Here are my 5 travel recommendations for what’s hot and gay in Montreal for the month of July…
- FESTIVAL: Divers/cité (July 26th to August 2nd)
- PARTY: MEC PLUS ULTRA (July 10th and 26th)
- ART: International Fireworks Competition (Each Saturday night)
- FESTIVAL: Just For Laughs (July 3rd to 26th)
- UNIQUELY MONTRÉAL: Tam Tams (Each Sunday afternoon)
An internationally recognized LGBT festival that celebrates art, music, performance and diversity, Divers/cité is back for it’s 17th year. This year there are a heap of free parties, photo exhibits, a movie in the park, cabaret performances and the hipster glam “Sexgarage”. My Divers/cité recommendations:
I) Cabaret de Minuit (Thursday, July 30th) – Justin Bond (from Shortbus) belts it out with Our Lady J on piano. Guaranteed debauchery/fun.
II) Mascara (Saturday, August 1st) – The world’s biggest drag show, featuring over 100 artists in a whopping five-hour, non-stop theatrical extravaganza. Epic. Hilarious. Catty.
If you are ready to take a break from Celine Dion remixes and drag queens, then this is the event for you. The premiere “out of the village” party in Montréal, Mec Plus Ultra is an evening of hot guys, electropop and cheap drinks. I go religiously, so come say hi if you see me. Hosted at “The Belmont” – 4483 St-Laurent Boulevard.
Okay, some people might argue whether or not fireworks are considered “art”, but when you have a drink in your hands and the evening sky is aglow with beautiful pyrotechnics, the art snob in you might make an exception. Each Saturday evening throughout the summer, Montréal hosts an International Fireworks competition that just happen to explode right above the Gay Village. For a prime location, I recommend the rooftop patios at Sky Bar or Club Unity.
The July Lineup: Australia (4th), China/Hong Kong (11th), Argentina (18th), Québec/Canada (25th).
The world’s largest festival devoted to comedy, laughter and intrigue, the festival will put the funny factor into any traveler’s itinerary. This year’s big performers include Bill Cosby, John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg and Caroline Rhea. Street performers and large installations will keep you on your (twinkly) toes.
Every Sunday afternoon, all the peace lovin’ people of Montréal unite: black & white, Anglo & Franco, young & old, gay & straight (and everyone in between). The reason is the “Tam Tams,” a collective drum/circus/dance festival, where the mood is chill and the air is filled with the smell of… hippie lettuce.
See you around Gay Montréal