We are absolutely thrilled to see Fresh Paint Gallery back up and running in a brand spanking new facility. Its been too long!!! We first fell in love with the movement just over a year ago now but it was love at first sight and it will be forever. Watch this video all about its past and rebirth onto the scene. Montreal needs this!!!
One of the biggest reasons why I love Montreal so much is because there's such a diverse and huge group of people who live here. We've got people creating things, doing things, living their best lives - it's honestly such an awesome population.
After starting off her company in her parents' basement, Tiffany Youssef's Tea You has shot to popularity. The Montreal-based clothing brand has recently become a favourite of Kylie Jenner and Joyce Bonneli, one of the Kardashian's makeup artists.
Honestly, is there anything Sterling Downey can't do? He's a City Councillor in Verdun, co-founder of the Fresh Paint Gallery and founder of the Under Pressure Festival, and is the Homelessness and Animal Management critic for Projet Montreal. To say that Sterling Downey spent 2016 doing amazing things would be an understatement. It's more like he's been spending his life doing amazing things, to be honest.
Chrissy Sgourakis owns Haute Balloon, the first luxury balloon shop in Montreal; and let me tell you, she is killing it. In 2016, her work has been pretty much everywhere. Chances are, if you've ever been to an event and have been seriously amazed by an array of gorgeous, larger-than-life, specialty balloons, then you know exactly where it came from.
This Quebecoise journalist is based in New York City; this year, she launched her second book, 300 Reasons To Love San Francisco, featuring pictures and moments that'll make you fall in love with the city.
This Montreal-based interior designer and founder of La Chambre Design Co. has some serious skills, which seriously shined throughout the year. Some of her more notable projects this year? Montreal's Kampai Garden (!), A5 Hospitality, and Billie Le Kid, to name a few.
These three entrepreneurs are the brains behind Montreal's Atelier New Regime. This year, the super popular fashion brand launched their first flagship store in Montreal, helping to cement Montreal's status as one of the most stylish spots in North America.
The owners of Montreal-based swimwear line Salty Bikini, these two friends combined their respective skills in business and design to create a business they truly loved. Taking inspiration from the sand, sun, and water, this beachy swimwear line has only opened up earlier this year, but is already gaining a whole lot of popularity.
The son of business mogul Laurence Stroll, Lance Stroll's talent lies in racing. By his Instagram account, it's clear that he spent the year practicing and honing his racing skills - and all this practice paid off, as he is set to be the world's youngest F1 driver.
To say that Kimberly Lallouz has done a lot this year would be a huge understatement. After being a chef for Miss Pret A Manger and Resto Bar Monsieur, Kimberly opened up Montreal's Le Bird Bar in November. Not only that, but she also hosted "Les Garden-Partys de Kimberly" on Zeste this year, too!
You've probably noticed a whole lot of this Montrealer's work a whole lot throughout the city - and that's because this Montreal-based street artist is both hard working and extremely talented. In early 2016, his work was featured in a bunch of events and on a whole lot of super cool merchandise.
Honestly, I'll always admire people who pursue their dreams - and Montrealer Ver Sepasi is doing just that. Combining her love of travel and photography into a career, this Montrealer has spent the year travelling, taking pictures, and making a living off of her two passions. Goals AF.
Helping to put Montreal music on the map, Frederick Durand (AKA Snails) has spent the later half of 2016 touring in the U.S. and gathering a massive following. This DJ and producer might have slayed in 2016, but 2017 looks even brighter for this Montreal-based artist.
If you're in Montreal, you know exactly who Antonio Park is. This celebrity chef is involved in tons of awesome projects. Notably, he owns Park and Lavanderia restaurants, among many others; in 2016, he opened up Kampai Garden, and although Park suffered damage from a Westmount fire late in the year, it quickly recovered and returned better than ever.
