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Ask Hua Li #2: The Ins and Outs of Spooning and Graduate Student Dating

Posted by Hua_Li / December 4, 2013

Ask hua liHua Li is Midnight Poutine's sex writer. Ask her an anonymous question in the box at the bottom of this post and she'll answer it in this column, appearing every other Hump Day (aka, Wednesday).

Hi Hua Li,
I'm a grad student and quite busy. I don't have a bf (btw, I'm a woman) and neither an f-buddy. I used to be quite wild back few years ago but since I came to Montreal my sex life seems to have vanished away. I sometimes wonder if it's me, or it's the city. Is there any place, like a bar or club or whatever, to meet some people for casual dating at least? I find guys so shy here and I think they're sort of afraid to approach girls. I heard it's because they find Quebecois girls so aggressive. Don't know how much it is true but I've heard it from several people. Anyways, can you tell me where I should go? What should I do? I feel so odd asking this!

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Music, City

Baroque Bonanza: Catch the Last Few Concerts of the Montreal Bach Festival

Posted by Bryan / December 3, 2013

The 7th annual edition of the annual Montreal Bach Festival has been in full swing since November 23rd. If you didn't get a chance to see the Brandenburg Concertos or the Goldberg Variations, fear not! There are still a few amazing performances you can see before the festival is over.

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Food, City

This weekend: Winter Warmer IV, One of the City's Greatest Beer Festivals

Posted by Bryan / December 3, 2013

Looking for something to do this weekend? Go check out Winter Warmer IV, offering some of the greatest craft beers in Quebec.

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Food, City

Montreal's First Burmese Restaurant Is a Gem

Posted by Nicole Y. / December 1, 2013

Montreal's freezing winters always put me in the mood for a spicy curry. Ruby Burma hits the spot.

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Weekend Playlist Podcast

The Midnight Poutine Podcast - Nov. 28-Oct. 4, 2013

Posted by Greg / November 28, 2013

Smiley faceThe year is coming to a close, but the Montreal music scene is in full swing. This week we're thrilled to play brand new, unreleased music from Sunfields' hotly anticipated second LP, as well as another track from the sumptuous MORI. We also offer a recap of M for Montreal and talk about some of the festivals loudest and latest moments. This is a podcast to remember - especially since we tease a big surprise coming in a few weeks. Curious? Tune in.

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Film Review: 12 Years a Slave

Posted by David / November 28, 2013

Smiley faceA tidy 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, I had yet to see a picture or series really about American slavery till last Saturday. That's a shameful realization, especially for anyone who's people were at some point born into it.

Some have tried, of course, but Roots was watered down to the point of a mostly meaninglessness show of face-saving hindsight, and Django Unchained was mostly a sordidly tasteless, self-congratulatory marriage of Boss Nigger and Last of the Mohicans. Spielberg's Lincoln and Amistad, on the other hand, mostly missed the point with their particular brand of white-collar heroism; I even thought the latter was OK, but mostly in comparison to how much Django had the white and black halves of me gagging. In fact, most relevant pictures I can think of were about the war that revolved around slavery, or the folks glad enough to grow a conscience at its periphery, or merely alluded to it as a broader context--sometimes just as the setting for a romance, i.e., Cold Mountain. Slavery still mostly loomed hauntingly blurred in the background--a matter largely submerged, or ornamental, and surely not focused on.

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