Here are my 5 travel recommendations for what’s hot and gay in Montreal for the month of August…
- GAY PRIDE – Célébrations (August 13 – 16)
Montrealers are proud of their liberal and sensual city, and it is never more apparent then during Gay Pride. With 4 days of events, this will be an ideal weekend to visit La Belle Provence. I recommend checking out the many free dance parties, the theatrical performance of The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as strolling through the gay village during Community Day to get a sense of the many organizations that contribute to gay life in Montreal. Finally, don’t miss the fabulous Pride Parade (Sunday, Aug 16) followed by the T-dance! Woot woot!
Some people have been confused between LGBT festivals in Montreal. I made a video to help clarify Gay Pride in Montreal.
- PARTY – Meow Mix (August 2)
A monthly, cabaret-style event for bent girls and their buddies, Meow Mix is known as “the” Montreal dyke event. Usually starting around 10pm, the evening always kicks off with a show (often a burlesque or drag king act), and then things heat up with a sweaty lesbian dance party. This month features Rollerderby girls, a Nina Simone tribute, a stand-up comedian and more. But if you can’t make the August party, check out the website for the soon-to-be-announced 2009/2010 calendar. $10.
- CULTURAL EVENT – Party like it’s 1699 (August 3, 4 & 5)
Never been done before in Montreal, these parties will surely be memorable and full of debauchery. It is a postmodern-baroque spectacle that fuses both 18th and 21st centuries’ visions of youth culture, including music, contemporary dance, visual art, poetry and fashion. Paint your face white and put on a wig – it’s like drag for the naughty librarian crowd. I love it. $10 at the door.
- FESTIVAL – Pervers/cité (August 6 – 16)
A grassroots festival that links queer culture with social justice while sprinkling in a dash of radical “gayness”. Bronzed, gym queens and glossy, lipstick lesbians beware, this festival is not for the vapid, image-driven, apathetic homosexual; it’s a community response to the depoliticization of Pride while ensuring an alternative queer scene in Montreal. Featuring Queer Between the Covers (a queer book fair for gay nerds and their admirers), as well as queer sports, the first ever Against the Wall sex party, picnics, protests, workshops and other types of events. Activism is the new apathy. Everything free or pay-what-you-can.
- SPORT – Rollerderby (August 8)
Drew Barrymore is making her directorial debut this fall in a Rollerderby feature film called “Whip It.” But in Montreal, we’ve been strapping on skates and kneepads for the past few years, and our own team, “The New Skids on the Block” has become top rated in North America. The season ends with an all-Montreal show down. Cheap beer and wicked wipeouts. $15 at the door. 6:30 PM.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to pose them in the comments section, or to send me a message on facebook.com/danielbaylis.
These recommendations were posted on travel.gay.com. Visit Daniel Baylis’ tips, as well as the suggestions from the other Nightlife Correspondents.