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The Sriiz Experience Is Montreal’s Art World New Best Kept Secret And You Need To Go

For The Love Of Art

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Discover Sriiz: A New & Entertaining Way To Buy & Consume Art

I love all forms of art, digital, performative, craftmanship name it; perhaps I guess I could never wrap my head around or feel in my element by going to the museum or other places like it until I discovered Sriiz.

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Stigmas have this weird thing about them: they stick. I always had this idea that museum don’t allow visitors to feel a personal connection to the piece because their many security measures.

On the flip side, galleries often position themselves as those high end entities that you can’t get into if you’re not a part of a certain tax bracket.

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What if the way we consume art could be open for most, personable and yet still slightly fancy?

Where you might see a dead end, this question became Mr. Alain Lachance intense focus & mission.

What’s impressive to me is that it took someone that would typically pass as an outsider in the art world to make it work.

Indeed, having a background in construction, the entrepreneur explains that art has only begun to plant a seed in his mind 5 years ago.

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Starting as a collector himself. Mr. Lachance has seen what we’ve all seen: some artists are amazing but they don’t get their just due or they fly under the radar literally.

The seed was planted and then grew Sriiz.

If you live, breath and sleep art would you do it? That’s what the artpreneur did by turning one of his properties into a giant gallery.

Here’s our video about the experience

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From the roof to the basement to even the bathroom, the house is filled with various artists and art forms.

Paintings, larger than life sculptures,  photography and I even saw a Vietnam War stretcher turned into a work of art.

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The architecture of the house itself is a sight and the funny part about it all is the fact that you would never believe such marvels live there just from the outside of the house.

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Every little detail is considered. From the bedroom, the dressing room and the office space.

Strangely enough the way everything kinda sits perfectly together is an art form in itself.

You get the backstory and tales from the artist in every piece.

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You get the high energy that can only come from another art enthusiast.

Not a salesy art dealer or a guide wishing he could be somewhere else; just the warm voice that only passion can allow you to use.

Sriiz is also doing collabs with some of the artists they have in the showroom.

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Artists like Richard Bernardin brought out some of the pieces for a special experience where you get to touch and feel the essence of some of his work.

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The experience is set in a small private group format and you have to contact the company by email to set it up.

Once you get to the house, it takes about 1 to 3 hours to do the tour and get the full spectrum of the different peices.

The focus is mostly on the buyers BUT they open their doors to people that are curious or thinking about discovering new artists.

They do have something for the grand public coming really soon where they’re taking the experience outside.

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Until follow Sriiz from more updates and please do yourself a favor by trying this experience; you won’t regret it

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The 50th Anniversary Of Les Grands Explorateurs Presents A Touching Documentary Exploring Africa And Its Wonders

An Amazing Story by Amazing Creators!

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Les Grands Explorateurs Is Celebrating Africa In A Real Way!

Curiosity has to be the most incredible human quality there is and Les Grands Explorateurs has been putting it on the forefront for the past 50 years!

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We are now entering an era where we want to know more about what is going on on the other side of the world.

How people are living, their culture and what is their reality compared to ours.

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Sometimes the depiction of such reality is either unfair or made to look down at somebody. Other times, filmmakers have the challenge to depict a reality in a way to uplift what other cultures are bringing to the table.

Milan Bihlmann and Muammer Yilmaz are two filmmakers who know where they stand when it comes to that.

Rêves D’Afrique” is the epidemy of that. The two filmmakers decided to go to 7 countries in Africa to not only paint the picture for the world but to give the good people out there something we forget to give one another : ”a piece of yourself’.

Armed with a backpack, film gear and true altruism, the duo spread love and good deeds wherever they could throughout their trip.

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Les Grands Explorateurs being this platform to uncover the world made the right choice by adding this beautiful piece to their program.

Up until November 1st, you still have the chance to see the beautiful piece in theater and then online starting November 2nd.

