Montreal’s Gay Village has boys, booze, and clubs open past dawn. But if you want to start your mornings with legendary Montreal bagels and end your night at a lo-fi electro dance party before drifting home, spend a weekend in Montreal’s Mile End. It’s laid-back and welcoming to LGBT tourists and the tattooed, bike-riding, book-toting, locally-sourced goodness might have you wanting to stick around just a little longer.r
Dine at Sparrow (5322 St-Laurent) for high-end pub fare by way of India and Morocco. The space feels like a British living room owned by a family of adventuring rugby player explorers circa 1930. If the weather isn’t cooperating, curl up on the windowside sofas and linger with a drink from a menu that repeatedly tops Montreal’s best cocktail lists.r
Afterward, head to the Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC). It’s not in Mile End, but the museum’s Les Nocturnes du MAC, on select Fridays throughout the year, are worth the trip. Check out French artist Sophie Calle’s Voir la mer, a short film capturing people’s first time seeing the sea, take a guided tour of the museum’s collection, hit the bar, and enjoy the DJs and video installations. This year’s Nocturnes are scheduled for April 10, June 16, and November 6.r
Hit up one of Mile End’s two Montreal-style bagel shops, St-Viateur or Fairmount (263 St-Viateur and 74 Fairmount—both have their rabid acolytes), or grab a bag of croissants at Boulangerie Guillaume (5132 St-Laurent). Get your carb fix during an easy hike to the top of Mont Royal, the city’s namesake peak and Mile End’s neighbor, for perfect views out over the city and the St. Lawrence River.r
If you went too hard Friday night (the Gay Village is, after all, a short walk from MAC) or don’t feel like hiking, spend the day gallery hopping. Galerie Yves Laroche (6355 St. Laurent), Occurrence (527 Av. Du Parc), Galerie d’Avignon (88 Laurier O), Articule (262 Fairmount O), and Centre Clark (5455 Av. de Gaspé) feature installation, performance and traditional work. At Monastiraki (5478 St-Laurent) you can pick up antiques and knick-knacks, or grab super-affordable limited edition prints and works on paper.r
More on Saturday, and Sunday, and an extra tip, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Recharge in the afternoon at Le Cagibi for local, organic fare (5490 St-Laurent). Spider plants cascade down the walls filled with mismatched plates and dolls, and there is a performance space/art gallery around back. If organic isn’t your thing, Comptoir 21’s killer fish and chips are right across the street (21 St-Viateur). Get a post-lunch jolt a few blocks down St-Viateur to Mile End’s old-world espresso bars, Café Olimpico and Club Social—think soccer/hockey posters, big patios, and secret house blends.r
For a live music fix, check out Casa del Popolo where rock and electronic artists take the stage almost every night (4871 St-Laurent). This place has real energy—everybody seems ready to witness greatness and some huge names have passed through here (ahem…The Arcade Fire). In June, Casa del Popolo runs Suoni per il Popolo, one of North America’s premier indie rock festivals. If you want to dance, the DJs at La Sala Rossa, just down the block, throw down everything from African funk to French disco house.r
Queue up for brunch at Lawrence (5201 St-Laurent), a bright and insanely popular spot with a rotating daily menu helmed by the same folks who run Boucherie Lawrence up the block. From beignets to scrapple, offal, and ludicrous baked eggs with oyster mushrooms, this place deserves its waitlist and reputation.r
Walk off your full stomach by heading north on St-Laurent. You’ll pass a clutch of vintage and home goods shops wedged between traditional bakeries in Montreal’s Little Italy. At Av. Mozart, turn right to Marché Jean-Talon, the source of all the locally-sourced food you’ve been eating. You can get your hands on almost every edible fruit and plant available in eastern Canada here and the stalls inside the market, one of North America’s largest, sell everything from artisanal grilled cheeses to middle eastern sweets to rare teas and fresh pressed juices.r
Return to Mile End and hit your bank account where it hurts. Savoie Fils (251 St-Viateur) is stocked with Scandinavian-chic menswear and handmade leather goods. The shelves at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard) are stocked a mostly English-language books and hard-to-find graphic novels and zines. Stock up on beard oil, plaid, and denim at Clark Street Mercantile (5200 Clark) and if urban streetwear and long-form journalism are your thing, check out Boutique Oxford (174 St-Viateur).r
The words “vegan” and “restaurant” make many people shudder. But Aux Vivres (4631 St-Laurent), which is both of those things, is always slammed and with good reason. With chopped-and-screwed Beyoncé remixes on blast, a terrace out back, and dragon sauce that you’ll try (and fail) to recreate for weeks, you’d be foolish to avoid the place. If you want to make up for the calories you saved, head to Patati Patata or La Banquise and gorge on poutine for a savory alternative to dessert.r
