Montreal Weekender: June 14 through 17, 2012

We just checked the weather forecast and it looks like a good one for the weekend, Montrealers (and visitors!). Never a dull day in our beautiful city, what better way to start your Thursday off than at Baxo Bar & Cuisine? Fairly new on the Old Montreal scene, Baxo is nestled on the quieter portion of St. Paul, built with a traditional brick interior and a cozy zen interior. Thursdays have been quite the hot spot there lately and they are now introducing their new cocktail hour starting at 5pm. From previous experience, this is a fantastic after-work place to network with young professionals; great music, nice surroundings and the cocktails keep flowing.

Since the city is heating up, the legendary Time Supper Club finally opened their terrace. Thursday nights are filled with art and music, so not only can you dance the night away, but you can also enjoy the visionary spectacle of live graffiti. If you are feeling daring, get body painted by Mister Philippe Mastrocola – we have previously seen some videos of his craft and he’s quite the talent.

Everyone that is near and dear us knows that we are fans of charity events. So if you are in a giving mood tonight, the Foundation is hosting the Rhythm & Passion Ball, benefiting the MOSD and Montreal Children’s and Ste. Justine Hospitals. Taking place at the stunning Le Crystal, we were promised that guests will be enjoying excellent eats and entertainment.

It’s Music Friday and we have three great shows lined up for you, starting with Karma Police. Ring a bell, music lovers? One of England’s finest and most unique exports of all time, Radiohead, are touching down at Montreal’s Bell Center. Oh, how we wish we could attend this vocal feast, but due to a birthday engagement we will have to live off the reviews…which will be nothing of spectacular.

For the soul child in you, Mos Def is back and spitting poetry at the Olympia Theater. Judging from his past live experiences, you are in for a night of lyrics, memory lane and a lot of sneaker heads.

Still in the mood to dance even after last Grand Prix weekend? Well the master party beat dropper Benny Benassi is showcasing his mainstream fun beats at New City Gas. Get the party glasses and fist pumps ready.

Rejoice, Montreal! The Montreal Clock Tower Beach opens today in the Old Port and is free all weekend. Three acres of urban getaway will be the lounge ground where sun lovers can bask under a parasol in their very own long chair. Swimming isn’t allowed, but at least there will be mist stations, imported sand, drinks and plenty of people watching.

Here’s something different for the foodies out there. A monthly pop-up party presented by Caroussel at Rachel Rachel offers a very Americana special-made menu featuring a cheeseburger marinated in straight Bourbon. Sold! The party is hosted by a gentleman named Rudy, whose charm is legendary.

There’s also another fundraising night, this time in support of Multiple Sclerosis research. Since Canada has a higher incidence of MS than any other country in the world, this is a very important and worthy cause. The event will be held at Tabasco and not only will your ticket proceeds go to something so extremely worthy, but you will also be treated to hors d’oeuvres, some spectacular giveaways and a guaranteed great time. 

Fresh homemade food? Young and hip crowd? Sounds appealing, so head over to Griffintown Cafe. You know a place must be good if known city chefs are regulars there. The mouth-watering smells can be traced two blocks down and the back terrace is open all summer, weather permitting, so grab a Huevos Divorciados and enjoy the fresh air. 

Piknic Electronic continues into the summer with Great Britain’s famous Lee Burridge and Hoj teaming up to get the crowd dancing all day long at Park Jean-Drapeau. We swear, this city just never sleeps maybe that’s why we all love it so much!