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Gay Montreal

One of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century
FOCUS: Perfection Robert Mapplethorpe

Ongoing through January 22, 2017 at the MMFA. Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) gained renown for his masterful compositions and subjects that have compelled new reflection on questions of gender, race and sexuality. The first major North American retrospective on Robert Mapplethorpe’s œuvre since the landmark exhibition The Perfect Moment, organized in 1988 by the Philadelphia ICA.
A new perspective on the career of William Notman (1826–1891)
Notman, A Visionary Photographer

Ongoing through March 26, 2017, McCord Museum. The first Canadian photographer with an international reputation during the nineteenth-century. Exhibit demonstrates how Notman owed his success to the modernity of his approach to photography, founded on principles of communication and innovation. Some 300 photographs and objects; vintage prints and multimedia/interactive installations.
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.
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.
Soirée Sexy Chic & Kinky
Le Grand Bal en Noir :: Easter Edition 2017

April 16, 2017, 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.
Welcome to another realm where rhythm reaches new heights
White Party | Bal en Blanc

April 16, 2017, 10pm, at Palais Des Congres. Easter White Party, 18+ Sunday night mainstream mega-event --one of the most important electronic dance music events in North America + various activities related to new urban culture, music, fashion, dance and design. See previous years' videos on the website.
Célébrer le dynamisme du milieu fétiche gai montréalais
Fusion Weekend Montréal

June, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Formerly the Montréal International Arts Festival
Montréal en Arts

June - July, 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.
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!
International Fireworks Competition
L’International des Feux

July through August, 2017. For eight summer Saturday nights the skies over Montreal are filled with fireworks displays each year from La Ronde on Île Sainte-Hélène - pyrotechnics by the masters of the art from countries around the world, each based on a theme.
One of the most exciting and colourful Pride celebrations in North America!
Fierté Montréal Pride

August 10-20, 2017, annual festivities over 7 days: SAT: Village Community Day, Ste-Catherine E. SUN Pride Parade, from 1pm on René-Lévesque Boulevard West, from Guy to Sanguinet, in heart of downtown Montréal; shows and activities usually take place at Place Émilie-Gamelin; conference, mega T-dance, parties and a play -- at various venues.
For the 4th year for Montréal Pride - La Ronde in rainbow colors
Pride Day at La Ronde | Six Flags

August, 2017 (TBC), usually a Friday, 11am- 9pm, at La Ronde, 22, chemin MacDonald, Île Sainte-Hélène. Showing the rainbow colors for Pride Day -jump on rides/ feel the excitement! Shows at Fort Edmonton Saloon.
Montreal World Film Festival
Festival des Films du Monde

August - September, 2017 (TBC) at: Théâtre Maisonneuve, 175 Ste-Catherine W; Cinéma Impérial, 1430 de Bleury; and Cinéma Cineplex Odeon, 350 Emery. Cultural diversity and understanding between nations, quality cinema and innovation from all continents, discovering/ encouraging new talents, and facilitating meetings between cinema professionals.
6 Night Access Passes now available
Montreal Fetish Weekend

August - September, 2017 (TBC) 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.
Bad Boy Club Montreal
Black & Blue Festival 2017

October 3-9, 2017 (TBC), 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:
The 30th annual LGBT independent film festival

November 23 - December 3, 2017 (TBC), 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 + other locations. See website details: