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Gay Montreal

Le plus grand évènement Bear au Canada
SugarBear Weekend 2017

April 6-9, 2017. Annual Thu-Sun events for bears, cubs + friends: Welcome Party, Sauna Bear Beach Party, dance event, Saturday bus to Sugar Shack Brunch w/ hot maple taffy on snow, Lumberjack Night +more. Sunday farewell brunch. Club venue: The STUD Bar. Guesthouse: La Conciergerie.

www.sugarbearweekend.com
Breathtaking posters, mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries
ILLUSIONS: The Art of Magic

April 7 - August 13, 2017, McCord Museum. These posters, halfway between art and advertisement, are magnificent, large format chromolithographs that immortalise the magicians and the acts that marked the world of modern magic.

www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/exhibitions/magic
Soirée Sexy Chic & Kinky
Bal en Noir

April 16, 2017m 9pm-3am at Club Unity. Fourth annual edition Bal en Noir fetish/ kink rave dance party. Dress: black, leather, latex, lingerie, fetish, sexy outfits/ fantasy-themewear. Main floor dancing/ pleasure cages/ Shibari Rope dispay. Chill-out area, private fetish+fantasy area, complimentary snacks. $30 advance, $40 door.

www.facebook.com/events/1754590288191178
A heartwarming comedy about living OUT in the country
Bed and Breakfast

April 25 - May 21, 2017. Two Toronto gay men move to a tiny tourist town and convert their family residence into a B&B. The real estate rat race, small town prejudice and skeletons in the closet test their resolve, with unexpected and hilarious plot twists. Mark Crawford and Paul Dunn play dozens of male and female characters from narrow-minded rednecks to awkward high school boys.

centaurtheatre.com/bed-and-breakfast.html
Along Ste-Catherine East between St-Hubert and Papineau streets
Aires Libres

May 4 - September 25, 2017 along Ste-Catherine Est between Saint-Hubert and Papineau. Pedestrianization of these 14 blocks facilitates an artistic festival happening, inviting the general public to celebrate freedom of expression in the heart of The Village; space to mingle with artists and actors as you reflect on ephemeral art installations at sidewalk patios.

www.aireslibres.com
Franco-Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed’s immersive installation
Adel Abdessemed: Conflict

Ongoing through May 7, 2017 at the MMFA. Featuring 31 black chalk drawings of life-sized military figures with guns drawn, that surround visitors on all sides. Cri (2007), after Nick Ut’s famous Vietnam War photograph (“Napalm Girl”), was created for this project. These exceptionally powerful graphic works question violence and the symbolism of war images.

www.mbam.qc.ca/en/exhibitions/on-view/adel-abdessemed-conflict
The FTA explodes with 27 shows
FTA: Festival TransAmériques 2017

May 25 - June 8, 2017. Presented in 20 different cultural venues, transforming springtime in Montreal with 10 co-productions, 9 world premières and 11 North American premières. Dazzling and memorable performances by artists from Montreal, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Grenoble, Lausanne, Lisbon, Paris, Quebec City, Seville, Tokyo, Vancouver and Wrocaw.

fta.ca/en/the-fta-explodes-with-27-shows
They number 12, or maybe one, their naked bodies touching, connecting, exulting
FTA | 7 Pleasures

May 26-27, 2017, Usine C. A dozen naked dancers form improbable constellations. A sensual, playful, instinctual appeal to contagious, liberating hedonism. A feast of the senses where the naked body asserts its rightful place. With audacity and transcendence, Performing Arts Research and Training Studios Brussels graduate Mette Ingvartsen opens up surprising spaces in contemporary dance.

fta.ca/en/show/7-pleasures
With just two stops in Canada!
Queens: WERQ Your World Tour

May 27, 2017, 9pm at Le Theatre Berri, Montreal. Your favorite queens from RuPaul's Drag Race are here to WERQ your world w/ just two stops in Canada! Hosted by Bianca Del Rio with sickening performances by Alyssa Edwards, Detox, Kim Chi, Shangela and Season 9 stars Shea Coulee and Valentina! All-ages, but guests under the age 16 must be accompanied by adult. Tickets: CAD $49-129.

