Montreal Fetish Weekend

My first week back in Montreal after a summer interning in Manhattan and I was already homesick for New York. I needed something that would remind me why this city was so great: a whimsical, insane event that could only happen in MTL. I needed to remember why I fell in love with this city in the first place. 

When my friend told me about Montreal’s notorious annual Fetish Weekend, I was instantly intrigued. Fetish Weekend in Montreal is a huge, drawing people from all over the world. The event was created to celebrate sexual practices that many consider taboo, such as role playing and cosplay. For 2018, Fetish Weekend – which is really about a week, lasting from Wednesday through Tuesday – featured a Beat & Greet “Kinky Cocktail,” sex workshops, and a LATEXTACY Showtime Ball. And of course, there after-hours parties scheduled for every night beginning at 2 a.m. with themes like “Exotic Circus” and “Witchcraft All Night Play Party.” This is exactly the type of event that could only flourish somewhere as open minded as Montreal, and I knew I had to see it for myself. 

Tickets for the entire weekend range from $100-$500 but some of the events are free – including the “MODE EN FOLIE” fashion show at St-Hubert Supper Club. Honestly, this combined two of my favorite things (sex and fashion!) and I really couldn’t have asked for more. 

Upon arrival, I was first struck by the location. Montreal’s Gay Village is super cute, with rainbow baubles hanging across the street. And the street is always closed off to all traffic, which was perfect for the show set up: a red-carpet runway looped through the supper club and out into the middle of the street where the models ended their walk amidst a large crowd. 

The Looks: 
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The looks in the show ranged from glorified lingerie to truly shocking getups. There were far too many bedazzled bustiers and a woman wearing only a black g-string and a latex slip. One woman wore pigtails and plaid school girl outfit made entirely of pink latex. There were also a lot of women channeling dominatrix vibes with high ponytails, mesh and studs paired with male counterparts in nothing but tight leather briefs. The biggest shock value came from the man wearing a full leather body suit – covering everything including his face, who came out crawling behind a woman leading him on a leash. And many of the attendees were just as decked out as the models in the show – if not more – with their own fair share of latex body suits and leashes. 

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Credit: @levillagemtl

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Credit: @sir.master.marc

Check out my Instagram stories of the show here: 

https://www.instagram.com/s/aGlnaGxpZ2h0OjE3OTYzOTI3OTgwMTM1MDk1/ 

The best part of the show was the energy, which was truly incredible. Lots of people had come in from different provinces or countries just for the weekend. Everyone was here to celebrate sexual kinks and fetishes that are often deemed unusual or even condemned by mainstream society. So the entire crowd had an aura of total acceptance and welcoming nature. No one was there to judge; everyone just wanted to have a good time. 

As for me, I took the opportunity to sex up my look as much as possible without going full on fetish wear. And I couldn’t help but indulge myself because who knows the next time I’d be able to wear lingerie in public and not be arrested. I have been dying to wear this sweet little bralette ever since I snagged it from LF in NYC. I paired in with my favorite pants of the moment: white culottes from Yumi Kim. My glittery, lace up stilettos were the obvious choice to complete this look. 

My night ended at a drag queen cabaret show, because of course it did. Shout out to Mado and her equally fabulous co-hosts at Cabaret Mado for being truly iconic. See my instas of her here, she’s such a treat: https://www.instagram.com/s/aGlnaGxpZ2h0OjE3OTMyMTc0OTI0MjAzMTkx/

MTL Bars & Clubs: Big in Japan

This is my absolute favorite bar in Montreal, starting with the entrance, which you’d never want to enter because it looks like it’s the door to where they host fight club. But instead, it opens up to a beautiful, candlelit bar.

