Blue Met Literary Walking Tour - Tensions + Intersections: A Gay Village Walking Tour

May 20, 2021

Our friends at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival have come up with a lovely way to celebrate literature in a pandemic friendly way.

We’ll be giving away books in conjunction with Blue Met over the next few weeks to celebrate these walking tours. The first giveaway is open now on our Instagram page! Stay tuned to our social media for more giveaways!

On May 20th, Blue Met have released six literary walking tours in the form of podcasts.The tours are a writer's take on the history and present day of various neighborhoods and cultural communities in Montreal. We think you will love the podcasts and the walking tours!


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Today we’re featuring :

Tensions + Intersections: un Circuit déambulatoire littéraire du Village gai | A Gay Village Walking Tour

“It’s because the people in this neighbourhood have a certain dignity that I’m inviting you to celebrate the tensions and intersections of the Village,” writes Nicholas Dawson. “It’s because we are dignified that everything starts here, smack dab in the middle of a noisy and inhospitable street.”

With poetic, documentarian texts in podcast form, Nicholas Dawson and authors Marie-Claude Garneau, Jean-Paul Daoust, Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch and Kama La Mackerel present a literary walking tour that illuminates the different tensions intersecting one another in Montreal’s Gay Village.

Below are ten books we recommend to accompany you as you walk and listen!

We’ll be giving away books in conjunction with Blue Met over the next few weeks to celebrate these walking tours. The first giveaway is open now on our Instagram page! Stay tuned to our social media for more giveaways! 

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Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch

Bringing together poetry, essay, and letters to "lovers, friends and in-betweens," Eli Tareq Bechelany-Lynch confronts the ways capitalism, fatphobia, ableism, transness, and racializations affect...

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Désormais, ma demeure

Nicholas Dawson

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Nicholas Dawson - Désormais ma demeure

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Wendy, Master of Art

Walter Scott

The existential dread of making (or not making) art takes center stage in this trenchant satire of MFA culture Wendy is an aspiring contemporary...

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Walter Scott - Wendy, Master of Art  

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Kama La Mackerel

In their debut poetry collection, Kama La Mackerel mythologizes a queer/trans narrative of and for their home island, Mauritius. Composed of expansive lyric poems,...

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Pourritures terrestres

Toino Dumas

Ce recueil a ses racines dans les cycles qui unissent la vie et la mort de l’organique. Il propose une sorte de science profondément...

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Tonio Dumas - Pourritures terrestres

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Family Way, The

Christopher DiRaddo

The year Paul turns forty, his friends Wendy and Eve ask him to help them get pregnant. Nothing about the process feels natural to...

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Christopher DiRaddo - The Family Way 


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Stone Fruit

Lee Lai

Bron and Ray are a queer couple who enjoy their role as the fun weirdo aunties to Ray’s niece, six-year-old Nessie. Their playdates are...

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Lee Lai - Stone Fruit

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La Coalition de la Robe

Marie-Claude Garneau

Elles sont apparues. Les invisibles. Exactement comme dans les films d'horreur, elles débarquaient par dizaines dans ma salle de bain. Armées de leurs oeuvres,...

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Marie-Claude Garneau - La coalition de la robe

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Jean-Paul Daoust, Le fauve amoureux - Tango américain

Jean-Paul Daoust

Cette première rétrospective de l'oeuvre de Jean-Paul Daoust présente les textes marquants du poète connu pour ses extravagances, son goût du théâtre et son...

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Querelle de Roberval

Kevin Lambert

Les ouvriers et ouvrières de la scierie de Roberval sont en grève. Sous l'apparente cohésion de la lutte, on découvre rapidement les revendications plus...

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Kevin Lambert - Querelle De Roberval 

... & check out the other walking tours here.