Bring your taco here: Hot Sauce
Photo by Stephy Hildebrand
With so many things going on, from fashion shows to festivals and LGBTQ celebrations, how does one decide which to attend? Lend me your ear (or, in this case, eye) as I break down some musts for your festive and fashionable party weekend.
Get your fash-on today at Montreal’s first-ever LGBTQ fashion show, produced by Die Happy Die Young Productions in collaboration with Festival Mode and Design. Check out some hidden gems of Montreal’s fashion design scene like V-Franz, Badsville, Jeff Alarie, Miss Cocotte, Pedram Karimi and Rose & Ruby, among others. DYDH promises to take you from one end of the Kinsey scale to the other, leaving you questioning why something this unique and progressive has never been done before. Friday, Aug. 3, Esplanade Place Ville-Marie, 3:15–6:15 p.m.
On a tight budget but still want to party like a rock star? Dance till the world ends (or at least until 11:30 p.m.) at Apocalipstik, hosted lady-about-town Val Desjardins and GAYBASH’s Sally and Tyler, and featuring a stacked bill you can read more about here. It’s a guaranteed good time where kink, couture and some seriously steamy entertainment await you. Friday, Aug. 3, Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port, 6 p.m.
Twitching for a bitching? Maybe you should hit up Drama Queen. Luckily for you, there are two of them this weekend, so tease your hair, glob on the blush and head to the cuntry club. Friday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 5, Bains Douches (390 St-Jacques W.), 10 p.m.
This one’s for the ladies — if you want to keep the party going Saturday night and you like it kinda spicy, then bring your taco to Hot Sauce. Groove to beats spun by local DJ Tizi at this monthly lesbian party. Not officially part of Divers/Cité but happening concurrently, this normally Royal Phoenix-held event is switching venues for August’s Born This Way edition. Bring a spare set of shoes — it’s said that DJ Tizi’s set is so high-energy your tootsies may be toasty by the end of the night. Saturday, Aug. 4, Bains Douches (390 St-Jacques W.), 10 p.m.
In celebration of the big 1-5, the teenaged Divers/Cité’s (free!) Grande Danse is a can’t-miss jewel in the festival’s crown. At the very least, it’ll help you work off all those extra calories consumed during the weekend, and this year’s lineup — which includes David Morales — is quite impressive and will surely keep your feet moving into the late hours of the evening. Sunday, Aug. 5, Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port, 2 p.m. onwards■