Montreal Gay scene and the 1st World Out Games
Recognized as one
of North America's most cosmopolitan cities and is the largest French speaking
city in the world after Paris.
is renowned worldwide for being a gay-friendly place and has become a preferred
destination of choice for gay travel and gay vacations. Located in the Province of Quebec,
where same sex partners are legally afforded the same status as heterosexual
is home to a thriving gay and lesbian community that is estimated to represent
15% of the city's population of more than 3 million. With-in Montréal and much
of Québec, you will find a special spirit of openness and tolerance, between
the general public and the whole gay community.
The 1st World Outgames Montréal
2006 was a major athletic and cultural event that brought together gay
people from all over the world. With
more than 18,500 participants from more than 120 countries, along with 500,000
visitors, flock to the city. Based on the principles of Participation and Celebration,
and Fairness, Innovation, Diversity and Empowerment (PRIDE), the games welcome everyone, regardless of
their sexual orientation, age, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnicity,
physical challenge, political beliefs, physical ability, athletic/artistic
skills or HIV/ health status. www.glisa.org
The Montréal 2006 sports
programme is an exciting display of athletic achievement, catering to all
levels of ability. Competitions were spread over seven days with thousands of
participants from around the world displaying their skills in 35 sports such as Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, Wrestling, Swimming,
Marathon, Diving, Waterpolo, Synchronized Swimming,
and many, many more.
The Out Games week co-in sided with the same
week of Montreal’s
Gay Pride festival Divers/cite, so there was twice as
much fun and entertainment to enjoy.
After experiencing the Out Games it could be seen that the
actual sporting side of the event was less attended than the social/partying
side. This may have been because a very similar event called the Gay Games was held in the USA just a few weeks before and
took away a lot of the American athletes. So why were two massive events, that
are so similar, held so close to each other?... The
Gay Games (which has been running for 20 years, holding events every 4 years)
had originally chosen Montreal
to be its next destination in 2006. Unfortunately the organisers apparently
fell out over finances. The Gay Games committee then pulled out of Montreal and held its event back in its home city of Chicago, USA.
Meanwhile because Montreal
had put so much effort into organizing the planned event they went ahead and
held their own, calling it the Out Games. Montreal
held the Olympics back in 1976, exactly 30 years on 2006 was the year for the 1st
World Out Games.
The next “Out Games” is planned for Copenhagen
in 2009: web site: www.copenhagen2009.org or www.glisa.org
The next “Gay Games” is planned for
Cologne in 2010: web site: www.games-cologne.com or www.gaygames.com
Unfortunately neither the Gay
Games, nor Out Games have Rugby as a sport.
Please organisers: try and include it in your next event; there are a lot of
boys who will attend/play, it’s a very popular sport especially here in Europe. There are gay rugby teams all around the world.
Here in London
we have the very sucsessful Kings Cross Steelers.
is one of the largest gay and lesbian neighbourhoods in the world. Beaudry Metro Station, bearing the colours of
the gay community, is located at the core of the Village, upon exiting Beaudry station, the Village extends before you from west
to east, and from south to north, centering
around St. Catherine Street. Here
you will find café’s, bistros, boutiques, restaurants and several erotic nude
male lap dancing clubs such as Stockbar, Campus and
Adonis. What makes them unique to other male lap dancing clubs around the world
is that these boys dance with full blown erections to everyone in the bar. The
village, one of Montreal's
most colourful neighbourhoods is renowned for its wild nightlife and the
diversity of the people. With its reputation for open-mindness,
good taste, great hospitality, you're sure to find something to please you, no
matter what your taste requests.
Recommended Montreal web sites:
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
- Old Montreal www.vieux.montreal.qc.ca South
of rue Saint-Antoine between rue McGill and rue Berri.
cobblestone streets lined with buildings dating from the 17th through 19th
centuries make it a scenic and popular tourist attraction. Easiest to
explore on foot, visit the city's most spectacular church Notre Dame Basilica,
which is home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world; several
museums; . Place Jacques Cartier is filled with street artists and
musicians, and there are numerous fine restaurants and private art
galleries nearby. An area devoted to tourists, it is not the place to see
the flavors of the locals.
- The Old Port www.oldportofmontreal.com is a large waterfront
green space with attractions such as Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal Science
Labyrinth, the Clock Tower, and a large outdoor audio-visual stage which
is the site for the Canada Day fireworks.
- Jardin Botanique, 4101 rue Sherbrooke
www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/jardin.h... Huge and stunning
botanical garden, featuring numerous themed gardens. This west-end park is
one of the truly relaxing pieces of green space that make Montreal such a
wonderful place to live. The gardens on site include the shady arboretum,
which features willows and chestnuts among hundreds of other species.
