Montreal Alert

Montreal Alert
December 2008

Haute Holiday The temperature’s dipping, the snow’s falling and Ogilvy’s festive window is on full display. It’s definitely December in Montreal, and what better way to escape the wind chill than by checking out the hottest finds in town? —Janna Zittrer


CARRIED AWAY Looking for something special for that special someone? Say no to socks and yes to M0851‘s Fedora travel bags. The Montreal-based brand’s new limited-edition luggage ($340-$480) is made from durable fedora felt and saddle leather and features plenty of pockets, making it the perfect present for your guy on the go. P.S. Check out M0851’s new online gift certificates. With no shopping or shipping required, they’re a last-minute shopper’s dream.


BEAUTY DUTY Your hectic office-gym-party schedule has got you kicking your beauty routine into overdrive. For products that can keep up, head to Murale, Montreal’s newest cosmetics and skincare destination, for more than 200 brands of beauty booty, including popular picks like Bobbi Brown, Nars and Cargo, plus cult lines such as Alison Raffaele, Natura Bissé and Sensation Chocolat Paris. 1 Place Ville Marie.


GIFT WEAR They say tough times call for tough measures, but 4910 J.T.‘s discounted designer duds make it oh-so easy to dress chic on the cheap. Open only for a limited time (read: get there fast!), Abe & Mary’s outlet is selling pretty party attire for less, including Alice & Olivia, Matthew Williamson, Nanette Lepore and 3.1 Phillip Lim (shown), plus plenty of pint-sized Juicy Couture for all those little recessionistas-in-training on your list. 4910A rue Jean Talon O.
Photo: Anthea Simms


GET CRAFTY You’ve made your list and checked it thrice, now take it to the Salon des métiers d’art du Québec. Until Dec. 21, browse thousands of original objets d’art from Quebec’s artisan scene, from home décor and accessories to handcrafted bijoux like Sonia Beauchesne’s statement necklace. Free admission. Place Bonaventure, West Exhibition Hall, 800 rue de la Gauchetière O.


FRENCH TWIST Searching for a hot spot to park your shopped-out derrière? Head to La Salle à Manger, where the folks from hip bar Resérvoir have mixed their signature cabane-chic décor with French-inspired sharing plates like seared foie gras with chesnut purée and a well-stocked wine cellar to help ease you into the festive spirit. Cheers! 1302 Ave. du Mont-Royal E.


WIN A TRIP TO AUSTRALIA In celebration of Baz Luhrmann’s new movie, Australia, FLARE and Tourism Australia are sending one winner and a guest Down Under. Enter at Contest closes January 11, 2009.


FLARE VOLUNTEER AWARDS Each year FLARE honours six of Canada’s most outstanding volunteers, and this year – our 13th annual awards – we are also looking for Canada’s best teenage volunteer. Help the volunteer in your life receive the recognition she deserves and nominate her today. For an official nomination form visit:


GIVE FLARE AND WIN! For every FLARE magazine gift subscription you give, your name will be entered for a chance to win a 60″ freshwater pearl necklace with signature clasp from Birks. Enter here!