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June 16, 2006 8:13 AM

The bridge! The bridge! Pick the bridge!

Many will already know what they need to know about the upcoming Montreal Outgames sporting event. Sports are good; community is good. Add as much mom and apple pie as you want. But there are also things you should know. Because there are some problems.

June 7, 2006 7:24 PM

We won't be perfect, but we'll be better than Estonia

The Danish ambassador to Estonia is fleeing his posting over what he calls overwhelming racism and homophobia. "Mr [Hans] Glaubitz said he and his partner, a black Cuban man, were regularly insulted when they went out." Just so: "It is not very nice

June 1, 2006 9:15 AM

I'll glue some pretty petals to it

Quebec's new blanket ban on smoking in bars, restos and (gasp!) bingo halls will result in 135 tonnes of ashtrays in landfills. (No, I don't know how they came up with this imaginary number. Stop questioning authority.) This morning's Gazoo notes that

April 29, 2006 1:16 PM

No more dancing on the speakers

Unity went up in flames yesterday. The fire started around noon on the rooftop terrace, with 150 firefighters reportedly taking four hours to put out the flames at the Montreal gay bar. The Gazoo quotes a firefighter -- er, the fire department chief of

April 28, 2006 7:58 AM

The play's the thing

"The play which turned a nice quiet young woman named Lillian Hellman into one of the best-known modern playwrights -- The Children's Hour -- again comes to life in all its tragic fascination Thursday night at the Coronet," wrote Harry Gilroy in the New

April 27, 2006 12:05 PM

Too easy?

The Ryerson Review of Journalism's newest issue has a go at the Montreal Gazette: "To expand readership, The Gazette has made some impressive editorial improvements. Sadly, they may not be enough to attract the one audience it needs for long-term survival."

April 22, 2006 11:33 AM

My head hurts

Can we accept the loony if it's irrelevant to a visionary's main task? I speak of Montreal's Great Green Hope, Richard Bergeron, who ran on a municipal transit platform in the last municipal election that seemed quite progressive. (True, his promise

April 10, 2006 3:20 PM

Hirsute power!

Those outside of Quebec may not know that a lesbian is running for political office today. Manon Massé is an out dyke, the very first candidate to run under the flag of the leftist Quebec Solidaire, recently founded. The provincial by-election is in

April 7, 2006 5:14 PM

Enviromentalism manqué

Re-usable shopping bags are now so "in" that every chain store in the city is handing out branded freebies. I have so many, I've begun to throw them away.

March 30, 2006 12:32 PM

Three way?

Montrealers might not have to face the same contest in the next mayoral election. Twice now, we've had to choose between Pierre Bourque, who thinks he was born to be king (one of his old slogans was along the lines of "mayor once, mayor forever"), and

March 23, 2006 8:01 PM

My supper

A bowl of Rokeach Homestyle Matzo Ball & Chicken Soup Mix. "Contains no chicken." And for dessert, a decorated gingerbread cookie concocted by London, Ontario's A Couple of Squares. In fact, gingerbread cookies are the business's sole product. Mine

February 21, 2006 11:05 AM

That's the magic number

La Presse reporter Emilie Coté has touched on the newest pay-for-play payola scam in the U.S. (a repeat of the 1950s mess), and looked at how a new tune finds airtime on the Montreal FM radio waves. Each week, stations like CKOI, Energie, Rythme FM and

February 8, 2006 9:40 AM

Hometown brew

Some quick Montreal news. Montreal Gazoo columnist James Mennie notes that efforts to rename Beaudry subway station after the gay village are stalled. "It would appear the process of changing a metro station's name, like the state of matrimony, is

January 27, 2006 9:51 AM

Roadsworth, abs, green rooftops...

And Brokeback Mountain: Straight girl seeks hot and graphic guy-on-guy sex on screen. Kissing and romantic storyline also required. Check out When Harry met Larry (thanks for the link, Samantha!). Lots of catching up to do today. Roadsworth, the Montreal

January 11, 2006 1:21 PM

All I need is the air that I breathe

People hate advertising. But the screeching over the evils of a poster on a toilet stall door has always struck me as ridiculous. A retail or bar space is a place filled with advertising, some of it brand-name clothing and some of it billboards for tummy

December 13, 2005 4:09 PM

What I meant to say

Regret The Error is a Montreal-based website that tracks humiliating mistakes made in the media. "Ladies and Gentleman, the Correction of the Year for 2005, as published in the Denver Daily News on July 27: The Denver Daily News would like to offer a

December 8, 2005 3:25 PM

Vivre Montreal

You left Montreal, did you? But you can't erase its joys from your heart, can you? Now you want to come back. Well, be warned. It won't be easy.

December 2, 2005 11:18 AM

Feet, AIDS Kills

I hope to be the only English media in Montreal spelling out the f-word today. Damn, I'm rad. Sez da Gazoo: "AIDS activists took advantage of World AIDS Day to criticize city of Montreal officials, the transit system, McGill University, CEGEP Vieux

November 30, 2005 11:29 AM

Put the sculptor in a walk-in freezer. Yeah, that'll fix it

The National Film Board launched its Citizenshift project a while back -- and within it, all the good and bad of true democracy: the shallow mixes with the very thoughtful. New this week: Sierra Club of Canada executive director Elizabeth May blogs the

November 25, 2005 10:10 AM

Something to cut that gin?

My crazy busy three weeks is finally coming to an end (read: no freelance work booked for next week), and as such I'll have time to blog more thoughtfully veddy soon. In the meantime, Montreal's alt weekly Hour recalls Doudou Boicel's Rising Sun Celebrity

November 13, 2005 5:51 PM

How I love my ex

Can't get away from her. Tonight on channel 2 (in Montreal), the Radio Canada show "Tout le monde en parle" runs an interview with Lynda Veronneau, Karla Homolka's lover of three years. Or so Lynda claims, anyway. The Sunday La Presse features a two-page

November 9, 2005 10:39 AM

White retailers can't dance

Popped into Futureshop last night, the one at 460 St. Catherine St. W. in Montreal. In the rap music section, we found Bow Wow (né Lil), Tupac, Ludacris, and the kaput NWA. We also found Lionel Richie, Angie Stone, The Platters, Ray Charles, and Gladys