Here are my 5 travel recommendations for what’s hot and gay in Montreal for the month of October…
- Festival: Black & Blue
October 7 – 13
Call it a circuit party. Call it a rave. Call it a festival. Call it a great reason to shake your booty and visit your fave French Canadian city. Call it what you want, but Montreal’s Black & Blue is nothing short of a social, cultural, sports and party event that lasts for a big gay week (October 7-13, 2009). This year’s main event features Sasha, John Digweed and Dave Seaman from the UK, as well as Montréalers Franco Fabi and Stéfane Lippé. This year’s theme is electro-80’s meets elegant opera house. Wear black and/or blue.
- Sporting Event: Gay Volleyball Tournament
October 9 – 11
If you’ve been working on your wrist snap and your spirit kicks, then it’s time you got your fab self registered for a gay volleyball tournament. In its 26th year, the Big Jump Tournament is a well-oiled machine and arguably the largest annual homo-sporting event in Canada. Register quickly. Singles invited. There are always awards, including “best costuming.”
- Concert: GOSSIP + MEN
Their infomercial provided perspiration inspiration for countless queers. Now you can sweat to the live show in Montreal. Gossip will be playing in the heart of the Montreal Gay Village (Le National – 1220 Ste-Catherine East). The former members of Le Tigre have phoenixed into a new band called MEN, and they’ll be opening the show. Suggestion: Pre-drinks at Cabaret Mado, and then head a block east for the show. I’m not missing this. Info here.
- Festival: Image+Nation LGBT Film Festival
October 22 – 31
Image+Nation , pronounced “imagination” (but with a sultry French accent), has been offering Montreal the best of queer cinema for the past two decades. This year’s festival runs October 22 – 31, and will feature over 100 gay and lesbian films (long and short) to nourish the creative queer mind. Check out the trailer for the French-flaired opening film – Hollywood, je t’aime. Show times vary.
- Holiday: Halloween
Things can get scary in Montreal, and I’m not talking about the after effects of a poorly prepared poutine. Halloween will feature a couple of hot dance parties. For the witches, bitches and she-wolves, check out the Meow Mix (October 31). There will be a mélange of gay zombies and dykie draculas at the always filthy Faggity Ass Fridays (October 30). Parking Nightclub will feature DJ Peter Rauhofer in what will surely be a sexy spooktacular. Costume suggestion: Celine Dion in a kayak.