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"As Michael Musto is to New York City, Richard Burnett is to Montréal." - The Montréal Buzz
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Richard Burnett has self-syndicated Three Dollar Bill in Canada's alt-weeklies for 15 years, been banned in Winnipeg, investigated by Royal Newfoundland Constabulary over charges TDB was "pornographic", gotten death threats, outed politicians like former PQ leader Andre Boisclair, been vilified in Jamaica's daily The Gleaner for trashing anti-gay dancehall star Sizzla (who would go on to write the 2005 hit song "Nah Apologize" about Burnett and UK activist Peter Tatchell), pissed off BB King, crossed swords with Mordecai Richler, been screamed at backstage by Cyndi Lauper and got the last-ever sit-down interview with James Brown. Burnett was Editor-at-Large of HOUR until the Montreal alt-weekly folded in 2012, is a columnist & writer for both Fugues and Xtra, writes the POP TART blog and "Seven Days Seven Nights" column for Montreal daily The Gazette, is a pop-culture pundit on CJAD 800 AM Radio and CURTAINS UP Virtual Media Network. Burnett was named one of Outlooks magazine's Canadian Heroes of 2009, famed porn director Flash Conway dubbed Burnett "Canada’s bad boy syndicated gay columnist" and The Montreal Buzz says, "As Michael Musto is to New York City, Richard Burnett is to Montréal." Read Three Dollar Bill online at http://bugsburnett.blogspot.ca/
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My rollicking #ThreeDollarBill interview with out British comic +Alan Carr: Chatty Man who headlines his +Just For Laughs solo show from July 25 to 30. Says Alan, “Some people think that because I am camp I am one of those professional gays who have a #gay dentist, gay doctors, only support gay charities and need gas and air if they go in a straight bar. That’s not me. I don’t see things in a gay way, I try to see the joke. It's hard enough coming up with jokes let alone then putting them through a ‘gay’ filter to see if they fit your persona. For me, a joke is a joke, fair and square. If it makes me laugh then I put it in the act. An audience full of gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, black, white, people all laughing at the same joke – now that’s what I call REAL equality.” http://bugsburnett.blogspot.ca/2016/07/brit-comic-alan-carr-riffs-on-divas.html
Bugs' interview with Rufus Wainwright originally ran in the July 2016 issue of Fugues magazine. Out comedian Alan Carr has become one of the hottest comedy stars in Britain since winning the BBC New Comedy Award for Stand-u...
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My latest story for +Concordia University news, a fun interview with +Just For Laughs COO Bruce Hills, the man +GQ magazine has called “the most powerful man in international comedy” and who got his start at #JFL exactly 30 years ago driving around a bickering Jerry Lewis and +Sandra Bernhard. Plus, the low-down on Concordia alumni performing at ‪#‎JFLMTL‬ - and there are many, everybody from Tranna Wintour to Eman El Husseini 
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My latest story for the +Tourisme Montréal news blog: Everything you need to know about the star-studded, family-friendly 2016 edition of +Just For Laughs, including a free outdoor concert by #TheJacksons  on July 20!
The 2016 edition of the Montréal Just For Laughs Festival will showcase some 100 comics from around the world, between July 13 to August 1.
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My latest piece for the +Tourisme Montréal news blog, a fun behind-the-scenes look at the #Montreal Roller Derby League's 10th anniversary season! Plus, more on the +WFTDA: Women's Flat Track Derby Association's upcoming playoffs in Montreal 
The women’s Montréal Roller Derby league (MTLRD) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this season.
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My latest piece for the +Tourisme Montréal news blog: Everything you need to know about +Fierté Montréal Pride which runs from August 8 to 14. Plus, +Justin Trudeau has confirmed he will return this year to march in the August 14 #LGBTQ  Pride parade!
Over half-a-million revellers are expected to attend Montréal Pride, the largest LGBTQ gathering in the Francophone world, from August 8 to 14.
