Montreal - ARTS & CULTURE
November 25th, 2013
Net-a-Porter: A trailblazer in luxury online shopping, the Net-a-Porter app is like having a luxury department store in the palm of your hand. Stocked with the newest designer offerings from hundreds of labels ranging from couture to contemporary (Isabel Marant, Alexander McQueen, 3.1 Phillip Lim, to name a few), each item gives a detailed fit description and spot-on styling recommendations.
Beyond the Rack: When it comes to shopping flash designer discount sales, timeliness is key. With bold-name designers like Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga, the Beyond the Rack app has plenty of real-time perks, like instant notifications, tons of visuals (so you can ogle that It bag from every angle), flick-finger browsing and a streamlined check-out process.
Etsy: The handmade revolution is in full swing and Etsy is no doubt the hub of all things artisanal. Shop thousands of bespoke gifts, like personalized jewellery and stationery, made-to-order knits and cool one-of-a-kind vintage wares.
Victoria’s Secret: You have the perfect cocktail dress for the big office holiday party, but forgot to pick-up a strapless bra. Victoria’s Secret to the rescue! Shop the lingerie empire’s sexy and accessible bras and panties (along with their growing swimsuit and fashion collections). Nude strap crisis averted.
Zara: On-trend and affordable: have sweeter words ever been spoken? Ever since Zara launched Canadian online shopping, we’ve been hooked on perusing the perfectly styled outfits online (and buying everything in sight). Shoes from right off the runway, prints that look deceptively expensive and coats so perfectly cut you’ll wonder how many you can fit in your closet, Zara is the go to for, well, everything.
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October 30th, 2013
Makeup, fashion and champers all under one (giant) roof.
Not too shabby, right? This weekend is the first Weekend de Toute Beauté, a tradeshow for all-things-girly at the Palais des Congrès.
Participants will have access to experiences including a style analysis from Les Effrontés, consultations with leading make-up and hair experts as well as beauty product testing, fashion shows and an a Matt & Nat pop-up shop.
Just add a handful of BFFs and you’re got the perfect day. —Christine Laroche
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal, 514-990-1218, https://www.detoutebeaute.ca/
October 25th, 2013
Doing the time warp > trick or treating.
At Cinéma Impérial’s presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show ($17.95; October 31 and November 1-2), we’ll get the best of both worlds: A live cast for killer audience participation and a simultaneous screening of the original movie because, really, it’s not Halloween without Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf.
Just remember: It starts with a jump to the left and a step to the right. —Christine Laroche
1430 Bleury St., Montreal, www.rockyhorrormontreal.com
October 9th, 2013
It won the Governor General’s Award for Drama in 2011.
And now we have a chance to catch If We Were Birds at the Centaur Theatre. Written by Erin Shields and directed by Micheline Chevrier, the play is based on Book 6 of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The classic tale has been adapted to the modern world via a chorus of women who have each survived a major 20th century conflict, drawn from testimonials from in Nanking, Berlin, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda.
Looking for entertaining, moving and thought-provoking way to spend a night out with the girls? This is it. —Christine Laroche
Until October 19, tickts $25, 453 St. Francois-Xavier, Montreal, 514-288-3161, http://www.centaurtheatre.com/
August 28th, 2013
Searching for a new read? Herewith, 8 of our favourite page turners for long weekend downtime.
Sarah Bancroft, Editor-in-chief
The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles.
What's not to love about 1930s Manhattan with its Jazz Clubs, grande dame hotels, cigarettes and cocktails. That's why they call it the good old days. First time novelist Towles draws a compelling and entertaining portrait of youth, hi jinx and serendipity surrounding his witty heroine Katey who lands a dream job at Condé Nast. For a period piece, the themes are utterly modern. Love, lust, social climbing and ultimately, fate. $13.99 at Amazon.ca
Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, Fashion Editor
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
I usually read books on my Kindle but I bought this at the last minute in an airport, because the cover looked pretty. Luckily, the story was good too, spanning decades and featuring a remote island, a mysteriously ill actress, an Italian inn-keeper, and Richard Burton. $14.43 at Amazon.ca
Sara Samson, Calgary Editor
The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner
This memoir by a trio of 20-something New Yorkers chronicles their decision to quit their demanding jobs and travel the world (think Eat, Pray, Love, but from a younger perspective). A must-read for travelers and those looking to develop a serious case of wanderlust. $12.99 at Amazon.ca
Maria Tallarico, Managing Editor
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life explores the life (or rather, lives) of Ursula, who is born over and over again - each time her circumstances are altered, with far-reaching consequences. The quietest and most convincing heroine we've come across in ages, be prepared for some very late nights with the reading light on. $14.97 at Amazon.ca
Kat Tancock, Toronto Contributor
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
This long weekend I'm curling up with the long-awaited MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood, the third in the trilogy that started with Oryx & Crake. Atwood's dystopias are chilling because they come so close to reality, but that's what makes them all the more important to read. $16.47 at Amazon.ca
Julie Whelan, Toronto Contributor
Just Kids (Audio) by Patti Smith
At just under ten hours, listening to Patti Smith read her memoir is no small commitment but there is something amazing about hearing her voice as she describes coming to New York, embracing music and meeting and loving the artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The wild cast of characters includes Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin, Edie Sedgewick, Sam Shepard and the Hotel Chelsea of course. At www.audible.com
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The film version of of Adichie's last novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, is set to screen at TIFF but this weekend I'll be picking up her latest novel, Americanah, an epic love story that follows its characters from Nigeria to the UK and the States. $18.77 Amazon.ca
Marianne Wisenthal, Toronto Contributor
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl is a rare blend of whodunnit suspense, relatable characters and snappy writing. Warning: Best not read after a fight with your husband! $14.97 at Amazon.ca
August 21st, 2013
Prediction: trips to Italy are about to get booked post haste.
