Creating 18 Shades of Gay

Look up to the sky in Montreal’s gay village and you will see a rainbow. Six years ago, Claude Cormier and Yannick Roberge of the landscape art & design firm Claude Cormier + Associés Inc. brought a little magic to a stretch of St. Catherine street with over 150,000 pink balls cascading overhead. In celebration of Montreal’s…

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How Old Is Montreal, Really?

Here’s something that might surprise you: Montreal is not 375 years old. Though it has been three-hundred and seventy-five years since French colonists established a small fortified village called Ville-Marie (near the Pointe à Callière archeological museum), human beings have lived on the island of Montreal for a much longer period of time. Exactly how…

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The Little Montreal LGBTQ Press That Could

When long-time friends and current neighbours Ashley Fortier and Oliver Fugler decided to launch a small, independent press back in 2015, they didn’t have specific goals in mind for the future. With a focus on producing quality materials relevant to queer, feminist, and social justice communities, the two co-publishers of Metonymy Press, who met back…

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Interview: Seoul on Sound, Images, and Vulnerability

Surprisingly minimalist yet ultimately affective, Seoul are a dream-pop band on the rise. Recently signed to Last Gang Records, the enigmatic Montreal-based trio are set to release their debut LP, I Become A Shade on June 9th. We had the chance to chat with Julian, Dexter, and Nigel—responding together as a unit—before the release. “Everything we…

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