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OH MANADA! ♥ Happy Canada Day ♥ Bonne fête du Canada
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My latest piece for +Concordia University news, an interview with Natalie McNeil, the new executive director of the +Festival International Du Film Sur L'Art. On her amazing journey, McNeil has worked with scores of young women in the film business. "I have never seen myself as a role model, but I do hope I am helping my younger colleagues," says McNeil. "In our industry we have women running companies, but it is exceptional. I do believe it is tougher for women to establish themselves in the film business." #ARTFIFA‪   #CUalumni  
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My latest piece for the +Tourisme Montréal news blog: Everything you need to know about +Tennis Canada's 2016 Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium in #Montreal  July 22 to 31. World No. 1 player +Serena Williams will attempt to win her fourth Rogers Cup crown in a field that features 30 of the Top 35 +WTA players and nine of the Top 10.
The very best tennis players in the world are coming to Montreal for the 2016 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.
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My latest piece for the +Montreal Gazette, an interview with #ClubBalattou and Nuits d'Afrique founder Lamine Touré. The #Montreal showbiz legend doesn't like talking about himself, but he sat down for a rare one-on-one interview to talk about his mythic nightclub and the 30th anniversary of his world-music festival. Plus, Reuben Koroma of the Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and South African Montrealer Lorraine Klaasen show Nuits d'Afrique some love ❤
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Lorraine Klaasen and many more help celebrate the festival’s milestone from July 12 to 24.
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Bugs with legendary #Montreal jazz pianist #OliverJones at the +Festival International de Jazz de Montréal back in 2008. Mr. Jones, who will turn 82 on Sept. 11, will play his farewell concert at the jazz fest tonight (July 7). A child prodigy, he was just 5 when he first sat down at the piano at the historic Union United Church in Little Burgundy. Then, when he was 8, he began taking piano lessons from Oscar Peterson’s sister, Daisy Peterson. Back in 2007, Mr. Jones told me, "As I grew older I think I took it for granted how good I was. But I was a shy youngster and the piano was a refuge. It was the only place I was comfortable. The piano was my friend, truly." Mr. Jones would play at the Café St-Michel during Montreal’s Sin City era: "It was across the street from Rockhead’s [Paradise], which was the first black-owned club in all of Canada," Mr. Jones told me. "The St-Michel was a little rougher. Rockhead never let anything get out of hand although there was always pressure from authorities to close him down. But I remember playing in the St-Michel when I was 10 or 12 and saw a lot of what I wasn’t supposed to see – girly girls and strippers. But the people there, there was always someone looking out for me." Read the full interview here: http://goo.gl/sE9ZAT Now 70 years later, Mr. Jones is calling it a day at the very festival where he debuted with Charlie Biddle in 1981, and where he and his mentor #OscarPeterson performed together in 2004 for the grand finale of the FIJM's 25th anniversary. Over the years, whenever I saw Mr. Jones perform, I always asked him if he could play one of my all-time favourite songs, the civil-rights anthem ‪#‎HymntoFreedom‬ by Oscar Peterson, and it was always the last song he played. I have no doubt Mr. Jones will play it again tonight at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. Thank you, Mr. Jones, for all the amazing music and wonderful memories ♥️
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My latest story for the +Tourisme Montréal news blog, about the +Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: Patience and quick thinking are job requirements for ‪#‎FIJM‬ organizers dealing with divas, egos, cancellations, no-shows and the inevitable musician being held up at Canada Customs. Here are some memorable anecdotes from the FIJM, the biggest and grandest music festival on the planet - including stories about Lou Reed, Chet Baker and Bunny Wailer ...
Here are some memorable anecdotes from the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the biggest and grandest music festival on the planet.
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My latest piece for the +Tourisme Montréal news blog, about #Montreal 's fabled #GoldenSquareMile‬ . Explore the luxurious Edwardian-style homes in the +Musée McCord's magnificent #MontrealMansions‬  exhibition, as well the museum’s new multi-media Golden Square Mile historical walking tour (download the App for free). “The Golden Square Mile is part of the cultural heritage of Canada,” says photographer Charles Gurd. “It is evidence of a lifestyle at a time when Montrealers controlled over 85 per cent of the resources in Canada. To put it into perspective, today these Montrealers would all be multi-billionaires.”
The luxurious homes in Montréal’s Golden Square Mile are on display in the magnificent Montreal Mansions, 1974 – Photographs by Charles Gurd exhibition.
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