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 April…
Campus & Stock – After almost a year of compiling the monthly “Montréal Gay List,” I realized that I have yet to mention anything about our decadent male nude dancers. Unlike more conservative parts of the world, here in Montréal the boys take their bottoms off. That’s right, we leave NOTHING to the imagination. Forget “exercising,” this is the perfect way to get the blood flowing!
Here are two popular options in the Gay Village, both steps away from each other:
- Campus (Various body types, all with friendly smiles) 1171 Sainte-Catherine Street East.
- Stock (Muscular Men with occasional acrobatics) 1111 Sainte-Catherine Street East.
Rollerderby – The 2010 season kicks off with an appropriately named tournament, “The Beast of the East.” Now into its 3rd year, Rollerderby is becoming as synonymous with Montréal hipster queers as asymmetrical haircuts and Tiga remixes. Teams will be representing from Eastern Canada and the US. It’ll be a rock’em-sock’em-screamin’-good-time. And the beer is cheap. April 24 & 25. Day pass – $15. Weekend pass – $20. More info…
Billy Twinkle, Requiem for a Golden Boy – World-renown Canadian artist Ronnie Burkett brings his marionettes to Montréal for a sophisticated, 21st century approach to “puppetry.” The production shines light on the wonderment of youth and the wisdom of age, and then kicks us the pants to finish what we started. And don’t we all need a kick in the pants sometimes? I’ve seen a Ronnie Burkett production before, and I can attest to the humanistic qualities he is able to evoke in his marionettes. If you have a tenderness for theatre, puppetry or even animation, do not miss this! April 22 – May 1. Place des Arts. More info (including tickets)…
Mozza – As one of my favourite affordable restaurants in the Montréal Gay Village, Mozza offers Italian classics in an intimate ambiance. Pick your pasta, pick your sauce and away you go with a personalized creation… or get the Table d’Hote for an appetizer and dessert. Check out the H20 infusions. Space is cozy, so you might want to make a reservation! To save some moola, bring your own bottle of wine. 1208 Ste-Catherine Street East. 514.524.0295
Au Coeur de la Mode – On November 15 you’ll be able to nab some of the most stylish Montréal clothes and accessories for women, men and children at ridiculously low prices – which is perfect as summer is quickly approaching, and dammit you want to look like one hawt bitch! This edition of the massive sample sale features such well-known international and Quebec designers as Bedo, Bod & Christensen, ça va de soi, Dalcci, Energie, Guido & Mary, Jack & Jones, Karv, Lucky 7, Miss Sixty, Philippe Dubuc and Rudsak. But not only is this one fab fashion extravaganza, it is also Quebec’s largest AIDS fashion charity event! Fashion and compassion. We love it! May 1 & 2. For more info…