vosseventscad.electrostub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=180769
Dimanche Dans le Parc
Bal en Blanc - In the Park

May 28, 2017, 12 noon - 10pm at Parc Jean-Drapeau, 296 Chemin du Tour de l'isle. Sunday afternoon 16+ mixed White Party dance in the park, featuring Martin Garrix, Borgore, Slander, Blu J, The Him, and San Holo. Tickets CAD $69.99-119.99.

www.balenblanc.com/en
Vogueing. Stripping. Breaking the rules of contemporary dance
Festival TransAmériques: The Principle of Pleasure | Gerard Reyes

June 1-4, 2017. A fiercely sexy creature, in 15cm heels and lace bodice, swings to Janet Jackson pop: striptease, bondage, voguing, all together. Gerard Reyes a non-standard choreographer, rigorous interpreter, and incandescent presence, born in Toronto to Uruguayan parents, has worked with major creators such as Benoit Lachambre, Bill T Jones, Luther Brown and Noémie Lafrance.

fta.ca/spectacle/the-principle-of-pleasure
Since 1989 the top acts in Francophone and world music
Les Francofolies de Montréal

June 8-18, 2017 at Métropolis, Théatre Maisoneuve, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Club Soda, Gesù, Centre Bell + more Quartier des Spectacles Montréal venues. Music en français, 60 shows music style variety; solo artist chansons/ hip-hop/ rock. Sophie Cadieux, Étienne Lepage, Frédérick Gravel, Alexandre Péloquin, Jean-Willy Kunz.

www.francofolies.com
Célébrer le dynamisme du milieu fétiche gai montréalais
Fusion Weekend Montréal

June 16-18, 2017 annual leather/rubber four-day weekend - M. Cuir Montréal, and M. Rubber Montréal contests and celebrations of Montréal's gay fetish environment featuring selections of the 26th M. Cuir Montréal, the 12th M. Rubber Montréal, and the second Pup Montréal.

www.fusionmtl.ca
Formerly La Fête Saint-Jean-Baptiste
La Fête Nationale Du Québec 2017

June 23-24, 2017. Annual Québec statutory holiday. Pagan festivals long celebrated Summer Solstice longest day with bonfires. In Catholic countries the rites became associated with St John the Baptist. In Quebec it is their National Day, celebrated with enthusiasm and joy throughout the province. Montreal festivities are centered in parc Maisonneuve, with entertainment.

www.fetenationale-montreal.qc.ca
Formerly the Montréal International Arts Festival
Montréal en Arts

June 28 - July 2, 2017. Five day long annual weekend. Young and upcoming artists exhibit the first two days in booths and tents along Sainte-Catherine E in the Village (between St-Hubert and Papineau) - followed by exhibits by more established artists for the final three days of the event.

mtlenarts.com
The King of Summer Festivals
Montreal International Jazz Fest

June 29 - July 8, 2017. Gigantic summer music celebration, the 38th edition, with 10 days of non-stop entertainment on 10 free outdoor stages in downtown Montreal. See website for previous years, the artist line-ups for 2017, along with more performances throughout the year.

www.montrealjazzfest.com
International Fireworks Competition
L’International des Feux

July 1 - August 5, 2017. For 8 summer nights the skies fill with fireworks displays from La Ronde on Île Sainte-Hélène; pyrotechnics by masters of the art from around the world, each based on a theme. Jul 1 Opening: Celebrate Montreal. Jul 8 Italy/Sicilia. Jul 15 Poland. Jul 19 Germany. Jul 22 France. Jul 26 Portugal. Jul 29 England. Aug 5 Finale des Étoiles.

www.parcjeandrapeau.com/en/international-des-feux-loto-quebec-montreal
The Biggest Comedy Festival in the World!
Just for laughs Festival

July 14-30, 2017, at 30+ venues around the city, most within walking distance of Metro stations Place-des-Arts, Saint-Laurent and Berri-UQAM. The Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal is the largest comedy festival in the world, attracting 1.25 million visitors every summer -- celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2017!