Hotels are scarce in Mile End, but Airbnb has you covered. You can score a sweet, full apartment for around $90/night. If you’re down to chill with locals, you can find private rooms as low as $30/night.r
Image credits: Top, Christophe; Bagels, Robin Zebrowski; La Sala Rossa, Pixielove Studios; Cafe Olimpico, Emmanuel Milou; Lawrence, sheep sheep; Marché Jean-Talon, Kevin Means; Sunset Mile End, Stephane Venne
Indiana Governor Mike Pence continued to mislead the public about the intent of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and draw false comparisons to previous legislation, blaming the media for mischaracterizing the content of the bill. Pence also emphasized that he felt what needed to be changed in an upcoming "fix" to the law's language was the "perception problem", continuing to deny that the law allows discrimination against gays and lesbians.r
Pence used many of the talking points we have seen over the past couple of days, claiming the law is "about religious liberty not discrimination" and alleging that "this law does not give anyone a license to discriminate, does not give anyone the right to deny services."r
"I can appreciate that that's become the perception and we need to confront that and confront it boldly," said Pence.r
"I abhor discrimination. I believe in my heart of hearts that no one should be harassed or mistreated based on who they are who they love or what they believe...I've come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week to make it clear that this law does not allow businesses to deny services to anyone...I believe this is a clarification but it's also a fix. It's the fix of a bill that through mischaracterization and confusion" has been misunderstood.r
He blamed the media for the bill's bad PR calling the reaction a "smear" against the people of Indiana.r
Pence did not give any details of what that "fix" might be, saying that its language was still under consideration and discussion but he said that the legislature needs to focus on the perception that the bill creates a "license to discriminate."r
Pence also commented on a disastrous interview he gave to George Stephanopoulos defending the bill on Sunday: "I could have handled that better this weekend."r
"This law does not give anyone a license to deny services to gay and lesbian couples," Pence added.r
Was he expecting this backlash: "Heavens, no!"r
A 6-minute clip of the press conference appears, AFTER THE JUMP...r
If the full presser becomes available (with reporter questions) we'll post it here.
Martha Stewart is many things. She’s a grandmother, an ex-con, and the owner of multi-million dollar empire built out of blueberry scones and scented potpourri. Last night at Justin Bieber’s roast, though, she proved to be something else that few people were expecting: a deliciously blue comedian.r
“I know you’re all wondering why I’m here tonight,” The 73-year old interior design guru began. “It’s because Martha Stewart Changes peoples’ lives for the better.”r
“I believe the bedroom is the most important room in the house but I don’t have to tell you that, Ludacris. You have three kids with three different women. May I suggest pulling out some time and finishing on some fine, highly-absorbent Martha Stewart bed linens?”r
Stewart saved all of her best and most self-deprecating material for a bit of prison advice directed at Bieber. Check out her set in full AFTER THE JUMP...r
Indiana may be getting most of the attention, but Texas is "in a league of its own" when it comes to anti-LGBT legislation in 2015, according to a joint news release issued Tuesday by Equality Texas, the ACLU of Texas and the Texas Freedom Network.r
As we reported earlier this month, Texas lawmakers have filed at least 20 anti-LGBT bills, the most in the history of any state.r
Texas already has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act that is somewhat similar to Indiana's new law. However, the 1999 Texas RFRA includes an exemption for civil rights and wasn't intended to sanction discrimination against LGBT people.r
This year, Texas lawmakers have introduced two proposals that would remove the RFRA's civil rights exemptions and enshrine a "license to discriminate" against LGBT people in the state Constitution. The two proposed amendments are among six measures designed to allow businesses, government workers and other individuals to use religion to justify discrimination.r
Another five bills would prohibit cities from adopting or enforcing nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people. Meanwhile, six bills seek to undermine court rulings declaring the state's marriage ban unconstitutional, and three would make it illegal for transgender people to use restrooms and similar facilities according to their gender identity.r
From the release:r
"As troubling as the laws in Indiana and elsewhere truly are, Texas is in a league of its own when it comes to legislative efforts to legitimize and in some cases even mandate discrimination against its LGBT residents,” said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network. “Supporters of this avalanche of cruel, mean-spirited bills cynically declare that they should have the freedom to discriminate while ignoring the real-life consequences for people who, simply because of who they are and whom they love, could lose their jobs or homes or be denied public services that others take for granted. I’m certain most Texans don’t define freedom that way." ...r