Tickets Here

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Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais: An Unlikely Journey For An Unlikely Unique Success Story

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A Change Is Coming…Finally?

I grew up in the 90’s and although we can only realize it now but seeing people like Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais striving in a space where not a lot of us do is what was missing this whole time.

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The thing about representation is that you won’t know you need it until you need it. As most of us were just looking at society, we didn’t see ourselves but also normalized it.

I think Isabelle saw something that we couldn’t see in ourselves. The truth is not at the extreme it’s right in the middle. The intersection between being different but also a part of the ecosystem was what she saw.

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Representation is not about doing what’s right because it’s right but more so because it needs to be done.

Starting her career in the public sector wasn’t a thrill anymore. Then she did some soul searching and probably came to the conclusion we all come to at some point in our existence:

Life Is A Joke

For her it was literal though. She figured out that humor and the business around it was her calling so what was the first step? Becoming a comedian herself and teach a thing or two to Dave Chappelle?

What about producing your own show with up and coming artists? Well, for Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais the start of this new chapter was simple as getting a non-paid internship.

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Just For Laughs became her new home and with that started her mission to be at the forefront of what the landscape in comedy was to become.

Through thick and thin, work and dedication, intuition and know-how, she pulled through and the big way too!

Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais became the director of ZooFest. With her pulse on the scene, she fought and pushed for upcoming talents that are more than just tanned.

We’re seeing more BIPOCs getting a chance on stage and I would like to believe that this is just the beginning.

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Speaking of ZooFest, if you want to see for yourself how this festival has grown in diversity and get a good kick out of it. You still have the opportunity to do so tomorrow as the last day of the celebration

With french performers like Lenny M’BungaAZMarine EllaMeryem BenouaAyoub Marceau & Hugo.

Live podcasting will also be a part of the last run of the show. In the corner of Jeanne-Mance & Maisonneuve, you can can get a good view, a good potential date, you get to see greatness in all shapes, size or color AND of course a good laugh!

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Lobster Season Has Arrived And The Homard Gaspésien Is Still The Best You Can Find On The Planet

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The Homard Gaspésien Is What Your Plate Been Missing

2 weeks ago our good people at L’association Des Pêcheurs De Gaspésie sent us the email we’ve been waiting for all year long: The Homard Gaspésien Is Back!

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Not only that but for this season, we were blessed not only with 1 but 2 dozens of lobsters from the region. I know what you’re thinking right now? Why would one person do with all those lobsters?

I will answer this question in a bit but while I have your attention, let me tell you all that I’ve learned about the Homard Gaspésien.

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First, this is probably one of the few lobsters in the world that you can trace where it was fished at.

Indeed, they add a little tag to their claw that traces the lobsters from Gaspésie to your home so by then you know the authenticity of lobsters at all time.

Gaspésie is also one of the main resource provider in Canada when it comes to lobsters and all kind of seafood. (and yes my taste buds do appreciate the fishermen that went out and got them).

Back to the business. Once I got the email, I felt the need to do something special this year. I wanted something challenging and something where I could share my love for those lobsters.

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Then I thought about my good people at Never Was Average and how they usually go about things. They bring people together in a meaningful way.

That’s when ”Meeting Of The Minds” came to me. I like to conversate with my fellow creatives, exchange ideas and compliment them on their artistry.

With the help of Never Was Average we were able to thank those same creatives for their contributions with a special dinner over lobsters and bubbles. Sophia Traiteurs Cathering came through with her magic touch and prepared us a seafood bowl in cajun style.

Since we like to give our audience a glimpse into our creative process, we made it a point to document this entire experience. Those moments that were shared and lived got captured and frozen in time by our collaborator Carl Apollo.

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This experience reminded me of two things: We should always take the time to build and celebrate each other more and of course doing it over lobsters is a plus.

As the lobster season is closing on us. Treat yourself and grab your loved ones for an experience you won’t regret.

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