Numerous enormous greenhouses display a further 12,000 species, while the Medicinal Plant Garden
offers a fascinating glimpse into the curative powers of the plant world.
Admission is about $8, but after 5 PM the indoor section closes and the
outdoor part is free until it closes at sundown. During winter only the
greenhouses are open to visitors.
- Olympic Stadium, www.rio.gouv.qc.ca 4141 avenue Pierre de
Coubertin. 9AM-5PM every day. Built for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, this
amazing and controversial building's tower (from which the roof is
suspended) is the world's tallest leaning structure. The roof, which could
originally be raised, has been replaced numerous times and is the source
of great local controversy. You can take a funicular to the top of the
Olympic Tower for an incredible view of the city.
- Parc Jean-Drapeau, www.parcjeandrapeau.com. Part of the site of the
1967 World's Fair, now devoted to green spaces and a large outdoor concert
venue. The Gilles Villeneuve racing circuit,
home of the Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix, an artificial beach, a huge
outdoors pool complex and the Montreal Casino are also located on or
around the parc.
- Phillips SquareSte-Catherine St at Union Avenue, Montreal, QC, Canada
an often overlooked square in the heart of downtown, just south of Ste-Catherine Street,
this splash of colourful flowers and green grass
is an oasis in the middle of an always-crowded area. The monument in the
centre is to King Edward VII.
- Biosphere biosphere.ec.gc.ca/ 160 Tour-de-l'Île Road, Montreal. This museum
and exhibition hall is dedicated to raising environmental and ecological
awareness among its visitors.
- Biodôme de Montreal www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/biodome/bdm.ht... 4777 Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue. A
museum of the environment like nowhere else on Earth. The Biodome. Or ‘House of Life,’ is a zoo, an aquarium, a
botanical garden and much more, besides. In a setting combining, a wide
variety of landscape, plants, animals and climates. Here
you will find a
lush Tropical Forest, the temperate Laurentian
Forest, the St. Lawrence Marine Ecosystem and the Polar worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic. Admission: CAD10 Adults;
CAD7.50 Seniors and Students; CAD5 Children 5-17; free Children under 5.
- La Ronde www.laronde.com Theme Park with massive rollercoaster’s and thrill rides.
- Laser Quest www.laserquest.com/ 1226
Ste-Catherine St W, (Near de la Montagne). After all the shopping is done and you are
tired of visiting museums, live action laser tag might be a good way to
get the heart beating faster while harmlessly getting rid of your
aggressions. There is a maze, fog, darkness, dim neon lighting, ramps,
catwalks, music and Twilight Zone sound effects
for an experience that is escapism at its best. Many different games are
available, and extra late hours on weekends make it a good way to start a
- Underground City 800 de La Gauchetière
St W. www.stm.info The world's
largest underground pedestrian network shelters Montrealers
from both the scorching heat of summer and the frigid winter winds. More
than 30 kilometres of passageways link the stations of Montreal's Metro and contain (at last
count) 1,600 boutiques, 200 restaurants, 34 cinemas and 1,600 apartments.
Some 500,000 people use it every day. Although the area stays open as long
as the Metro stations themselves, the best time
to visit is between 9am-11am and 2pm-4pm, when it is least crowded.
- Black & Blue www.BBCM.org an annual gay
event held in October with 4 massive circuit parties and great entertainment
for 1 week.
GAY BARS AND CLUB’s
1681 Rue Ste Catherine E, Montreal
Located on Montreal's
Rue Ste Catherine this nude club features private dances, gay male dancers, $10
dances, a full bar, as well as lunch and dinner menus. Minimum age is 18, Cover
Charge is $5. Adonis does not enforce a dress code, everyone is welcome, and is
open daily 3pm to 3am
BAR LE TUBE
- Gay Club
1592, Ste-Catherine east, Montreal
Discotheque located in the heart of the gay village.
Music from '80 and '90, huge two level dance floor and state of the art sound,
light & video systems. Mixte crowd. Presenting shows occasionnaly.
Generally no cover charge except on special events
BAR TABOO (GAY)
- Gay Club
de Maisonneuve E, Montreal
Bar Taboo is a men only nude stripclub
that features young gay male dancers. Treat yourself to a table dance, a $10
dance, or full bar drinks are only $5. Minimum age at Bar Taboo is 18, there is
no dress code, and no cover is the rule. Open from 7pm to 3am.
