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Gay Montreal

700 objects/ works of art bear witness to social/ cultural climate of the times
You Say You Want a Revolution - Flower Power & rebellion through music

Ongoing through October 9, 2017. Musical odyssey explores ideals and aspirations of the 60s: music, film, fashion and design. Looks at: consumer society, Vietnam War protests, civil rights movement, sexual revolution, LSD experimentation, concert legends, communal living, environmentalism, May 1968 Paris demonstrations, SF Summer of Love, Woodstock, L’Osstidcho, Expo 67 Montreal.
Breathtaking posters, mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries
ILLUSIONS: The Art of Magic

Ongoing through January 7, 2018, 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.
The 41st Montreal World Film Festival
Festival des Films du Monde

August 24 - September 4, 2017 screenings at: Cinéma Impérial, 1430 de Bleury; Cinéma du Parc, 3575 Park Ave; and Cinéma Dollar, 6900 Décarie Sq. Cultural diversity + 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 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.
Hosted by and Dawson's Women's/Gender Studies
We're Here We're Queer

September 20, 2017, 10-11:30am at My Dawson College, 3040 Sherbrooke West, Westmount. Queer video works from the early 90s to 2015. Learn about the police raids of Sex Garage in Montreal, and the protests that came after; get aquanted with the performace work of 2fik. See program:
Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec - CACTUS-Montréal

September 25, 2017, 6-8pm at Parc Raymond-Blain. Menu; hot-dog, végi-dog, hamburger, veggies and dips, nachos and salsa. You're welcome, but not required to bring food. Go direct to the park, or meet 5:15pm at ASTTeQ, 1300 rue Sanguinet to go with a group. See: Facebook.
Centaur Theatre Presents A Persephone Theatre Productio
Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story

October 3-29, 2017. Exhilarating, heart-breaking, triumphant true story of Canadian hockey legend, Theoren Fleury. Deemed too short to play, the pint-sized Métis kid with huge ambitions from Manitoba, overcame crushing obstacles to become an NHL All-Star, win the Stanley Cup, and represent Canada twice at the Olympic Games, winning a Gold medal. Performed entirely on ice!
Bad Boy Club Montreal
Black & Blue Festival 2017

October 5-9, 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:
Multidisciplinary collective exhibition
La Voix des Images

November 3 - December 1, 2017. Featuring local/ international artist works/ voices, the exhibition cross-hatches different practices affiliated with contemporary comic book art. Invited artists participate in contemporary art; their work distributed by publishing houses, shown in exhibitions, published in print and online, featured in cultural institutions, artist-run venues and events.
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.
The 30th annual LGBT independent film festival

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:
1960s Quebec juxtaposed with contemporary society seen through immigrant lens
The Baklawa Recipe

January 23 - February 18, 2017. Two Lebanese women emigrants arrive in Ville-St-Laurent. Married to Lebanese-Canadian brothers, living between worlds, they struggle to reconcile the traditional roles of their community, shaped by cultural origins, with the feminist independence of their daughters in their adopted home. Joys and complexities of two generations; warm and sweet as Baklawa.
Le plus grand évènement Bear au Canada
SugarBear Weekend 2018

Early April, 2018. 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.
The FTA explodes with shows
FTA 2018

May 23 - June 6, 2018. Presented at 20 different cultural venues, transforming springtime in Montreal - past year with 10 co-productions, 9 world premières and 11 North American premières. Dazzling/ memorable performances, artists from Montreal, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Grenoble, Lausanne, Lisbon, Paris, Quebec City, Seville, Tokyo, Vancouver and Wrocaw.
Dimanche Dans le Parc
Bal en Blanc - In the Park

May 27, 2018 (TBC), 12 noon - 10pm at Parc Jean-Drapeau, 296 Chemin du Tour de l'isle. Sunday afternoon 16+ mixed White Party dance in the park - past year featured Martin Garrix, Borgore, Slander, Blu J, The Him, and San Holo. .
Out, Loud & Clear

October 3, 2017, 6-8pm at Galerie Division. Readings of LGBT+ classics by local writers and artists at l’Arsenal, a dynamic contemporary art gallery located in Griffintown. Hosted by Miss Butterfly. Guests: Judith Lussier, Denis-Martin Chabot (journalist/ author/ comedian/ actor), Shannon Webb-Campbell, and Hubert Nigel Thomas.
Since 1989 the top acts in Francophone and world music
Les Francofolies de Montréal

June 7-16, 2018 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.
Along Ste-Catherine East between St-Hubert and Papineau streets
Aires Libres

Early May - late September, 2018 (TBC) 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.
Célébrer le dynamisme du milieu fétiche gai montréalais
Fusion Weekend Montréal

Mid-June, 2018 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 27th M. Cuir Montréal, the 13th M. Rubber Montréal, and the third Pup Montréal.
Formerly La Fête Saint-Jean-Baptiste
La Fête Nationale Du Québec 2017

June 24-25, 2018. 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 27 - July 1, 2018 (TBC). 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 King of Summer Festivals
Montreal International Jazz Fest

June 28 - July 7, 2018. Gigantic summer music celebration, the 39th 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 2018, along with more performances throughout the year.
International Fireworks Competition
L’International des Feux

July - August, 2018. For 8 summer nights each year 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.
The Biggest Comedy Festival in the World!
Just for laughs Festival

July 11-30, 2018 (TBC), 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 36th anniversary in 2018!
One of the most exciting and colourful Pride celebrations in North America!
Fierté Montréal Pride

August 9-19, 2018 (TBC), annual festivities typically include: SAT Community Day, 11am-5pm on Ste-Catherine E, St-Hubert to Papineau. SUN 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.
For the 5th year for Montréal Pride - La Ronde in rainbow colors
Pride Day at La Ronde | Six Flags

August 17, 2018 (TBC), 11am- 9pm, at La Ronde, 22, chemin MacDonald, Île Sainte-Hélène. Jump on the rides/ feel the excitement! Shows at the Fort Edmonton Saloon.