The owner of Beachclub and one seriously awesome Snapchat (and Instagram!) account, Olivier Primeau has spent pretty much all of 2016 doing amazing things. I feel like he's Montreal's version Scott Disick, except a whole lot more awesome.
Montreal is home to about 1.65 million people (2011 stats), yet very few actually stand out from the crowd with their unusual looks or remarkable things they've accomplished.
I'd like to share a list of people who fascinate me and whose lives I want to know everything about. They're different, out-of-the-ordinary, interesting, unusual... They're everything that's right about our city. Because, ultimately, that's what Montreal is - the epitome of everything unique.
Not your average city councillor of Verdun district, Sterling Downey has been involved in urban arts, skateboarding, music and volunteer community.
Rick Genest a.k.a. Zombie Boy
Artist, actor, fashion model, he is known as the "Zombie Boy." The majority of his body is covered in tattoos.
Vin Los (now Elle Los)
Meet this Montreal male model who covered his face in tattoos in order to make a statement. He also transitioned into a female later in life... Find her post-transition photos here.
Montreal this week you shine bright like a diamond! It's Montreal En Lumière and this Saturday will be Nuit Blanche so be ready to pull an all nighter, the good kind. It just means that you get to party all night, litterally! The winter has it's fun side too, people! There's so many things you can do and we put up a list just for you. Here it is Montreal;
Thursday, February 26th
The third edition of La Cuvée d'Hiver will be back at Église St-Enfant-Jésus. Some delicious food, live music and microbrewery beers. Go warm yourself up! View event>
#LeCypher a tribute to Nujabes at Le Bleury is a tribute to excellent producer who left us to soon. Live music, food and good vibes overall, you don't want to miss out on this. View event>
One of our favorite events is MELT at Blizzarts. This week J.U.D. will be joining the lineup. View event>
Vodka lovers, I Love Moscow at Brutus is where you need to go, it's self explanatory. View event>
Fool's Gold's very own Shash'U is resident at Grenade for Jeudis #TBT. Drop by and chill! View event>
Louisahhh!!! with Jay London at Apt.200 will be playing the best in house music. View event>
Friday, February 27th
Random Recipe who will be back from their european tour will be getting on the RBC Scene for MTL en Lumière. This certainly one to check out this week end. View event>
Rowdy rowdy Get Nice at Blizzarts for the ones of you who love to get out the club sweating. It's a good workout! View event>
The RBMA is based in Montreal and is in full force. You don't want to miss RBMA Bass Camp Presents: DJ Quick & Mannie Fresh & Shash'U at Le Belmont! Like really, be there! View event>
Did you know there was a rap battle league in Montreal? DMS Battle Ring at Club Mixte Lounge is a rap battle you want to be to see what they're all about! View event>
Saturday, February 28th
MUTEK with the RBMA Bass Camp at Espace Réunion will pull an all nighter for Nuit Blanche. View event>
Another must see show is La Nuit Tribe at PHI Centre with A Tribe Called Red. The tribal group will have you dancing until you fall asleep! View event>
Art lovers, Station 16 has a special night for you. They'll be offering guided tours of all the Murals of the main. While you wait for your scheduled tour, you can party at the Station 16 art gallery. How lovely is that? View event>
If already know everything about the murals but you love art, check out the Art Attack for Nuit Blanche at Fresh Paint Gallery. View event>
Beat The Clock Saturdays at Muzique is the party to go to when you're tryna dress to impress and pop bottles! View event>
Vinyl addicts, MIMS brings back the 24 Hours of Vinyl to Le Bleury. Can you handle it? View event>
Over 100,000 votes and 24 winners. Montreal has chosen.
The MTL Awards 2014 officially closed on May 14th, and last week we officially announced the winners at our inaugural MTL Awards Gala (see the photos here). We received more than 100,000 votes for over 150 local small businesses and Montreal personalities!
Today, we would like to officially announce the winners of all 24 subcategories inside the three main categories (Food, Arts, and Nightlife).