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The. drink menu itself is pretty basic; what’s impressive is the bartender’s meticulous preparation and specialized technique. These bartender’s seriously know what’s up. Last time I was there, I saw my bartender whipping egg whites into what turned out to be my tequila sour. He explained to me that it created an incredible foam on top of the drink. The foam was actually such dope foam, I could get over the fact I was like, drinking eggs…


Big in Japan is perfect for a romantic date and for people who have a bit of disposable income. Or have my uncanny ability to have not been the one paying any of the times I went there 😉

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Pictures: designmontreal.com

Bizarre Beyond Belief: Montreal Street Art Gallery Opening

Last weekend, to celebrate the launch of Bizarre Beyond Belief Magazine’s new book, Le Sino hosted the perfect event: a gallery opening of artwork by well-known Montreal street artists, that is the genius’s who’ve transformed the plain brick walls of downtown Montreal into intricate and beautiful pieces of art.

The gallery was full of unique and gorgeous works:

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The atmosphere was just what you would expect: people were rolling splifs while commenting on the aesthetics of the pieces. I met a bunch of renowned Montreal street artists, which was super cool.


My favorite piece:

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I actually tried to buy this, but the gallery owned this piece. So ridiculously dope because it’s emblematic of the crazy people who can cover a train in graffiti in like three minutes flat.

Montreal Shopping: Sachika Boutique

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Boutiques are my favorite place to shop because you don’t have to worry about going to a party and seeing two other people wearing the same Urban Outfitters top as you. Montreal has some really great shopping, and my new favorite boutique is Sachika.

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Sachika’s clothing and jewelry is hot and unique yet trendy. Here are some of my faves:

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Not only do I love Sachika’s clothing, but the company definitely espouses some of my own beliefs when it comes to shopping:

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Check it out on St. Laurent, you won’t be disappointed

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https://www.facebook.com/SachikaBoutique?fref=ts

Montreal’s Trippiest Music Festival: ÎleSoniq

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http://ilesoniq.com/


A two day music festival. designed as a trippy playground for hardcore ravers, EDM fans, anyone on psychedelics, and (a close friend of many of the attendees), Molly.  Turf and benches overlooked the stage and the pit. It’s my favorite set up of any festival I’ve been to. Over the course of the nine hours you’re there, you can divide your time both between relaxing, watch the show while enjoying a more chill atmosphere with your friends, as well as raging up front when your favorite artists are on stage. And there was much more to observe than the artists’ performances themselves. As my friend Louis puts it, seeing the crazy costumes and adornments of your fellow concert attendees is half the fun of this it. Seriously, never seen so many candy bracelet, bejeweled bras or grown men wearing little kids towels as capes.


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candy bracelets!!!


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Artists painted large domes in intricate, richly colored patterns during the event! The colors and patterns were beautiful and mesmerizing.


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A garden of floating, larger than life mushrooms, and surround sound throughout the enormous venue.


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                                                       The Music

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http://ilesoniq.com/history/2014/#&gid=1&pid=36


                                                    Die Antwoord

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http://www.dieantwoord.com/

No idea who these people were but they’re crazy is the best way possible. Around five o’clock, I was drinking a Rum Lemonade and relaxing in the grass and on stage there’s this way-too-skinny, dirty mouthed singer, with a ton of energy, who spoke so high pitched we spent the whole time debating if it was her voice was even real. Her DJ was named something like DJ FUKUINTHEAS and wore the ugliest mask I’d ever seen. It was charming. Also these two super fit, equally dirty mouthed yet pretty hot rapper accompaniments. Don’t listen to Die Antwoord if you find Eminem offensive, but I downloaded two of their albums the next day.


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Kaskade killed it. They were shooting out fireworks and red glitter. I actually texted my mom about it.

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Deadmau5 is my absolute favorite and the was headlining August 14th. I was almost hyperventilating while he was setting up those giant mouse ears. Obviously, amazing.

Also, loved the guys walking around selling beer from a crate because they were so dependable. I bought one literally inside of the Deadmau5 mosh pit.


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My friend Naomi got some dope videos. Unsure about the “P”.


I was in love with theses unicorns. Can’t wait for next year.