- Gay Club
1111 Rue Ste Catherine E, Montreal
At the center of all the
action in Montreal's Gay Village
for the last 20 years it is dedicated to relaxation in the warm glow of erotic
illusions. We offer a variety of dancers but in the main our afternoon dancers
(3pm to 9pm) are young, natural and very friendly. The evening (9pm to 3am)
features more buffed bodybuilder type of dancers, also very pleasant and
friendly, all of whom are here to please your eyes wether
on the stage or with a personal dancer in the private salon. We have two bars,
with clear views on the stage. A large raised central bar directly in front of
the stage with a smaller shooter bar off to the side for those in a festive
mood. Our friendly staff will do their best to meet all your needs (Well, maybe
not ALL your needs). Not wanting to deprive the ladies, we have a ladies' night
every Sunday starting at 8pm (don't forget gentlemen are also welcome). For
your convenience we have elevator access for those who wish to or need to use
it. For your pleasure and enjoyment we open our doors at 3pm and close at 3am,
Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3am on week-ends. The service of
our friendly staff and the FEAST FOR YOUR EYES of our beautiful dancers are
waiting for you here in Montreal.
What are you waiting for? Come visit us and enjoy THE CAMPUS EXPERIENCE.
CLUB BOLO MONTREAL
- Gay Club
960 rue Amherst,
Club Bolo Danse Country
Montréal is a non-profit organization which predominantly aims to promote
country dancing activities in the Montreal's gay community. Our courses are
offered at different level four times weekly. Since we are one of the only gay
country & western dance clubs with its own permanent facilities in North America, open dancing is easily accessible to both
members and non-members on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Club Bolo is also dedicated to helping non-profit and
charitable organizations either by way of donations, by providing access to our
facilities or by having its Demo Group perform at fund raiser events.
INFERNO CLUBMIX MONTREAL
- Gay Club - Live Music Venue – Nightclub
1592, Ste-Catherine est, Montreal
Located in the heart of the Gay village, this club is
featuring disco music from the '70 to now and presenting live shows
MONTREAL - Gay Club
1366, Ste-Catherine East, Montreal
Huge multilevel complex, 3 outdoor terraces, two pool
rooms restaurant and dance floor
- Gay Club – Restaurant
1333, rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal
SKY PUB CLUB
- Gay Club - Nightclub – Pub
1474 Ste Catherine E, Montreal
STOCK BAR MONTREAL
1278 Rue Saint-André, Montreal
Best male strip gay bar in Canada
STUD BAR MONTREAL
- Gay Club
1812 Saint Catherine East, Montreal
Gay club located in Montreal's gay district
UNITY II MONTREAL
- Gay Nightclub
1171, Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal
On three levels, Unity II is the biggest gay club in Montreal. Unity II has 2
rooms with 2 different kind of music and also a huge terrasse
on the roof, which is excellent during the hot and humid summer nights :) The
crowd in there is young and energetic, prices are reasonable and the atmosphere
The club is open from 10pm to 3am, four nights a week : Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There are
always different activities to entertain you every night, such as Drag shows,
dancers, karaoke, guest djs, etc.
GAY FRIENDLY ACCOMODATION
Hotel Lord Berri
1199, Berri Street
Montreal, QC H2L 4C6
Phone: (514) 845-9236
HOTEL LORD BERRI offers
quality and value far beyond that expected of such affordably priced
Conveniently located on Berri Street
between St-Catherine street and René-Lévesque
boulevard, HOTEL LORD BERRI occupies the most colourful and most celebrated
quarter of the Island
901 Victoria Square
winner of the Condé Nast Traveller
UK 2005 Hot List Award for the Best New Hotel Worldwide and of the Gold Key
Award for Best Suites by the Interior Design and Hotels magazines.Tucked
away in the heart of the unique, up-and-coming Quartier
International District, close to downtown and Old Montréal in the most European
of North American cities, the W Montréal is a celebration of the senses. The perfect marriage of authentic service and modern style.
Where one's dreams come to life. Transforming the city's classic Banque du Canada building into a
rich, modern tapestry, inspired by the earth's natural elements, W Montréal is the perfect place for work, play or simply
to get away.
Why not get swept away?
Come, check in, and discover a world of stylish design, sensual comfort, and
Le Cartier B&B
1219 Rue Cartier
Montreal, QC H2K
Phone: (514) 917-1829
Situated in Montreal
downtown / Gay Village, B&B is at walking distance to main city attractions
(Downtown,Fireworks, Old Montreal, China Town,
Universities, Mount Royal, Cycling Path) and surrounded by restaurants, cafes,
shopping centers, night clubs, theatres, etc.
