Florence Gagnon

Florence Gagnon is the founder of Lez Spread the Word (LSTW), a website providing news and entertainment content in French and English, while being a valuable resource for the French- and English-speaking lesbian community.

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Dépanneur Le Pick-Up

Dépanneur Le Pick-Up is a snack bar set inside a convenience store in Mile-Ex. Owned by Bernadette Houde from the band Lesbians on Ecstasy, this casual joint becomes the neighbourhood hotspot on weekends, when locals are hungry for brunch. From the breakfast taco to the chipotle club, you’re sure to find lasting satisfaction on its menu. And since Le Pick-Up is staffed by an extremely inclusive bunch, you can expect to feel right at home here.

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Ritz P.D.B.

Up for dancing? Ritz P.D.B. offers something for everyone with a diverse calendar that includes dance parties, 2000s theme nights, touring indie bands, drag queen and drag king shows, and much more. It’s the perfect spot for getting together with friends for a pint while seeing some of the LGBTQ community’s top talent. Plus, it’s a safe space where you can let your true colours shine.

PING PONG CLUB

Located at the corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Bernard Avenue, PING PONG CLUB is one of the best watering holes in Mile End. In addition to hosting the monthly rendezvous of the city’s LGBTQ women, the bar organizes a variety of inclusive and diverse events all year long. On Thursday nights and over the weekend, DJs heat up the ambiance and set the tone for fun. Stop in for a drink or stay all evening.

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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is more than just a bookstore. In addition to offering an impressive array of books in French and English, this Bernard Street hub organizes a multitude of literary events for the Montréal community. Specializing in literature and graphic novels, it’s a spot where you can while away weekend mornings after brunch and run into friends and people you got to know the previous evening.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Drawn & Quarterly recently opened La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly at 176 Bernard Street West. This new location is devoted to graphic novels, literature and games for children and showcases local and Canadian illustrators, writers and editors.  

 

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vinvinvin

vinvinvin is the newest brainchild from the women behind the above-mentioned Brasserie Harricana. But this time around, the new concept from these two passionate restaurateurs focusses on wine, not beer. Go there to enjoy natural wines from organic and biodynamic farming, accompanied by locally sourced nibbles. It’s one of the city’s hippest spots, and a great place to rub shoulders with artists and oenophiles.

Bikurious MTL

Formerly located on Atateken Street, Bikurious MTL has now set up shop on Ontario Street near Saint-Laurent Boulevard. A bike store first and foremost, Bikurious is also a place where people can just pop in without feeling judged or pressured to purchase. As its founder Marissa explains, “It’s a place that offers support to all the people who are normally marginalized by the cycling community.” Sports and community – a veritable Montréal tag team!

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