If you ever went to Europe in your youth (or fell in love fast and hard in your early 20s - or both) you will love the gorgeous and romantic new Kate Bosworth vehicle And While We Were Here, set on the Amalfi Coast. With all that stunning warm light, blue water, dramatic cliffs and cobblestones that you'll remember from The Talented Mr. Ripley, it's reminiscent of the Italian neo-realists in style but utterly modern in story. In this film, Bosworth (a magazine writer working on a WWII memoir) accompanies her anal, viola-playing husband on a business trip only to get seduced by a younger American man (payed to excellent effect by newcomer Jamie Blackley) who is volunteering with an environmental project on a nearby island. Many cliff jumping, Vespa riding, and clothes-removing scenes ensue, but the film manages to be a profound essay on marriage, trust, grief and love.
Oh and Kate's granny-chic wardrobe is awesome, too. —Sarah Bancroft
Watch the trailer here.
Available now on iTunes. Theatrical release September 13, 2013.
August 14th, 2013
No need to jet over to our favourite Caribbean island this weekend.
The Montreal International Reggae Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is bringing the island sound to our (decidedly less tropical) island.
Must-see acts include Morgan Heritages (dubbed “The Rolling Stones of Reggae”), Shaggy (Mr. Bombastic himself), Beenie Man (whose uncle played drums for Jimmy Cliff), Freddie McGregor (a Grammy nominee), Tifa (the up-and-coming queen of dancehall, pictured) and more.
This weekend, everything irie. —Christine Laroche
The Old Port of Montreal, http://montrealinternationalreggaefestival.com
August 7th, 2013
It’s one of the last festivals on our summer schedule, but definitely not the least.
This year marks the 30th edition of the International de Montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, which runs from August 10th to the 18th.
And while there are over 125 hot air balloons to be admired (or even chartered, for the adventurous types), the festival also boasts an impressive list of performers: Acts range from Taio Cruz to Charles Aznavour.
Now reach up and touch the sky. —Christine Laroche
July 31st, 2013
The 13th edition of the Fashion & Design Festival kicks off today and thanks to Honorary Chairman Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, the event has been injected with an extra dose of fashion cred.
The French designer is lending his touch to the event with an exhibition at Place Ville Marie (until Sunday), an artistic performance called “Fantômes” (9 p.m.) and urban art display (tomorrow, 11:30 a.m.).
But that’s not to say that local labels aren’t au rendez-vous: The lineup includes a Bodybag by Jude retrospective, highlights from the FW13 edition of Montreal Fashion Week highlights, a celebration of Jacob’s 35th anniversary and a whole lot more.
Lights, camera, strut your stuff! —Christine Laroche
McGill College Avenue, www.festivalmodedesign.com
July 30th, 2013
Fact: There will be almost as many street-style shooters as bands at Osheaga. Want to get shot? A festival fashion primer, in three easy pieces.
Be the Anna Dello Russo of Parc Jean-Drapeau with a wild hair accessory: Think turban or our personal favourite, a flower crown ($6.80 at Forever 21).
Know that there will be dirt, mud and rogue condiments, making this studded pleather mini ($34.95) from the H&M Loves Music collection the perfect pick: Wipe clean and go!
Show that you take both sunshine protection and style seriously with funky Italia Independent ($299) shades. They’re all the season’s sunglass trends (mirror finish, bottle cap shape, cool colour) in one seriously cool pair!
Now we’re ready for the final countdown! —Christine Laroche