While enactment of the constitutional amendments would require a two-thirds vote in the Texas House and Senate as well as by Texas voters on a statewide ballot, passage of the 18 other bills requires just a simple majority vote in the two legislative chambers. Major U.S. companies have pushed back hard against such laws passed recently in Indiana, Arkansas and other states. A number of those companies as well as national organizations have even announced that they will reconsider plans to expand operations or hold events in those states. Business leaders in Texas — as well as an increasing number of clergy and other faith leaders — have also been expressing their concerns that the proposed legislation in Texas makes the Lone Star State appear intolerant and unwelcoming.r
The release also notes that Texas lawmakers have introduced at least 35 pro-LGBT bills, the most in the history of the Lone Star State:r
“Indiana’s legislators could have avoided the current economic backlash if they had passed a RFRA similar to the 1999 Texas law, which carefully balances religious liberty and nondiscrimination,” [Equality Texas Executive Director Chuck] Smith said. "Texas has been a national leader in protecting individual liberty, and now the Lone Star State has the opportunity to continue that tradition of leadership by passing nondiscrimination laws that protect the individual right of all Texans to work hard and protect their families regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.”r
Read an analysis of anti-LGBT legislation in Texas, AFTER THE JUMP ...r
New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good. Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.r
With their debut single “Regeneration”, London, England-based feedback-laden indie rock outfit Inheaven deliver a classic anthem of amp-pulverizing noise pop that updates the post-punk template for a new disenfranchised generation.r
Tommy Wallach: We All Looked Upr
Tommy Wallach (above) is something of a Renaissance man.r
A Brooklyn-based writer and musician, as well as releasing new single “I Will Watch”, Wallach is also set to publish his debut novel We All Looked Up with Simon & Schuster along with a companion album of the same name. Not only that, the book is also being made into a movie next year by Paramount.r
MTV has described the novel as “like ‘Skins’ meets ‘The Breakfast Club’ meets Lars Von Trier’s ‘Melancholia.’”r
Bit of an underachiever then, much like London based rapper, writer, poet, actress and playwright Kate Tempest.r
Listen to new tracks by The Sinclair Sinclair, Assembling Languages and Akroyd Smart, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
The Sinclair Sinclair: “Cosmos”r
The Sinclair Sinclair is a coldwave downtempo electronica act from Estonia channeling Joy Division and early Cocteau Twins and matching contemporary acts like Schonwald and Hockeysmith hypnotic beat for beat.r
“Cosmos” is the first track to be heard from The Sinclair Sinclair in 2015 and was released as a digital single via London’s Beautiful Strange on March 9th ahead of the release of the quartet’s debut album Breaking the Waves, due June 1st.r
Assembling Languages: “Boundaries of Us”r
“Boundaries of Us” is the first track by new wave / electronica act Assembling Languages.r
Akroyd Smart: “Different” (NSFW)r
Australian alternative hip hop artist and producer Akroyd Smart is releasing his first pre-single, “Different” from his debut project INTROVERT, a hard hitting banger that is both genre-crossing and catchy.r
“Different” has a blend of hard hitting trap-styled drums with jazz inspired horn samples mixed with witty, self aware and deprecating rapping styles akin to the wonderful swelo.r
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LGBT rights attorney Mary Bonauto and Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, a former assistant U.S. solicitor general, have been chosen to present oral arguments before the Supreme Court when it hears marriage equality cases on April 28, the legal teams announced today.r
Said Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders who scored one of the first victories against DOMA: "I’m humbled to be standing up for the petitioners from Kentucky and Michigan who seek the freedom to marry, along with the Michigan team of Carole Stanyar, Dana Nessel, Ken Mogill, and Robert Sedler, and with support from the other legal teams. The road that we’ve all travelled to get here has been built by so many people who believe that marriage is a fundamental right. Same-sex couples should not be excluded from the joy, the security, and the full citizenship signified by that institution. I believe the Court will give us a fair hearing, and I look forward to the day when all LGBT Americans will be able to marry the person they love.”r
Douglas Hallward-Driemeier will present oral arguments on behalf of plaintiffs in Ohio and Tennessee for question 2, “Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?”