www.hahaha.com
One of the most exciting and colourful Pride celebrations in North America!
Fierté Montréal Pride

August 10-20, 2017, annual festivities: SAT Aug 19th Community Day, 11am-5pm on Ste-Catherine E, St-Hubert to Papineau. SUN Aug 20th Parade, noon from Drummond, east on René-Lévesque, to Alexandre-DeSève in the Village. Then to Parc des Faubourgs to continue celebrations at the MEGA T-DANCE and closing show. Also conferences and more events at various venues.

www.fiertemontrealpride.com
For the 4th year for Montréal Pride - La Ronde in rainbow colors
Pride Day at La Ronde | Six Flags

August 11, 2017 (TBC), 11am- 9pm, at La Ronde, 22, chemin MacDonald, Île Sainte-Hélène. La Ronde, decorated in rainbow colours, past year Miss Butterfly, Tracy Trash and Franky Dee were on hand to welcome you. Meet at Montréal Pride kiosk facing ticket booths for your coupon. Or buy tickets at website:

www.fiertemontrealpride.com/en/project/pride-day-at-la-ronde
The 41st Montreal World Film Festival
Festival des Films du Monde

August 24 - September 4, 2017 usually at: Théâtre Maisonneuve, 175 Ste-Catherine W; Cinéma Impérial, 1430 de Bleury; and Cinéma Cineplex Odeon, 350 Emery. Cultural diversity + understanding between nations, quality cinema and innovation from all continents, discovering/ encouraging new talents + facilitating meetings between cinema professionals.

www.ffm-montreal.org
6 Night Access Passes now available
Montreal Fetish Weekend

August 30 - September 4, 2017 in the Gay Village of Montréal. Six days/nights, fantasy-filled pan-sexual adventures/ fabulous international fetish holiday. Movie-themed events/ activities, after-parties, dining, shopping, performances, fashion show, street fair, Expo Kink + crazy fetish photo tour. Hosts: Hotel Gouverneurs, 1415 St-Hubert; Hotel Lord Berri, 1199 Berri.

montrealfetishweekend.com
Bad Boy Club Montreal
Black & Blue Festival 2017

Early October, 2017, 27th edition dance events, Canadian Thanksgiving/ US Columbus Day Weekend. Internationally renowned DJs/ artists, performers, interactive art event. Main event SUN Oct 8. BBCM Foundation has organized the festival for 27 years to support organizations providing direct assistance to people with HIV/AIDS. Details at website:

bbcm.org/en
Exhibits, performances, discussion forums w/ directors & artisans, workshops...
Sommets du cinéma d’animation

November 22-26, 2017, International festival dedicated to animation in all its forms, from heritage films to new media by way of current production. Over five days, Montreal moves to the rhythms of animation! A unique event in Quebec, the festival celebrates an art form that has long brought international recognition to Quebec and to Canada.

www.cinematheque.qc.ca/en/sommets
The 30th annual LGBT independent film festival
image+nation

November - December, 2017 (TBC), 10 days of screenings at: Impérial, 1432 rue de Bleury; MBAM, 1379a rue Sherbrooke; laïka, 4040 boulevard St-Laurent; never apart, 7049 rue Saint-Urbain; L’un et L’autre, 1641 rue Amherst; Centre Phi, 407 rue Saint Pierre; Cinémathèque Québécoise, 335 boulevard de Maisonneuve E + more locations. Website:

www.image-nation.org
Two women reach out to each other for comfort, understanding & friendship
The Baklawa Recipe

January 23 - February 18, 2018. 1960s Quebec juxtaposed with contemporary society through immigrant eyes. Two young Lebanese women start new lives in Ville-St-Laurent. Bound by marriage to Lebanese-Canadian brothers, they struggle to integrate traditional female roles with emerging feminist models. Mothers and daughters personify challenges, joys and complexities of life between worlds.

centaurtheatre.com/the-baklawa-recipe.html