcade Fire shows across the world, Régine and her band have raised over two million dollars for Partners in Health and KANPE. Safia Nolin This young singer-songwriter makes headlines with a voice that exudes strength and melancholy to create a captivating sound. Limoilou, her first album, won her the Felix award for 2016 discovery of the year. After her controversial acceptance speech at the ADISQ gala, she hit back at critics with a brilliant open letter published by Urbania, in which she denounces the fashion constraints placed on women…. / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Skateboarder Annie Guglia

Ranked 12th in the world among female skateboarders, Montrealer Annie Guglia stands out in a unique sport that is constantly pushing its limits and she is one of the few women who practice skateboarding professionally. Inspired by female skateboarders from a young age, she is now an inspiration for future generations. For starters, what led you to skateboarding? Skateboarding entered my life by a bit of a side door. My little brother got a skateboard for Christmas in 2000. In 2001, he was in the street and at Ahuntsic Park with his friends, and I thought it was really cool. I followed them everywhere. The following year, I got a skateboard for my birthday – or maybe it was Christmas, too. From there, I made friends, I began to learn tricks and I never stopped. Did you have female role models who were skateboarding when you were young? Or role models in other sports or activities? At that time, women’s visibility in the sport was pretty limited because there were so few girls skateboarding. My first contact with a female “skater”, like for many people, was Elissa Steamer in the Playstation game Tony Hawk’s Pro Skateboarding 1. Then, in the… / Read More →

Eugenie Bouchard comes home to Montreal’s Rogers Cup

Move over KISS Army, there’s a new regiment on the march: the Genie Army. What began as an homage to Montreal tennis star Eugenie Bouchard by a dozen-or-so young men at the Australian Open in Melbourne earlier this year has turned into a movement with Genie Armies forming in Montreal, Quebec City and Trois-Rivières. And this original Aussie outfit of diehard fans is so dedicated to the number 7 ranked talent that they’ll be invading Montreal’s island shores to support Bouchard at the 2014 edition of the Women’s Rogers Cup tennis tournament…


April starts off with a day known for practical jokes and outright lies – sort of like “spring” in Montreal. But here at The Buzz, we’d never stoop to fool you, because balmy temperatures or not this weekend, the heat is on: blond-bombshell rock legends Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks – in one show, believe it!; Bollywood goes live on stage; smoked meat sings from the heart; women be shoppin’; and, as always, this town rocks out on a music-packed weekend…


Now more than ever, a woman’s place is in the kitchen—as the driving force of this year’s Montreal High Lights Festival. Every year since its inception a decade ago, the festival’s Wine and Dine Experience has organized itself around a theme, and this year the festival is honouring women in the culinary arts—from chefs to winemakers to cheesemongers…


The hair is the richest ornament of women.  ~Martin Luther Once or twice a year, I venture to new salons in order to get my hair straightened. Make no mistake, I love my curly hair, yet change is always something I welcome with arms wide open. Notice that I would make more regular trips to the hair salon if it weren’t for the fact that I usually despise paying for disappointment. My hair is curly, dry and damaged. I pretty much don’t know what to do with it except letting it grow, something I’ve been relatively successful at – if I ignore the upsetting reality that it’s actually not growing anymore. Damn you, dead ends.


Ever wondered what a summer festival would look like if all the stores from a city’s fashion district got together for fours days, organized major runway shows, and threw glamorous parties under the metropolitan stars? If so, wonder no more. That’s what Montreal’s Festival Mode et Design is all about! From August 4 to August 7, fashion aficionados from all over the world are invited to the popular Montreal fashion event (celebrating its 10th anniversary this year) to revamp their style and find new inspirations for the last few weeks of the summer interval and the oh-so exciting season that is fall in the fashion world.