Loews Vogue Hotel
1425 rue de la Montagne
Montreal, QC H3G
Phone: (514) 285-5555
Imagine a place where Late
Empire style and Old-World European charm mingle with fresh, chic urbanity. Boulangeries neighbor trendy
boutiques. Fashionable, modern buildings blend with medieval-like stone
structures. It's the Paris
you've always dreamed about. Right here in Montrèal.Tree-lined
boulevards with world-class shopping, restaurants, nightlife, museums, and
sights wait just outside our lobby door. This is Montréal's Golden Square Mile
- the epicenter of the downtown hustle and bustle. If
what you want to see or do isn't immediately within sight, then it's just
around the corner.
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel
Montreal, QC H3B 2L7
Featuring 825 deluxe guest
rooms of which 158 have been specifically designed to meet the needs of today's
business traveler.Le Centre Sheraton is located in
the heart of downtown Montreal, within walking distance of fabulous shopping as
well as the city's business and entertainment districts and the gay-village.The hotel's impeccable guest rooms include a coffee
maker with free coffee and tea, complimentary newspaper, in-room movies, data
port, cable television and much more. With 41,000 square feet of meeting and
exhibit space, 23 meeting rooms, 34 suites and a fully equipped business
centre, Le Centre Sheraton is ideal for meetings and business travelers.
The best sex shop in
right in the heart of Gay Village
with lots to see on three. This legendary gay shop, now in major Canadian
cities, sells the best in DVD & videos, tons of magazines, books, clothes,
jeans, cards and a vast selection of leather articles in the basement
too. A must to visit !
institution, now in Montréal with a fine selection of handcrafted gear for the
1155 Ste-Catherine E. (514) 527-4477. Books / gay section
930 Ste-Catherine E. (514)
987-5993. Large selection of the latest video views
with a sit-down cinema for a lazy afternoon visit.
Un Autre Monde
1302 Ste-Catherine E. (514) 521-0101. Men's clothes
1320 Wolfe, A new gay shop to visit in the village
/ mention article.
1314 Ste-Catherine E. (514) 890-6543. Huge gay men's shop.
(At Ste-Catherine), Montreal, QC,
Canada Montreal's most visually appealing downtown
shopping centre is also its most upscale. The exterior
is an attractive blend of old-fashioned stone skyscraper with modern touches,
while the interior is centred around a giant, clasically decorated lobby. Shoppers will find Dolce & Gabbana and DKNY, among many other international designers,
along with the more universal appeal of Club Monaco and Juan & Juanita. The
SAQ Signature focuses on high-end wine from around the world, while numerous cafes
and restaurants provide respite from a day's shopping.
SAUNAS AND SPA
The city is also very well
known for it's numerous popular saunas that are all
over the city and well equipped. Plus for most of them always open 24 hours a
day and very well attained
456 de laGauchetière O.
(514) 871-8341 www.le456.ca With
130 rooms, three levels. Very
spacious, swimming pool, dry/steam saunas, hot tub, snack bar, gym and videos. Attracts men 25 and 45. Open 24 hours.
5018 St-Laurent (514) 277-3555 www.le5018.com This sauna
offers dry sauna, steam, hot tub, showers) four levels. Open 24 hours.
1166 Ste-Catherine E. (514) 528-3326 Mostly leather
crowd. Equipped showers, hot tub,
snack bar, dry/wet saunas. Open 24 hours.
1465 Ste-Catherine E. (514) 524-3486 Situated in
the gay village. Sixty rooms on
two floors / popular weekends. Open 24 hours.
3963 Colonial. A very mixed crowd of regulars / some parking.
1390 Ste-Catehrine E.
(514) 521-0785 www.thebestspa.com
Heart of village, popular young and some one hundred rooms. Open 24 hours.
961 Rachel E. (514) 528-1679 www.saunaduplateau.com
Close to Lafontaine
Park. On four levels, terrace, modern. Open 24 hours.
6527 St-Hubert. (514) 277-0176 Small /call before you go.
5785 Verdun (514) 769-6034. Small / mixed /call before you go.
(3535 Avenue du Parc; 514/288-8221; C$12/day) in the LaCité
Shopping Center, is gay popular and also features an
all year round heated outdoor pool, where you can swim in the winter while the
snowflakes drop on your head, or sunbathe in the summer.
Gym Centre Sud
(2093 rue de la Visitation; 514/527-2427) offers Gayrobics and all the usual gym facilities.
(S. Moreau), 4500 Hochelaga (514) 252-8704. One of the biggest gym in the world, boutique, snack
bar and lots of hot clients (a police station across the street
!!!). Very gay-friendly / call for their open hour / some days its 24