Gay & Away May: Montréal, Quebec

By: Gay.com
5.5.2010

Nightlife_correspondent_danielCheck out Daniel Baylis' Top 5 Picks for May in Montréal, Quebec.

Make friends with Daniel on Facebook! Or check out more of Daniel’s writing and recommendations on his Montréal travel blog!

Want to let people know about the Top Picks in your city? Email us!

PARTY

Hot
& Dry

May 21 – 24

A ridiculously hot and sexy annual weekend party in Montréal
where top name DJs spin at some of the city’s
sweatiest nightlife venues
. There are at least eight separate events, and
many other side festivities – but, heck, it’s Montréal, when is there not a
party happening?

This year will feature David Morales, Ian Key, The Cube Guys
and many more.

Weekend pass for $69.

PEDESTRIAN HEAVEN

Aires Libres

May 26 – September 13

For
the third summer in a row, the main street in Montréal’s gay village (Saint
Catherine East) will be closed to motorized vehicles. You can expect ‘patio
culture’ to be flourishing throughout the summer, as well as numerous art
installations, street performers and even a beach volleyball court. Essentially it’s an ecological and artistic manifestation of homosexual
goodness. Here’s my footage from last year’s Gay Village Pedestrian Action.

Free events throughout the summer.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Festival Transamériques
May 27 to June 12

I know what you’re thinking, but no, this is not a giant American
tranny-fest. But, then again, I’m not able to confirm the gender identities of
the many dancers in the 26 performances. So, who knows? You might be in for
some hot tranny action. And seriously, who doesn’t like that? But the real
scoop is that this Montréal dance festival is 17 days of cutting edge
performances exploring grace, passion, movement and even humor. Come get into
the groove.

Various events/performances

BISTRO

Steak
& Frites

1302 Saint Catherine East.
514-439-1376

Listen up, gays! The homosexual village has a new ‘Bring
Your Own Wine
’ restaurant. Grab a bottle of vino, install yourself near the
window, and choose between lamb, fish, duck or simply a classic steak. It’s a
meat lover’s wet dream! But then so are most Montréal gay bars.

Waiters walk
around with a bottomless bowl of fries, so bring your appetite (and maybe some
elastic-waist stretchy pants).

FASHION

STYLEXCHANGE
1608 Saint Catherine Street West.

As
a gay man there is a lot of pressure to look fabulous. I vacillate between
rejecting any expectations of stylistic and physical beauty, and running out to
my hot yoga studio to ensure my abdominal muscles stay visible.

Ultimately
looking great is all about a balance, and finding what works for you, but if you are looking to augment your inner fashionista, check out the recently opened STYLEXCHANGE in Montréal. It’s a concept store
with a killer design and plenty of labels— think Deisel,
Energie, Christian Audigier, Nudie, Rock & Republic, True Relgion and
more.

Nightlife_correspondent_danielCheck out Daniel Baylis' Top 5 Picks for May in Montréal, Quebec.

Make friends with Daniel on Facebook! Or check out more of Daniel’s writing and recommendations on his Montréal travel blog!

Want to let people know about the Top Picks in your city? Email us!

PARTY

HOTNDRYHot
& Dry

May 21 – 24

A ridiculously hot and sexy annual weekend party in Montréal
where top name DJs spin at some of the city’s
sweatiest nightlife venues
. There are at least eight separate events, and
many other side festivities – but, heck, it’s Montréal, when is there not a
party happening?

This year will feature David Morales, Ian Key, The Cube Guys
and many more.

Weekend pass for $69.

PEDESTRIAN HEAVEN

Fleurs Aires Libres

May 26 – September 13

For
the third summer in a row, the main street in Montréal’s gay village (Saint
Catherine East) will be closed to motorized vehicles. You can expect ‘patio
culture’ to be flourishing throughout the summer, as well as numerous art
installations, street performers and even a beach volleyball court. Essentially it’s an ecological and artistic manifestation of homosexual
goodness. Here’s my footage from last year’s Gay Village Pedestrian Action.

Free events throughout the summer.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

DanceFestival Transamériques
May 27 to June 12

I know what you’re thinking, but no, this is not a giant American
tranny-fest. But, then again, I’m not able to confirm the gender identities of
the many dancers in the 26 performances. So, who knows? You might be in for
some hot tranny action. And seriously, who doesn’t like that? But the real
scoop is that this Montréal dance festival is 17 days of cutting edge
performances exploring grace, passion, movement and even humor. Come get into
the groove.

Various events/performances

BISTRO

BistroSteak
& Frites

1302 Saint Catherine East.
514-439-1376

Listen up, gays! The homosexual village has a new ‘Bring
Your Own Wine
’ restaurant. Grab a bottle of vino, install yourself near the
window, and choose between lamb, fish, duck or simply a classic steak. It’s a
meat lover’s wet dream! But then so are most Montréal gay bars.

Waiters walk
around with a bottomless bowl of fries, so bring your appetite (and maybe some
elastic-waist stretchy pants).

FASHION

Stylexchange_logoSTYLEXCHANGE
1608 Saint Catherine Street West.

As
a gay man there is a lot of pressure to look fabulous. I vacillate between
rejecting any expectations of stylistic and physical beauty, and running out to
my hot yoga studio to ensure my abdominal muscles stay visible.

Ultimately
looking great is all about a balance, and finding what works for you, but if you are looking to augment your inner fashionista, check out the recently opened STYLEXCHANGE in Montréal. It’s a concept store
with a killer design and plenty of labels— think Deisel,
Energie, Christian Audigier, Nudie, Rock & Republic, True Relgion and
more.

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