Gay Pride Montreal: 5 Things Not To Miss

6 07 2015

Gay Pride Montreal

Gay Pride Montreal (Fierté gai, à la française) unfurls its giant rainbow flag, fabulous (and talented) drag queens, hot hot go-go boys and a whole lot of amour August 10-16. It’s one of our favorite Prides on the continent and combines the je ne sais quoi we love about French-speaking Canada with a friendly and enthusiastic (not to mention well-organized) British/North American vibe. Pride includes a week of activities and culminates with a parade on the 16th — the city’s largest.

It’s a great reason to visit but not the only one. Montreal hosts a fantastic annual international fireworks competition which features pyrotechnics companies from around the world displaying their best and most explosive effects. If you don’t get enough of our own fireworks over the July 4th weekend, the Montreal events take place every Wednesday and Saturday from now through August 1.

Visit this site for more information about the event and to see the schedule, times and featured countries. Locals argue over the best viewing spots; in reality there are many. One of our readers swears the best is from the roof top of the Auberge Hotel in the old port though we prefer the Sky Club rooftop (below) since it’ll have the added benefit of being packed with gay boys.

Whether you come for the fireworks or to make your own during Montreal Gay Pride, take note of a few of our things not to miss:

Gay Pride Montreal1. Stay fabulous or stay gay: The contemporary Hotel Gault stands behind an 18th-century stone facade in the heart of Montréal’s historic district, our first-choice lodging recommendation in the city. If you prefer to stay gay, The 352-room Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis at the edge of the Gay Village is perfectly located for exploring the city and crawling home from the bars. Service is friendly, though the rooms and public areas are tired, and in need of renovation.

2. Take a selfie with Pink Balls: It’s art and it’s definitely kinda gay. Over 170,000 illuminated pink bulbs stretch along Ste-Catherine East (the heart of the gay village) and just beg to be included in your Instagram feed.

3. Party like a French rock star: This French-accented town knows how to party and entertain. You don’t even have to travel far with some of our favorites clustered in the Village: Code (great music and vibe); Sky (amazing terrace); and Black Eagle/Aigle Noir (for the leather and bear set and their admirers);

4. Catch a show. If you haven’t seen Mado and her talented troupe of performing cabaret queens, you haven’t really seen drag. Many of them actually sing, with great voices, and choreograph intricate dance routines. You can visit the club or find out where they’re performing during Montreal Gay Pride.

5. Video tour. If you can’t get there in person, check out gay-friendly Tourism Montreal’s web series, “Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached” and enjoy a virtual French-Canadian romance à trois.

We published this in Towleroad and re-post it here for our readers who may have missed it.

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Montreal Launches 3rd Annual Queer of the Year Contest

25 06 2012

Competitors from last year’s Queer of the Year competition

Montreal Tourism and business partners announce the kick-off of their third annual Queer of the Year competition including online voting and in-person competitions among five lucky finalists flown into Montreal during their Pride celebration (August 13-19) to compete for the title of Queer of the Year.

For more information, prize info, rule:

Montreal’s Queer of the Year Contest Redux

9 08 2011

Check out the very cute video above featuring the contests running in the second annual “Queer of the Year” contest in Montreal.

Throughout Montreal Pride Week (August 8 through August 14), the six finalists will compete in a variety of challenges and activities, all of which will be captured on film.

Visit their Facebook page to learn more about the contest, follow along in the exploits of the participants, and vote for your favorite. Watch ’em try to out-queer each other.

Bump! Gay TV Travel Series Announces Smartphone Apps

3 04 2011

The producers of the world’s most watched LGBT travel series unveils a nifty new series of apps for iPhone and Android-powered smartphones.

They currently cover 13 gay-friendly cities: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Miami, Montreal, Mykonos, Paris, Puerto Vallarta, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, and Tel Aviv. I got to try Antwerp, pictured at left. The guides feature videos, travel tips, big gay events in a pretty nifty design.

The guides don’t overwhelm you with information. Instead, the app creators chose (wisely) to curate the top recommendations in each destination. They’ve also specifically identify businesses that are members of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association ( Read the rest of this entry »

Black & Blue and “Raide” All Over

11 10 2010

Courtesy of Bad Boy Club of Montreal (BBCM), organizers of Black & Blue

Originally published in

Black & Blue celebrates its 20th anniversary this October starting today and going through October 12, 2010. Raide means stiff or hard in French. You can translate the double-entendre in the title of this posting however you wish. But you may very well be stiff as a board after a night of dancing.

What started two decades ago (1991) as a simple fund-raising dance party for HIV/AIDS-related causes has morphed into a week-long event with all sorts of activities, but the signature event takes place on Sunday (10/10/10) Black & Blue 20, one of the greatest dance parties on earth. It’s just packed with gorgeous people (gay, straight, male, female, younger, and older) from the world over. The entertainment will blow your socks off. (Montreal is known for it’s extraordinary drag performers, dancers, and detail to mind-blowing entertainment of all kinds.)

The cheaper tickets are sold out. Currently tickets are $95 Canadian. It is definitely worth the mere $35 Canadian upgrade to VIP, with its expedited entrance, bathroom access, and views of the party from the reserved area. As of press time the Canadian and U.S. dollars are close to parity.

Super friendly, ridiculously gay-friendly, Montreal’s official tourism bureau, Tourism Montreal, features a gay-specific blog with up-to-the-minute recommendations for what to do due north written by the delightful Daniel Baylis.

Our guide

  • If you decide to visit Montreal, don’t leave home without looking at our fabulous (and up-to-the-minute) Out Guide to Montreal.

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