On his show last night, Keith Olbermann delivered a searing argument about why the NCAA must move the Final Four out of Indiana, arguing that sports has always been inextricably involved in politics.r
Says Olbermann in his critique:r
"The football league in this country and the college sports league in this country are tacitly supporting a law that allows those that have voluntarily chosen to join a group to discriminate and be prejudiced at the expense of those who may or may not have had any choice at all and the reality of course is not. The NCAA needs to move the Final Four out of Indianapolis and the NFL must warn Indiana and the Colts. Because ultimately you and I have a choice - do we participate in these laws, or do we do only as much as even the narrow prejudiced sports leagues of the 1930s, the 40s, and the 50s did. Opt out. Stay away, keep our business elsewhere until the laws of hate are gone."r
"Your choice is this. Do you endorse in this Indiana law a revival of the kind of hatred that opened the door for Jim Crow or do you repudiate it?"r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...r
The NCAA has thus far said that it will re-evaulate its relationship with the state going forward but it has resisted, despite calls from high-profile figures like Charles Barkley, removing this year's Final Four from Indiana.r
Did you miss yesterday's extremely weird press conference for Jay Z's streaming music service TIDAL at which Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmaus, Kanye West, Jay Z, Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Chris Martin, Daft Punk, Jack White, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, and Alicia Keys were paraded on stage.r
Keys served as ringmaster of this musical circus, calling it a "graduation" while she hummed a few verses of "Pomp and Circumstance", and praised the power on stage for coming to the rescue of music!r
“How much do we love our music? How much do we love this thing called music? So we come together before you this day, March 30 2015, in one voice in unity, in the hopes that today will be another one of those moments in time, a moment that will forever change the course of music history."r
She then cited Nietzsche: “Without music, life would be a mistake.”r
Then, as if in some secret society ritual, the musicians signed a Declaration, Madonna humped the table, and they all walked off the stage without announcing anything, really.r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Indiana Governor Mike Pence appeared on FOX & Friends this morning again drawing false comparisons between Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and legislation that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama signed years ago.r
Pence was also asked by Steve Doocy about accusations that the law is also racist.r
Pence's response was to invoke Selma:r
"Five years ago my wife and my family walked the Edmund Pettus Bridge with John Lewis when I co-chaired the pilgrimage to mark the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. I abhor discrimination. If I was in a restaurant and saw a business owner deny services to someone because they were gay, I wouldn’t eat there anymore. Frankly, that’s how most Hoosiers are.”r
He adds, "there was never any intention in this law to create a license to discriminate.”r
If the bill is not about discrimination, why was Pence flanked by anti-gay activists who have worked for years to demonize gays and lesbians when he signed it?r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Pence also published an op-ed today in the Wall Street Journal repeating his talking points, "I abhor discrimination."r
"I believe in the Golden Rule that you should ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn’t eat there anymore...As governor of Indiana, if I were presented a bill that legalized discrimination against any person or group, I would veto it."r
You may remember Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Ryan Amador and Jo Lampert from their statement-making video "Define Me" which we featured here in which they cleansed themselves of the unwanted labels put on people because of their sexuality.r
Amador is back, with Lampert and Gyasi Ross, and a host of other couples to make an uplifting statement along similar lines celebrating the full spectrum of sexuality.r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Featuring, in order of appearance, Camille Devoney & Alisha Carderella, Bounce & Laura Waleryszak, Dominique Toney & Dylan MacDonald, Brook Unique Miller & Kari Miller, Rick Shattuck & Raneir Pollard, Lindsay Hicks & Amy Jackson Lewis, Jonathan Arroyo & Daryl Jim Diaz.r
The Indiana Office of Technology has been on the lookout since last Friday after hacktivists brought the State of Indiana’s official website to its knees using a denial-of-service attack.r
The group known as YourVikingdom almost immediately came forward on Friday admitting that it had targeted Indiana’s site in response to Governor Mike Pence’s decision to sign the state’s discriminatory “religious freedom” bill into law. Indiana IT officials confirmed the attack soon after restoring access to the site and were insistent on pointing out that the website had not been “hacked” in the traditional sense of the word.r
"Indiana, like many other states, has been targeted with a denial of service interruption," explained Indiana Office of Technology spokesman Greg Lubsen. "A denial of service attack consists of sending many traffic requests at the same time in order to overwhelm a website and have it not be able to load. The denial of service interruption began at approximately 2:00, but the site has not been continuously down."r
Soon after Lubsen’s confirmation of the attack, YourVikingdom took to its not suspended Twitter account to claim responsibility, saying that it had gone after Indiana’s website as a favor to a specific Twitter user. @xxdjsethxx, the handle YourVikingdom named belongs to Richard Miller, a 35 year-old man living in Florida. Though Miller has had a history working in information technology, he adamantly denies actually calling for the attack on Indiana’s site.r
"I called for more media attention to be brought to this,” he elaborated to the IndyStar. “Now I'm all worried I'm going to be contacted by the FBI and blamed for it. I figured it was going to happen anyway because I know how Anonymous hacks."r